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  • Address: St Peter’s Square, Vatican City 00120, Italy
  • Hours: Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, last Sunday of the month 9am-2pm
  • Admission: Adults €16, Children €8

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Sistine Chapel Tours

The Sistine Chapel, part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo’s stunning 16th-century ceilings frescoes and monumental “The Last Judgement,” which covers the apse wall. The fresco-covered ceiling is the artist’s greatest work and one of the most important masterpieces in history, while the Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.
 
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.

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.
 
How to Get to the Sistine Chapel
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.
 
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.

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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Skip the Line: Family Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and Carriage Pavilion, Rome, null
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Skip the Line: Family Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and Carriage Pavilion

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Join this two hour small group alternative and off the beaten path tour of the Vatican specialized for kids and families. Your guide will help you discover ...  Read more

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Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket, Rome, Kid Friendly Tours & Activities
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Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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Visit the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at ...  Read more

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Skip-the-line Access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip-the-line Access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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As Tour Operator Partners of the Vatican Museum, we can offer you a privileged entrance with a real Skip the Line! The ticket provides full-day entry to the ...  Read more

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Fast Track admission, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Fast Track admission

Book your fast track admission for the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Discover Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel on your own: admire Raphael's Rooms ...  Read more

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Exclusive First Entrance to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, Rome, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Exclusive First Entrance to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

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Get a full-day access ticket and be ready to live an exclusive experience at the Vatican Museums: see the marvelous Sistine Chapel early in the morning, before ...  Read more

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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance

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This 3 hour private tour allows you the exclusive opportunity to visit the Vatican before entry to the general public accompanied by an expert private guide. ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing 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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Friday Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Friday Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel

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During the months of April 20th until October 26th, the Vatican stays open on Friday nights for an extra-special viewing of its renowned museums and the ...  Read more

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

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After-Hours Vatican Tour Including Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Rome, Night Tours
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After-Hours Vatican Tour Including Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Join this Vatican tour and get after-hours access to one of the most sought after locations in Rome. Experience the splendor and charm of the Vatican Museums ...  Read more

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In-depth Private Vatican Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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In-depth Private Vatican Tour

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Explore the various galleries of the Vatican on this 3.5-hour, in depth tour. See stunning works of art, antique sculptures and more and learn all about their ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
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