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

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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55,799 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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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
$59.45 per adult
More than I Imagined!
Igor, our tour guide to the Vatican Museum and the Sistene Chapel, was informative, friendly, and inspirational. It was important to him that we left with a take away experience.
Christilene, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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More than I Imagined!
Christilene, Jun 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Igor, our tour guide to the Vatican Museum and the Sistene Chapel, was informative, friendly, and inspirational. It was important to him that we left with a take away experience.
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A truly awe-inspiring experience
Kristina_Ploeger, Jun 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Of course the content of the tour is awe-inspiring. Our guide, however made it even better! He was so well-informed. He knew exactly how much to share and answered any questions asked thoughtfully and accurately. Also, he was mindful of how long his group had to stand in the sun, where restrooms were available - everything to make sure we were all comfortable and able to enjoy and take in the incredible art, history, and culture. Absolutely worth every penny and more. Thank you!
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Very nice tour
Algano25, Jun 2021
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel
Very nice tour. Claudia was very knowledgeable. Very few tourists were present this early in the morning.
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Amazing tour
Lori_H, Jun 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
This was an unbelievable tour and our guide, Marco, was so knowledgeable and had such a joyful personality! Having someone explain so much history really made me undyand appreciate these treasures even more.
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Vatican Museums
JoseM_Z, Jun 2021
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour
Cristina De Santis was the best guide, we loved the Vatican museums, she made our tour much better than we expected!!!
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Very knowledgeable and kind guide
Catherine_A, Jun 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
The visit of the Vatican Museum with Silvia was extraordinary. She was kind and extremely knowledgeable The collections of the Vatican are impressive , the Sistine Chapel, but also the gallery of maps is stunning
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Excellent
Vivia_F, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets
No crowds, easy advanced reservations. There was some confusion when we arrived. Caller said go straight to entrance and show electronic reservations but guard said to go to another location to activate reservations.
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Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica 09:00
Tyrone_H, May 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
The tour was great so much information and he made checking a easy. I'm looking forward to the next tour. Thank you!
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Great Experience
LMT, May 2021
Vatican City Walking Tour with Sistine Chapel
Nicoletta was wonderful and knew so much. It was a great experience! I recommend the tour, which is of the Vatican museums. You are then free to explore St. Peter’s and the square on your own.
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Vatican, a journey back in time
Thomas_G, May 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
No lines. No crowds. It truly felt like a VIP tour. Frederick was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
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Fab
Lori, May 2021
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
Always love to see the Vatican museum!! These tickets were easy to purchase and we opted for no guide. We spent 6 hours just wandering in awe.
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Brilliant Tour
Marion_B, Sep 2020
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Fabulous tour and very informative guide! Very safe during Covid, masks, temperature taken. Would recommend this tour!

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)