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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)
Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, last Sunday of the month 9am-2pm
St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, 00120

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.

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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
$79.64 per adult
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Highly recommend
Igor, our guide, was fabulous . Good humor, clear explanations and knowledgeable. Have booked tours with Viator in other countries and they never disappoint.
Liliana_D, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-4
Seen it once and that was enough
Natalie_K, Dec 2021
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
The guide Giuseppe was very friendly. The tour was fairly interesting although there are only so many paintings that you want to see so it became a bit repetitive for me. By the time we got to the Sistine Chapel it was nothing special. There was a lot of people visiting, very busy but well managed. Apparently the crowds were small compared to pre Covid times.
star-5
Great tour of the Vatican!
Erika_M, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
This trip made visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica smooth and painless! Our tour guide Juliano was wonderful! Very patient and knowledgeable. The lack of crowds due to COVID was a nice perk too.
star-5
Excellent tour and we learned so much!
Dominic_B, Oct 2021
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Great guide, great tour, and because of COVID very little crowds. We really enjoyed it. Just be ready for some serious walking. :)
star-5
Vatican at Night is so Beautiful
Lauren_W, Oct 2021
Friday Night at the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Our guide was extremely knowledgable, and truly passionate about sharing that knowledge. The Vatican is still recovering from COVID, and hasn't been getting nearly as many visitors, so it was easy to walk through and see everything with little crowding. Fantastic tour!
star-5
The Vatican!!!
Carol_M, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel
This was a perfect time to go to the Vatican. Because of COVID, there were very few lines, and it was so incredible to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with very small crowds. Definitely, skip the line is still a great advantage and totally worth it! Our guide, Patrick, was so knowledgeable, and I loved all of his stories. The pick up area was fairly easy to find. This tour is a must!!
star-5
Best way to see Vatican Musru.
John_A, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Our guide Alaura was excellent in keeping our group together. She stopped often to allow for questions. We never felt rushed despite the fact that covid has put time restrictions on areas.
star-5
Great tour and guide.
Jeff_R, Aug 2021
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We saw the highlights and were able to continue exploring on our own. Did to Covid the crowds were very light except for in the Sistine Chapel. The 8:30 time slot helped with the crowds too.
star-5
seen and lived history
Zimbreanu_M, Jan 2022
Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
everything is of a grandeur, beyond any imagination; many details, excellent information given by the guide, pictures taken exclusively up close, I felt privileged!
star-5
Lovely!!!
Susan_S, Jan 2022
Semi-Private Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Absolutely incredible! Elaine was wonderful! These guides are invaluable! Their wealth of information is truly an asset to all!!! Thank you!!!
star-5
We loved Ana. She was a...
Molly_S, Jan 2022
Semi-Private Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
We loved Ana. She was a wealth of information and made the day memorable. The tour was truly a highlight of our trip to Rome.
star-5
Amazing Tour!!!
Daniel_K, Jan 2022
Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private
Angelo from LivTours upgraded our group to exclusive morning tour at 7:30 am We were the very first groups (6 people) to enter the Vatican Museum. Massimo, our tour made our tour really memorable. He was an incredible guide with so much passion. He gave fantastic details and made the experience truly remarkable. Highly recommend!
star-5
Gratzie aChristian
Barbara_B, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Christian was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican museum. He also was concerned about our comfort and safety which made the tour more like a gathering of friends. We had an amazing experience and recommend this experience highly!!

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.

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How to Get There

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.

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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.

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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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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)