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Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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Unlock the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel alongside the Museum Key Master. Tour the empty museums before they are open to the public.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Join the Vatican’s Key Master to open the Sistine Chapel
  • Gain unbeatable access to the museums, new to 2021
  • Explore the Vatican Museums free of crowds
  • Enjoy 2 hours inside the Vatican Museums completely alone
Full description

Tour Vatican City's Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before dawn with the Vatican’s Museum Key Master. Enjoy two hours of exploration time in the Museums without anyone else but your small group around, an experience usually reserved for the Key Master and the Pope. Follow behind as the Key Master unlocks the doors and lights up the long, empty galleries for you to explore. The highlight of your tour will be opening the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll enter completely alone and watch Michelangelo’s frescoes flicker to life. Accompanied by an official Vatican tour guide, get up close with some of the finest artworks in the world appreciating every detail. See the Raphael Rooms, home to a collection of frescoes revered by art historians. Enjoy the ample space free of crowds as you walk along historic galleries like the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of the tour, choose to stay inside the museums to explore more on your own or head out, passing the crowds who are only now getting inside the doors.

  • Exclusive entrance to the Vatican Museums 2 hours before opening
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel
  • Official Vatican tour guide
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet in front of the Vatican Museums. At the entrance to the Vatican, there are two doors, one less noticeable door tucked into the corner and one surrounded by white marble with a short flight of stairs. You will be entering via the door surrounded by marble. Your guide will be waiting at those stairs for you. Please note, the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure. Directions: The square where you can find the entrance/exit of the Vatican Museums is across the street from a cafe called "Caffe Vaticano" located on Viale Vaticano 100. The closest metro stations are Cipro and Ottaviano.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Passport or ID card for children
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • All guests (including children) must bring a personal government ID on the day of their tour
  • This tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible
  • Only small backpacks and handbags are allowed inside the Vatican Museums. Storage for small items is available
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
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An absolutely amazing experience, one that I will never forget. To be able to see the Gallery of the Maps with no one there was wonderful. The Sistine Chapel was so quiet and peaceful, a truly magical experience. I was able to lay down and look at the ceiling, something that I have dreamed about doing since I was a teenager. Our guides were amazing, funny and knowledgeable. Breakfast was great, and I spent the rest of the day exploring the Museum. This tour was worth every penny, and would highly recommend it.

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May 7, 2022

August 5, 2022

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July 22, 2022

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