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Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

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Dig a little deeper at the Vatican, visiting all the highlights of the collection – plus some incredible gems not often visited by the public. On this comprehensive and carefully crafted tour, your expert guide will take you to famous sights like the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel – and to see hidden treasures like the Etruscan Museum, Vatican Paintings Gallery and the phenomenal Bramante Staircase. As part of this Official Vatican Partner tour, you’ll also gain No-Wait access through a private, partner entrance so you won’t waste any time waiting in line.
  • Enter the Vatican Museums without having to wait in line
  • Stop at the Bramante Staircase, which is normally closed to the public 
  • See the less-visited Pinacoteca Gallery and Chiaramonti Museum 
  • Your guide brings the Vatican art to life
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the designated spot near the museums. Enter the galleries through a reserved door without having to wait in line. Don a headset designed to help you hear your guide clearly. Stop at the Vatican Paintings Gallery and admire Caravaggio’s Deposition from the Cross, Da Vinci’s unfinished St. Jerome, and Raphael’s Transfiguration. Continue to the Chiaramonti Museum and Octagonal Courtyard, where you have time to see the ancient sculpture, Laocoön and His Sons. Next head to the Bramante Staircase, a rarely visited architectural gem once used by the pope and Vatican staff. Snap a photo of the spiral staircase, then visit the Gregorian Etruscan Museum. From there, visit Raphael’s four rooms, famous for their frescoes. Make the required stops at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The tour ends just outside St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
8:00 AM
4h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Professional guide
  • Access to the Bramante Staircases
  • Headset to hear the guide clearly
  • Exclusive No-Wait-Access
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Chiostro del Bramante
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tours departing Wednesday: St Peter's Basilica will be unavailable due to the Papal Audience. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 4.5 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Only small bags are allowed on the tour
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Alex did a wonderful job walking us through the museum with an excellent run down on the finer points of art and history. However 3 hours is too short to really absorb everything but an excellent overview.
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The tour guide Vasco was extremely knowledgeable and led a fantastic tour. The tour was thorough and covered everything we wanted to see.
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We arrived early for our tour as directed, but had to wait in line for check in. By the time we made it to the front of the line it was 2 minutes past our tour time and were told our group had already left to enter the Vatican. We only booked with City Wonders in order to see
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Response from CityWondersCS, Manager at Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Responded 4 Aug 2019
Dear luvsunin, Thanks for leaving a review on Trip Advisor. We are sorry to hear that the tour didn't meet your expectation. In order to join a City Wonders tour, we advise that each client reach the meeting point 15 minuted in advance in order to make sure the check-in operation is smoothly performed. We are sorry you couldn't join the tour as this departed at the scheduled time, however, we could accommodate you for another valid option that just didn't include the Bramante Staircase. However, you could have rescheduled the same option for another day if you would have requested. The reason why we couldn't issue a refund is that we needed to apply a rebooking fee in order to reschedule the tour as you missed the original time slot, instead of applying these fees we covered these expenses keeping the difference in price between the two tours. Thank again for about your feedback. Kind regards Barbara City Wonders Team
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This tour is a serious tour of the Vatican -- it was over 4.5 hours long, and worth every minute. Our tour guide was Vasco, a smart, friendly, and personable guide with encyclopedic knowledge of the Vatican. The tour progresses through the Vatican museum and the gardens, up
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Mis - sold - according to City Wonders website description we paid for “ Private Partner Entrance - Short Orientation and Map of Museum to create our own tour” What we actually received - 1 hour wait meeting our guide - we arrived at 10.45 for our 11.00 tour we left meeting
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Response from CityWondersCS, Manager at Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Responded 30 May 2019
Dear Kaymurrant, Thanks for taking the time to answer a review. We are sorry to hear about the experience you had with our company. We checked your booking for the Vatican, and we can confirm that your entry was delayed due to a massive crowd at the venue. We offer the skip the line access tickets, however in some particular days due to the big affluence, this can require to wait sometime in line, however, the time you have been waiting is not comparable to the standard public entrance. We don't have any number or email on the reservation, so we couldn't get in touch with you to apologize and offer you compensation for the delay. Regarding the Colosseum, we are happy to see that everything went smoothly the next day and that the entrance was, as scheduled, on time. We would be glad if you could contact us privately and we will be happy to get back to you. Please accept our sincerest apologies on behalf of everyone on the team, we are looking forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards! Barbara City Wonder Team
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