Sistine Express Tour

Enter before the crowds, skip the line and go straight to the Chapel with your private tour guide.


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What’s included

First-class tour with a private guide

Special skip-the-line tickets that will allow you to enter before the big crowds

Fluent English Speaking guides with a background in archaeology, history and art

Entertaining and insightful explanations



Our Sistine Express tour has been designed for travellers who want to see only the two main highlights in Vatican City: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. If you have limited time or you do not want to see anything else in the Vatican, this is the tour for you!

Duration: about 2 hours

You will enter with a special early entrance ticket as soon as the Museum opens to the public, before the crowds descend.

Your expert guide will lead you straight to the Sistine Chapel, leaving the notorious long line of the Vatican behind you. Enjoy the walk at your own pace, and ask as many questions as you like. If you’re curious about something, we have the answer. Our guides will make sure you have a great time during this early Sistine Chapel tour.

Why is the Sistine Chapel so important in art? Why was Michelangelo’s masterpiece so revolutionary? How old was he at the time of the Pope’s commission? Your private tour guide will give you the answers!

You will discover Michelangelo’s intense and idiosyncratic work process, and you’ll have a full explanation of the masterpiece before you even reach the Chapel. We believe that if you learn about the artworks on the way to the Sistine Chapel, once inside you will have more time to appreciate its magical, breathtaking and, at the same time, religious atmosphere.

The appreciation of such an important artwork also depends on your surroundings. The Vatican is famous for its endless stream of visitors, but with our Sistine Express tour, you’ll have the chance to enjoy Michelangelo’s timeless masterpiece before the crowds arrive, when you can still walk around in relative tranquillity.

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and discover its fascinating history. Have you ever wondered why the Pope lives in Rome? The answer lies in this unique church, as you’ll discover with your private tour guide. We’ll also tell you all about Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s Baldacchino (canopy) and the Papal history. St. Peter’s hosts the burials of the Popes and this is the place where important Christin celebrations are given by the Pope in person.

Why take a big group tour and waste half of your time trying to hear what the guide is saying?

Join our Sistine Express tour and forget about standard talks and routes, go at your own pace and take advantage of our fully customized service.

Sights Included

Sistine Chapel
Ceiling and Last Judgment by Michelangelo
Renaissance frescos by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio
St. Peter’s Basilica
Michelangelo’s Pietà
Bernini’s Baldacchino
St. Peter's Square
Bernini’s Colonnade
View of the Pope’s window
Vatican Museum Galleries
On your way to the Sistine you’ll walk through the Galleries, and you’ll quickly admire the Gallery of the Maps Gallery and the Gallery of the Tapestries

Tour Location

July 2021
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250 € up to 2 people, 30 € per each additional adult.
Kids under 18 pay only 15 € each.
Pick up and transportation by cab included*.
Tickets are extra, but we'll get them for you.
Ticket price: 40 € for the adults, 32 € for the kids under 18

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*Pick up and transportation are included only if you’re staying within the pick up area. If your hotel is not in the pick up area, we will find the best solution to accommodate your needs.  Click here to see the free pick up area 

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