It’s important to remember that Sistine Chapel tickets and tours equal Vatican City tickets. This is to say that they don’t limit you to just the Sistine Chapel. In fact, they give you access to all of what the Vatican Museums have to offer: over 7 kilometers, across 1,400 rooms, of approximately 70,000 different pieces of artwork, all of which culminates in the splendor that is the Sistine Chapel.
Behind the modest walls of the Chapel’s exterior is a world that bursts into life. Here, dried onto the walls and ceilings, are some of the most influential and beautiful pieces of art in history. Chief among them is Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam frescoes. In fact, the Sistine Chapel virtual tour does not do them justice at all. Some things technology cannot capture. But, the Chapel also boasts works of art by other great artists. Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino all contributed adding to the spectacular grandeur of the Sistine Chapel.
Beginning in 1508, Michelangelo spent many lonely years painting the ceiling and altar of the chapel. Despite the hard conditions such as lack of light, Michelangelo, little by little, transformed its walls into one of the greatest works of art in the world. As Goethe reclaimed, "If you haven't seen the Sistine Chapel, it's impossible to have any idea of what one man is capable of doing." As you step inside, the walls carrying biblical stories will come to life in front of your eyes.
To get to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican city, hop on the metro Line A to Battistini, Cipro, or Ottaviano Station. If metro is not your cup of coffee and prefers to take a bus, number 49 stops in front of the Vatican Museums. Bus numbers 32, 81, and 982 are also good options as they stop at the Piazza del Risorgimento.
Tram number 19 also makes a stop only a 500-meter walk from the Museums and the Chapel. Alternatively, the 492 bus can drop you off at Via Leone IV (300-meter walk from Museums).
Situated within the walls of the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel makes up a part of the Vatican Museums. So, the only way you can visit it is by purchasing the Vatican Museums ticket and cross through them. This is a plus as you will get to see an incredible collection of art.
Sistine Chapel Admission is included in the price. Beware of any agency or individual trying to sell you just the Sistine Chapel ticket, it’s a scam!
The Sistine Chapel welcomes over 4.5 million visitors per year, so it’s challenging to avoid a crowd completely. On Wednesday mornings, during the Pope’s address, it’s a bit quieter, as well as at lunchtimes. It’s highly recommended to buy Sistine chapel skip the line tickets and at least a few days in advance. However, a guided tour is perhaps the best way to skip the line. Browse our best-sellers for interesting deals.
Sistine Chapel entrance is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors. Do not wear low-cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, mini skirts and hats. If you are wearing a top that reveals your shoulders because it’s too hot, just bring a large scarf or a cardigan to cover up for the Sistine Chapel tour tickets.
The quietest tourist months in Rome are, naturally, the older ones. Keeping Christmas and New Years holidays out of the equation, November through February are the best months to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. In the busy months, unless you book an exclusive early-bird tour, it’s impossible to see the Sistine Chapel under similar crowd-free conditions. You will even be able to get yourself a wooden seat and marvel at the ceiling without too much hassle.
Most people, thinking they will avoid crowds, head to the Vatican in the morning making it, by default, crowded. So, if you want to keep away from the lines, do the very opposite! Go there in the early afternoon. The best time is right around lunch time. At around 3 pm, it’s not that uncommon to walk right in. However, the Sistine Chapel entrance tickets office closes at 4 pm, and the museums at 6 pm. So, if you do get there in the afternoon, don’t kill too much time in the museums. Otherwise, you might not even get as far as the Sistine Chapel before you get kicked out.
The basic Sistine Chapel entry ticket is around 20 € which, given the sheer size of the museums, is absolutely worth the price.
Honestly, the museums with the Sistine Chapel are so extensive, having a guide is pretty much a life-saver. A guided tour gives you the highlights and focuses your attention on the most important things.