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

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Sistine Chapel

The world-famous Sistine Chapel, located inside the Pope's residence in the Vatican, is known the world over for a variety of reasons, including one that directly relates to the papacy: The Sistine Chapel is where cardinals gather to elect a new pope (known as the Papal Conclave).

There's also the fact that the chapel's ceiling is pure art, a fresco painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. The huge fresco depicts the creation of the world and packs a powerful artistic punch heightened by a recent renovation that reinstated the true color and depth of the original piece. Michelangelo also painted the magnificent Last Judgment fresco on the altar wall in 1537. It should be noted that speaking is forbidden in the chapel to further preserve the art, as talking produces large amounts of hot, humid air, which can be damaging. Crowd control and a heating and cooling system work to protect the work.

Named after Pope Sixtus IV (1414-1484), who renovated an old chapel and commissioned the first artworks here, the chapel also 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.

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Friday Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel

4 star rating: Recommended 125 Reviews

During the months of May until October, the Vatican stays open on Friday nights for an extra-special viewing of its renowned museums and the Sistine Chapel, ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.97

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5108 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 $44.41

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1854 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 $44.41

Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 187 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 $57.27

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18537 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 $67.32
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1048 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 $74.80

Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 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 $104.01

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Extended Art Tour Including Bramante Staircase

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

While many Vatican tours include whistle-stop views of the art, this exciting 4.5-hour tour focuses on the Vatican Museum’s bounty of artistic treasures, with ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $106.35

Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 67 Reviews

Explore the art history of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica in style on a private walking tour with an art expert - and skip the queues. Accompanied ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

From USD $111.03

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1533 Reviews

See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat ...  Read more

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

From USD $111.03

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