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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Duration: 3 hours
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Likely to sell out
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Likely to sell out

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…

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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

The guide was very knowledgable and passionate about history

For me the most important thing about attending guided tours, is for the guide to be knowledgable and the way he/she delivers the information. The guide was so enthusiastic about what he was talking about, which made it easy to consentrate on what he was saying. I highly reccomend this tour. You will skip the hige line, which can take up to 5 hours and recieve unique knowledge about Vatican l. For me the duration of the tour was just enough. I am not a big fan of too long tours.

Exclusive Early Morning Vatican Tour Reviewed by Mariia, 01/13/2018

Engaging tour for the kids picking up all of the highlights

Our English speaking guide, Maria, was waiting for us at the front gate of the museum and was easy to find. Thank God we booked this tour because the museum was very busy just after new year. Maria was able to get us into the museum and to navigate the galleries with ease on our private tour in the crowded museum. She was very knowledgeable and made a game out of the tour to keep the kids engaged which worked very well. Whilst we didn't see everything, Maria showed us the highlights through the museum, Sistine chapel and st Peter's Bacilica and took the time to explain everything really well and in a way the kids could understand. I would thoroughly recommend this tour if you have young kids and want to experience the Vatican museum with a minimum of fuss. Thankyou Maria

great service, just be sure of contact locations.

group was met and taken to museum in the separate queue and ticket handed over for quick entry. no delays.

GetYourGuide MUST thank Pascale, our friendly guide.

Huge thanks to Pascale, our guide. He was friendly, attentionnate and helpful with his precise explanations, fortunately. The negative point is this audio device. Poor quality with many loss of signal. For the rest, this tour is affectionate by too many people in the same time. I think that these locations became a golden stuff for the Vatican, no more. Making money is the target. By seeing miserable tramps outside, I remain pensive...

Our travel guide Lindy made the trip informative and entertaining

Our travel guide Lindy is exceptional. She is knowledgeable and passionate. The trip was well organized despite all the crowd

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