Vatican Museums’s Key Master early entrance tour with Sistine Chapel
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Vatican Museums’s Key Master early entrance tour with Sistine Chapel

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Experience 2 hours inside the Vatican Museums completely alone with a small group of a maximum of 15 people
  • Join the Vatican’s Key Master to open the Sistine Chapel and admire all the other priceless artwork up close!
  • Enjoy a complimentary breakfast on the still-closed Pinecone Courtyard, inside the Museums
What to expect

Join a once-in-a-lifetime tour that gives you access to the Vatican museums before dawn! Enter the empty Museum with the Key Master and enjoy with your small group 2 hours inside the Vatican Museums before crowds flood in. The highlight of your tour will be the opening of the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll enter completely alone and watch Michelangelo’s frescoes flicker to life.

Accompanied by an official Vatican tour guide, you’ll get up close with some of the finest artworks in the world. While opening the Sistine Chapel is an unforgettable experience, there’s so much more to the Vatican Museums. The Raphael Rooms are a particular highlight. Often more crowded than the Sistine Chapel, they’re home to a collection of frescoes just as revered by art historians. Visiting alone, you’ll have the space to appreciate them in all their majesty. During your experience, you’ll walk the galleries featured on Vatican tours, like the historic Gallery of the Maps & Gallery of the Tapestries.

Enter the still-closed Pinecone Courtyard and enjoy a complimentary breakfast, after which you can choose to stay inside the Museums to explore more on your own, or head off for your next adventure, passing the crowds who are only now getting inside the doors.

Sites Visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Sobieski Room
  • Pinecone Courtyard
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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
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Exclusive entrance to the Vatican Museums 2.5 hours before opening
    • Fully guided tour of the Vatican Museums
    • Fully guided tour of the Sistine Chapel
    • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
    Reduced price
    • Children (ages 2-14)
    • Infants (ages 0-1): free
    Where

    Musei Vaticani, Città del Vaticano

    Meeting point:
    Please meet your guide 15 minutes prior to the start time in front of the Vatican Museums. There are two doors, one less noticeable 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 and the guide will be waiting at those stairs
    What to remember
    • From 6 August 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
    • 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
    • The Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees
    • You may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is your responsibility to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour
    • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
    • The corridor between St Peter’s Basilica & the Sistine Chapel is still closed to the public due to Covid restrictions. Our guides will do their best to include the Basilica but circumstances on the day and the distance between the two sites without this access may mean this is not always possible. In the case that there is no time for an interior visit, your guide will give you a full introduction to the Basilica from the outside, so you know what to look for during your independent visit
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Walks of Italy
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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