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Sistine Chapel

(Cappella Sixtina)
Church, Historic Site, and Museum
Vatican City, Vatican
  • Ty L.
    "audio tour of the Vatican museum"(9 Tips)
    Arthur C.
    "Renaissance frescoes by Michaelangelo."(5 Tips)
    Jon P.
    "Tour groups enter the Vatican Museum before the general public."(5 Tips)
    Vibha R.
    "Get the audio tour."(3 Tips)
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  • Mark B.
    Mark BJune 12, 2016
    Beautiful. Extremely crowded. Get the skip the line passes to see the Musei Vaticano, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Take water with you as it is very humid inside with all the crowds.
  • Vibha R.
    Vibha RaoJune 3, 2014
    Get the audio tour. Besides being super informative about the Vatican museums, it gives you a really good insight into Michelangelo's process in constructing the ceiling. Worth every euro and more.
  • Miwa N.
    Miwa Nagamitsu AhlstromOctober 11, 2016
    If you want to go to St Peter's Basilica after Sistine Chapel, follow the tour groups to the right. Don't exit from the left to go back to the entrance area of Vatican Museum.
  • Adriano S.
    Adriano SchneiderJune 26, 2013
    This place is amazing. Besides having to walk too much to get to the main point, it worths a lot. I suggest to buy online tickets otherwise you will face a huge line to get in.
  • Şenan P.
    Şenan PostacıAugust 11, 2013
    To leave the chapel, head to the right door (which is only for tour groups) and try to tag along with a tour group. This will take you directly to Basilica di San Pietro without waiting in long lines
  • Kerem U.
    Kerem UzerOctober 30, 2015
    A very unique experience. In last days of October, place was still crowded but I imagine a lot less than a summer period. Buy tickets from web to save time
  • Johannes K.
    Johannes KagerOctober 31, 2013
    You'll have no reception on your phone inside the chapel (probably they've installed a jamming transmitter). So make sure to check in before or afterwards! ;-)
  • Jon P.
    Jon PariseApril 23, 2015
    Tour groups enter the Vatican Museum before the general public. It's a great way to view the Sistine Chapel before it gets crowded.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BoulgerJuly 3, 2016
    It can be very crowed but it is open late one night a week (until 10PM) in the summer, this is the best time to go, more manageable less crowded.
  • Augustus Collection
    Augustus CollectionFebruary 23, 2014
    One of the world’s most renowned attractions and Rome’s most popular chapel. It has an incredible collection of paintings and is visited by millions of tourists each year. Read more
  • David C.
    David ChungNovember 25, 2016
    Live up to the hype I'd say. Worth all the extra time and energy spent just to reach this place from the museum main entrance. Take your time to admire the famous work of Michelangelo.
  • Always Twirling
    Always TwirlingApril 22, 2012
    Grab a seat right away. Worth fighting for a seat. Also worth getting an audio guide from Rick Steves (on iphone) or some other source to fully absorb the importance of what you are looking at.
  • Val
    ValApril 23, 2014
    Walk down narrow winding stairs to get to this famous space. Remember to be quiet in the chapel but if you forget, the speakers mounted in each corner of the room will remind you. In 10 languages...
  • Daniel G.
    Follow the tour groups through their exit to the right (at the end of the chapel) to jump the queue to St Peter’s Basilica. It’s like using the warp pipes in Super Mario Brothers.
    Upvoted May 11
  • Vlad
    VladApril 2, 2013
    The most impressive sanctuary of art and genius. You have to see and admire this wonderful place. Please remember that taking pictures is strongly forbidden. Very crowded, especially during holidays..
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MccolloughNovember 17, 2015
    The build up between many works of Renaissance art in the 16 museums led to overload. It's amazing but crowded. An observed silence wasn't respected. People spoke all about, which detected from it.
  • Miloš
    MilošFebruary 24
    It's beautiful but crowded, cannot relax at all as the guards and speakers keep screaming NO PHOTOS. Go to the right door after to enter St. Peter's thus skipping the line from the square
  • Stavros V.
    Stavros VassosApril 21, 2014
    The most famous sight of the Vatican Museum. The museum itself is large with lots of interesting artwork. The route for the Michelangelo painting takes about 45 minutes to follow.
  • Sherie S.
    Sherie SwerdlowAugust 1, 2012
    Save $ elsewhere and Take private tour with only 10 people. We were in chapel for almost 45 minutes alone. They turned on lights. I was able to lie down on bench and really see it all. Guide was best
  • Arturo C.
    Arturo CuatepotzoNovember 5, 2013
    Everybody says that you can take a picture in here. Liars! You'll see tons of tourist taking pictures even with flash. Try to be discrete, no flash and get better pics with ISO 400 and 800.
  • Naz C.
    Naz CostanteMarch 20, 2016
    incredible artwork of michaelangelo, be sure to have audioguide, you have to stay there for a while, it will be very crowded and since its a holy place the guards will bark and shout to keep order.
  • Camila R.
    A lot of people but the artwork is amazing. The structure is amazing but after viewing the artwork you become engulfed in it. You forget the people, the heat and concentrate on the gorgeous art.
  • Anne v.
    Anne vdBMay 1, 2014
    The Cappella Sistina was built 1584-87 off the right transept by Fontana for Sixtus V Peretti. The main altar has 4 gilded bronze angels by Torregiani, holding up the ciborium, a model of the chapel.
