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

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Get more time to immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the museums and basilicas. Your expert guide will bring…

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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

If you only visit 1 attraction visit the VATICAN

A fantastic experience, book skip the line tickets - queues are unreal even in March. Need to be nimble to keep up with your guide as they have to stick to a timetable. Our guide Maximo was fantastic he had a wealth of knowledge on the Vatican/Sistine Chapel/St Peter's and made our visit a joy.

It covers everything, knowledgeable and patient guide

Relation quality - price : au top! We didnt have to pay for anything extra. (except the dome top which is normal and disclaimed when purchasing the tkt) Laura was my guide and she was the best!!! She knew every single thing, she made sure she didnt lose anybody on the journey. my only advice to GYG: make clear where exactly to meet the guide before getting into the museum security check. I got two emails with different instructions. The entrance of Vatican is messy and is easy to get lost

Wonderful sight not to be missed our guide Tiffany was also great she

was very informative and kind to her group myself with walking difficalties giuded me to seat when available also disable lift ,and made me feel part of the group also with others to look into the shop but still be part of group, and before joining our guide .there was lots of poeple but tourist guides to show the meeting point. thankyou for a wonderful day pauline maton march 14th 2019

A must if you like to avoid the later crowds

We enjoyed a warm welcome by the team including a light breakfast. A quick walk to the entrance and then after some briefing we enjoyed a direct access to the Sistine Chapel. Our guide Carlotta was fabulous, very kind and well informed. And always something to tell besides the informative details of all the great things we were able to see. Having the back door access into St Peters is recommendable as well, as you avoid another crowd waiting for access. Well spent money. Tante grazie a te, Carlotta :)

Luigi was amazingly knowledgeable and a great sense of humor

I would highly recommend using this company for a tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide Luigi. He is wonderful. Go now to book your tour.

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