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

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Overview
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.
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You'll start at
Viale Vaticano
Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, ItalyAt 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.
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Chiostro del Bramante
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Saint Peter's Square
Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
Duration
4h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Eaten wrote a review Feb 2020
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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
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Date of experience: February 2020
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ksurban1964 wrote a review Feb 2020
Woodland Park, Colorado26 contributions7 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Yiannis D wrote a review Jan 2020
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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!!! Greetings from Greece 🇬🇷
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Daniela V wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom18 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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artslover wrote a review Nov 2019
Calgary, Canada995 contributions158 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: November 2019
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