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Early Morning or After-Hours Skip-the-Line Tour of Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Rated 3.7 out of 5.0 from 807 reviews.
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Enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museum and explore Sistine Chapel. Choose between early morning or after-hours for best experience.


  • Make the most of your day by gaining priority access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

  • Enter the Vatican Museums just before it opens to the general public and explore some of the 54 stunning galleries that flaunt the works of Renaissance artists, accompanied by an expert multilingual guide.

  • Upgrade your ticket to indulge in a banquet breakfast and early morning entry.

  • You can choose between early morning or after-hours guided tour of the museum by upgrading your ticket.

  • Fun Fact: The Vatican Museums have an impressive collection of ancient artifacts, including mummies, Greek and Roman sculptures, and Egyptian sarcophagi.


  • Entry to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  • After-hours guided tour of Vatican Museums (optional)

  • Early morning guided tour of Vatican Museums (optional)

  • 30-min breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard (optional)

  • Group of 20 people or less

  • Reservation fees

cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Explore Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Make your way to the Vatican Museums by skipping the lines and check out some of the most important galleries and highlights of the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums are home to a number of classical sculptures and paintings by Renaissance greats such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Leonardo da Vinci.

The tour will continue on to the Sistine Chapel where a guide will give an introduction. You can then explore the chapel on your own. The most impressive among them will be the marvelous ceiling that was painted by Michelangelo over a span of 4 years. Another iconic piece is Last Judgement, also painted by the great Michelangelo.

Upgrade Your Ticket

Choose between early-morning and after-hours guided tour guided tour of Vatican museum by upgrading your ticket. The early-morning option provides you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the museums just before it opens for the day to the general public. You will be able to explore galleries and the Sistine Chapel. With thousands of visitors flocking to the museums every day, it is one of the most crowded attractions in Rome.

If you choose to visit the museum after hours, you will be able to see the exhibits in their soft evening light, which is when they look their best. Your guide will be on hand to bring the museum to life, weaving tales along the way.

Additionally, you can enjoy a spread of American-style breakfast in the peaceful atmosphere of the Pinecone Courtyard, prior to your tour by upgrading your ticket.

Important information

  • It's recommended to wear clothing that covers their knees, arms, and back.

  • The Sistine Chapel is often subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies.

  • Photography allowed.


  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: tripod, flash photography.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • At the Meeting Point, please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide.

  • Students who have purchased discounted tickets must show their valid Student IDs to verify age and gain entry.

  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 20 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

The exact meeting point information will be present on the confirmation voucher. Please read that information carefully.

Getting There

Metro: The entrance to the Vatican Museums is between the stops "Cipro" & "Ottaviano" of the metro line A, the orange line. The meeting point is at Viale Vaticano, 100, which is a few minutes walk from each of the metro stops.

Taxi: It is very important that you tell the driver "Caffè Vaticano" or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few meters away. Look for us across the street, in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.

Walk: From St. Peter's Square, take Via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left) on foot until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and keep following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left into Viale Vaticano and cross to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you will find our meeting point about 100 feet away. Notice that this is at least a 15 minute walk.

Use your smartphone: type the words "Caffè Vaticano" into your phone's navigation system and the directions will take you just a few feet from the top of the stairs!

ratings & reviews

807 Ratings
Peter Masengale


Sep, 2023
Guide had incredible knowledge about the vast amount of works throughout the Vatican. He was up front that the tour did not include St Peter's Basilica (just do it beforehand on your own (: ) and made plenty of accomdations (like us being several minutes late). I have never gone during the day, but going in the evening was one of the better decisions that we made in Rome. Hall of Maps had 2-3 small groups in it and that was it, Sistine had plenty of space.
Indira Gartenberg


Sep, 2023
Great tour guide! Weather was good. Pick-up was smooth. Going on the morning was the right decision, as it got hotter and more crowded later on the day when our tour was finished. Headout was perfect!
Jessica Feist


Sep, 2023
Being able to enter the venue right when they opened was amazing! Our guide was so knowledgeable. He was patient and funny. I will recommend this tour to Al my friends. Well worth the cost!
Mariela Arredondo


Sep, 2023
Our guide was fantastic and the breakfast was very good. The best orange juice we've had haha. It was great to go early in the morning when the crowds aren't bad. Very good experience.
Augusta Silveira


Sep, 2023
We 100% recommend the experience and the company. They are wonderful at handling unexpected occurrences and always try to provide an effective response. They are fabulous!
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