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Explore the Vatican on a group tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums with an expert guide. Take a guided tour of the sprawling complex of rooms, art, and history that bring ancient collections to life. Skip all entry rows to explore rooms like map galleries. Enter the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam," and end your tour with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Choose from multiple departures or join a small group tour.

  • Admire the sights of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

  • Choose from several different departure times or join a small group tour

  • Audio headsets are provided to ensure you can hear your guide clearly

  • Avoid the long lines with a skip-the-line ticket

Why travelers choose this trip

"Skip the line" on this tour means using a special entrance to even skip the express lines.

What is included

  • Priority access to the Vatican Museums reserved

  • Visit the Guiding Stone of St. Peter's Basilica (if option selected)

  • Enter the Sistine Chapel

  • Audio headset to always hear your driver

  • Small groups of 20 people or less

  • cutting edge

  • pick up from hotel

meet and greet

meeting point

  • via Tunisia, 4

    Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Rome RM, Italy

    Meeting point: at the bottom of the stairs opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The stairs are right next to Caffè Vaticano, at the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The nearest metro station is line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).

the last point

  • St. Peter's Basilica

    St. Peter's Square, 00120 Vatican City, Vatican City

what to expect

Tours to the Vatican are in high demand, and even the express trains have long lines. This experience includes entering through a special entrance, so there are no lines. Follow your guide among the vast private art collections of the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries while hearing stories of Vatican intrigue. Admire objects such as old but fascinating maps of Italy, and admire sculptures and candlesticks in the Candlestick Gallery. Take a photo in front of the Pigna statue, designed by Donato Bramante of Cone Court.

Enter the Sistine Chapel - the Pope's personal place of worship and the highlight of any Vatican tour. Stand beneath Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam" that covers the ceiling and admire his colorful fresco "The Last Judgment."

After visiting the Sistine Chapel, continue to St. Peter's Basilica, the symbolic center of the Catholic Church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art, including Michelangelo's Pieta, which was sculpted when the master was 24 years old. See Bernini's canopy, then say goodbye to your guide in St. Petersburg. Stone.

Please note that St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square may be closed on Wednesdays for the weekly Papal Audience. Or, enjoy an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Room. If you want to identify the Basilica and St. Peter's Basilica. Petra is included in your itinerary, please do not choose Wednesday as your travel date.

If you want to elevate your experience in the Vatican, choose one of the following experiences:

Small group tour in the morning: enter the Vatican Museum as soon as it opens, before other teams enter. Your tour is limited to 10 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican's must-see sights.

Evening tour: Explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel behind the public gates. A visit to St. Peter's Basilica does not include stones.

(Video) Vatican City | Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica, gardens, & museums

Vatican Museums

2 hours • Entrance fee included

sistine chapel

20 minutes • Includes entry fee

St. Peter's Basilica

30 minutes • Includes entry fee

St Peter's Square

3 hours • Free entry

More information

  • have no heart problems or other serious medical conditions

  • St. Peter's Basilica may be closed at the last minute due to religious holidays. When this happens, we are happy to offer our clients extended tours of the Vatican Museums. In the event of planned interruptions to the cathedral's opening hours, we will try to give tour groups advance notice, but this is not always possible, in which case we are unable to offer refunds or discounts.

  • Travelers should have a moderate level of fitness

  • On Wednesday, St. Peter's Basilica cannot be entered until 13:00 due to the Pope's audience.

  • There is a maximum of 20 passengers for this tour/activity

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours before your experience for a full refund.

  • You must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience to receive a full refund.

  • If you cancel within 24 hours of the experience, the amount paid will not be refunded.

  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience will not be accepted.

  • The deadline is subject to the local experience time.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of passengers. If canceled because minimum requirements are not met, you will be offered another date/experience or a full refund.

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Small group of guide stones for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica (9)

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traveler's tip

Get there early as it can be hard to find a driver to check in.

Take water with you as you won't find it inside.

Don't go on a Wednesday as the Pope will be celebrating Mass and it should be very crowded.




Total number of reviews and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

Traveler reviews from Viator.

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driver ruined it


May 2023

The driver (bear) is not good. I took this tour when I visited Italy 11 years ago, but it missed a lot of important things. He wasn't engaged at all. stay away from it.

Busy but great!


