Led by a professional, English-speaking guide, get exclusive no-wait access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See the famous Bramante Staircase and brilliant paintings by such masters as Caravaggio and Leonardo Da Vinci in small groups.
What to Expect
The Vatican Museums are home to over 9 miles of art, much of which is never seen by the general public. Delve deeper into the Vatican Museums than ever before with this extended Vatican tour that takes you where the public can’t usually go, with visits to more general access areas of the museums than a classic Vatican tour. Plus, with exclusive, no-wait access, instead of waiting hours in the general admission line or up to 30 minutes with traditional skip-the-line entry, you'll walk right inside with your guide.
This special, no-wait tour crosses velvet ropes to gain rare access to the famous Bramante Staircase, a dizzying spiral of carved stone built in 1512 inside a square tower. It once bore the weight of horses, but few ever set foot on it these days, making this visit particularly special.
A sure highlight of the tour will be seeing the beautiful paintings of the Vatican Pinacoteca painting gallery, including Raphael’s ‘Transfiguration’, Caravaggio’s ‘Deposition from the Cross’ and Leonardo Da Vinci’s unfinished ‘St. Jerome in the Wilderness’.
On top of that, visit all the general access rooms covered in a basic Vatican Museums tour, including the Pinecone Courtyard to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Raphael Rooms.
The last stop on our extended tour takes you through a special door in the Sistine Chapel and past another long queue to gain access to St. Peter’s Basilica. Every day but Wednesday (when the Papal Audience often means that the Basilica is closed) you'll have a guided tour inside this colossal building; home to Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, ‘La Pieta’.
Vatican Pinacoteca (Painting Gallery)
Da Vinci's St. Jerome
Caravaggio's Deposition from the Cross
Gallery of the Candelabra
Gallery of the Tapestries
Gallery of the Maps
The Sistine Chapel
St. Peter’s Basilica
*Please be aware that due to “Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy” this year, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. Other areas of the Vatican will be substituted to ensure you have the best possible experience.
- Tour as per description
- No-wait entrance into the Vatican Museums
- Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
- Access to the Sistine Chapel
- Headsets for groups of five or more, so you can always hear your guide
- Groups no larger than 20 people
- Expert, English-speaking tour guide
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Know Before You Go
The tour ends at St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square. This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended.
It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure point. The supplier is unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or walking disabilities.
Entrance into the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered, no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts will be permitted for men and women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. The supplier cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica and Square may be closed in the morning tour due to the Papal Audience.
Please note that it is not possible to use credit or debit cards within the Vatican City. We recommend to bring enough cash that you may intend on spending on souvenirs and personal expenses.