Enjoy a private tour of two of the most famous attractions in the world, the pride and glory of the Vatican City: the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
During your visit to Rome, the Sistine Chapel must be part of your itinerary. It welcomes between 10,000 and 20,000 visitors a day and is one of the most famous and visited places in the world. This is a very important place for Christianity, the main chapel of the apostolic palace, as well as one of the most famous cultural and artistic treasures of Vatican City. Initially, it was called the Chapel of Sixtus, in reference to Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere, who had it built between 1475 and 1481. It is a chapel consecrated for over 500 years, the conclave that elects the new pontiff is held inside it, furthermore, nowadays, the chief papal ceremonies take place there, other public church ceremonies, instead, are held in St. Peter’s Basilica. Follow us to know how to best visit Sistine Chapel.
Do not miss the most beautiful attractions of the Eternal City
The Sistine Chapel is one of the greatest treasures of the Vatican City, of Rome and of the world in general. The Sistine Chapel is a simple building, 134 feet long by 44 feet wide and 85 feet high. However, it has on its walls and ceiling some of the greater art ever produced in the Western world. Brilliant artists of the early Renaissance decorated the walls with paintings that tell the stories of Moses and Christ – the frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, and Raphael are real works of art.
Inaugurated in 1483, it was subsequently decorated by Michelangelo, who painted the vault, to give birth to one of the most famous ceilings in the world which tells the fundamental story of Christianity. The central theme of these frescoes is Genesis: nine scenes are represented in the Sistine Chapel, with the culmination of The Creation of Adam – just in the center of the ceiling – on which God gives life to the First Man, symbolized exactly by Adam. On the ceiling you can admire the magnificent Biblical stories painted by the Renaissance Genius which depict the history of the creation of the world, the fall of man, and the flood. It took 4 years in total to paint this work: Michelangelo began in 1508 and was inaugurated in 1512 by Pope Julius II. On the wall above the altar is The Last Judgment.
Marvel at the stunning masterpieces housed inside the Vatican Museums
The Sistine Chapel is an integral part of the Vatican Museums. This means that it is not possible to visit only the chapel, you have to enter through the museum.
The Vatican Museums are the museum center of Vatican City. Considered among the most beautiful museums in the world, they consist of 14 small museums which house one of the largest collections of art and archaeology created by the Popes over the centuries. All eras are represented and there are works and masterpieces from many countries and continents (Egypt, China, Italy, Africa, etc …).
As the highlight of your trip through the Vatican Museums will be a visit to the Sistine Chapel and it is not possible to enter without a ticket, it is strongly recommended to book tickets in advance, in order to guarantee the visit at the preferred time slot and program to avoid long queues. Let our guide introduce you to the Vatican’s must-see collection and Michelangelo’s masterpieces.
Visit Sistine Chapel with Walks Inside Rome
Walks Inside Rome is a company of travel services and guided tours established in Rome over 20 years ago and specialized in providing exciting, engaging, and educational tours and experiences in Rome and other Italy’s most spectacular destinations also thanks to its team of English-speaking licensed guides, including art historians, archaeologists, and food and wine lovers.
Come and discover our unconventional Sistine Chapel tours, you can also book VIP tickets to jump the queue: they give you priority access to the site and allows you to visit it without anyone around.
We enjoy a historic partnership with the Vatican. All our tours can be combined and customized to perfectly meet your needs and interests. Contact us to develop a tour program suitable for you.
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