Make your way to the Vatican Museums for 7:30am admission (the museums open to the general public at 9am). Enter the Sistine Chapel through a dedicated door, 15 minutes before other early-access groups arrive. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the early morning, with time to absorb the Sistine Chapel’s masterpiece ceiling and The Last Judgment.
This priority-access ticket is good for the rest of the day, so continue through the enormous collection on your own schedule. The Vatican Museums comprise one of the world’s largest museums, with 54 galleries overflowing with show-stopping artwork. In addition to the Sistine Chapel, other highlights include paintings by Raphael, Giotto, and Caravaggio, sculptures from the early Christian era, and the dazzling Gallery of Maps.