May 2023

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Our tour guide was great and very informative! He welcomes all questions and gives great history about the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The only thing I would warn anyone about (it's not the tour's fault) is the number of people! Throughout your tour of the Vatican Museums, you will stand shoulder to shoulder with each individual and their relatives. Get ready - enjoy!

pack shoulder to shoulder


May 2023

The Vatican was packed and he got a lot out of the experience. The guide was good, but we got lost a few times. A friend of mine had a panic attack because of the crazy crowd. I will not be going back to the Vatican again.

do not miss it!


May 2023

Our wonderful tour guide Fabio started the tour by quickly learning the names of everyone in the group (minimum 15)! During the tour, he finds time to call everyone by name and keep the group engaged and involved. Such amazing art and history! do not miss it!

The driver is nice but...


May 2023

The driver is very good, but there are too many people. The Vatican should start limiting the number of people per day. Only visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.



May 2023

The trip itself was great. Our tour guide was great and knowledgeable. However, the place was packed with people. Wall to wall people make my mom uncomfortable. Tourists can be very rude and disrespectful to seniors and need to stay a little longer. This is the only reason I didn't leave a higher rating.

Great way to visit the Vatican


May 2023

An informative and entertaining guide that brought us the history of the Vatican in an entertaining way.

you have to go through this...


May 2023

You must experience this kind of travel at least once in your life. So much history and art is cool. It can definitely be crowded and can seem overwhelming at times, so be prepared and be patient with your guide.

3 hours is too much. . .


May 2023

3 hours is exhausting. Tour guide Amir was knowledgeable and pleasant. It helps teams navigate a very crowded space.

Rich in content, a bit long


May 2023

The tour guide was lively and knowledgeable, but still a bit cheeky, which is nice but unnecessary. Better directions for the session would have been helpful as we had to ask and do a lot to make sure we got to the start time. With as many people as there are in the Vatican, it's hard to suppress a crowd.

excellent tour and guide


May 2023

Excellent small group tour (8) with excellent guides. About 3 hours in total, the driver was very knowledgeable and the meeting point was close and easy to find.

it should be more visible


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May 2023

We showed up at 10:15 and it was very crowded. We couldn't find a group we were supposed to join. We walked from one group to another on or near the steps of a Vatican cafe. No one has our name on the list. There is no Internet service or telephone service to dial.

Get the guide and skip the tour


May 2023

The guide is pretty monotonous, so it's hard to keep track of all the information. The guide spent 30 minutes explaining everything in the gardens and then we were taken to the actual rooms and grounds. All the guides seem to be doing the same process, so I suggest you find a guide and do it yourself. save money! Skipping the tour part is the reason I gave it 3 stars. I wouldn't rate it this high without it. Also, the tour ends in front of the cathedral, so we didn't visit that place.

1 traveler found this review helpful

great trip but hard to find


May 2023

The tour was very good and I would rate it higher, but I had trouble finding the name of the company to meet on the stairs. It should be on the departure instructions, right after where it says it goes to the bottom of the stairs.

Do not use these tours!


May 2023

I tried to call the operator twice to confirm the departure point before the trip. no reply. No reply to my messages either. The directions indicated are opposite the stairs marked for the entrance. I see stairs in the location listed but it says "exit". After finding the actual starting point, there are 4-5 groups. I went left and asked if they were real. They didn't have any papers until I came across a couple of gentlemen standing at the bottom right of the stairs. I was told the journey had just begun. He escorted us through a group that entered at the same time as my husband and I at 3:00. The gentleman said it was $130 in cash. The driver said we didn't come twice. I told her my husband and I would not be showing up. However, he didn't check my ticket or my name. The gentleman who picked us up, not the guide, wouldn't have let us go without an extra $130. My husband did this so we could get in when we left the next day. I contacted the tour company 3 times and they said no refund. There is no benefit to using this group. It was packed with people and barely moved.

We have closed your guide...


