Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel
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Probably the most famous chapel in the world because of its incredible artwork, notably "The Last Judgment," Michelangelo's stunning fresco covering 10,000 square feet of the ceiling and wall.
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Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighborhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
How to get there
  • Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani • 10 min walk
  • Cipro • 10 min walk
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  • Stephanie S
    Roseland, New Jersey1,248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but crowded
    We went here at the end of a very long day of tours and walking through the city. It was hot and luckily we had skip the line so we were able to go right in. The process of getting through security and getting tickets was fast and easy thanks to our tour guide. It’s a beautiful building and I do think it’s something that’s a must see. However I did feel that it’s so large and the tour felt like it dragged on a little to get all the way to the Sistine Chapel. It was very crowded at times and a lot of stop and go with other tour groups. You cannot take pictures in the Sistine Chapel, you need shoulders covered and no hats. They are strict in there and will call people out for not following rules. Very beautiful and lots of hard work put into it. But it felt very long and drawn out at times. Our tour guide was lovely and wonderful
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 3, 2023
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,612 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic ceiling frescos
    Michelangelo’s ceiling frescos are the main draw here. They are magnificent and of course, iconic. Even though you might be with a tour, silence is required in the room (not even the guide may explain the varies scenes). Also no photographs are permitted (even without flash).
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Petra N
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a peaceful place, but still WOW
    Like some people mention. This is not a place for a peaceful reflection. However, I did not expect such a thing. The room was packed with tourists, the air was thin, and we had walked for a couple of hours. HOWEVER, this is worth it. Imagine the work being done at the time it was. seeing the details in the picture - chefs kiss to it all. Would maybe not do it again, but still. Would definitely recommend once in your life
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut4,755 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic
    How can you not rate the Sistine Chapel at anything less than 5 stars. I get that the frustration of having to go through 2-3 hours of touring The Vatican Museum but once you arrive at The Sistine Chapel the artwork is breathtaking. There is so much to take in. Yes, the attendants repeatedly ask for silence and yes they ask you to not take any pictures; please remember where you are at, this is a chapel and it is not appropriate to be talking out loud as if you were at a carnival. Arriving here and taking in all of the art work leaves you in awe. This was a bucket list item for me and I am glad I had the opportunity to see it and experience it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Leahthetourist
    London, United Kingdom379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when in Rome
    It’s a must see when in Rome, you can spend as long as you like in there and is breath taking. Very popular so expect crowds but security are good at keeping everyone moving through. Get a pre booked ticket with skip the line.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • splatnat42
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy skip the line .. please don’t queue!
    It’s a must to see even though it can be very hot in summer. Buy skip the line tickets.. it’s a must… I felt so bad for the people that were lined up next to the huge stone wall in the blazing sun! Relatively easy to get in much more quickly.. I probably would recommend a guided tour but my teens were having none of it .. will def book a tour next time I come as there’s just so much to see in there! I get that you can’t take pictures in the chapel by the way but found the security in there overly aggressive.. my daughter accidentally had her phone torch on and was accused of taking photos.. once he realised his mistake he said the torch would damage the art… I mean .. come on that’s just silly… they would be benefit from bit of service training I think ..
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • malebo alice m
    53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic works of art
    The Vatican museum is absolutely breathtaking. The works of art and the galleries are very elaborate and require a lot of time to go through. The Sistine Chapel was mind-blowing and I am so grateful to have witnessed the work of Da Vinci. This is a great way to spend the day. Just ensure that you have comfortable shoes and lots of time. I would definitely go back and see more of the museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Frigyes Balog
    Hungary26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spark of Life
    Visiting the Sistine Chapel as a Roman Catholic is something different than being a "not so religious" person. When I caught a glimpse on the Michelangelo painting on the ceiling something ran over me. When you see the two hands reaching to each other (God creates Adam or Spark of Life) it is something you will never forget in you whole life.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • travel_in_fours
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome is an understatement
    Michelangelo was entrusted with the job of partly altering the decoration. The ceiling, the upper part of the walls, the lunettes were painted to show the stories of Genesis, from the Creation to the Fall of man, to the Flood and the subsequent rebirth of mankind with the family of Noah. Our guide explained us this ceiling so much in detail that when we actually came into this chapel we were in awe with the artist’s work. In this chapel one cannot take pictures and one cannot even talk. So the Chapel had more than 500 people but no one uttered a single word. Sistine Chapel is the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of the Vatican trip. We stood beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling. We admired The Last Judgement, Michelangelo’s colorful mural that adorns the wall.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 10, 2023
  • marc n
    69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So chaotic and crowded it’s barely worth it.
