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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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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
star-4.5
$112.44 per adult
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Wonderful experience!
Great info and loved ease of getting thru lines.Maria Teresa, our guide, clearly had a passion for Vatican and was an amazing guide!
Marla_M, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Must see historical tour.
jackie_o, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Great tour guide, good personality and knowledge base to make the tour interesting. Respectful of group needs and safety. Robert is wonderful
star-4
Good tour
Gail_R, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
This was supposed to be a small group but due to a guide catching Covid we had a larger group. They said we will get a partial refund. We will see if that happens. The tour was good. Our guide Ana knew many facts, but her delivery was very stoic and monotone. Glad we visited.
star-5
Superior Sistine Chapel
Kimberly_B, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Sistine Chapel was AMAZING! We have never seen anything as beautiful as this before., The history of this chapel took my breath away, as I looked at the ceiling, I knew God had guided every artisans hand in creation and cleaning. Knowing that Popes for the past centuries had been elected and discussed on in that room gave me goosebumps.
star-5
Georgia, tour guide was great!
Susan_W, May 2022
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
The map room was a highlight and amazing mozaics were beautiful and so well preserved. I was concerned about so many people during a Covid surge. Masked were enforced which was very important but still too close for comfort in crowded galleries.
star-4
Good experience
Neil_W, May 2022
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel
Your guide was knowledgeable but sometimes couldn’t hear everything due to loss of signal. Tour was easy to book. Was upset as paid to see st Peters Basilica but was told we couldn’t due to Covid restrictions but didn’t get a refund
star-4
Great but too busy
Su_W, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
It was great but far too busy and each corridor was packed. No real covid spacing. The sistine Chapel was overloaded.
star-5
Knowledgeable tour guide
Kevin_L, Apr 2022
Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to get us access to St. Peter’s which had previously been difficult with COVID and the Easter holiday. This saved us a lot of time.
star-5
Vatican joy
Penelope_H, Apr 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Highlights Small Group Tour
Joyful to have a guide as passionate she was so pleased to be able to share the joys of the Vatican with us post Covid. An intense full on cultural experience loved every minute of it thank you.
star-4
Very good , but a little rushed
Julie_P, Apr 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Highlights Small Group Tour
We enjoyed our tour with Viator. The tour guide was very informative. I did feel we were rushed & would have liked more time . The guided tour of the Basilica was not included due to covid restrictions 😩 but our guide kindly escorted us there.
star-5
Great tour - especially...
Geir_v, Feb 2022
Skip-the-Line Ticket: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Great tour - especially memorable was the Sistine chapel. Good help from the staff at Viator with issues due to the Covid regulations
star-5
Amazing learning experience!
Kendall_T, Aug 2022
Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican,Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group
Our tour guide (Marlena?) was excellent and very enthusiastic about the history and art! We learned so much and saw everything we wanted to on this tour. Just be advised the Vatican museums have no AC and it can get quite crowded in the summer! Otherwise we skipped the lines for everything and are very pleased with our experience.
star-5
Great experience
Thomas_S, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours
We found the experience was excellent. The tour guide gave us a very detailed explanation of the Sistine chapel etc. We really enjoyed it
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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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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