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

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

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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
$82.30 per adult
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Marco was great! He was very knowledgeable and funny which made the tour one of the best we took! Don’t hesitate between all the options, book this!
Natalie_M, 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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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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Request Elaine!
Kevin_J, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St.Peter's
This was the highlight of our visit to Rome! Elaine with "What a Life Tours" did an amazing job - very knowledgeable, full of energy and FUN! First, we visited St. Peter's Basilica where she showed us all of the highlights. She showed us the best places for pictures, and planned our visit so that we could catch the changing of the Swiss Guard. Then, off to the Vatican Museum where we learned and saw so much! It was a great day - highly recommend!
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10/10 recommend
MohamedAdam_B, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Julian was an amazing guide, thank you for being so friendly and informative! Was so keen to be of help to everyone and to answer any questions.
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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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Excellent tour, very...
Amer_F, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Excellent tour, very professionally organized and conducted. The tour went in reverse order starting from St. Peter's Basilica which gave us more time to spend in Vatican's museum. I would highly recommend Made in Rome tours as an operator.
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Great experience
Linda_N, Sep 2021
Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Very good and informative! Nice to be there before it gets too crowded. The breakfast was very good too!
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Wonderful
SuzanneTyrpak, Sep 2021
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Patrick is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican museums and the amazing art they contain
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Cozy tour
Alan_D, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private
Pamen was an excellent guide and the tour was well organized. Ask to get her as your guide, you won't be disappointed :-)
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Sistine chapel. Our guide...
Luis_A, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Sistine chapel. Our guide Claudia knew a lot about the trip, and sometimes she datailed a little bit more than expected
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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.

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)