    What can one say? Of course it was amazing. But it was in the words of my wife like “being squeezed through a tube of toothpaste”. It was so crowded and so chaotic that I really have trouble recommending it. Of course, if you’ve never been then yes, suck it up and suffer through it. It’s worth it (l think). But once is plenty.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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Superpeas
Kentucky8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Before you get to the chapel, expect to be herded through the Vatican museum like cattle. I was part of a tour group and our guide kept us moving so it might not be as bad if you are able to move through the museum at your own pace. The chapel was beautiful but it was very crowded when I went. I don’t know if it would be less crowded other times of the year. While it was crowded and rushed, at the end of the day you are getting to experience beautiful work by one of the greatest artists and it is completely worth it.
Written February 29, 2020
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Daniel&Amy
Rotorua, New Zealand310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Man, tourists sure know how to ruin places with spiritual/religious significance. If you visit, please follow the rules and be respectful. There are far too many people who seem to think that the Chapel is nothing but a tourist attraction when it is in fact an incredibly important religious location for so many who visit. While the paintings are incredible there really is no reason for you to stand in the middle of the chapel photographing the ceiling against the wishes of the security staff. Just sit and enjoy - experience means so much more than a photo. Anyway, rant over, we loved the bustling chapel and we stayed for at least 20 minutes admiring the intricacies of the art (make sure you have some form of information to enjoy the paintings fully - we just used our phone and the good old internet).
Written January 9, 2020
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Katie B
United Kingdom314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
On the day we visited the Chapel had been closed for 3 hours, hence routed twice around the museum. Due to the earlier closure uniformed security were ushering visitors through quickly and not allowing sufficient opportunity to take in the magnificence of this Chapel. Pity as would have liked to have stayed more than 4 minutes!
Written February 5, 2020
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Kenneth N
Venice, FL89 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
After an hour of being pushed and shoved by the crowds trying to get in, you enter the chapel (it’s small). The famous ceiling also looks small. The staff are rude and continually yell “silencio”. Additionally, pictures are not allowed. I felt as though we were viewed as intruders. It was not a welcoming environment at all. It was one of the most unpleasant experiences I have experienced. Very disappointed.
Written January 1, 2020
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Morrittaja
Helsinki, Finland46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The admission fee is definitely worth it if you're interested to visit the museum while at it. Otherwise it's going to be just a crammed-in extra price to see the legendary paintings. And they're amazing, it's true, but there's also St. Peter's Basilica which has equally amazing art and it's free!
Written February 13, 2020
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Andrew H
Solihull, UK307 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We came here in Feruary and it was unbelievably packed. I cannot imagine what it must be like in August. We were ushered through by the security staff and discouraged from stopping to see any of the amazing art we had come all that way to admire. This made it a complete let down. It was too crowded to see anything on the walls and it was impossible to stand still and gaze at that amazing ceiling.
Written February 21, 2020
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Phil H
Geelong, Australia54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We did the early entrance tour, thank goodness. We were ahead of the pack all day. the chapel was smaller than I thought it would be, nevertheless, spectacular. The guide was very passionate about his work. Visiting in February we were surprised how busy it was. The whole museum is worth the trip and the cafeteria was very resonably priced. Do not go to the cafe across from the entrance, extremely over priced and rude.
Written July 11, 2020
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chenaraf2017
Bellville, South Africa25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We did a lovely guided tour of the Vatican museums and had a lovely guide who was animated and friendly. Our short time in the Sistine Chapel was, however, very unpleasant. I cannot believe that they allow that any people to enter at a time. It must be a big fire hazard and surely cant be healthy for so many foreign people to be stuffed into the space! It really soured what would've been a good experience otherwise. They don't allow photos to be taken inside the chapel out of respect to the religious, which really seemed quite hypocritical as there were so many people stuffed inside that I would not and could not have associated the experience with anything remotely religious! We couldn't wait toale our way out of there, and didnt really get to spend time admiring the incredible artwork.
Written January 15, 2020
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mgsnorwich
Norwich, UK970 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
You arrive in the Sistine Chapel at the end of the tour of the Vatican museums. Top tip: hire a specialist guide who, before you enter the Chapel, will have spent some significant time with you explaining exactly what you will see in the ceiling paintings and on the wall behind the altar (we have used Emma Hamilton twice and is “worth her weight in gold”). There is no talking or photography allowed so knowing what to look for is paramount. The Michelangelo paintings are mesmerising.
This is the room where the Cardinals select the next Pope and you can see the fireplace where the famous smoke originates when a new Pope is elected.
Visiting in September 2020, there were few people so one was able to get an unhurried viewing of the paintings
Written October 14, 2020
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noconnell1
Dublin, Ireland94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Sistine Chapel is a place that I had always heard about and when I finally walked into it, it was initially underwhelming.
However when I started to take some time to absorb the stories being told through Michelangelo’s art, it became mesmerising. It is like one giant story painted into a ceiling, with all the pieces connecting in perfect ways.
The chapel doesn’t feel holy or spiritual in any way because there are so many tourists but that doesn’t take away from the beauty of the work
Written February 16, 2020
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