St. Peter's Basilica
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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

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

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4.5 h.
Mon to Sat

  • No Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through our exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance
  • See the treasures of the Holy See including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Explore the masterpieces of the Vatican Painting Gallery and the normally off-limits Bramante Staircase
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica and the Pietà with possibility to explore after the tour
  • Enlightening commentary from a private local Vatican expert throughout the tour

Your Unique Private Vatican Museums Tour

What's Included

  • No Wait Access into the Vatican Museums  
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets for groups of five or more, so you can always hear your guide
  • Private, dedicated English-speaking tour guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Bramante Staircase (Normally closed to the public)
  • Pinacoteca (Vatican Art Gallery)
  • Etruscan Museum
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

The priceless masterpieces of the Vatican Museums stretch on for miles. Over nine miles, in fact, much of which isn’t viewable by the general public. This Complete Vatican Museum private tour will allow you to explore deeper into these treasured archives than ever, before into rarely-accessed areas, than on a classic Vatican tour.

With our No Wait Access, you’ll we welcomed across the velvet ropes to the spiral, carved stone Bramante Staircase. Built in 1512, people marvel at the idea that it once bore the weight of men on horseback. Today, few are allowed to step foot upon it, making this experience that much more unique.

Your expert, local English-speaking guide, dedicated to your utter enjoyment and entertainment, will introduce you to the Vatican Pinacoteca gallery of paintings, which includes: Leonardo Da Vinci’s unfinished ‘St. Jerome in the Wilderness’, Raphael’s ‘Transfiguration’, and Caravaggio’s ‘Deposition from the Cross.’ You’ll also bask in awe before the Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and Gallery of the maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, and one of the most impressive highlights of any Vatican tour – the Raphael Rooms.

As spectacular as the house of Raphael is, the most famous room of the Vatican Museum is by far the Sistine Chapel. Throughout your tour, your dedicated tour guide will explain the vivid works of art and what each section represents, assisted by photos and drawings, so that when you arrive at this location you will better appreciate their rich histories and interpretations. Armed with this information, and in such a popular tourist footpath, you can appreciate the awesome splendour uninterrupted by the ongoing and sometimes intrusive commentary experienced with other tour operators.

Finally we’ll take you through a special-access doorway within the Sistine Chapel where you will be whisked past another long line of patient visitors to St. Peter’s Basilica. Every day (except Wednesday when the Papal Audience calls upon this church) we offer fully-guided tours within this enormous building. One of the most important places of worship in all of Christianity, St. Peter’s is also home to Michelangelo’s world-renowned sculpture, ‘La Pieta.’ In fact Michelangelo, Bernini, Bramante and Maderno, were the designers behind the entire edifice, which is artfully apparent by its impressive architecture. It is a splendid way to end your Complete Vatican Museum private tour experience.

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