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Guided Tour (<22 Guests) of Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
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Sistine Chapel Tickets Guide

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most visited attractions in Vatican City and attracts millions of visitors every year. Completed in 1508, the chapel’s fame lies in the various frescoes that decorate its interior, as well as paintings like The Last Judgment and the chapel’s ceiling by the renowned Michelangelo. Let’s take a look at the Sistine Chapel tickets & tour options, visitor information, and more.

Post-COVID-19 Safety Measures at Sistine Chapel

  • Tickets to the Sistine Chapel must be booked online in advance; visitors can choose their preferred time to ensure contactless experiences. 
  • Visitors must tour the Sistine Chapel within their time slots to enforce social distancing.
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times by guests.
  • The temperature of all visitors will be taken using a digital thermometer at the door; if a visitor’s temperature exceeds 37.5°C (99.5°F), they will be denied entry.
  • Guided tour groups will be limited to 10 people at a time.
  • Disinfectant gel dispensers will be available throughout the chapel.
  • Audio guides are available to rent at the venue or can be reserved online.
  • Guests must maintain social distancing of at least 2 meters from others during the visit.
  • Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is only possible through the main entrance; the Sistine Chapel entrance to the basilica is currently closed.

All Your Sistine Chapel Tickets & Tours

There are multiple tickets and tour options available to visit the Sistine Chapel. Guests can choose to book priority access tickets, guided tours, or combo tours. Each ticket offers different benefits, depending on your requirements. Read on below to know about each ticket type in detail.

Priority Access Tickets

Guided Tours

Combo Tours

Enjoy fast-track entry into one of the most renowned historic attractions in Europe. With these priority access tickets, bypass the long queues and gain entry to the site. This ticket also includes entry to the Vatican Museums, where you can discover some of the greatest works of art from the Renaissance period. 

Why go for these tickets?

  • Fast-track entry to the Sistine Chapel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire some of Michelangelo’s greatest works of art, including The Last Judgment and the Sistine Chapel ceiling
  • Get entry to the Vatican Museums and observe captivating artwork by renowned artists

Recommended experiences

Enjoy priority access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and get a chance to see some of the greatest works of Renaissance art in the flesh.
Guided tours of the Sistine Chapel offer some incredible insight into the history and significance of the attraction and its numerous works of art. These tours also include a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and its magnificent galleries. 

Why go for these tickets?

  • Enjoy an insightful guided tour of the Vatican’s most prized attractions, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, and delve into their incredibly rich culture and history
  • Be a part of a small tour group, accompanied by a professional tour guide 
  • Explore the most famous collections in the 54 different galleries of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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Enjoy a semi-private tour of the Vatican’s most prized attractions, and learn about the culture and history of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
Get an exclusive Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel experience with a fast-track entry and guided tour giving you deep insight into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
For a wholesome Vatican City and Rome experience, a combo ticket is the right way to go. Enjoy entry to prime attractions such as the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. You can also avoid long queues as these tickets include skip-the-line entry to each of these attractions. If you have limited time and would like to see more of the Vatican, this day tour is a great choice. 

Why go for these tickets?

  • Explore the very best of Rome and the Vatican on this full-day tour with small groups of 10 people or less
  • With a professional guide by your side, learn about all aspects of Rome and the Vatican on your guided tour
  • Enjoy fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum, and avoid having to wait in long queues

Recommended experiences

Discover the best of Rome and the Vatican with this full-day guided tour, and avoid waiting in lines with exclusive priority access.

Plan Your Visit to the Sistine Chapel

Opening Hours

Getting There

Rules & Guidelines


What are Sistine Chapel hours?

The Sistine Chapel is open from Monday to Thursday between 08:30 AM and 06:30 PM and on Friday, Saturday, between 08:30 AM to 10:30 PM. The final admission is at two hours before closing. The Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays.

How long is a tour of the Sistine Chapel?

Since a tour of the Sistine Chapel includes access to the Vatican Museums as well, it would take approximately 2-3 hours to cover all the best artwork here.

What is the best time to visit the Sistine Chapel?

Plan your visit early in the morning or late evenings before closing, on weekdays, to experience smaller crowds. The best time of year would be during the off-season between October to April; however, keep in mind that December can get a little crowded due to the holidays.

Where is the Sistine Chapel located?

The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums, at 00120, Vatican City. Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome.
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How do I get to the Sistine Chapel?

Your best bet to get to the Vatican Museums is by taking public transport:
By metro: Take line A to Battistinim Ottaviano or Cipro stations
By bus: Take bus 49 and get off in front of the Vatican Museums; Take buses 32, 81, or 982 and get off at Piazza del Risorgimento; take buses 492 or 990 and get off at Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni By tram: Take tram 19 and get off at Piazza del Risorgimento

Where is the Sistine Chapel entrance?

To reach the entrance of the Sistine Chapel, you will need to go through the Vatican Entrance, which is located at St. Peter’s Square.

Does the Sistine Chapel have a dress code?

Yes, the Sistine Chapel has a dress code since it is a place of worship. Knees and shoulders must be fully covered, even in the summer months. Hats are also not permitted at the Sistine Chapel.

Is photography allowed inside the Sistine Chapel?

Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. If you are caught taking a photo, you may be asked to leave by the guards. 

Can I carry food or drinks inside the Sistine Chapel?

Food and drinks cannot be carried into the Sistine Chapel. They can, however, be stored in the cloakroom, free of charge.

