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  • Address: Viale Vaticano
  • Hours: Open Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm (last entry at 4pm)
  • Admission: Adults: €12-18

The world-famous Sistine Chapel is inside the Pope's residence in the Vatican. Part of its fame is directly related to the papacy: The Sistine Chapel is where cardinals gather to elect a new pope (known as the Papal Conclave).

The primary reason for its fame is pure art: the ceiling fresco painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. The huge fresco depicts the creation of the world and - despite the often shoulder-to-shoulder crowds in the Sistine Chapel - packs a powerful artistic punch (heightened by a recent renovation here that brought back the true color and depth of the original work).

Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel between 1537 and 1541 and painted the magnificent 'Last Judgment' fresco on the altar wall. Few people leave a Sistine Chapel tour without feeling moved by Michelangelo's work.

The chapel itself is named after Pope Sixtus IV (1414 - 84), who renovated an old chapel and commissioned the first artworks here. And there is more to the Sistine Chapel than just Michelangelo: the chapel contains important works by  Renaissance heavyweights such as Raphael, Bernini, and Botticelli.

Practical Info

The Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican, entered via the Vatican Museum around the corner from St Peter's Square. It can be reached by Metro Line A, station Ottaviana-S. Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro. Tram 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento, or many buses.

Please note: Due to large crowds, the lines both inside and outside can be very long. We highly recommend you pre-purchase a skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel (see the Tours & Tickets tab for options).

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14920 Reviews

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.22

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4296 Reviews

See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! After paying your entrance fee ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.31

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 194 Reviews

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $417.73

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1526 Reviews

Use your skip-the-line Vatican Museums ticket to explore one of the world’s greatest museum complexes at leisure! A veritable Aladdin’s Cave, the Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.10

Rome Card and Omnia Vatican Card: Valid for 3 Days

4 star rating: Recommended 142 Reviews

Explore Rome and Vatican City at ease with the Rome Card and Omnia Vatican card – two must-have 3-day sightseeing passes that include entry to selected ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $120.26

Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 263 Reviews

Receive the Papal treatment with your very own private tour of the Vatican! You'll receive personalized attention from your guide, and by booking ahead you ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.47

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 921 Reviews

Enjoy a morning or afternoon of Vatican splendor on a 2-hours skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $79.75

Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 94 Reviews

Visit the Sistine Chapel before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.03

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 165 Reviews

Start your day at the Vatican with a lavish buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard! After entering the Vatican Museums before the general public, sit down ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $137.98

Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Enjoy a tour of the serene Vatican Gardens followed by a Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour; it’s an exciting combination of Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.40

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