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

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4.5 h.
Mon, Fri & Sat

Those who want an extensive experience in the Vatican can fully satisfy their cultural needs on our Complete Vatican Tour. You can see more due to our Reserved Access. Once inside, your expert guide will unpack all the major masterpieces of the Vatican Museums with the rich stories that lie behind each of them. Your journey through the Museums will include off-limited areas such as the Bramante Staircase. Please join us for our most complete journey of discovery in the Vatican.

  • Save time by entering the Vatican Museums with our Reserved Access
  • Discover the focal points of the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms
  • See more of the artwork of the rarely visited Vatican Painting Gallery and the usually restricted Bramante Staircase
  • Spend extra time gazing at the glorious Pietá in St. Peter's Basilica with our Skip-the-Line Access
  • Local English-speaking expert art historian guides who are passionate about the Vatican
  • Groups of less than 20 and dedicated audio headsets so you never miss a word

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Reserved Access to the Vatican Museums
  • All entrance & reservation fees
  • Time in the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-Line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Dedicated Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Local English-speaking art historian guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Bramante Staircase
  • Pinacoteca (Vatican Paintings Gallery)
  • Etruscan Museum
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

No One Gets you in Faster

Your tour with us starts by entering the Vatican through our exclusive Reserved Access. Inside you will see the countless artifacts and treasures of this world-famous Museum at an unhurried pace on our Complete Vatican Tour.

Your guide will give you in-depth details behind the architecture and works of art on view. You’ll be led through the Pinacoteca, the usually neglected Vatican Paintings Gallery. This gem is often bypassed as eager tourists race from the doors to the Sistine Chapel. Inside, you’ll see artworks from Raphael, Caravaggio, and even a rare Da Vinci while your guide will fill you in on how each of them represents the progression of art in Western Civilisation.

No One Gives You more Access

You will also have the unique opportunity in the Vatican Museums to walk up the original Bramante Staircase. You can leave the crowds in the public corridors and escape to the balcony for some Instagram friendly shots over the city. This was the original entrance to the Papal apartments and was built to support horse and carriages although it is no longer used.

You’ll also explore the remarkable Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. As there is no guiding allowed in the Chapel your guide will have prepared you in advance with the background material and details necessary to understand the magic of the frescoes. Along with these famed highlights you’ll also be shown through hundreds of pre-Christian statues, fantastically detailed hand-drawn wall maps of Italy and hanging tapestries designed by Raphael and weaved by craftsmen in Northern Europe.

No One Gets You in Earlier

After the Sistine Chapel, you can use our Skip-the-Line Access for instant access to St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest cathedral. You can use your extra time here to enjoy the stunning baroque altar, identify the hand-carved name on Michelangelo’s ‘Pietá’ and descend beneath the altar to the crypts where the Popes are buried.

Over the course of four and a half hours, you’ll gain a complete understanding of one of the world’s oldest art collections and see the Vatican treasures as very few do. Please join us for a journey of discovery on our most complete tour of the Vatican.

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Important Notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

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