Vatican Early Entrance: Semiprivate Sistine Chapel Tour
- Live Guide
- Instant Confirmation
- Group Tour
- 2.5 hr
Beat the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at the quietest time of day. On this special access tour, our expert guide will accompany you through the Museums, the rooms of Raphael and the Sistine Chapel a full 60 minutes before opening to the general public and 30 minutes before opening to other accredited tour operators. As you stroll through the former Papal residences, focus will be on the awe-inspiring Rooms of Raphael and the majestic Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches applied by Michaelangelo Buonarroti. You will hear the true life story of this fascinating yet tormented artist who considered himself a sculptor and not a painter yet dedicated countless years of his life painting frescoes on a ceiling 65 feet high. Learn of the physical and psychological damage inflicted on the artist as your guide helps you to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this epic work of art.
Operated by: ItaliaTours
Stop At: Vatican Museums
Formerly Papal residences, the Vatican Museums are now among the most important collections of art in the world. Your guide will point out major works of art dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome and explain the role these ancient pieces played in inspiring the future artistic genius of Renaissance Italy.
Duration: 2 hour
Stop At: Sistine Chapel
Simply the most colourful room in the world! Michelangelo's ceiling will deeply impress all who enter.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: St. Peter's Basilica
Direct entry to explore St. Peter's Basilica on your own at the end of the tour (except Wednesdays).