Sistine Chapel last minute tickets

Did you forget to get your tickets for the Vatican Museums ahead of time and you really wanted to visit the Sistine Chapel? You will be in Rome in a week time and all the days are sold out for the time you are there?

Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Read below our suggestions for getting last minute tickets from other sources than the official website so you can visit the Sistine Chapel.

Are you ready to book your Sistine Chapel tickets right now? Don’t feel like reading ahead? Book now your ticket.

How can I buy Sistine Chapel last minute tickets when it is sold out on the official website?

The Sistine Chapel is the last room that visitors see when touring the Vatican Museums.

As you have probably seen already on the official website, tickets sell out very fast, and it is often impossible to book your ticket last minute. Usually, you need to purchase your tickets in advance, often two to three months in advance.

However, the good news is that there are many reseller websites where you can book online Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel tickets; some may still have some tickets available for your preferred date.

You are also in the right place to avoid checking them one by one. TourScanner aggregates all of them so you can quickly find out which website has still some availabilities.

If you still don’t find any tickets, then, it’s probably really sold out. The only way to visit the Sistine Chapel will be to book a guided tour. 

Sistine Chapel last minute tickets

How much Sistine Chapel tickets cost?

The entrance ticket for the Vatican Museums entitles the visit to the Museums and Sistine Chapel solely on the day on which the ticket is issued.

Vatican Museums tickets cost 17 €. If you wish to buy your ticket online so you may skip the line when you arrive, add 4 euros extra (21 € total).

What will I see during my visit?

The chapel served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activities. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the various frescos which decorate the walls, and particularly its ceiling. 

Southern wall

The southern wall is decorated with the Stories of Moses, painted in 1481 to 1482. They include:

  • Moses Leaving to Egypt by Pietro Perugino and assistants
  • The Trials of Moses by Sandro Botticelli and his workshop
  • The Crossing of the Red Sea by Cosimo Rosselli, Domenico Ghirlandaio or Biagio di Antonio Tucci
  • Descent from Mount Sinai by Cosimo Rosselli or Piero di Cosimo
  • Punishment of the Rebels by Sandro Botticelli Testament and
  • Death of Moses by Luca Signorelli or Bartolomeo della Gatta

Northern wall

The northern wall houses the stories of Jesus, dating from 1481 to 1482. They include:

  • Baptism of Christ by Pietro Perugino and assistants
  • Temptation of Christ by Sandro Botticelli
  • Vocation of the Apostles by Domenico Ghirlandaio
  • The Sermon on the Mount, attributed to Cosimo Rosselli
  • The Delivery of the Keys by Pietro Perugino
  • The Last Supper by Cosimo Rosselli

Eastern wall

  • Resurrection of Christ Resurrection of Christ by Hendrick van den Broeck (1572) over Domenico Ghirlandaio’s original
  • Disputation over Moses’ Body by Matteo da Lecce (1574) over Luca Signorelli’s original

Ceiling – Michelangelo’s frescoes

Sistine Chapel frescoes - ceiling
credit to Wikipedia

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. Michelangelo depicted nine scenes from the Book of Genesis – the first book of the Bible. The frescoes are organized into three groups of three alternating large and small panels.

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