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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Neighbourhood: 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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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  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The chapel is amazing, but the experience itself was less so
    The Sistine Chapel itself is stunning. I was so happy to get to see it myself. However, the Sistine Chapel experience is not very pleasant. You are herded in the door to an area in the middle of the room designated for people to stand and view the masterpiece. There is no stopping along the perimeter as it needs to remain clear for people to enter and leave the area. The security were constantly moving people from there which caused a little bit of pushing within the crowd. There really just wasn’t enough room in the viewing area for the vast number of people, but luckily we quickly found a place at the back of the standing area. Although we were squeezed in shoulder to shoulder with what seemed like 100s of people, I tried to ignore that and take my time to see everything. It was very warm in there and there was constant reminders not to take photos (probably because so many people felt the rule did not apply to them), but you can still appreciate the beauty of it all. I still recommend visiting just be prepared for the crowds.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Kenneth E
    Erwin, Tennessee520 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy skip the line tickets
    It's chaos, but will be worth the visit. The room will be insanely packed, but it's a must-see. Buy tickets in advance, the queue was backed around the wall almost to st Peter's, for those waiting to buy tickets.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Stephanie S
    Roseland, New Jersey779 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 June 2023
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,107 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Petra N
    47 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 5 July 2023
  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut2,937 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Leahthetourist
    London, United Kingdom112 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • splatnat42
    9 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • malebo alice m
    18 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Frigyes Balog
    Hungary23 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 26 August 2023
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Marina
Sorocaba, SP108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The chapel is absolutely beautiful, and the chance to see Michelangelo’s paintings is absolutely wonderful.
However, I feel like the visit could be more organised. They let a huge number of people inside at the same time and, despite the warnings not to talk and not to take pictures, a lot of people do not respect that. I believe the experience would be better if fewer people were allowed at the same time, and if they were more strict as to the non talking rule, since it is a sacred place, and not just some touristic attraction.
Written 11 April 2024
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Baggio1018
London, UK237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Another place in the Vatican which is far too busy and crowded.
The only way to enjoy the Sistine Chapel is if you happen to find space on the benches on the side, otherwise, you will be shoved along by tours, the security staff etc.
Written 7 April 2024
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Corrie
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It is not a recommended place to visit from our side. There are other free chapels to visit that are less crowded, less stuffy and nice. The exhibits inside this chapel, you can see on the net.
Written 7 April 2024
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EXE60
Europe213 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Sistine Chapel should have been the cherry on top of my guided tour. Our guide told us not to speak and not to take photos. Guess what? There were at least five hundred people in the Chapel and many were speaking and a few were snapping photos. The ushers inside had no control over the crowd and were mostly only interested in keeping people moving. Disappointing experience.
Written 6 April 2024
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CazzaWestMids
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK462 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I was really looking forward to this part of our Vatican experience. This part meant a lot to me and my family and it was chaos. Staff basically order you to stand in a particular area which is cramped and uncomfortable and talk to you in quite an aggressive unfriendly attitude. Then they are constantly talking and allowing other visitors to talk. It was so loud in there and disrespectful. People should be warned that they are not allowed to talk before they go in and be removed if they can't be respectful.
Written 5 April 2024
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Jer G
Delta, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Busy but breathtaking. You have to expect big crowds, breathe to yourself and stay calm and reflective. The ceiling and his later period wall are otherworldly, really....

I was with 15 high school kids who were great. An older fellow and his wife wanted to push his way past a female teacher and me. He was tall and pushing aggressively.

I explained to him that I was sticking with my students. That seemed to offend him. He yelled from 15 meters to me that I was a di$%head. I was a bit surprised by his language in such a holy place and suggested as such. Funny story...

I would imagine that he will feel pretty silly afterwards, but maybe he was suffering in some way that made him so volatile. I felt sorry for him, and wish him calm....
Written 27 March 2024
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DwightDG
Flanders, NJ71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
They are letting insane amounts of people in at a time. The Chapel itself is stunningly beautiful, but we felt like cows in a slaughterhouse jammed in with hundreds of other people.

The volume of noise made it impossible to spend any time appreciating the artwork. At one point one of the staff, in a VERY LOUDSPEAKER started demanding silence. Not a single person paid attention to that. Within 1 minute the volume of those around us was back to an unacceptable level.

I have heard from friends who had gone years ago that only small groups were let in at a time. That has certainly changed.

The number of people completely ruined this experience for us.
Written 26 March 2024
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William Hutton ™️
Lincoln, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was the best chapel I have ever visited in my entire life, it was very interesting but was incredibly busy, sadly it is illegal to take photographs inside the chapel. You have to book tickets in advance to get into the Sistine Chapel. I would definitely recommend booking tickets to see the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
Written 21 March 2024
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Thais Ariadna C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was a really grateful and amazing experience, the chapel is incredible, i have no words to say about how gorgeous is inside, is a full experience of knowledge, the wall, the ceiling, everything has art and that is the most beautiful because you never end to see how amazing it is
Written 15 March 2024
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Herbert C
899 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Undoubtedly one of the greatest treasures of the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is one of those attractions that you must see at least once in your lifetime to truly appreciate the genius of Michelangelo. Already popularly known as the archetypal Renaissance man, Michelangelo's creative mastery has veritably reached the pinnacle with his jaw-dropping masterpiece on the ceiling and altar wall of this 15th-century chapel. He's solely responsible for all the frescoes on its ceiling, spending 4 years between 1508 and 1512 to leave his lasting legacy. Occupying the ceiling frescoes are the 9 Biblical depictions from Genesis, with the Creation of Adam taking centerstage as Sistine Chapel's most iconic image. Another of Michelangelo's celebrated masterpieces, the Last Judgement, adorns the entire altar wall. Its religious importance goes beyond these frescoes; it is also the place where new popes are crowned. The Sistine Chapel is part of the enormous Vatican Museums, and entry to the museum includes this chapel, though this is the last stop of the visitors route through the museum. Expect the chapel to be super-crowded, and you'll be lucky to get a seat around its perimeter from where you can look up to gawk at the majestic frescoes. Beware that no photos or videos are allowed in the chapel though binoculars are permitted, and there will be museum officers walking around and balking at those who disobey this directive. You will be literally awestruck just admiring the unparalleled beauty of the frescoes. Truly a swoon-worthy grand finale to your Vatican Museums exploit!
Written 14 March 2024
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