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Pristine Sistine Express - Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Start early, entering the Vatican Museums a full half hour before everyone else. As you head directly to the Sistine Chapel, your guide will brief you on what you are about to see and give you a visual aid to help decipher the frescoes once inside. Step into the chapel and spend a full 30 minutes enjoying the art with very small crowds - there’s no more peaceful way to see these great works of art.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Meet your guide at the bottom of the room and use a special corridor to walk directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without waiting in line. Inside, your guide will again brief you on the highlights of the space - from Bernini’s Baldachin to Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ – before leaving you to explore St. Peter’s on your own.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Walks, Via Caio Mario, 14A, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

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Important Information
Departure Point
Bar L'Ottagona, Piazza del Risorgimento, 52, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
7:45 AM
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Skip the line and Early Entrance to the Vatican museums & St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Entrance & Reservation Fees
  • Visual aids to help navigate masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel
  • Small groups of maximum 20 people
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums (except Sistine Chapel)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please remember that 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.
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of our tour guide (youngish guy who said perfecto frequently) but he was amazing. He did a great job explaining what we would see in the Sistine Chapel while we were waiting to enter. When we entered we did...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MTLaurie
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello MTLaurie, Thank you so much for your warm review of our Pristine Sistine Express tour, we are very pleased that you had such a "perfecto" time! We agree that it is so much more enjoyable to have an experienced and passionate guide to help...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the Pristine Sistine tour and it was incredible! Michele (Italian for Michael) made the tour absolutely perfect! He is incredibly passionate about art and history and it shows. He also adds humor to his tours which makes it feel like you are hanging...More

Thank jeremyr901
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello jeremyr901, Thank you for your feedback from our Pristine Sistine Express tour, it is great to know that you loved your time with us in the Vatican. It is always fantastic to have a warm, knowledgeable guide, which is why we go to great...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved our tour in August 2019!!! Don't fool yourself into thinking you're going to be the only ones in the Sistine Chapel, but these guides have it down to a science and you'll definitely see it as privately as possible! We were actually able to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank HannahTen
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello HannahTen, Thank you for sharing your feedback from your recent Pristine Sistine Express tour, we are very appreciative! It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed our Vatican tour so much, we are delighted that you chose us for the experience. We hope that...More

Reviewed 29 August 2019

Michela was an absolutely fantastic host, and quite honestly made the day the success that it was. She was so knowledgeable and really had a story to tell about everything we saw. She was also extremely friendly and engaging. I would absolutely recommend her to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank AndrBar01
Reviewed 26 August 2019

Our guide was AMAZING and was the best part of our tour! She was I formative but not boring and had a great attitude. Would 10/10 recommend this tour.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Pibg15
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Response from goldi130 | Reviewed this property |
The tours are the same, just the entry time is different. There is a slightly different tour on Wednesdays that does not enter St Peter's. There is also another option - and upgraded Pristine Sistine - that includes... More
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