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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
While many Vatican tours include whistle-stop views of the art, this exciting 4.5-hour tour focuses on the Vatican Museum’s bounty of artistic treasures, with historical tales and anecdotes that bring the artwork to life. With a skip-the-line ticket and a knowledgeable guide, the tour includes visits to the captivating Pinacoteca painting gallery, Chiaramonti Museum and Bramante Staircase as well as must-visit halls such as Raphael’s Rooms and Gallery of Tapestries. Finish with a visit to the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s 'Creation of Adam' and more!

This tour provides VIP access to the Vatican Museums through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines — even the priority lines.


  • 4.5-hour skip-the-line Vatican art tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
  • Learn about the history of the Vatican artwork and the talented Renaissance artists employed by the popes
  • Stop at rarely visited Vatican sites such as the Bramante Staircase (normally closed to the public), Pinacoteca and Chiaramonti Museum
  • Admire artistic highlights such as Da Vinci’s St Jermone and Raphael’s Transfiguration
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica to ogle three Michelangelo masterpieces including the Creation of Adam
  • Enjoy privileged fast-track access to the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Extended Art Tour Including Bramante Staircase

Admire the wealth of artwork that the Vatican has to offer!

Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums and head straight inside with your skip-the-line ticket. Wait lines are often lengthy at the Vatican, but your tour provides access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines — even the priority ones!

More than 9 miles (15km) of artwork is inside, so follow your guide to discover the artistic highlights of the vast museum complex. Hear tales and tidbits of art history as you walk, and learn little-known facts about the treasure trove of artifacts that the Vatican popes amassed over centuries.

Your first stop is the Pinacoteca, the Vatican’s painting gallery, where masterpiece upon priceless masterpiece awaits. Founded by Pope Pius XI, the gallery is home to some of the most influential pieces of Western art in the world. See treasures including Caravaggio’s Deposition from the Cross, Da Vinci’s unfinished St Jermone and Raphael’s Transfiguration, and hear stories that bring the pictures to life.

Continue to either the Pinecone courtyard or the Giardino Quadrato, and then step inside the front section of the Chiaramonti Museum to see its hundreds of statues. After walking amid the stone cherubs and intriguing Roman gods, wander through the Octagonal Courtyard to see Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoon — two intriguing ancient statues.

Prepare for one of the highlights of your tour, next: your visit to the Bramante Staircase. Once used by the popes, Vatican staff and even horses, the spiraling staircase is now rarely visited, making your stop to see it all the more tantalizing. Exit from the staircase directly into the bronze figurines, Etruscan tombs and gold bling of the Gregorian Etruscan Museum.

Wander through more exciting, art-laden halls such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps, and on to the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. No visit to the Vatican is complete without a visit to the two sites— each art galleries in their own right — to discover their delights. Gaze at Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, and then stop in St Peter’s Basilica to admire La Pietà, a sculpture that propelled a young Michelangelo to fame.

Your tour finishes just outside St Peter’s Basilica, but you can spend longer inside the church or out in St Peter’s Square, if you wish.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My tour guide Doriana was very informative and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful. We had an American guide that was very knowledgable. The art collection there is quite impressive. Best museum and tour we've ever had and we have been there 5 times.

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