  • Khoi N.
    Khoi NguyenNovember 19, 2014
    My eyes have been blessed to have seen the masterpieces that combine to form the Sistine Chapel. There's a reason they don't allow cameras as it truly is meant to be taken in with your own lenses.
  • Benjamin 🚀
    Benjamin 🚀September 14, 2015
    Undoubtedly worth a visit! Beware the the big crowds...go lightly and imagine you are all alone. Whatever you do spring for the line skipping service! 😄🇮🇹💒
  • Winslow
    WinslowJuly 13, 2017
    Must see. Make sure to buy your ticket to the Vatican Museums in advance! The ticket slots fill up quickly and are required to see the Sistine Chapel.
  • Jan F.
    Jan FreemanJune 12, 2016
    Take a picture of the ceiling (flash off of course). A greedy corporation copyrighted the ceiling & won't allow photos purely for monetary reasons. So take a picture!
  • Shahira A.
    Shahira AllenSeptember 2, 2015
    So beautiful! I can't believe Michelangelo never thought of himself as a painter but a sculpture! His paintings are actual masterpieces! His sculpture comes through in his work. Recommended!!!
  • Başak E.
    Başak EkinciJuly 17, 2013
    I cannot begin to express all the beauty&amazing talent of what and how these artists had had so many centuries ago. This must be on a trip to Rome as a kind of obligation!
  • Joey H.
    Joey HernandezJuly 3, 2017
    be prepared to walk! you'll be walking through many many exhibits and rooms before you get to see the ceiling. also, you wont be able to take pix/vids nor make any noises
  • MakeMyTrip c.
    MakeMyTrip comNovember 25, 2011
    Take a walk around the city and admire the beauty of the Sistine Chapel adorned with renowned masterpieces like Michelangelo, Fontana di Trevi, Via Apppia Antica and Vittoriano. Read more
  • Liliana L.
    Liliana LOctober 4, 2014
    Extraordinary place. Not allowed to take photos/film though or you will be asked to delete it. There's great artworks along the way though,see those too!
  • Domus Betti B&B B.
    I suggest to visit in the evenings, no crowed at all, and what bellissima evening you can have beside the master peace one best of human being can have been done.
  • Tony D
    Tony DNovember 3, 2010
    It's all you've ever heard about and that much more!!! Simply breathtaking--make sure you really take the time to soak it all in and don't let the guards interrupt the experience! Respect the chapel!
  • Konstantina
    KonstantinaMay 20, 2017
    (1/2) Beautiful frescos obviously but the quantity of people is not helping so much. Also to get here you need to follow the whole tour (which is about an hour long). So if you already saw St Peter's
  • Holly W.
    Holly W.June 24, 2017
    Remember to cover shoulders. They do offer free shawls if you forget, but can't go in without one. You have to wade through a crowd of people as seems only one way to get there. Don't go on weekend.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RoyMarch 13
    Super-crowded. The guards try to usher you along towards the exit, but with a bit of luck and ruthlessness, you can grab a seat and take a moment to admire this masterpiece.
  • Yatharth G.
    Yatharth GuptaSeptember 21, 2012
    You cannot experience the grandeur of The Last Judgment by Michelangelo unless you actually see it. Also Raphael's masterpieces are often overlooked but will blow you mind away.
  • Rivi
    RiviFebruary 24, 2017
    This is maybe the only reason you should visit the museum of Vatican. Take note that you cannot photograph the chapel.
  • John B.
    John BaptistJuly 4, 2014
    Guard yelling at people: NO PICTURES ! That's rough. u_u' But it not apply for me...=p I'm very quick w/ my phone and there is too many people in here! So turn off flash, and be real quick. ;) #FikDik
  • Robert A.
    Robert AtkinsonAugust 19, 2013
    If you can manage to stay on the left when you enter there is bench seating which is a perfect location to view the ceiling from
  • Laurenz L.
    Laurenz LooseMay 18, 2016
    A bit overrated in my opinion. You're pushed in with thousands of other people and hardly a place to stand. Security keeps screaming through a mic to keep quiet. Beautiful, but too crowded.
  • Ty L.
    Ty LeDecember 29, 2016
    Get the audio tour of the Vatican museum for a beautiful description of the Michelangelo and various other paintings
  • Anna H.
    Anna HeimJuly 8, 2016
    Take the audio guide and sit on one of the side benches to enjoy every detail while everyone else walks through in a loud rush
  • I Pini di Roma
    I Pini di RomaJanuary 21, 2014
    Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos by Michelangelo that decorate the interior and the ceiling
  • TuscanTravel P.
    TuscanTravel PlannerFebruary 8, 2012
    Famous for its decoration which has been frescoed throughout by the great Renaissance artists including Michaelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and Sandro Boticelli.
  • Ali L.
    Ali LatifiApril 11, 2015
    History and excess. No photos allowed inside. You can't really take in the history though because it becomes so crowded.
  • Sinem Y.
    Sinem Y.June 7, 2014
    There is a door that takes you directly to St Peter's basilica so you skip the huge security check line. If Last Judgement is behind you, the door is ahead of you on the right.
  • Humaid B.
    Humaid BinyelaiyelAugust 28, 2017
    Amazing, breathtaking, you could spend hours looking at michelangelo's masterpiece
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.June 3, 2017
    Grab a seat right away. You'll need at least 15-20 min to observe the brilliance of Michelangelo's work, if not more.
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