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The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel, part of Rome's Vatican Museums, was decorated by art masters Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century before being completed with Michelangelo's stunning 16th century ceilings frescoes and monumental "The Last Judgement", which covers the apse wall. 

Opening times & The best time to visit

A Vatican Museums ticket includes access to the Sistine Chapel, and the chapel cannot be visited on its own and can only be entered through the museum complex. Because the Sistine Chapel attracts millions of visitors each year, those who don't book skip-the-line ticket will find long queues upon arrival. For the better experience, many visitors book an official guided tour or even self-guided audio tour is recommended.

The Vatican Museums are famously crowded, especially during the middle of the day. To avoid crowds you should visit them early in the morning or in the night after the general public has left. The chapel is often quieter on Wednesday mornings, when the papal address attracts most visitors to Saint Peter's Square instead of the museums.

Cosider buying OMNIA Vatican / Rome Card which include free entrance to the Vatican Museums along other benefits when exploring Rome.

While visiting the Sistine Chapel wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees and keep your voice low

Be aware that no photography is allowed in the Sistine Chapel.

How to reach the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is a part of the Vatican Museums complex which can be easily reached by public transport or on foot from anywhere in Rome. Check here detailed info on reaching the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

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