ATTRACTIONS & GUIDED TOURS

Pristine Sistine Express: Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Free cancellation
Duration: up to 2 hours
Language: English
Availability: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (depending on the season)
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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Enter the Sistine Chapel before the general public

Skip the lines in front of St. Peter's Basilica to the cathedral

Visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica in just 2 hours

Listen to your expert, English-speaking guides' explanations

What to expect

Our Sistine Chapel Express & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour is one of the best ways to experience the Vatican’s two busiest attractions without the crowds. Skip the line, early access tickets allow you to see these incredible sites before the majority of the crowds show up.

This is an express tour for those who have limited time but don’t want to sacrifice the quality of their experience. By taking you through the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica early in the morning, you will beat the crowds and experience these incredible sites in relative peace.

Your tour begins early, entering the Vatican Museums a full half hour before the common public. Before entering the Vatican Museums your guide will hand out visual aids to each guest with a legend for each of the key works of the Sistine Chapel. Using this as a reference point, your guide will brief you on some of the finer points of Michelangelo’s frescoes, and give you some tips on what to look out for. Then it’s into the Sistine Chapel to see for yourself.

After 30 minutes admiring the world-famous works of Michelangelo, your group will reconvene at the bottom of the room, where you’ll use a special door to gain direct entry to St. Peter’s Basilica. Only open to tour groups, this skip the line access could save you hours of waiting in the long security lines that form outside the main entrance to the Basilica.

We never run this tour with more than 20 people per group but regularly run it with fewer, so that you can always count on plenty of help and information from your expert, English-speaking guide.

Sites visited:

  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

What’s included

Skip the line and Early Entrance to the Vatican museums and St Peter's Basilica

Entrance & Reservations Fees

Visual aids to help navigate masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel

Small groups of maximum 20 people

What’s not included

Gratuities

Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums (except Sistine Chapel)

Location

Via del Governatorato, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Meeting point:

We meet just outside the green bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to Tram stop number 19. The closest Metro/Underground stop is Ottaviano.

Provider

Walks of Italy

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. We are unable to provide refunds in this case.
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.