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Sistine Chapel Early Access plus St Peter's Skip the Line and Crypts provided by City Wonders

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Overview
Admire Michelangelo’s famous frescoes the way they were meant to be seen, in peace and quiet, with an early-access tour of the Sistine Chapel. Avoid standing in lines that can stretch for hours, and step inside the sanctuary a full of 1.5 hours before it opens to the general public so you can fully appreciate the serenity of UNESCO-listed site. You'll also get to cut the queue for St. Peter's Basilica and explore its below-ground crypts.
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You'll start at
Viale Vaticano
Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, ItalyAt the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani. Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani metro A station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction. Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps with a handrail running down the center. Your meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps. In total, the walk from the metro station to the meeting point should take around 10 – 15 minutes. Arriving from St. Peter's Square: Facing St. Peter's Basilica from the center of piazza (near the obelisk), turn right (north) and exit the piazza through the columns. Follow the Vatican walls (which will always be on your left side) all the way around to the entrance of the Vatican Museums (the entrance is on the left as you go uphill on Viale Vaticano.) This walk should take around 15 – 20 minutes.
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Vatican Necropolis
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Saint Peter's Square
Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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Highlights
  • Get an early start to see the Sistine Chapel without getting jostled by crowds
  • Enter 1.5 hours before it officially opens and 20 minutes before other early tour groups
  • Save even more time with skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Small-group tour capped at 15 so you'll hear all of your guide’s commentary
Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
Duration
2h
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Access to the Vatican Museums 15 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour and 15 minutes before the general public
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Skip the line to St Peter Basilica
  • Visit to the Crypts beneath the Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Necropolis
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/Beverages
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This service ends at St. Peter's Square at around 9:30 AM.
  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area. The group will not be able to wait for those who need to check their baggage.
  • This tour goes straight to the Sistine Chapel with no bathroom or water break to give you as much time as possible in the chapel. Please plan accordingly.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
  • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.
  • Guided visits inside Saint Peter’s Basilica are not permitted in the early morning due to mass being held. Instead your guide will deliver a full commentary from the Basilica porch. From there, you will be free to enjoy the artworks within the Basilica at your own pace, meeting your guide after the visit.
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we're happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums.
  • The Basilica Crypts are subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. In this case, the guide will endeavor to inform the tour group of when the crypts will be accessible and clients who wish to spend more time in the Basilica to wait for the crypt to reopen are welcome to do so. In this case, the tour will conclude on the Basilica porch overlooking St. Peter’s square.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Seferino Vargas wrote a review Dec 2019
Brea, California8 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved this informative fun time, our tour guide Federica was so knowledgeable about the sites we visited, we highly recommend this
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Pioneer67793800658 wrote a review Dec 2019
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We loved the early access to the Sistine Chapel. It was very special to see it without the crowds. Definitely worth getting up early.
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jpandcrew wrote a review Nov 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan17 contributions2 helpful votes
Soo many skip the lines to choose from. Some are $12 some are $500. After review we picked this one. First of all, let me tell you, you will wait half a day in line to get into the Sistine Chapel without some sort of skip the line ticket. We get there before it opens at a
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Tudefighter wrote a review Oct 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina4 contributions
The primary objective of this tour is to avoid the massive crowds and long lines that exist to get into the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The consequence of this is that you are very much rushed to get through the Vatican Museum so that you can be at
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Erin G wrote a review Oct 2019
Nashville, Tennessee5 contributions4 helpful votes
Yahuma was a wonderful guide. She was funny, knowledgeable and genuinely seemed to care about the work she was doing. We walked right in and had the best sunrise views of a nearly empty St. Peter’s Square.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Great tour
Loved this tour. It was well worth it. Our guide Luciana was amazingly knowledgeable. Thank you.👍👍
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Great tour and guide luciana
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Cistine chapel tour
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Amazing Tour with an amazing Guide
Tour guide was Amil Bella, who greeted me warmingly. Excellent knowledge and tour, lots of thanks! Spoke very flu
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A little piece of Vatican history
Would definitely recommend this tour if you are interested in art history, or even if you're not. The stories behin
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Highly recommend for a real experience of Rome
Francesca was highly knowledgeable but managed to take us through the tour in an engaging and interesting way witho
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Great tour and guide
Lorenzo was a very informative guide and someone who is obviously passionate about the subject. Entrance to the C
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Fantastic and highly recommended.
What an incredible experience! So much to see, so much history, so much to learn! Special thank you to Christian ou
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Brilliant and informative tour
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Wonderful afternoon
My partner and I were met by Hilary (English name or Yaya) at the designated point easy to find and because we had
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Highly recommend
We did our tour yesterday with Louise Kennedy of City Wonders and loved it. As a guide, Louise was so knowledgable
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Incredibly interesting
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Not your standard city tour
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Fantastic
All of it was great and the guide was very knowledgable. Would definitely recommend this trip as a must do!
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Amazing Trip !
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