Useful Information

Useful information for visitors to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

Frequent questions

When can the Sistine Chapel be visited?

The Vatican Museums, which house the Sistine Chapel, are open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and every last Sunday of the month.

How much does it cost to see the Sistine Chapel?

The cost of the ticket to visit the Sistine Chapel varies according to the type. It starts from a minimum of about € 26 if you choose the single ticket for the Vatican Museums. The ticket costs more if you choose the guided tour or if you want to visit the Vatican Gardens.

In which building is the Sistine Chapel located?

The Sistine Chapel is one of the chapels of the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican City and is located inside the Vatican Museums in Rome

Who painted the Sistine Chapel in Rome?

The Sistine Chapel was frescoed by Michelangelo. His assistants mainly helped him mix the paints and get them up and down the scaffolding. Only a few, particularly gifted, fresco very small parts.

How old was Michelangelo when he painted the Sistine Chapel?

Michelangelo finished painting the vault of the Sistine Chapel in 1512 at the age of 36. The Last Judgment was painted between 1535 and 1541.

What does the vault of the Sistine Chapel represent?

In the ceiling, frescoed in record time by Michelangelo, numerous themes are depicted. Some scenes from the Book of Genesis, Creation and the Fall of man, immediately after the flood of Noah. There are portraits of prophets and sibyls announcing the coming of the Messiah and stories of the tragedy of the Jewish people. In total, there are more than 300 figures painted on the ceiling.

Where is Michelangelo's Last Judgment located?

The Last Judgment is located in the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican Museums. It was frescoed by Michelangelo on the wall behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel.

What is the function of the Sistine Chapel?

In the past it was used for the ceremonies of the papal court in which the most important characters of the city participated.
Today the main and most famous function of the Sistine Chapel is the Conclave, the assembly that elects the new Pope.

How tall is the Sistine Chapel?

The Sistine Chapel is about 21 meters high, the vault is 40 meters long and 13 meters wide for a total of about 5 thousand square meters.

When was the Sistine Chapel built?

In 1473 the project for the Sistine Chapel began when the remains of the previous building were destroyed. Only the bases of the walls and the asymmetrical plan of the building remained intact. The ceiling was covered with new vaults. The actual reconstruction interventions lasted about four years starting from 1477.

Why is the Sistine Chapel so called?

The Sistine Chapel owes its name to Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere who had the ancient Magna Chapel restored between 1477 and 1480.

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Rules for the visit

It is not permitted to bring alcoholic and super alcoholic beverages inside the Sistine Chapel

Taking pictures and filming videos in the Sistine Chapel is strictly prohibited.It is allowed to take pictures without flash inside the Vatican Museums.

The cloakroom service is free of charge.

All knives, scissors and/or metal tools of various types to be stored in the cloakroom

In the Vatican Museums, waste cannot be abandoned, except in the special containers located in the areas outside the visit path.

Security checks by metal detector

Access to the Museums is not permitted to animals, even small ones, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind or partially-sighted

The use of mobile phones is not recommended in the Vatican Museums. It is forbidden in the Sistine Chapel. There is no Wi-Fi for security reasons.

In the Vatican Museums and in the Sistine Chapel smoking is forbidden (even electronic cigarettes).

In the Vatican Museums are relaxation areas with seats to enable the visitor to take a break

With respect for and in view of the sanctity of the location, during the visit to the Sistine Chapel visitors are kindly requested to observe absolute silence.