What To Expect
The Vatican Museums are home to over nine miles of art, much of which is never seen by the general public, either for timing or access reasons. Delve deeper into the Vatican Museums than ever before with this Extended Vatican Tour that takes you where the public cannot usually go and visits more general access areas of the museums than a classic Vatican tour.
This special access Skip the Line tour crosses velvet ropes to gain rare access to the famous Bramante Staircase, a dizzying spiral of carved stone built in 1512 inside a square tower. It once bore the weight of horses, but few ever set foot on it these days, making this visit particularly special.
A sure highlight of the tour will be the beautiful paintings of the Vatican Pinacoteca painting gallery, including Raphaels Transfiguration, Caravaggios Deposition from the Cross and Leonardo Da Vincis unfinished St. Jerome in the Wilderness.
On top of that we will visit all the general access rooms covered in our basic Vatican Museums tour, from the Pinecone Courtyard to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and a highlight of any tour, the Raphael Rooms.
Of course your tour also includes the Vatican Museums most famous room, a room whose threshold has a higher footfall than the museums themselves because so many visitors come twice. Over the course of your tour, your guide will have described the works in here, explaining with the aid of photos and drawings, what each section means so that when you arrive here at the Sistine Chapel, you will have time to yourself to take it all in.
The last stop on our extended tour takes you through a special door in the Sistine Chapel and past another long queue to gain access to St. Peter's Basilica. Every day but Wednesday (when the Papal Audience often means that the Basilica is closed) you'll have a guided tour inside this colossal building - one of the most important in all of Christianity and home to Michelangelo's famous sculpture, La Pieta.
This Extended Vatican Museums Tour is perfect for art-lovers and visitors with an interest in seeing a little more of what the Vatican Museums have to offer. With Skip the Line Access you will not have to waste your precious time, and small group sizes of 20 people or less mean that your visit will be intimate, your passage around the museums seamless, and your guide easy to interact with.
Vatican Pinacoteca (Painting Gallery)
Gallery of the Candelabra
Gallery of the Tapestries
Gallery of the Maps
The Sistine Chapel
Tour as per description
No Wait Access and Skip the Line entrance into the Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
Access to the Sistine Chapel
Headsets for groups of five or more, so you can always hear your guide
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Meals and drinks
Children up to 5 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended. We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.
On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter's Basilica and Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience.
Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.
As the paintings in the Pinacoteca are world-famous masterpieces, they are often loaned out to other galleries for special exhibitions. For this reason we cannot guarantee that all of the listed works will always be on display in the Pinacoteca Art Gallery when we visit.
Tour operates with a maximum of 20 guests.
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