Is storage facility available at the Sistine Chapel?

The Sistine Chapel on its own does not have storage facility; however, you can store bags, luggage, and rucksacks at the Vatican Museums’ cloakroom. The storage facility is free of charge for visitors. 

Are washrooms available inside the Sistine Chapel?

There are washrooms located within the Vatican Museums, which you can use during your visit to the Sistine Chapel as well. 

Is the Sistine Chapel wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Sistine Chapel is wheelchair accessible. Ramps and elevators have been added around the site for ease of use.

What to See at the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican's Sistine Chapel in Rome is one of the highlights of visiting the city. Here’s what you can expect to see here: 

The Ceiling

Painted between 1508 and 1512 by Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel ceiling features a vast display of narratives from Christianity’s history and lore, including all the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis. Considered to be a cornerstone of High Renaissance Art, the ceiling is one of the most popular paintings in the world.

The Last Judgement

A magnificent fresco painted by Michelangelo, the Last Judgment depicts the Second Coming of Christ. The fresco features over 300 figures, and is considered one of Michelangelo’s finest works, and one of the ultimate symbols of Renaissance art.

Northern Wall

The Northern Wall of the Sistine Chapel houses the Stories of Jesus through a series of eight panels. These paintings include the Baptism of Christ, Vocation of the Apostles, as well as the historic creation, The Last Supper.

Southern Wall

The Southern Wall houses the Stories of Moses, and was completed between 1481 and 1482. The frescoes start from the altar and include Moses Leaving for Egypt, The Trials of Moses, The Crossing of the Red Sea, Descent from Mount Sinai, as well as Testament and Death of Moses are all depicted here.

Beyond Sistine Chapel

Apart from the Sistine Chapel, there's plenty of popular attractions in Vatican City.

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums in Rome were founded in the early part of the 16th century, and house over 70,000 works of art. It is the third most visited art museum in the world, and has a total of 54 galleries, of which the crème de la crème is the Sistine Chapel. A benefit of visiting Vatican City is that Vatican tickets are part of Sistine Chapel tickets & tours.

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is a church located in Vatican City that is considered one of the hallmarks of Renaissance architecture. Regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world, visitors flock from all over the world to soak in the grandeur of the dome. St. Peter's Basilica tickets need to be additionally booked.

Roman Colosseum

The largest ancient amphitheater ever built, the Colosseum in Rome is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It was once the ultimate source of entertainment, serving as an Amphitheatre during violent sporting events. Today, it is one of the most-visited monuments in the world. You can book Colosseum tickets as part of your Sistine Chapel combo tour.

Sistine Chapel Tickets FAQs

Is the Sistine Chapel open in 2021?

Yes, the Sistine Chapel is now open to visitors and is accepting online reservations.

What safety measures are in place at the Sistine Chapel?

To ensure contactless experiences, the Sistine Chapel now accepts online reservations and has made social distancing mandatory. All visitors must also wear masks throughout their visit, and can use the hand sanitizers available in place.

Are Sistine Chapel tickets available online in 2021?

Yes, visitors can book their tickets online. For online reservations, guests can choose their preferred time slots and book their tickets in advance.

Is entry to the Sistine Chapel free?

While entry to the Vatican Museums requires the purchase of a ticket, entry to the Sistine Chapel is included in your booking and is free. You cannot separately visit the Sistine Chapel.

Do Sistine Chapel tickets include skip the line access?

Yes, Sistine Chapel tickets include priority access, allowing users to bypass the long waiting lines and head straight for security check.

Are guided Sistine Chapel tours available?

Yes, you can specifically book guided Sistine Chapel tours online. On a guided tour, you’ll be a part of a small group and will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will regale you with interesting history and facts about the Sistine Chapel.

Do I need Vatican tickets to enter the Sistine Chapel?

Yes. There is no separate entry into the Sistine Chapel; you have to book Vatican tickets and go through the Vatican Museums to get to the chapel.

Where is the entrance to the Sistine Chapel?

You have to go through the Vatican Museums to get to the Sistine Chapel. Its entrance is located towards the end of the museums.

Is the Sistine Chapel worth a visit?

Yes, the Sistine Chapel is definitely worth a visit due to its rich display of Renaissance era-defining artwork, and the chance to see Michelangelo’s famed The Last Judgement painting in the flesh.

What can I see at the Sistine Chapel?

There’s plenty to see at the Sistine Chapel, the ceilings of which alone draws in millions of visitors. Each wall displays different narratives from Christianity and have served as a canvas by renowned artists including Michelangelo.

Is access to St. Peter’s Basilica included in my Sistine Chapel tickets?

No, you would have to specifically book tickets that include access to the St. Peter’s Basilica.

Can I enter St. Peter’s Basilica through the Sistine Chapel?

No, the entrance which earlier connected the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica has been closed to the public. Guests would have to visit the basilica directly from St. Peter’s Square.

What are Sistine Chapel opening hours?

The Sistine Chapel is open from 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM between Monday to Saturday, with final entry at 04:30 PM. It is closed on Sundays.

Is the Sistine Chapel wheelchair accessible?

Yes, differently-abled guests can visit the Sistine Chapel with a companion.

What should I wear to the Sistine Chapel?

Since Vatican City is a place of religious significance, guests are expected to cover their knees and shoulders, and dress appropriately.
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