See priceless works of art from the Papal collections with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Go on a stirring journey…
Skip the long lines at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with exclusive no-wait access. On your small group tour, experience the best of the…
Enjoy priority access to St. Peter’s Dome. You’ll skip the lines for the Dome as well as the Basilica. Admire spectacular views of Rome from the…
Skip the lines and enter the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive. Enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces with a pre-recorded…
Discover masterpieces of art from the papal collections with a full-day ticket to the Vatican City. Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine…
Discover one of the most beautiful sites in the world on this fantastic 3-hour tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line access. Explore the Vatican…
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.
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.
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.
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.
See scenes from Moses’s life, including his journey through Egypt, portrayed by the Renaissance greats: Botticelli, Perugino, and Rosselli.
The wall to the right of the altar shows scenes from Jesus’ life according to the great Renaissance painters.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- When to visitClosed 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 thereThe 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.