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

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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58,062 Reviews
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
$82.29 per adult
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Perfect, informative and most enjoyable.
Our guide was outstanding. We loved the Sistine Chapel, getting into the Vatican and the tour walking through all the art to the Sistine. Well done!!!
Barbara_K, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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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.
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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!!
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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.
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Nice tour guid
Michele_D, Sep 2021
Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour
I would recommend this tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and made funny anecdotes. Thank you Giuseppe, for an excellent tour.
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Spend The Money On This Tour, You Won’t Be Unhappy !
Donna_R, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Being greeted and informed in an orderly way for the tour beginning was great!. The size of the group was manageable and not too large. Patricio was friendly, very well spoken with beautiful English, super-knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. We loved the Sistine Chapel preview lecture with iPad to illustrate special and unusual tidbits, that couldn’t be missed. We felt like insiders! We were armed with knowledge, and it was the best event in our time in Rome. Thank you, Patricio.
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Love the Vatican Tour!!!
Laura_G, Sep 2021
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel
Viator/Walks of Italy is who we ALWAYS use in Italy!! Best guides and most knowledgeable!! They always tell us something new and interesting!!!
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Vatican museum tour at time of Covid
Mike_vancouver, Aug 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Very clear and comprehensive commentary, the right pace for the tour, genuinely informative, and whole entry process to the Vatican was smooth- however due to Covid restrictions, visitors were probably 20% of normal capacity so there were No line ups - but when things are back to normal that I’m sure will change- but a positive experience
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Five Stars
Angela_T, Sep 2021
Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Alessandra was an amazing guide. The entire experience was wonderful! She is extremely familiar with the content of which she speaks and passes that passion on to her group. The Vatican Museum is astonishingly beautiful.
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Vatican Museum tour with Sev……
Candice_D, Sep 2021
Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Sev, our tour guide was fantastic! He is extremely knowledgeable and his presentation includes historical facts along with laughter. We were on a small-group (there were only 6 on this tour) Vatican Museum tour that began at 8:30 on 16 September 2021.
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Eleonora was a great...
Stephen_H, Sep 2021
Entrance Vatican City and Sistine Chapel tour
Eleonora was a great guide, knowledgeable and lots of fun! Definitely helps bring the Vatican to life!
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Outstanding value
James_R, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Our guide, Julian, was knowledgeable, funny, and very interesting. He communicated extremely well. The reduced crowds provided access not normally available. The added visit to Saint Peters Basilica made this a very special experience. Highly recommended.
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Easy meeting and good tour
Kelly_P, Sep 2021
Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and took us to see all the highlights of the Vatican and St. Peter’s basilica. Meeting point was easy to find.

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)