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Skip the Line: Extended Vatican Museums & Bramante Staircase Tour in Rome

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This unique, small group Skip the Line: Extended Vatican Museums & Bramante Staircase Tour in Rome covers sights not usually open to the public including the fascinating Bramante Staircase!

In 4.5 hours, you'll get a more rounded view of the Vatican Museums – seeing works by Raphael, Da Vinci and Caravaggio in the little-visited Pinacoteca Art Gallery, as well as the must-see Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

Please note: On Wednesdays it may not be possible to visit St. Peter's Basilica and Square after the morning tour due to the Papal Audience.

This tour is perfect for art-lovers and visitors with an interest in seeing a little more of what the Vatican Museums have to offer. With the "Skip the Line Access" you won’t have to waste your precious time, and small group sizes of 20 people or less mean that your visit will be intimate, your passage around the museums seamless, and your guide easy to interact with.

Skip the Line: Extended Vatican Museums & Bramante Staircase Tour in Rome Details

Length: 4.5 hours


8:45 Monday through Saturday (January through October)


Tour does not include hotel pick up. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Skip the Line: Extended Vatican Museums & Bramante Staircase Tour in Rome Description

PLEASE NOTE: At present, any purchases made within the Vatican must be in cash. Until further notice, credit card payments are not available for purchases at the Vatican.

The Tour

The Vatican Museums are home to over nine miles of art, much of which is never seen by the general public, either for timing or access reasons. Delve deeper into the Vatican Museums than ever before with this Extended Vatican Tour that takes you where the public can’t usually go and visits more general access areas of the museums than a classic Vatican tour.

This special access Skip the Line 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 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 you’ll visit all the general access rooms covered in the basic Vatican Museums tour, from the Pinecone Courtyard to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and a highlight of any tour – the Raphael Rooms.

Of course your tour also includes the Vatican Museums’ most famous room, a room whose threshold has a higher footfall than the museums themselves because so many visitors come twice. Over the course of your tour, your guide will have described the works in here, explaining with the aid of photos and drawings, what each section means so that when you arrive here – at the Sistine Chapel – you’ll have time to yourself to take it all in.

The last stop on this 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 – one of the most important in all of Christianity and home to Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, "La Pieta."


  • English speaking tour guide
  • Groups no larger than 20 people
  • Skip the Line entrance into the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets for groups of 5 or more so you can always hear your guide


  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off
  • Optional gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Pinacoteca (Painting Gallery)
  • Raphael's Transfiguration
  • Da Vinci's St. Jerome
  • Caravaggio's Deposition from the Cross
  • Pincone Courtyard
  • Chiaramonti Museum
  • Apollo Belvedere
  • Laocoon
  • Bramante Staircase
  • Etruscan Museum
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Raphael Room
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica

Important Notes

  • This tour ends at St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square.
  • On most Wednesdays, when the Basilica is closed, the service ends at the Vatican Museums entrance.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • A strict dress code is required to enter the Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica. Shoulders and knees MUST be covered (both men and women), no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for either men or women. If you do not adhere to the dress code, you will not be permitted entry to the Basilica or the Vatican Museums. This dress code is strictly enforced. If you do not dress appropriately, you will be solely responsible for refused entry.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with impairments that require special assistance. Strollers and baby carriages are also not able to be accommodated on this tour.
  • Large bags, tripods, umbrellas and backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican. Please do not bring these items, as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only small bags are allowed inside.
  • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel, where both photography and talking are prohibited.
  • As the paintings in the Pinacoteca are world famous masterpieces, they are often loaned out to other galleries for special exhibitions. For this reason, it cannot be guaranteed that all the normal works of art on display in the Pinacoteca Art Gallery will be on display when you visit.

Tour does not include hotel pick up. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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