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  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican Museums

Rome: Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase

Product ID: 249482
An exclusive Vatican Museum tour with the Bramante Staircase. In a small group of 20 people or less, you'll admire St. Peter's and the most impressive gems of the Museums, including many hidden areas outside of the world-famous Sistine Chapel.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Listen to audio headsets so you don't miss a single detail from your local expert guide
  • Save time with skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • LIsten to your expert local English-speaking guide
  • Tour in an intimate group of less than 20 participants
  • Marvel at the highlights of the Vatican
Full description
More than a simple tour of the Vatican, this tour is a complete experience inside the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. In a small group of 20 people or less, you'll discover St. Peter's and the most impressive gems of the Museums. You will explore not only the world-famous Sistine Chapel, but also the limited-access Bramante Staircase and its unique Renaissance architecture.

Throughout your experience you will talk of the magnificent paintings, churches, and art galleries which are included within the small but precious Vatican City. You will explore St. Peter's Basilica and Square, the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, Raphael’s Rooms, and the Renaissance treasures of the Vatican Museums throughout this guided visit.

Your guide will lead you also to an exclusive area of the Vatican Museums which is usually closed to the general public. It's the historic Bramante Staircase, which will be opened to you at no additional costs thanks to your guides partnership with the Vatican Museums. This staircase was the staircase that Renaissance Popes used to enter their private rooms through, without getting off their carriage. Whilst here you will feel like one of their 16-century guests. The famous architect Donato Bramante designed it as a spiral staircase adorned with columns and ending with a spectacular view. It has become a model for many following artists in aristocratic palaces, and you will be able to discover all its secrets with your guide.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Professional guide
  • Wireless audio headsets
  • Small bottle of mineral water, WiFi, and an espresso coffee
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transportation

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point is by our Gray Line I Love Rome' shop located in Via Leone IV, n° 33 just 800 meters from the nearest subway stop Cipro-Musei Vaticani. Only 200 meters from the Vatican Museums Entrance. E-mail address: Emergency phone number: 0039 06 69 41 45 / 0039 347 22 93 552

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• On Wednesdays St. Peter’s Basilica will be replaced with the Vatican Library due to the Papal audience
• The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events (in this case the visit will be substituted with a visit to the Vatican Library)
• This tour visits religious sites, and there is a dress code to be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed.
• St. Peter’s Basilica is an active religious center and is strongly influenced by liturgical ceremonies and needs (your guides therefore take no responsibility for any inconvenience resulting from the sudden closure of the Basilica)
• This activity is not suitable for wheelchair users
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

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    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
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Join up directions not too clear but once there guide was warm and welcoming. Skip the queue entrance made a huge difference. A lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. Vatican and Sistine chapel amazing. Guide pointed out so many small things that would have been missed, made the tour so personal.

December 5, 2019

Tour bene organizzato e condotto con professionalità.

February 23, 2020


September 7, 2019

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Gray Line I Love Rome

Product ID: 249482