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How to Visit Rome's Sistine Chapel

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Sep 14, 2017
  3. Europe
  4. Travel Tips

How to Visit Rome's Sistine Chapel? Saint Peter’s Basilica is the centerpiece of the Vatican’s walled, 108-acre grounds in Rome. Built on the site of a medieval castle, the Sistine Chapel in the city-state houses some of the most recognizable artwork of the 15th and 16th centuries. God famously stretches his finger toward Adam in Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the chapel’s ceiling. You can tour the chapel on your own, take one of the Vatican’s guided tours or arrange for a private viewing.

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Touring the Sistine Chapel

The tour of the Sistine Chapel is included in the price of the Vatican Museums tour. You must purchase a ticket, either online or at the ticket office at the Vatican, and use it on the day it’s issued for. The museums and chapel are usually open from Monday through Saturday with exceptions for holy holidays. On Sunday, the museums close in midafternoon, and admission is free the last Sunday of every month, but the museums close just after noon. You can also arrange a three-hour guided tour at the Vatican that includes the Sistine Chapel, or hire a tour guide in Rome.

What You’ll See

The museum displays include objects such as Faberge eggs, astronomical instruments, antique tapestries, paintings and sculpture. Among the museums are Raphael Rooms, originally the apartment of Pope Julius II, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Artwork includes Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” a striking sculpture of the Madonna holding Christ’s body, and Raphael’s “Transfiguration,” believed to be his last painting. Michelangelo’s vivid paintings, including the “Last Judgment,” cover the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and paintings by other Florentine masters cover the walls. Intricate 15th-century mosaics cover the floors.