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Skip the Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters & Bramante Staircase


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Admire masterpieces without waiting in the long lines on this highlights of Vatican tour. Explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. See the Bramante Staircase, which is usually closed to the public, and other hidden gems. Discover what the Vatican has to offer on this 4-hour VIP, all-access extended tour! Explore the galleries in a small group of 20 people or less and hear fun facts by your expert guide with handy earphones. Get ahead of the crowds as you begin your Vatican Museums tour through a dedicated entrance so there's less time for waiting and more for sightseeing. Take in intricate sculptures and vibrant paintings at the museum's vast collection from its most famed galleries, like the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael Rooms, to its lesser-known ones, Pinacoteca and Etruscan Museum. Go beyond the velvet rope and visit the sublime Bramante Staircase. Discover the only work by Leonardo Da Vinci that's based in Rome on your Sistine Chapel tour and marvel at the extravagant works of art using your St. Peter's Basilica tickets.

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made after 08:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Activity Detail


  • Skip-the-line St. Peter’s Basilica tickets
  • Special access to the Bramante Staircase
  • Use of audio headset
  • Sistine Chapel tickets
  • Skip-the-line Vatican Museum tickets
  • English-speaking guide

Min/Max Quantity To Book

  • Max Qty: 20 (Maximum tickets can be booked)

Start Timings

  • 08:00


  • 4 (hrs)

Check In/Pickup Location Details

  • The closest Metro stop is Line A (Cipro - Musei Vaticani).
    From Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station:
    Exit the turnstiles - walk straight to the back end of the station and go to left side exit. Once you've reached the left side exit - exit at V.li Giulio Cesare (to your right). Exit Station and walk down V.le G. Cesare to street light, cross the street and take left on Via Leone IV. Take right on Via Sebastian Veniero and go 1 1/2 blocks.
    From St. Peter's Square: As you face St. Peter's Basilica turn right, exit the piazza and follow the Vatican walls around toward the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The walls should be on your left side. Follow the walls up Viale Vaticano until you reach the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Across the street you will see Via Tunisi and Cafe Vaticano.
    By Taxi:
    Please notify driver to arrive at the "Ingresso dei Musei Vaticani on Viale Vaticano". The meeting point is across the street from the museum entrance located at the BOTTOM of the wide staircase next to Cafe Vaticano.


  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Additional Notes

  • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter's Basilica and Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience.
  • Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.
  • St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, guests will be provided with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums or an appropriate alternative.

Dressing & Items to Bring

  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
  • Walking shoes
  • Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, it is strongly recommended that guests avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.


Skip the Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters & Bramante Staircase
07:45:00 Check-in at the Entrance of the Vatican Museums

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08:00:00 Start of the Vatican Museums Tour
Using special access Vatican Museums tickets, get ahead of long lines as you enter the premises through an dedicated entrance. Beat other tour groups who have to wait in line for around an hour.
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Explore the 18 rooms of the Pinacoteca, also known as the Picture Gallery, which showcases a collection of paintings from the Middles Ages to 1800, including the works of famous artists like Da Vinci, Caravaggio and more.
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Bramante Staircase
Normally off-limits to the public, get to visit the Bramante Staircase in the Pio-Clementine Museum. One was built in 1505 and the other in 1932. Marvel at the staircase's double-helix shape, designed centuries before the DNA was discovered.
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Pinecone Courtyard
Roam the Courtyard of the Pigna's impeccable lawns. Discover the colorful history of the Roman Empire as well as the Catholic Church as you view centuries-old sculptures and statues framed by lush plants.
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Gallery of Maps
Discover Italy's rich history as you explore the 120-meter long Gallery of the Geographical Maps. Take in its magnificent frescoes which are often confused with those at the Sistine Chapel. See vibrant, historic maps detailing the geography of the country's regions.
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Gallery of Tapestries
Surround yourself with vibrant tapestries when you enter the Gallery of Tapestries. The pieces, which tell stories revolving around Saint Peter, Paul, and Moses, were drawn by Raphael's students before they were made into tapestries in Belgium.
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Gallery of the Candelabra
Be greeted by extravagant bronze gates before you enter the Gallery of the Candelabra. Peer at marble columns surrounded by sublime statues. Marvel at the dramatic candelabra at the heart of the hall.
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Raphael Rooms
End your Vatican Museums tour at the Raphael Rooms. Retrace Catholic history at the Room of Constantine, see the Old Testament retold at the Room of Heliodorus, peer at Raphael's masterpiece at Room of the Segnatura, and discover the journeys of 2 popes at the Room of the Fire in the Borgo.
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Sistine Chapel
Since guided tours are not allowed inside, your expert guide will tell you all about the Pope's official residence using photos of the works of art. Equipped with Sistine Chapel tickets, explore the lavish interior at your own pace and awe at Michelangelo's famed fresco, The Creation of Adam.
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St. Peter’s Basilica
Beat the crowds with your skip-the-line St. Peter's Basilica tickets. Revel in the tranquil atmosphere and awe at sublime sculptures, as well as Michelangelo's Pieta. Marvel at the highest dome in the world, which is so high it can fit the Statue of Liberty.
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St. Peter's Square
End the tour at St. Peter’s Square for an unobstructed view of Bernini's architectural masterpiece. Glimpse the balcony where Pope delivers his public addresses and snap photos of the St. Peter's Basilica's iconic exterior.
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12:30:00 Tour Ends at St. Peter's Square

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