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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)
Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, last Sunday of the month 9am-2pm
St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

A Vatican Museums ticket includes access to the Sistine Chapel, and as part of the Vatican Museums, the chapel cannot be visited on its own and can only be entered through the museum complex. Because the Sistine Chapel attracts millions of visitors each year, those who don’t reserve skip-the-line access in advance will find long lines upon arrival. Many travelers find that the complex frescoes are best appreciated with the assistance of an official tour guide, so booking a group tour, an expert guide for a private tour, or even a self-guided audio tour is recommended.

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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
$81.44 per adult
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The way to see the Vatican!
Doriana was absolutely fantastic!!!! This was actually our second time Doing the Vatican and I would say we didn’t gain as much info like this! She has a PhD in medieval archaeology and blew our minds away. I heard Someone in our tour group make a comment like “I don’t think I can speak that passionately about any topic for as long as she has!” Thank you so much Doriana
Kristina_T, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Excellent tour and we learned so much!
Dominic_B, Oct 2021
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Great guide, great tour, and because of COVID very little crowds. We really enjoyed it. Just be ready for some serious walking. :)
star-5
Vatican at Night is so Beautiful
Lauren_W, Oct 2021
Friday Night at the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Our guide was extremely knowledgable, and truly passionate about sharing that knowledge. The Vatican is still recovering from COVID, and hasn't been getting nearly as many visitors, so it was easy to walk through and see everything with little crowding. Fantastic tour!
star-5
The Vatican!!!
Carol_M, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
This was a perfect time to go to the Vatican. Because of COVID, there were very few lines, and it was so incredible to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with very small crowds. Definitely, skip the line is still a great advantage and totally worth it! Our guide, Patrick, was so knowledgeable, and I loved all of his stories. The pick up area was fairly easy to find. This tour is a must!!
star-5
Best way to see Vatican Musru.
patriciaaustin48, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Our guide Alaura was excellent in keeping our group together. She stopped often to allow for questions. We never felt rushed despite the fact that covid has put time restrictions on areas.
star-5
Gratzie aChristian
Barbara_B, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Christian was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican museum. He also was concerned about our comfort and safety which made the tour more like a gathering of friends. We had an amazing experience and recommend this experience highly!!
star-5
Great tour and guide.
Jeanette_R, Aug 2021
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We saw the highlights and were able to continue exploring on our own. Did to Covid the crowds were very light except for in the Sistine Chapel. The 8:30 time slot helped with the crowds too.
star-5
The tour was amazing and...
BRIAN_W, Oct 2021
Vip Super Early Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour
The tour was amazing and all of us felt we would have missed so much without our wonderful guide Angela! From start to finish the experience was amazing!
star-5
Our guide was excellent...
Cher_K, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Our guide was excellent and brought so much knowledge to the tour. Highly recommend doing this museum with a guide. So much to see and understand
star-5
Can’t miss experience
Paul_J, Oct 2021
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
What an amazing museum, with all the statues, paintings and to see the Sistine Chapel after waiting nearly 60 years. Wow what a moving and totally wonderful experience
star-5
Awesome experience
Janette_B, Oct 2021
Explore Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Deborah was amazing! She was very knowledgeable, she made the tour very interesting! We loved every single moment. She’s the best!
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Just being together as a...
Joni_H, Oct 2021
Skip-the-line ticket for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Just being together as a family was a dream come true. We were all amazed at the volume of artwork amassed in this one place.
star-5
A MUST do activity while at Roma
Sreekumar_G, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Very professionally organized tour. Tour guide Ms Chiara made it a very pleasant experience explaining everything on the way and keeping the time commitment.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Seeing Michelangelo's frescoes can be unforgettable even for kids if seen as part of a small-group or kid-friendly Sistine Chapel and Vatican tour.

  • Because the chapel is a Catholic church, appropriate attire and decorum are required. Wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees and to keep your voice low.

  • Though photography (without flash) is permitted in the Vatican Museums, no photography is allowed in the Sistine Chapel.

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How to Get There

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums complex adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. The Ottaviano station on Line A of the city’s underground metro system is about a five-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are famously crowded, especially during the middle of the day. To skip the line and savor the chapel frescoes in relative peace, reserve an exclusive first-entry or early-access tour in the morning or a night tour after the general public has left. The chapel is often quieter on Wednesday mornings, when the papal address attracts most visitors to St. Peter’s Square instead of the museums.

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Sistine Chapel Highlights

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the majesty of Michelangelo’s sumptuous ceiling frescoes, which cover 5,000 square feet (460 square meters) and depict more than 300 figures illustrating the “Creation of the Earth,” the “Creation of Humankind,” and the “State of Humanity.” Take a few moments to focus on and appreciate the iconic scene of the “Creation of Adam” in the ceiling’s central section, one of the most famous and replicated religious paintings of all time.

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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)