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

Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
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About
At the Vatican, it can be a challenge for travelers to choose among a litany of early admission, art history, and run-of-the-mill tours. This trip stands out by stopping at rarely visited locations, including the Bramante Staircase (normally closed to the public), Vatican Paintings Gallery, and Raphael's Rooms. Plus, you save time with genuine no-wait access wherever you go, and hear commentary through a headset so you don’t miss a thing.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican Museums without having to wait in line
  • Stop at the Bramante Staircase, which is normally closed to the public 
  • See the less-visited Pinacoteca Gallery and the only Da Vinici in Rome
  • Your guide brings the Vatican art to life
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at the designated spot near the museums. Enter the galleries through a reserved door without having to wait in line. Don a headset designed to help you hear your guide clearly. Stop at the Vatican Paintings Gallery and admire Caravaggio’s 'Deposition from the Cross,' Da Vinci’s unfinished 'St. Jerome,' and Raphael’s 'Transfiguration.' Next head to the Bramante Staircase, a rarely visited architectural gem once used by the pope and Vatican staff. Snap a photo of the spiral staircase before heading to Raphael’s four rooms, famous for their frescoes. Make the required stops at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The tour ends just outside St. Peter’s Basilica.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican Museums without having to wait in line
  • Stop at the Bramante Staircase, which is normally closed to the public 
  • See the less-visited Pinacoteca Gallery and the only Da Vinici in Rome
  • Your guide brings the Vatican art to life
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at the designated spot near the museums. Enter the galleries through a reserved door without having to wait in line. Don a headset designed to help you hear your guide clearly. Stop at the Vatican Paintings Gallery and admire Caravaggio’s 'Deposition from the Cross,' Da Vinci’s unfinished 'St. Jerome,' and Raphael’s 'Transfiguration.' Next head to the Bramante Staircase, a rarely visited architectural gem once used by the pope and Vatican staff. Snap a photo of the spiral staircase before heading to Raphael’s four rooms, famous for their frescoes. Make the required stops at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The tour ends just outside St. Peter’s Basilica.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3731EXTENDEDVATICAN
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani. Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani metro A station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction. Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps with a handrail running down the center. Your meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps. In total, the walk from the metro station to the meeting point should take around 10 – 15 minutes. Arriving from St. Peter's Square: Facing St. Peter's Basilica from the center of piazza (near the obelisk), turn right (north) and exit the piazza through the columns. Follow the Vatican walls (which will always be on your left side) all the way around to the entrance of the Vatican Museums (the entrance is on the left as you go uphill on Viale Vaticano.) This walk should take around 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani. Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani metro A station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction. Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps with a handrail running down the center. Your meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps. In total, the walk from the metro station to the meeting point should take around 10 – 15 minutes. Arriving from St. Peter's Square: Facing St. Peter's Basilica from the center of piazza (near the obelisk), turn right (north) and exit the piazza through the columns. Follow the Vatican walls (which will always be on your left side) all the way around to the entrance of the Vatican Museums (the entrance is on the left as you go uphill on Viale Vaticano.) This walk should take around 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 28 Jul. 2021
A note from Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
You must present either proof of full vaccination (with an EMA-approved vaccine), proof of a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano
    Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
    At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani. Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani metro A station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction. Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps with a handrail running down the center. Your meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps. In total, the walk from the metro station to the meeting point should take around 10 – 15 minutes. Arriving from St. Peter's Square: Facing St. Peter's Basilica from the center of piazza (near the obelisk), turn right (north) and exit the piazza through the columns. Follow the Vatican walls (which will always be on your left side) all the way around to the entrance of the Vatican Museums (the entrance is on the left as you go uphill on Viale Vaticano.) This walk should take around 15 – 20 minutes.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Chiostro del Bramante
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    See address & details
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Erin P
11 contributions
Vatican Insights
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Our first time in Vatican City and having a knowledgeable guide was very helpful. Maria Theresa gave lots of great insights about art, architecture and history. The majority of this tour consisted of the Vatican museums, finishing in the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. The only confusing part was that St Peters was not actually part of the tour- we just went to check it out on our own. All a once in a lifetime experience!
Written 5 September 2021
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Eaten
3 contributions
Wonderful tour and great tour guide Laura
Feb. 2020 • Family
The tour to Vatican City was great and it was really interesting to find out about Michael Angelo’s work and Christianity. However the tour would not have been as good without our tour guide Laura who was really passionate about the subject and even went beyond her line of duty with an extra 30 minutes into the tour, definitely a boost to the tour. She was really energetic and funny which kept us interested the whole time
Written 22 February 2020
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ksurban1964
Woodland Park, CO27 contributions
City Wonders tour with Christian
Feb. 2020
Wonderful tour! Absolutely loved our tour guide Christian! He had passion for the all he was presenting and was a wealth of knowledge. We made a mistake and missed our scheduled tour, by I am glad we did when we got Christian as our guide! The Vatican is beautiful, having such a knowledgable guide, we were given so much more insight! Would highly recommend and ask for Christian!
Written 17 February 2020
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Yiannis D
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A to the point insight
Dec. 2019 • Couples
I highly recommend this tour. Our guide Damiano made it really interesting highlighting the significant relics and artifacts. It would be difficult to enjoy so much without a guide who made it so interesting and fun. Overall a great experience!!!
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Written 12 January 2020
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Daniela V
London, UK18 contributions
Vatican tour
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Decided to take this tour with City Wonders as not only was an early start but offered to visit the Bramante staircase, Livia the tour guide was lovely, the tour lasted 4 and a half hours and i wish it was longer as so much to see, will use City Wonders again.
Written 24 November 2019
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artslover
Calgary, Canada988 contributions
If you want a full tour with exclusive access, this is the best
Nov. 2019
I have been on five other Vatican Museum/St Peter’s tours. While those had good aspects about them, none offered a view of the Bramante staircase. Being interested in Renaissance architecture and history, I really wanted to see this. This extended tour offered that exclusive access and more.