May 2023

We have already booked for you the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Basilica for May 23, 2023 We have a child and would like to skip the line to St Peter's Basilica. This is the main reason we book your tour guide. We had a guide, Mareena, who started the tour at 12 noon. The museum is full. But we managed to walk 1:30 hours with her. However, when we got to an important place called the Composition Chapel, we missed it. St. Peter's Basilica actually has two doors, one on the left and one on the right. Stone. Mareena knows that only those who are accompanied by a guide will enter the correct gate. However, when she walked through that door, she didn't make sure her 20 were there, nor did she pay us the slightest attention to the baby. So we had to take the door on the left and got totally lost. The driver was a mess and we couldn't see the cathedral because of the long queue. We have called your customer service and logged this incident. We also returned your staff from the museum entrance and returned the radio equipment as a courtesy. Your employee told us to write this in an email to refund the huge amount of money we paid for nothing. Money is hard to come by, and we don't need it. So, given our situation, please refund or let us know what you can do to keep your customers happy and safe. We have done many tours in different countries and never experienced such a busy situation.

1 traveler found this review helpful

Great guide, poor organization


May 2023

The tour started 15 minutes late. Our team has doubled in size and we need a refund, but I haven't seen it yet. The tour guide Nicola was great.

Crowded, but skip-the-line entry


May 2023

I'm not sure if there is a good solution to this problem. There are too many people passing by at once. Our driver was not very good. The only positive side is being able to skip the line. The day we went they said we had to wait in line for over 2 hours to get in. Then walk another 2 hours to the museum at the Sisteen Chapel. Although the chapel is very beautiful, there are too many people, it is difficult to go in and appreciate it.

great trip with great guide


May 2023

Bhaktian city is amazing. Unfortunately our guide didn't, she was slurring, she drove the group where more people lived so their radios were out of range, she wasn't prepared for the crowds, we almost missed the church and church.

Great trip!


May 2023

Sarah is an amazing tour guide. She is kind and knowledgeable. You can tell he loves what he does which makes the experience even better. This is a great tour that gives you plenty of time to enjoy the Vatican. 100% would recommend to friends and family!

A wonderful trip, an irresistible experience


May 2023

The tour was great and the tour guide was great. The Vatican itself is so crowded that there is not enough time to see these works.

very informative and professional tour

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May 2023

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained many details in an easy to understand manner. He also has a great sense of humor.

class death##


May 2023

It's not the saturation promised by small groups, hundreds of people and broken walkie-talkies that don't allow any conversation. I was told there would be a refund (and I have a record of being told) Viator declined all but a minimal refund. This ended a long relationship as I no longer trusted Viator to solve the problem or provide an accurate description.

unfinished tour


May 2023

Our driver is sick and has no backup. We got tickets and were left alone without a guide. I want a partial refund

vatican city


May 2023

Cristina was a great guide in a very busy place and she went out of her way to show us some of the most interesting objects in the busy Vatican museums. He is very knowledgeable and manages to keep the crowd together and enjoy what he has to share. suggestion.



May 2023

They refused to take me because I showed up with a cane! ! ! ! 🤬😳 After I waited in the sun🌞 This is blatant discrimination. This would never happen in the UK

Make sure to use a different travel agency

Katrina H,

May 2023

We paid for semi-private (group of less than 10) and instead they put us in a group of 16. Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel were packed (the crowd was so big that no one could walk to many places.). The guide stopped frequently to detail things that no one in the tour group was interested in, causing us to be unable to move due to the arrival of other tour groups. We were running out of time and the tour of St. Peter's Basilica took about 10 minutes in total. This was my second visit to the Vatican and this trip was absolutely terrible in comparison. Definitely not worth 1/4 the price.

A great way to see the Vatican.


May 2023

Great way to see the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Our tour guide "Mickey" was very knowledgeable and led a fantastic tour.



May 2023

Our guides are knowledgeable and accommodating. An amazing place with an amazing history. He guided our experience very well.

vatican tour


May 2023

You absolutely should. Our guides are knowledgeable and easy to understand. I'm not in a hurry!



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Are Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica the same? ›

The Sistine Chapel is not inside St. Peter's basilica. To see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, you need to visit the Vatican Museums.

Can you see the dead popes? ›

The dead bodies of 3 popes and one Russian saint are preserved and kept on display in the basilica.

What materials were used to build the St Peter's Basilica? ›

The basilica is built out of travertine stone and measures 220 m (750 ft) in length, 150 m (500 ft) in width, and covers an area of more than 5 acres.

What famous art pieces are in St Peter's Basilica? ›

Peter's is filled with many masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art, among the most famous of which are Michelangelo's Pietà, the baldachin by Bernini over the main altar, the statue of St. Longinus in the crossing, the tomb of Urban VIII, and the bronze cathedra of St. Peter in the apse.

