Sistine Chapel

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'To Rome with Love' Tour - Romantic city tour Rome at sunset

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'To Rome with Love' Tour - Romantic city tour Rome at sunset

Offer your love romantic sunsets and Rome's top sights during a guided city tour in comfortable electric golf cars

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  • INCL. GLASS of Prosecco
Duration:
3.5 h
Language:
English + 2 more
385.50 $ price (private)

Private Vatican Tour - Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

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Private Vatican Tour - Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

You will discover the stories and legends behind each work of art...not to be missed!

Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 1 more
from 320 $ price (private)

Skip-the-Line: Ticket for the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

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Tickets to the Sistine Chapel no line

Visit the unique Vatican Museums and the famous Sistine Chapel, which are absolute "must-sees" for your trip to Rome!

  • NO GUIDANCE
Duration:
1 day
51 $ per person

Day trip to Rome from Civitavecchia - Classical Rome

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Day trip to Rome from Civitavecchia - Classical Rome

Make a day trip from your cruise ship to the eternal city of Rome and discover all the highlights of the city.

  • PICK UP from the port of Civitavecchia
Duration:
8 h
Language:
English + 4 more
from 687.50 $ price (private)

Leadership without queuing: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

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Touristengruppe Vatikan

Top selling Vatican leadership on rent-a-guide. It is worthwhile for all those who want to use their time in the Vatican effectively and competently. Maximum 18 participants!

Language:
English + 4 more
from 76 $ per person

Skip-the-Line evening tour: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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Skip-the-Line evening tour: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

During this individual evening tour through the Vatican, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael's Stanzas await you.

  • SMALL GROUP tour
  • ALWAYS ON Fridays
Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 3 more
from 78.50 $ per person

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Ticket skip-the-line

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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Ticket skip-the-line

Visit the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel. Your ticket for priority access for the museums in the Vatican.

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  • ALSO BOOKABLE with Audio Guide
Language:
English + 4 more
from 24 $ per person

Sistine Chapel and Vatican: Guided Tour in Rome

Sistine Chapel and Vatican: Guided Tour in Rome

Visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with an expert guide.

Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 1 more
272.50 $ price (private)

Private tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

Tour guide explaining Sistine chapel

You will be picked up from your hotel and can visit the Vatican with tickets without queuing. Your private tour guide will show you all the details.

Duration:
3 h
Language:
English + 6 more
from 109 $ per person (private)

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Last Minute Ticket

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Last Minute Ticket

Accompanied admission to two of Rome's top sights

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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: no queuing + hop-on hop-off bus

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: no queuing + hop-on hop-off bus

No queuing in the Vatican + access to the buses for 24 or 48 hours

Language:
English + 4 more
from 71.50 $ per person

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Works of art in the Sistine Chapel: the highlights

The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of the Vatican Museums. A guided tour is highly recommended because of the masterpieces of art that can be found here. On the guided tours through the chapel you will discover these six masterpieces:

1. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

The ceiling painting by Michelangelo Buonarotti shows nine scenes of the story of creation. These include: the creation of the sun and moon and plants, the separation of light and darkness, the separation of land and water, the creation of Eve and the creation of Adam. The artist painted the ceiling frescos for 4 years.

2. "The creation of Adam"

"The Creation of Adam" is part of Michelangelo's ceiling painting. It belongs to the history of creation and shows God the Father bringing Adam back to life with the touch of a finger. It is one of the most frequently reproduced works in art history.

3. The Last Judgment

In the middle of the altar painting the artist Michelangelo has immortalized himself. Just below the Jesus, the stripped skin bears the face of Bartholomew. The artist worked for five years on the famous painting depicting the Son of God during the last days of mankind. The work is now one of the most famous works in the Sistine Chapel.

4. Stories from the life of Jesus

Originally, there were eight pictures on the north wall that depicted episodes from the life of Jesus Christ. It had begun with the "birth of Christ", which was removed again in favour of the "Last Judgement". The motifs that you can still admire today include the temptation of Christ, the Last Supper and the resurrection of Christ.

5. Stories from the life of Moses

The stories from the life of Moses were also presented in eight pictures. Here too, one had to make room for Michelangelo's Last Judgement. The fresco of the discovery of Moses was removed. On the southern wall of the Sistine Chapel, there are many things to discover: the migration of Moses to Egypt, his passage through the Red Sea and the testament and death of Moses.

6. "Scala Regia"

The Scala Regia connects St. Peter's Basilica, the stanzas and the chapel. For the conclave, for example, the cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel via these stairs. At the foot of the stairs is the equestrian statue of Constantine the Great Bernini. The depicted scenery symbolizes the beginning of Christianity as a state religion.

Tips for visiting the Sistine Chapel

Visit the Sistine Chapel without the Vatican Museums?

The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of the Vatican Museums and admission is included in the museum tickets. Tickets only for the chapel are not available! Attention: there are many scammers in the Vatican City who try to sell separate tickets for the Sistine Chapel. These are tourist rip-offs. Keep your distance!

Observe the dress code!

Visitors who do not follow the rules here will be refused entry to the Sistine Chapel. The dress code for the Vatican Museums stipulates that all visitors' shoulders and knees should be covered. Those who only wear a top because of the heat should bring a scarf or longsleeve to cover their shoulders when entering the museums. Hats and caps should be taken off in the chapel at the latest.

Eliminate long waiting lines

Every visitor to Rome would like to see the famous Sistine Chapel, the paintings of important painters such as Michelangelo and Da Vinci. You can save yourself waiting time during the Pope's audience every Wednesday morning, and also at lunchtime from about 1 p.m. it gets a little quieter. Tickets for the Sistine Chapel can be booked online in advance to avoid waiting lines. You can also avoid the lines on a guided tour.

Best visiting hours

The opening hours for the Sistine Chapel vary greatly. It is generally open from approx. 9.00 - 18.00 hours. The last admission to the Vatican Museums is already at 16.00. The Sistine Chapel is closed on Sundays and Catholic holidays. Please inform yourself in advance about the exact opening hours during your visit. It is clever if you visit the chapel during the pope's audience, then it is much less visited than usual.

No photography...and yet this is how it works

Taking photographs is strictly forbidden in the Sistine Chapel. The supervisory staff here is at least as attentive as they regularly admonish to "Silencio! If you still want to dare to take a souvenir picture, you can try it with your mobile phone. Simply place it on your hand with the display facing down and quickly press the shutter release!

In the Sistine Chapel your guide must also be silent

Guided tours are forbidden in the Sistine Chapel. Even a licensed tour must pause here. If you have booked a guided tour, your guide will instruct you before entering the Capella Sistina. In the chapel itself, however, he may not guide you along the numerous works of art.

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