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Vatican Gardens, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

Product ID: 38230
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Skip the ticket lines at the Vatican. Enjoy a 4.5-hour tour of the Gardens, Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The access-all-areas tour is a magical journey through centuries of art, with sneak peaks at areas normally closed to the public.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the ticket lines to the monuments and sites of the Vatican City
  • Get rare access to the 16th-century Bramante Staircase, normally closed to the public
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's renowned ceiling
  • Go inside St. Peter's Basilica, one of the world's greatest and most important churches
  • See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio and more in the Vatican Museums
Full description
Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome and enjoy a stroll through the peaceful Vatican Gardens, an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the Vatican City, decorated with idyllic fountains, sculptures and springs where very few people ever venture. Then access the Vatican Museums to see one of the most beautiful art collections in the world. 

No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums. Home to fifty-four different galleries including four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. These museums are home to some of the most famous works of art in the world, with artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. An experience that is sure to inspire the art lover in anyone. 

Our exclusivity is the inclusion of the 1505 Bramante Staircase, a section of the Museums now closed to the general public. People can only visit it in occasion of special openings for considerable sums of money, but thanks to our partnership with the Vatican we are able to let our customers enjoy this mind-bogglingly fascinating structure for free. The Bramante Staircase boasts granite Doric columns and a herringbone pattern on the floor, and was designed to allow people and animals to go up and down without interruption, but, above all, to permit Pope Julius II to enter his private rooms without getting off his carriage, being the ascension of the several flights impossible in heavy papal vestments. In this corner of the Museums you will live special moments of ecstasy admiring quaint views and listening to your guide as they tell you about this unique architecture which inspired numerous copycats. 

The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel. Completed around 1483, the Sistine Chapel is arguably the most famous chapel in the world due to the artwork located within. View many of the most famous frescoes in the world, including the famous ceiling and The Last Judgement painted by Michelangelo. Not only does the Sistine Chapel hold some of the world's most precious works of art, it is still used for religious purposes such as the Papal conclave - the process through which a new Pope is chosen. 

Last but not least, St. Peter's Basilica - a popular pilgrimage site - is also one of the largest in the world and a shining example of Renaissance architecture. You won't ever forget having partaken in this value for money guided visit in Rome. The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday.
  • Guided tour of the Vatican City in a group of no more than 16 people
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance
  • Tour of the Bramante Staircase and Vatican Gardens (not usually opened to the public)
  • Audio guide devices to better hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide at 08:00-08:15 on the steps near Caffè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100. This is opposite the Vatican Museums entrance

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Sleeveless shirts
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. Please leave liquids and sharp items at home.
• Please note that this tour is of religious sites, where a proper dress code must be respected. No sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, or hats allowed. Dress code to be respected for the duration of the tour.
• It is forbidden to pick flowers or plants inside the Gardens.
• In case of unexpected closure of the Gardens by the Vatican Security, the tour will be effected following another itinerary which includes the visit to the Vatican Museums, Raphael’s Rooms, Sistine Chapel (interior) and St. Peter's Basilica (interior).
• Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
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Product ID: 38230