Can I go from Sistine Chapel to St Peter's Basilica? ›

As you are leaving the Sistine Chapel, there is a passage leading off to the right that leads straight into St. Peter's basilica. This fast-track entrance is technically reserved for tour groups – if you join a guided small group tour to the Vatican this is the route you will take.

Can you skip the line at St Peter's Basilica? ›

Peter's Basilica? A. You can skip past some lines by going on a guided tour or visiting during early morning hours. However, there is a mandatory security check for everyone which will take at least an hour or two.

Which Pope's body is on display in the Vatican? ›

No pope has ever definitively said the bones are the remains of St. Peter, but in 1968 Pope Paul VI said the bones found underneath St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican had been "identified in a way that we can consider convincing."

What organ is the Pope missing? ›

Fortunately, the lungs are a redundant system, and losing one lung doesn't seriously compromise health. The only concern Pope Francis faced, and will continue to face, is that he has less respiratory reserve than someone with two intact lungs.

What happens to popes bodies? ›

Usually, the body lies in state in the Vatican for three days. The corpse is placed in a cypress wood coffin, meant to signify humility and refer to the fact that the pope was an ordinary man first.

What is the largest church in the world? ›

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the largest church in the world.

What does it say at the top of the Vatican? ›

"And I also say this to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church." The name Peter means a "rock".

What is the stone in St Peter's Basilica? ›

From a geological point of view, the Krokean stone is a dark green porphyritic stone flecked with light-coloured rectangular crystals.

Why do you rub St Peters foot? ›

Located in the north-east part of the basilica's dome, the statue of Saint Peter Enthroned, often attributed to the sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio from 13th century, has been the pilgrim's favorite goal for centuries due to the popular believe that touching or kissing its foot will bring you some luck.

Why is St Peter's Basilica so special? ›

One of the holiest sites of Christianity and Catholic Tradition, it is traditionally the burial site of its titular, St. Peter, who was the head of the twelve Apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, the first Bishop of Antioch and later the first Bishop of Rome, rendering him the first Pope.

What is the most famous art at Vatican Museum? ›

Can you buy tickets at the Vatican for same day? ›

Yes, you need to buy Vatican tickets in advance. It is no longer possible to show up on the day and stand in line to purchase tickets. All tickets purchased are effectively skip the line Vatican Museums tickets so the benefit is faster access.

Is it free to enter Sistine Chapel? ›

Is the Sistine Chapel free to visit? Well, you can see it for free, but it's not necessarily the most convenient option. Although entry to the Vatican Museums is usually ticketed, there is one day every month when they offer free admission to all visitors.

How much does it cost to enter the Sistine Chapel? ›

1: Get tickets via the official Vatican website. This is the official website to get tickets to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Online tickets cost €17, to which you must add a €5 online booking fee. If you request the audio-guide it is an additional €7.

What is the best time of day to visit St Peter's Basilica? ›

The best time to visit St. Peter's Basilica is between 07:00 and 09:00, while the queues for security is still manageable. The worst time to arrive is between 10:00 - 14:00 when their are long queues for security.

How long does it take to walk through St Peter's Basilica? ›

Additionally, it is recommended to set aside at least 30 minutes to walk through Saint Peter's Basilica, or 1 hour if you plan to climb to the top. Leaving Vatican City through St. Peter's Square will take another 15-30 minutes.

How long is the wait for St Peters Basilica? ›

Tours & Tickets St. Peter's Basilica. A visit to St Peter's Basilica is free, but you should expect long queues of two hours. Recommended: The most comfortable way to visit the basilica is with a guided tour.

Who is the pope's right hand man? ›

Early years. Marini was born in Genoa on 31 January 1965 and studied at the Liceo Colombo. He earned his B.A. in theology at the seminary in Genoa and was ordained a priest on 4 February 1989 by Cardinal Giovanni Canestri.

Can you show skin in the Vatican? ›

The Dress Code in the Vatican City

Its basic code is for both men and women both need to cover their knees and upper arms. They prohibit wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, and low-cut shirts. Men must take their hats off before entering whereas women may continue wearing theirs.

