Extended Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase and St. Peter's Basilica
Exclusive Partner's Tour

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

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Tour Highlights

  • No-Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through our exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance
  • See the treasures of the Holy See including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Explore the masterpieces of the Vatican Painting Gallery and the normally off-limits Bramante Staircase
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica and the Pietà with possibility to explore after the tour
  • Hear an enlightening commentary from a local Vatican expert throughout the tour
  • Group size limited to 20 people or less
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide


As an Official Vatican Museums Partner, we give you exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase and the Vatican Art Gallery, and enable you to see favorites like St. Peter‘s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel without the crowds.

Tour Description

The Vatican Museum is home to over 9 miles of art, much of which is never seen by the general public for timing or access reasons. Our expert English-speaking guide will ensure you see its highlights in our Extended Vatican Tour, visiting hidden areas usually closed to the public, the Vatican Art Gallery, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square.

View The Galleries

You will see the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the sculpture of Lacoon and his sons, the Gallery of the Candelabra and a highlight of any tour – the spectacular Raphael Rooms. After an in-depth explanation of the artwork in the Sistine Chapel, we’ll give you some free time to explore and absorb, or potentially pick up some refreshments.

Our Extended Vatican Museum Tour takes in more public access sights than our other tours. The most exciting, perhaps, is a guided visit to the Vatican Pinacoteca, the official Vatican Painting Gallery. One of the newest openings in the Museums, it's home to many masterpieces by famed Renaissance artists, including Raphael’s ‘Transfiguration’, Caravaggio’s ‘Deposition from the Cross’ and Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished ‘St. Jerome in the Wilderness’– the only confirmed da Vinci work that's still in Rome.

Behind the Red Rope

Step behind the red rope like a VIP and you will be one of the lucky few who get to see the Vatican’s magnificent Renaissance Bramante Staircase. It was carved out of stone by Donato Bramante, the chief architect of Rome, in 1505, after being commissioned by Pope Julius II.

The last stop of the day is St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, where we’ll use a special access door to skip the long lines. Here, your guide will introduce you to Michelangelo’s famous Pietà and Bernini's incredible bronze baldachin among other masterpieces.

After the tour, you can spend additional free time exploring St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace.

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What's Included

  • No Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fees
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide

Sites Visited

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

Important Notes

St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.

Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.


  • I am taking a Vatican Tour that includes Saint Peter’s Basilica, will we go up the dome?

    It is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, however you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site.  Our tours do not include a visit to the Dome. Please note that if you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, you should make sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon before our afternoon tours reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.

  • Where does the tour meet?

    The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive when you book your tour.

  • Is photography permitted during the tour?

    Throughout most of the Museums and in St. Peter's Basilica it is possible to take photographs. However, photography is strictly prohibited inside the Sistine Chapel.

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