What makes this tour unique?
Explore restricted areas, including the famed Bramante Staircase, not opened for other tour companies.
This is the most complete Vatican experience, covering the Vatican Museums, Pinacoteca, Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, St. Peter’s Basilica and more.
We offer the fastest entrance through a special Official Partners entrance. No other company can get you inside faster.
OFFICIAL VATICAN PARTNERSHIP – VIP Advantages for You
Dark Rome is 1 of only 3 OFFICIAL VATICAN MUSEUMS PARTNERS worldwide. Couple that with our experience of guiding over 1,000,000 guests through the Vatican and a TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence, you can’t get a better tour anywhere else! When you book this tour with Dark Rome you get:
||FASTEST ENTRANCE – because of Dark Rome’s Official Vatican Partnership, we’ll get you into the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums faster than “Skip the Line” tours and much faster than the general public through our special Official Partners entrance. In fact, there is no quicker way to enter than with Dark Rome.
||VISIT RESTRICTED AREAS – because of Dark Rome’s Official Vatican Partnership, we have special access to areas of the Vatican Museums that are off limits to others. On this tour, you have the rare opportunity to experience parts of the Vatican that few others get to see.
||EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE – only available through Dark Rome. Dark Rome is 1 of only 3 Official Vatican Tour Operator Partners globally.
Our Most Comprehensive Vatican Tour
The Vatican Museum is home to over nine 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 and St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square.
You will see the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, 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 time to take it all in.
More Access than Any Other Tour
Our Extended Vatican Museum Tour also takes in more public access sights than our other tours. Most exciting perhaps is a guided visit to the Vatican Pinacoteca, the official Vatican Painting Gallery. One of the newest openings in the Museums, this vast wing houses countless masterpieces by 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 remaining in Rome.
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 double-helix designed staircase. It was carved out of stone by Donato Bramante, the chief architect of Rome, in 1505, after being commissioned by Pope Julius II.
St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square*
The last stop of the day is St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, where we’ll use a special access door to skip yet another line. 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 inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
*St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. While we undertake to tell guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Please note that 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' access.
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