Where is the pope sleeping? ›

The Papal Apartment

Pope Sixtus V (1585- 1590) built the three-level courtyards of the Apostolic palace where the present pope lives and where every Sunday at noon he stands at the window (the second from the right on the third floor), and blesses the crowd that gathers in the magnificent Vatican square.

Which pope never decomposed? ›

V A T I C A N   C I T Y, March 27, 2001 -- A leading cardinal present when the coffin of Pope John XXIII was opened after 38 years today said the pontiff looked as if he had “died yesterday.” “None of the body had decomposed,” said Cardinal VirgilioNoe, the high priest of St.

What disease did the Pope have? ›

ROME (AP) — A chipper-sounding Pope Francis was discharged Saturday from the Rome hospital where he was treated for bronchitis, quipping to journalists before being driven away that he's “still alive.”

Did the Pope have a colostomy bag? ›

As expected, it presented no major difficulties. The operation closed the colostomy that was performed on May 13 after a bullet perforated the Pope's abdominal cavity and injured his intestine in several places. In the original surgery the doctors removed two bullet-torn sections of the small intestine.

Why are popes buried in three coffins? ›

The body of a deceased Pope is a barrier in three coffins that all fit inside one another. The first layer is a coffin made of cypress wood. Here, the coins of his pontificate will be introduced, as well as the pallium and a text that summarizes his work as Pope. The latter object will be installed in a metal cylinder.

When a pope dies what happens to his ring? ›

After the Pope has been pronounced dead the camerlengo takes the papal ring and cuts it with a pair of shears in the presence of other cardinals. There are several reasons why the ring is cut, however the most important is to prevents its use in the forging of documents.

Is the pope embalmed when he dies? ›

Vatican officials say the body has not been embalmed but only “prepared” for viewing.

Which church is the wealthiest? ›

List of wealthiest religious organizations
OrganizationWorth (billion USD)Country
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints100.0United States
Sree Venkateswara Swamy Temple30.0India
Catholic Church in Germany26.0Germany
Catholic Church in France23.0France
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What is the name of the richest pastor in the world? ›

Without a doubt, Kenneth Copeland is the richest pastor in the world right now. The Kenneth Copeland Ministries was founded by him. Due to the fact that he has three private planes, which he primarily uses for vacations and trips to resorts, he is renowned for leading an ostentatious and extravagant lifestyle.

Where is the oldest church in the world? ›

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia the Cenacle (the site of the Last Supper) in Jerusalem was the "first Christian church." The Dura-Europos church in Syria is the oldest surviving church building in the world, while the archaeological remains of both the Aqaba Church and the Megiddo church have been considered to ...

How do you say goodbye in Vatican City? ›

For when you are addressing elders, strangers, teachers, or acquaintances, you utter the formal greetings. This is Buongiorno for Hello and Arrivederci for goodbye. For family and friends, an informal Ciao or Salve (meaning either hello and goodbye) is fine.

What does it mean when smoke comes out of the Vatican? ›

White smoke indicates that a new pope has been chosen, while black smoke signifies no decision. But where does the color come from? Members of the Vatican Fire Brigade install the chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel that will emit smoke as cardinals prepare to vote for a new pope.

What is the white line around the Vatican? ›

The Vatican was said to be neutral during the war and so in 1943 during the second world war ,the then Supreme SS and Police Leader SS-Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff ordered a white line to be drawn to demarcate the Vatican sovereignty as again the occupied Rome.

Who is buried under the altar at the Vatican? ›

The altar, also known as the Papal Altar among devotees, is built over the tomb of St. Peter, martyred in the time of Emperor Nero.

What stone is in the popes ring? ›

Decorated with the arms of popes or cardinals, papal rings of the fifteenth century were made of gilt bronze or copper set with glass or crystal bezels, and distinguished by their great size.

What is the Pope stone? ›

Episode 134. n 1854 a slab of marble donated by Pope Pius IX arrived in Washington, D.C. He had it engraved “A Roma Americae,” or “From Rome to America,” as a sign of goodwill. He had sent it over to be included in the Washington Monument, which was then under construction.

What do you rub for good luck? ›

Similarly rubbing the belly of any statue depicting Budai is said to bring good luck. This custom might have originated from the Laughing Buddha statue in the Lingyin Temple.

Why do statues turn gold when touched? ›

Why do statues turn gold when rubbed? Rubbing makes bronze statues turn gold because gold is actually the natural color of bronze.

