Vatican Museums, Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Private Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

On this private, half-day tour of the Vatican Museums, you won’t just be able to save time with skip-the-line access—your tickets also entitle you to explore areas of the museums that are typically off-limits to visitors. Meet your guide early in the morning, and head straight inside. You’ll see highlights like the Sistine Chapel and Gallery of Tapestries, and will have the rare chance to visit the Bramante Staircase and Niccoline Chapel, famed for its vibrant frescoes. The tour concludes at St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Skip-the-line tickets help you beat the crowds and save time
  • A private tour gives you an intimate way to learn about the sights
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more
  • See the Bramante Staircase and Niccoline Chapel: often closed to visitors

Professional guide for 5 hours
Access to the restricted areas of Niccoline Chapel and Bramante Staircase
Private tour
Skip-the-line tickets
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Entry/Admission - Restricted Areas (Niccoline Chapel and Bramante Staircase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Via Vespasiano, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Your tour in the Vatican Museums will start from one of the special off-limits area, which can be visited only with a special permit of access, of the Vatican Museums: the Bramante Staircase. This is a double helix Bramante staircase that was built to permit Pope Julius II to enter directly with his carriage into his apartments.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
After, you will arrive in the rooms that a young Raphael painted under the commission of Pope Julius II. Among the many paintings that fill the room, you will admire the “School of Athens”, that Raphael painted while Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. In his work, Raphael also represented himself in the “School of Athens”, together with some of his contemporaries, such as Bramante and Michelangelo. The two paintings Dispute over the Sacrament and the Parnassus are conserved in these rooms too.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
You will then proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you will have the chance to admire the amazing Michelangelo’s frescoes depicting the Last Judgement and the Creation of the World with stories of the life of Noah.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Finally, you will arrive in the most important Basilica in the world: St. Peter’s Basilica. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to admire very famous artists’ works of art, such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Baldacchino and Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums; No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women; You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • St Peter's Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica; When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide
  • Please note: if you arrive late you might lose the entrance
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible but may be adapted to an accessible itinerary if you contact us. Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

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From 1,036.10 USD


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