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Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) Tours

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The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), 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.
Address: St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Lazio 00120, Italy
Hours: Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, last Sunday of the month 9am-2pm
Admission: Adults €16, Children €8
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Pre Booking of The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel Escorted Skip the Line

Pre Booking of The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel Escorted Skip the Line

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The long lines to enter the Vatican Museums can take hours out of your day. With this advance booking, hold a skip-the-line ticket for your chosen date and time so you can plan your day in Rome with confidence. Before your entry time, stop by the office to purchase your held ticket and bypass the line to proceed directly to museum entrance.
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Skip the Line: Ticket to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Skip the Line: Ticket to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

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Breeze past notoriously long public entrance queues at the Vatican with skip–the–line admission tickets, available at a range of times to fit your itinerary. Once inside, explore the grounds at your own pace, from the tapestry gallery to the Sistine Chapel. Upgrade to include a tour guide, who provides little–known anecdotes and context about important works of art.
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Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel

Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel

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The Vatican Museums are among the largest museums in the world and with over five million annual visitors they can get incredibly crowded. This self-guided tour is ideal for those who want to take their time and not be restricted by a guided tour. Save time with fast-track, skip-the-line entrance tickets, browse the galleries at your own pace, and visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel at a time that suits you.
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Just Ticket - Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Fast track

Just Ticket - Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Fast track

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Entrance queues at the Vatican are notoriously long. With pre-reserved admission tickets, breeze past ticket lines and make the most of your time in Rome. Enjoy the freedom to explore the vast collections of the Vatican at your own pace.
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