Are all popes buried at the Vatican? ›

Although not all popes are buried at the Vatican Grottoes, there are over 90 papal tombs inside. Some of them include Pius VI Braschi, who was captured by the French and died a prisoner in 1799, John Paul I Luciani, whose reign lasted for just 33 days, Adrian IV, the only English pope, and many more.

Is St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel the same? ›

The Sistine Chapel is not inside St. Peter's basilica. To see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, you need to visit the Vatican Museums.

What does it say on the front of St Peters? ›

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven...." Near the top of the dome is another, smaller, circular inscription: "To the glory of St. Peter; Sixtus V, pope, in the year 1590 and the fifth year of his pontificate."

Is there a Da Vinci in the Vatican? ›

The Vatican Pinacoteca is home to the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in Rome, a ghostly unfinished rendering of St.

What makes the Sistine Chapel so famous? ›

The Sistine Chapel is one of the Vatican's proudest features. Set in the confines of the Vatican City's ancient backdrop, the chapel is famous for its extensive collection of Renaissance art that has been painted by some of the world's most famous artists.

Where is the Sistine Chapel in relation to St Peter's Basilica? ›

The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums located on the right if we look at St. Peter's Basilica from St Peter's Square.

What is St Peter's Basilica another name for? ›

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply Saint Peter's Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave that is within the city of Rome, Italy.

Is there a shortcut from Sistine Chapel to St Peter's Basilica? ›

There is a corridor, formerly for the exclusive use of the Popes, that goes from the Sistine Chapel directly into St Peter's Basilica. You are only allowed to go down this corridor if you are accompanied by a tour guide.

Does the Pope use the Sistine Chapel? ›

Originally known as the Cappella Magna ('Great Chapel'), the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who had it built between 1473 and 1481. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity.

How much time do you need to see St Peter's Basilica? ›

Even without a guide, it will take at least 2 hours to walk through the most important rooms. Additionally, it is recommended to set aside at least 30 minutes to walk through Saint Peter's Basilica, or 1 hour if you plan to climb to the top.

Is it free to enter the Sistine Chapel? ›

Is the Sistine Chapel free to visit? Well, you can see it for free, but it's not necessarily the most convenient option. Although entry to the Vatican Museums is usually ticketed, there is one day every month when they offer free admission to all visitors.

Who is buried under St. Peter's Basilica? ›

Buried under St. Peter's Basilica is the treasured Tomb of St. Peter, an important historical and religious burial site since the 1st century.

Who is buried in the Vatican? ›

Rome is full of incredible things to visit, but if you want something really exclusive, there's only one place to go: the Vatican Scavi. Also known as the Vatican City Necropolis, The Tomb of the Dead, or St. Peter's Tomb, the Scavi is famous for being the final resting place of one of Jesus' 12 apostles, Peter.

Can you just walk into Sistine Chapel? ›

There are no timed entrances into the chapel itself. You can wander through the museums and enter the Sistine Chapel before you leave, or run straight there when the museums open.

How many steps does it take to cross Vatican City? ›

The 551 steps - Review of Cupola di San Pietro, Vatican City, Italy - Tripadvisor.

Can I enter Sistine Chapel in shorts? ›

How to dress for the visit to the Sistine Chapel. It is preferable to wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts. Hats, low-cut or sleeveless dresses, shorts, miniskirts are not allowed. Torn trousers and T-shirts are not recommended.

Can you take pictures in the Sistine Chapel? ›

The Chapel is the only place in the Vatican that photography and filming are completely banned. Undoubtedly one of the world's most famous buildings, the Sistine Chapel is a testament to the immense skill of history's greatest artists within the Renaissance era. The real reason for the ban dates back to 1980.

How much did Michelangelo get paid for the Sistine Chapel? ›

The pope was persistent; according to Giorgio Vasari, he was provoked by Bramante to insist that Michelangelo take on the project, leaving him little choice but to accept. The contract was signed on 8 May 1508, with a promised fee of 3,000 ducats (approximately US$600,000 in gold in 2021).

How much is the Sistine Chapel worth? ›

Many believe that it's not possible to put a price on the Sistine Chapel due to the religious worth, which is clearly invaluable, but a banker's best estimate on the entire wealth of the Vatican would be somewhere between $10 billion and $15 billion.


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