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View from the top of the Bramante Staircase
St. Peter's Basilica
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Faster Than Skip The Line

Extended Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Special Access Areas

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4.5 h.
Mon to Sat

  • Marvel at the Vatican’s most iconic wonders on this Complete Tour of the Vatican Museums. Be mesmerized by the golden Gallery of Maps and stand in awe of Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel and Last Judgement. Then, immerse yourself in the jewel of the Vatican, Peter’s Basilica.
  • With our VIP No-Wait Access, you’ll be whisked straight past the notoriously long lines, that form at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, in minutes. Enjoy access to restricted areas to discover rarely seen masterpieces in the Vatican Painting Gallery and the normally off-limits Bramante Staircase.
  • In a small group, no larger than 20, explore the Vatican in the company of an expert, English-speaking guide. Audio-headsets are provided so you won’t miss a word of your guide’s captivating commentary as you explore.

Getting Ready for Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tours

What's Included

  • Faster Than Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • All entrance & reservation fees
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-Line at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Bramante Staircase
  • Pinacoteca (Vatican Paintings Gallery)
  • Etruscan Museum
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

No One Gets you in Faster

As an Official Vatican Partner, you'll begin your tour with us by entering the state through our exclusive Partner Entrance. Inside you will experience the many exhibits and rooms of this stunning country at a relaxing pace on our Complete Vatican Tour. With your guide on hand you’ll explore the Pinacoteca, the rarely visited Vatican Paintings Gallery. This gem is often missed as independent travelers sprint from the entrance to the main attraction, the Sistine Chapel. You can view masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and the only Da Vinci work available to see in Rome while listening to the fascinating stories behind each of the pieces.

No One Gives You more Access

While exploring the Vatican Museums, you have the rare opportunity to leave the tourists behind and slip behind velvet ropes to visit the original helical Bramante Staircase. Usually closed to the public, it was once the entrance from street level to the Papal apartments. It was built to accommodate horse and carriages but we prefer to use it to get the best Instagram shots over the Rome cityscape.

Of course, we’ll also visit the unmissable Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will delve into the background stories about the art (like the punishment Michelangelo envisioned for his enemies). We’ll also see some of the less famous (but no less interesting) sights such as the pagan sculptures in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the incredibly accurate medieval geography in the Gallery of the Maps and the optical illusions in the Gallery of the Tapestries.

No One Gets You in Earlier

With Skip-the-Line Access directly from the Sistine Chapel, you will gain immediate entry to St. Peter’s Basilica where your guide will show you around the world’s largest cathedral. Admire the incredible baroque altar, spot the carving in the belt of Michelangelo’s ‘Pietá’ and discover whether St. Peter really is buried underneath Christianity’s most iconic house of worship.
Within four and a half hours, you’ll experience a comprehensive exploration of the world’s finest art collection and see the treasures of the Vatican as few do.

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