Sistine Chapel Tours

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

The Vatican Museums hold enough art—including some of Italy’s most celebrated masterpieces—to keep visitors busy for years. They attract more than 5 million people every year, and have the crowds and lines to match. Make your visit a little smoother with this fast-track admission to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, then see the miles of art on a self-guided tour.
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No-Wait Tickets: Explore the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel at Your Own Pace

Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as your escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
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Skip-the-line Access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Streamline your Rome experience with a skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Explore this top attraction at your own pace with an entrance ticket that allows for a full day at the museums. See classical sculptures and Renaissance paintings in the papal art collection, including frescoes by Michelangelo and Raphael, painting galleries, Egyptian mummies, the private apartments of Pope Julius II, and more.
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Vatican Entrance Ticket

As one of the most popular landmarks in Italy, the Vatican’s entrance lines can be hours long. Skip the crowds altogether with a pre-reserved admission ticket to explore at your own pace, or upgrade to include a guide who provides little-known anecdotes about the Vatican’s history and art collection. Options include an early-bird entrance ticket, an afternoon entrance ticket, and a guided night tour.
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Exclusive First Entrance to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

Skip the long longs at the Vatican, and see the Sistine Chapel before the crowds with early morning priority access to the Vatican Museums 1.5 hours before they open to the general public. After your time in the Sistine Chapel, spend the day exploring the Vatican Museums at your own pace, with access until closing time.
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First Entry Tickets to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

Stand inside the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the chapel and the rest of the Vatican Museums complex. This is an exclusive opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere.
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with a guide, who will bring the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex almost an hour before it opens to the general public on this 3-hour, early-access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

See the highlights of Vatican City with this skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to the incomparable Vatican Museums—home to one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. Peruse the Gallery of Tapestries, admire the incredible sculptures with the Museo Pio Clementino and take in the incomparable frescos of the Sistine Chapel. Afterward embark on a guided tour of St Peter's Basilica, a work of art in itself.
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open

Not many people can say they've spent time in the Sistine Chapel alone—until now. This first-ever experience, only available through Viator and TripAdvisor, grants you entry into the Vatican Museums with the clavigero (key keeper), a staff member with the privilege of opening the doors to the Vatican Museums and its galleries, at least an hour before standard early access tours. You and your small group get to see the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms as the lights are switched on—something never before witnessed by the public—and enjoy a rare guided visit inside the Sistine Chapel. Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard is an added bonus.
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Vatican Museums No-Wait Access Tour with Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peters Basilica

Avoid wasting time during your Vatican visit with this Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica tour at the no-wait access entrance. Join a knowledgeable guide to pass right by the long entrance queues and start touring the massive museums. See the incomparable Raphael's Rooms, Michelangelo's stunning Sistine Chapel, as well as other museum highlights like the Maps Gallery and Tapestries Gallery. Then visit the impressive St Peter's Basilica next door.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Vatican City with a guide and skip-the-line access, including the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people. The Entrance fee (not included) is payable on the day of your tour.Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

Visit the Vatican without the crowds on a private early bird tour. With a private guide, enter the Vatican Museums before the complex opens to the general public, and enjoy an exclusive exploration of world-renowned art by Raphael, Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo. See the Sistine Chapel, and enter St Peter’s Basilica directly from the museums, without waiting in the main line from St Peter’s Square.
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Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s

Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public with this 3-hour tour. With your small group and tour guide, head straight for the Sistine Chapel to marvel at its art and architecture as one of its first daily visitors. Continue to St Peter's Basilica, listening to informative commentary on the history of the church and Vatican City as you walk. Entrance fees, guaranteed skip-the-line entry and use of individual headsets are included.
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Vatican for Kids Private Tour

Keep your kids engaged during a visit to the Vatican on a 3-hour private tour designed for families. With a kid-loving guide, you’ll tour St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, to learn about the history of the site and see its renowned collection of art by masters like Michelangelo. Walk at a pace that suits your family, and enjoy visual aids from your guide that bring to life the wonders of the Vatican, entertaining and educating your children at the same time. Skip-the-line admission is included!
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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour

Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this 3.5-hour small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Skip-the-Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums. As you explore rooms like the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel, learn about the Renaissance artwork of masters like Michelangelo with in-depth commentary from a knowledgeable private guide. You’ll also visit St Peter’s Basilica and hear insider details about the Vatican, plus skip past all the entrance lines, even the priority ones.
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Skip the line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Experience some of Rome’s most important artistic and spiritual attractions with a 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Beat the crowds with priority access and see highlights of the Vatican Museum’s immense collection while your guide shares the legends behind the masterpieces. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s famed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and skip the long lines to enter the heart of the papacy at St Peter’s Basilica.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel Tour

Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary. At the end of the tour, gain direct entrance to the magnificent interior of St Peter’s Basilica.
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No Wait: Extended Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

Skip the long lines and enjoy no-wait access to the Vatican Museums on this 4.5-hour tour. Visit the Vatican Paintings gallery, St Peter's Basilica, and the spiral Bramante Staircase. Also, see Raphael’s Rooms, with frescoes painted by renowned Renaissance artist Raphael and the Gallery of Tapestries. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous “Creation of Adam” painting, plus the rarely visited Etruscan Museum.
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Skip the Line: Small-Group Vatican Museums Breakfast Tour including the Sistine Chapel

Skip-the-line with priority access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and enjoy a hassle-free morning exploring one of the world’s most legendary art collections. Kick off your 3.5-hour tour with a delicious Italian-style breakfast as you enjoy a special sit-down presentation of the Sistine Chapel. Then, head inside to marvel over Renaissance masterpieces by artists like Botticelli, Perugino and Raphael, and admire Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel. Best of all, this small-group tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring an intimate, headset-free experience with one-to-one attention from your guide.
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Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican and Ancient Rome

Check off the must-sees of Rome and Vatican City with this all-in-one pass that can be used over two day. Allowing you to visit the sights at your own pace, the prebooked sightseeing voucher includes skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the papal tombs. Just make one booking, and then use your pass to visit the landmarks at your leisure. An audio guide is also included.
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Private Tour: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Explore one of the world's biggest museums with a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums complex plus St Peter's Basilica. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines, and wander through the highlights of the 2,000 rooms and 9 miles (15 km) of hallways full of priceless art masterpieces.
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Vatican Museums - Small Group Tour

See the best of the Vatican Museums with this 3-hour tour including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Learn about the amazing collection inside the vast museum from your knowledgeable guide. Join a group of no more than 24 people to ensure more chances to interact with your guide.
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Private Skip the Line Vatican Hidden Gems Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

Skip-the-line at the Vatican Museums on this tour of one of the world’s most renowned collections of art. With a private guide, go straight inside the complex to admire the Vatican’s architecture, marvel at works by masters like Raphael and Caravaggio, and see some of the ‘hidden,’ off-the-beaten-path sites that many visitors miss. Of course, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes, and enter St Peter’s Basilica from the museums, avoiding the main entrance line.
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Private Vatican Art & Breakfast with Hotel pick-up and drop off

Beat the crowds to the Vatican with this private morning tour, complete with transfers from your hotel. Before the museum opens to the public, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard. See the museum’s masterpieces including statues, paintings, and tapestries outside the congestion of regular opening hours. The tour includes both the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Spend three hours perusing some of the most iconic pieces of art in the world at the Vatican Museums on this guided tour. Skip the line to purchase your entrance tickets, and then admire artwork from Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo, among other greats. See the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel as you dive deep into the history and culture of past times.
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Skip-the-Line: Early Entrance Vatican Tour with Secret Rooms and St Peter's Church

See the artistic treasures of the Vatican Museum without the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds with this early entrance tour. Skip the long queues and enter the museum a full hour before it opens to the general public, so you can fully appreciate some of the world’s greatest masterpieces of painting and sculpture. Experience the serenity of the Sistine Chapel before it fills with tourists, and learn the history of other collection highlights from your knowledgeable guide.
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Unique Friday Night Inside the Vatican Museums with Dinner and Sistine Chapel

Get special access to the Vatican Museums on this 4-hour Friday evening tour. Begin with a 3-course dinner overlooking St. Peter's Basilica, including wine. Proceed to skip the line and enter the popular museum long after most crowds have left. Enjoy a guided tour, including a visit to the Sistine Chapel.
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Rome in One Day Colosseum and Vatican with Real Skip-the-Line

Discover the most famous landmarks in Rome and the Vatican City in the space of a single day on this in-depth tour. Skip-the-line access means you’ll beat the crowds when you visit the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Hotel pickup is included, for added convenience, while audio headsets ensure you won’t miss a word of the tour. The itinerary also includes a traditional Italian lunch.
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