Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Dig a little deeper at the Vatican, visiting all the highlights of the collection – plus some incredible gems not often visited by the public. On this comprehensive and carefully crafted tour, your expert guide will take you to famous sights like the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel – and to see hidden treasures like the Etruscan Museum, Vatican Paintings Gallery and the phenomenal Bramante Staircase. As part of this Official Vatican Partner tour, you’ll also gain No-Wait access through a private, partner entrance so you won’t waste any time waiting in line.
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4 hours 30 minutes
What's included :
- Professional guide
- Access to the Bramante Staircases
- Headset to hear the guide clearly
- Exclusive No-Wait-Access
- Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
- Entry/Admission - Chiostro del Bramante
- Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
- Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
What's excluded :
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy
Your tour begins outside the Vatican, where your expert guide will whisk you passed the famously long lines and through an Official Vatican Partner entrance before giving you a brief overview of the tour.
You’ll then follow your guide to the Pinacoteca, also known as the Vatican Paintings Gallery. Often overlooked by independent sightseers, this is one of the quietest parts of the Museums. Enjoy the hush as you view masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and the only Da Vinci left in Rome. As you wander this modern gallery, your expert guide will tell you not just about the techniques and subjects of these works, but also about the lives of their creators.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace 5 Santa Maria della Pace, 00186 Rome Italy
Then, you will make your way to one of the highlights of our tour: the Bramante Staircase. A Vatican Guard will escort you beyond a velvet rope to this engineering marvel, which was built to admit horse-drawn carriages from street level to the Papal apartments. It’s usually closed to the public, so you’ll have this stunning helical staircase to yourself, with space to admire spectacular views overlooking Vatican City.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy
Next, visit some of the well-known sights of the Vatican including the Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, and the stunning Sistine Chapel. Of course, no visit to the Vatican would be complete without seeing this iconic masterpiece, and your expert guide will be sure to give you all the background you need to truly appreciate Michelangelo’s most famous work.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy
Finish your tour with privileged access to St. Peter’s Basilica through a door leading directly from the Sistine Chapel, avoiding the lines so you have more time inside to discover works like Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’.
Duration: 30 minutes
Departure Point :Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time :8:00 AM
Return Detail :Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Tours departing Wednesday: St Peter's Basilica will be unavailable due to the Papal Audience. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums
- On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 4.5 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
- Only small bags are allowed on the tour
- Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.