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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

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Clara was a very knowledgable and friendly guide.

This is a very good tour of the Vatican museums Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s basilica. It was a wonderful tour and Clara our tour guide was very knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. Would highly recommend

It’s well worth the additional small fee; we skipped a line of 100!

Honestly, book this tour! Not only were we able to literally skip at least a 100 people to get in, the audio is easy to use and allows you to pick which items you want to learn about while skipping items you may not be interested in. Now, you can listen to each item but you will be there ALL day, it is HUGE! It was easy!

Guide was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and excellent overall.

Our guide and your program was much better than any reviews that I have read. I'm regretful that I cannot remember her name but she was a Roman history major from the UK and was fantastic. It was my wife's first time in London and she was both interested and captivated throughout the tour. Additionally, at 850am it was our guide's second tour and we would have never noticed. Congrats on your hiring process - from a simple observation our guide was more qualified than most. We also used your company for the Colosseum tour and had a very similar experience. Great guides, on time, and so much faster than a do it yourself your, which honestly I couldn't even imagine doing with the crowds at each historic place.

Great museum but very crowded; pick an early time to beat the mobs.

Great tour but it's a shame that the tour companies grab the tickets for resale so that you can't get them directly from the Vatican.

Great guide in Becky, wish it could have been longer!

Really lovely tour, Becky was funny, full of brilliant nuggets about everything we were looking at. Only thing I would have wanted would have been to spend more time in the Vatican museums itself, as that felt a bit rushed through. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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