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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Duration: 3 hours – 3.5 hours
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Discover one of the most beautiful sites in the world on this fantastic 3.5-hour tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line access. Explore the Vatican…

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Highlights of the Sistine Chapel

When it comes to touring the Vatican City, the best is saved until last: the revered Sistine Chapel. A tour de force of art and architecture by the most famous Renaissance artists, it will dazzle you. Here’s a list of highlights.

Sistine Chapel Ceiling

The Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Its ceiling is divided into nine scenes from the Book of Genesis, depicting the creation of the world from light to dark, sun to moon, Adam to Eve.

The Creation of Adam

One of the most famous artworks of all time, the centerpiece of the ceiling is a fresco painting depicting God bringing Adam to life with his fingertips.

The Last Judgment by Michelangelo

Michelangelo’s fresco depicting the Last Judgment can be seen above the altar. Interestingly, he started working on it 25 years after the ceiling, and it took four years to complete.

Southern Wall: Story of Moses

See scenes from Moses’s life, including his journey through Egypt, portrayed by the Renaissance greats: Botticelli, Perugino, and Rosselli.

Northern Wall: Story of Jesus

The wall to the right of the altar shows scenes from Jesus’ life according to the great Renaissance painters.

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Why is the Sistine Chapel Important?

Starting in 1508, Michelangelo spent years of lonely solitude painting the chapel's ceiling and altar, transforming these walls into one of the great masterpieces. In the words of Goethe, "If you haven't seen the Sistine Chapel, it's impossible to have any idea of what one man is capable of doing." The walls will come to life as you step in!

What to Know

Don't wear shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless shirts without bringing a scarf or covering, as you will not be allowed in. Taking photographs is strictly prohibited in the chapel.

Can You Visit the Sistine Chapel on Its Own?

Located in Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums, so can only be entered through the Museum. Admission is included in the purchase of a ticket to the Vatican Museum. Beware of anyone trying to sell you just for the Sistine Chapel, it’s a scam.

Avoiding the Lines

Over 4.5 million visitors come to the Sistine Chapel per year, so it’s difficult to completely avoid a crowd. During the Pope’s address on Wednesday mornings it’s a bit quieter, as at lunchtimes. It’s a good idea to buy tickets online in advance, and a small guided group tour is a great way to skip the line.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Closed on Sundays and Catholic holidays. Opening hours can be erratic, so check online to avoid disappointment.
  • What is the price?
    €14 general entry
  • Will I need a guide?
    If you want to learn more about the amazing pieces of art, sure! There are tickets for small group tours, as well as a chance to make the Sistine Chapel part of your Rome City Pass.
  • How to get there
    The Vatican City is located inside of Rome. Buses 64, 60, and 40 will get you there. Alternatively, take the red metro line to Cipro station.
  • Additional tips
    • Beware of pickpockets, especially on crowded public transport. Hold onto your bags, and keep valuables out of sight.
    • Be sure to bring a cardigan or other long-sleeved garment to cover up your arms when entering the Sistine Chapel.

What People Are Saying About Sistine Chapel

Excellent tour giving knowledge information

An invaluable tour saving lots of time on queuing on a busy Monday morning. Our tour guide was excellent passionate and could understand him and made the tour more enjoyable. Would strongly recommend this company.

Good tour - Linda was knowledgable and fun.

Well worth it to miss the queues - even in February they looked big! Our guide Linda was very good and we definately learnt alot!

The Vatican explained,,,just like magic!!

Getting into the Vatican without waiting in a very long queue was just the small part, Having a friendly, knowledgeable ,guide explaining the finer points of the buildings, works of art, and history was the icing on top of the cake, the headsets made sure we missed none of the 'pearls of wisdom' uttered by Nichola ...Magic !!!

Perfect way to view a large part of the Vatican with a great guide

Ideal way to see a large portion of the Vatican with a passionate and informative guide without any queues or hassle.

An interesting guide whose passion and knowledge add to the tour.

Simple to book. Very well organised and good value for money. An extremely informative guide made for an excellent visit.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/09/2017

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