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Skip-the-Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Tour

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Immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more.

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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

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

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

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

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

Northern Wall: Story of Jesus

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

Our insider tips

Why Is the Sistine Chapel Important?

Starting in 1508, Michelangelo spent lonely years 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 should I visit?
    The Sistine Chapel is closed on Sundays and Catholic holidays. Opening hours can be erratic, so check online to avoid disappointment.
  • Is it expensive?
    €17 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. Bus 49 will get you there. Alternatively, take the red metro line to Cipro station.
  • Additional information

    • 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

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 87,539 reviews

Lovely, family atmosphere and quiet, nice guidance, thank you!

Beautiful, you are not in the river crowd that you can taste right after the end of the 1st entry mission. It is interesting to try both, but normal entry is crazy, it´s impossible to escape... I regretted the little children and lilipines because you do not see from the waist up, just the ceiling... The Sistine Chapel is beautiful and also the Athens School by Rafael. We were surprised that there is a possibility of refreshment inside the museums, which is even cheaper than the restaurant behind the Vatican walls. Toilets and everything you need to visit is provided. The Vatican post office inside the museum is also amazing. It was very nice to get up very early and see the entrance to the Vatican Museums without a crowd of tourists. Thanks!

Paola did an excellent job for child and adults.

We booked this tour because we were travelling with our nine year old grandson. We felt eliminating waiting in line and having someone other than parents or grandparents talking would be optimal. It was. Paola certainly focused on our grandson but the tour was informative and humorous for the adults as well. Our grandson and all of us had a great experience and a large part of that was Paola"s engaging style.

Great tour but terrible information about meeting the guide

We were not told that the guide would have a different company board. It took a long time and a lot of stress before we met her Once the tour started our guide was fantastic and it was an excellent tour Such a shame when a simple text or email could have given us the company name we needed to look for

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Very good guide, but the group was too large ..

Supposed to have 25 people max on the tour and we were 29 .. not acceptable.. already 25 is a large group but here, it was not manageable...wrong advertising. Already we faced alors of tourists ....and I lost the guide couple of time... The guide was good and dynamic...fortunately !

Our guide Georgia was passionate about the art and our comfort

The Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica were stunning and breathtaking. Our guide, Georgia, was passionate about the art and the history and most concerned about our group of 20's comfort and needs.

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