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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.

Sistine Chapel: Our Tips

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

With such breathtaking history this tour was perfectly informative❤

Stephanie was a great tour guide! this tour is 10/10 - it delivered more factual information than I thought it was going to! That plus the fast tracking past the lines is a positive for those short on time but not wanting to miss out! Info, tickets, tour, equipment, small group, advice for other must do's! & fast track lines... thumbs up from the one Aussie

Very good be prepared to spend a long time in the Vatican.

Good tiring and very busy even January. Make plenty of time to take in all the sights.

Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Escorted Entrance Reviewed by Lesley, 01/17/2017

Interesting, massive and not to many people!

Was a great tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the Bascillica. Highly recommend going in January as there were few people. Tour guide Irene was very knowledgeable and gave us great highlights. Better than going alone as the volume of things to see could be overwhelming.

Briliant tour. Our guide was very nice and interesting

It is essential to get a guided tour as this site is so big that we would be lost in the mass of info and things to see. The guide brings to life some details and major cultural references that make all the difference.

One of the most beautiful things to do in Rome

This is a clever package to visit the Dome and the Cathedral. We did only 10min of line instead probably 3h (or more) with the regular one. The audio-guide (only for the Dome) is simple and a good choice in order to have a fast overview instead longer explanations of the guide. The view from the Dome is amazing!

Skip-the-Line St. Peter's Top of the Dome Panorama Reviewed by Francesco, 01/10/2017

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