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

Duration: 2.5 hours
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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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based on 84,469 reviews

No queueing, knowledgeable, fun and calm!

Our lovely Dutch guide (Lottie?) remained calm and charming throughout this super busy visit to the Vatican. Her humour and patience shone through, as well as her knowledge. St Peters took our breath away and our guide still conveys the magic and awe she feels when we walked through the doors despite her many visits. The crowds were astonishing and yet we were gently managed through the hubbub with kindness and humour. Thankyou!

Wonderful experience with a great guide - Giorgia.

Great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The line to enter was quite long - but having someone to help navigate the entire experience was quite helpful. Great tour!

Just as it says. Fast track to Vatican Museums and Sistine chapel.

Good time to start - 10am. Skipped all the queues to go in - actually entered bit before 10. Could go around at own pace but very crowded. Spent a good 3-4 hours before going on to St Peters Basilica (through back door of Sistine chapel)

Fabulous and great tour.... and a surprise!

The tour was well organized on the steps across the street from the entrance. We bought an early ticket so there was no line to skip on this one. Our guide took us through a portion of the Vatican Museums and explained some things on our way to the Sistine Chapel. Buying the early morning ticket was important bc there are less people in the room with you while viewing the art. I cannot emphasize how key this is. We were able to sit and just look at every detail. Fabulous. After we left there we went through the Vatican Museums where the Raphael rooms were awe-inspiring. Seeing The School of Athens in person was fantastic! Now, what I didn't know was that this ticket also gets you to skip the line to St. Peters as you access directly from the Chapel. This was GREAT as that line was very long. However, people acted like cattle and shoved you to get out of the Chapel once the door opened to go to St. Peters. It was chaos and like a mob where you had no control to stop.

We loved the tour and were so glad to have used a guide!

We thought that the guide did a great job, and it was great having a guide rather than going on our own. It was a huge help to be able to skip the line!

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