The Bramante staircase was a treat as was the Etruscan gallery that I had not seen in my previous five tours. But this tour was worthwhile as a total package.

All the other tours I have taken were three hours or less. In three hours, you have to omit something. This one is scheduled for four and a half hours but the one I took was five and a half hours because our guide, Lorenzo, said he was running behind schedule but did not want to cut short the tour. His efforts to provide a great experience are to be commended.

I really appreciated being able to look at art that most guides rush past.

Other tours I have taken have provided more information about specific things but this one provided an exceptionally detailed tour. If you have the time, I would definitely recommend it.
Written 18 November 2019
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Winderme
3 contributions
Good itinerary, Great guide
Nov. 2019 • Solo
The extended itinerary is worth the time,
especially the Pinacoteca. Michala, our guide, is warm and a wealth of information at every turn.
Written 17 November 2019
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Kerrie Draheim
Brisbane, Australia57 contributions
Great tour with City Wonders with excellent guide
Oct. 2019
On Oct 1, 2019, we did the 'no wait extended Vatican Museums Tour, including the Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Our guide, Michala, was excellent - she was very knowledgeable and efficiently navigated the crowds to give us the best experience possible. I would recommend paying extra for a tour like this as there is so much to learn and experience.
Written 31 October 2019
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sgilani01
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Great informative tour.
Oct. 2019
Alex did a wonderful job walking us through the museum with an excellent run down on the finer points of art and history. However 3 hours is too short to really absorb everything but an excellent overview.
Written 8 October 2019
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jim and kathy
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
exceptional tour
Oct. 2019 • Couples
The tour guide Vasco was extremely knowledgeable and led a fantastic tour. The tour was thorough and covered everything we wanted to see.
Written 5 October 2019
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