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  • Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City 00165, Italy
  • 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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Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your pace, Rome, null
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Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your pace

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Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a full-day entrance ticket, and explore the Renaissance paintings and classical sculptures ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

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

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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.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

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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
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Vatican Night Tour with Dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Night Tour with Dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard

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Beat the crowds for a unique chance to tour the Vatican Museums at night, and enjoy dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard. The Vatican opens in the evenings for ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Friday Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel, Rome, Dining Experiences
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Friday Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel

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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.)

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Vatican Highlights Tour, Rome, Night Tours
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Vatican Highlights Tour

This 3-hour tour will take you will visit the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. You will benefit from your guide's ...  Read more

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

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Vatican for Kids Private Tour, Rome, Christian Tours
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Vatican for Kids Private Tour

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With this 3-hour private tour of the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, the whole family will be captivated by stunning works of art and ...  Read more

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

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Skip the Line: Small-Group Headset-Free Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour - Breakfast ... 
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Skip the Line: Small-Group Headset-Free Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour - Breakfast Included

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Don’t waste time with giant groups, monotone guides and static-plagued headsets. Make sure your visit is a truly special experience with this carefully ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Family Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Family Tour

Discover the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, housing one of the finest art collections in the world, with this 2.5-hour family tour. Kids can have fun ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.59
Small-Group Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Family Friendly Tours & ... 
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Small-Group Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

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This 3.5-hour tour combines the main attractions of the Vatican Museums including Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. It offers a great opportunity to ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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