Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's and Bramante Staircase

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Visit all of the most important sights of Vatican City in the most relaxed and comfortable and enjoy the special access to the fascinating Bramante Staircase, which is normally closed to the public. Enjoy No Wait Access at the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and Raphael's Rooms.

Highlights
  • Authorized by the Vatican for skip-the-line priority and no-wait entry through an exclusive partner entrance
  • Unique access to the Bramante Staircase, an area normally off limits to the public
  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 20 guests to maintain quality and an intimate feel

Description

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.

Itinerary

  • Vatican Pinacoteca (Painting Gallery)

  • Pinecone Courtyard

  • Chiaramonti Museum

  • Apollo Belvedere

  • Laocoön

  • Bramante Staircase

  • Etruscan Museum

  • Gallery of the Candelabra

  • Gallery of the Tapestries

  • Gallery of the Maps

  • Raphael Rooms

  • The Sistine Chapel

  • St. Peters Basilica

Includes

  • Skip-the-line entry tickets to St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

  • Special access to the Bramante Staircase

  • English-speaking guide
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Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's and Bramante Staircase

Duration: 5 hour(s)
Available: Daily
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Inclusions: Skip-the-line entry tickets to St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums / Special access to the Bramante Staircase / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 07:45

    Check in at the entrance of the Vatican Museums

  • 08:00

    Explore the Vatican Museums

    Visit the world-renowned Vatican Museums. Admire and get acquainted with the artistic masterpieces collected by the Popes over the years. See up close the most significant Renaissance works of art in the world.

  • Pinacoteca

    Stroll along the 18 rooms of the Pinacoteca, also known as the Picture Gallery, which showcases a collection of paintings from the Middles Ages to 1800.

  • Bramante Staircase

    Visit the two staircases named Bramante Staircase which is located in the Pio-Clementine Museum. One was built in 1505 and the other in 1932. Deemed to be a revolutionary piece of architecture, marvel at the staircase's shape of a double-helix, designed centuries before the DNA was discovered.

  • Sistine Chapel

    Enter the Sistine Chapel to see the world-famous fresco entitled "The Creation of Adam". Get enthralled at the marvelous paintings in its high ceiling which Michelangelo completed in 1512. His work greatly contributed to the history of art and became the cornerstone work of High Renaissance art.

  • Raphael Rooms

    Discover the four Raphael Rooms, located at the Pontifical Palace, and see the famous frescoes painted by Raphael with the School of Athens.

  • Explore More Attractions

    Grab this rare opportunity to visit more historic and culturally-rich landmarks including the Chiaramonti Museum, Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons, Etruscan Museum, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of the Maps.

  • St. Peter’s Basilica

    Finally, the tour ends at St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world and the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture today.

  • 12:30

    Tour ends at St. Peter's Square

  • (For Check-In) Vatican Museums Time: 07:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) St Peter's Square Time: 12:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Vatican Museums Time: 07:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) St Peter's Square Time: 12:30:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.

  • No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin

Additional Note(s)
  • This tour operates with a maximum of 20 participants.

  • Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, it is strongly recommended that guests avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.

  • 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.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 7 business days (19:30:00 local time) to 3 business days (19:30:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 20% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 19:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
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