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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 91,458 reviews

Well organised fast track entry into the Sistine Chapel

We visited the Vatican Museums, incl the Sistine Chapel, using Get Your Guide. It was a last minute booking after being advised by a friend to buy fast track tickets. Good job we did because the Queues were very long, and in the August heat would probably have resulted in us missing the whole thing. The meeting point was just outside the main entrance, and our guide was easily identifiable and was there on time. We only bought the fast track ticket, not the full guided tour which was also available. Our guide gained our group entrance to the museuems, gave us our tickets once inside, and then we walked round at our own pace. The Get Your Guide app was very easy to use, and held our purchase voucher electronically, although I also printed ours out as a backup. We may have paid a little more than we would have paid if we'd joined the long queue to pay on the door, but it was very, very worth it. Thanks for a great experience !

Fantastic place. A lot of beatifull masterpieces

Unfortunately the noise and crowd in Vatican Museum especially Sistine Chapell is more than annoying. Stuff screaming all over the place- go, do not stop. If so... how am I supposed to see anything. Waste of time. Seen something but did not feel anything amazing about and in that place.

our guide Barbara was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Barbara guided our group. Her knowledge and insight made for an amazing experience. Only draw back was the temperature and sun. Even so she was very accommodating stopping along the 3hr tour for water and shade.

The tour was excellent, and the guide was amazing.

The guide was very well-informed, highly perceptive, and always smiling. The tour was well planned. It covers the most important parts of the museum (in the given timeframe), the Basilica, and the Chapel.

Guide was great. Crowds were horrible and made museum tour useless.

Five stars for guide. Negative stars to Vatican for allowing unmanageable number of tourists access to museum and Sistine Chapel in one hundred degree weather.

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