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Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour

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

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Overview

Get an in-depth look at Vatican City on this private skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. See parts of the Vatican Museums that are typically off-limits to visitors—the Bramante Staircase and Niccoline Chapel. Enjoy the expertise of a guide with a degree in either archaeology or art history.
  • Skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Bypass the long lines at the Vatican Museums with your guide
  • See areas of the museums typically closed to the general public
  • Admire the beauty of the Sistine Chapel
  • Get a tour of St. Peter's Basilica
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Professional Private guide for 5 hours
Access to the restricted areas of Niccoline Chapel and Bramante Staircase
Private tour
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your private driver will pick you up at your centrally located hotel in Rome. Please provide us with your full and correct pickup details at the time of booking. If you are unsure if your hotel is centrally located then please contact us and we will check for you.

Departure Time

9:15 AM
Meet your private guide outside the entrance of the Vatican Museums or at your central Rome hotel, with prior arrangement. Bypass the usual queue with the skip-the-line tickets your guide has for you, and jump right into the impressive collection.

See all of the highlights of the Vatican Museums, plus a few sections that are usually closed to the public. Admire the bright frescoes of Biblical scenes by Fra Angelico in the Niccoline Chapel before climbing the curling Bramante Staircase. This spiral stair was designed to connect the papal apartments with the street outside. The double-helix curve of the stair may seem familiar, but it was built long before DNA was found to have the very same pattern.

Finish your Vatican Museums tour with a visit to the Sistine Chapel to see the sublime frescoes by Michelangelo. From there, follow your guide through a special skip-the-line walkway that connects to St. Peter's Basilica. After a tour of this enormous church, your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Nicholas Chapel : One of the off limits area of the Vatican Museums is the Chapel of Pope Nicholas V. Here you will enter a tiny chapel that was painted by the Dominican Monk Fra Angelico from the 1448; the Chapel is considered a real treasure of art of early Renaissance. The frescoes have very bright colours and they are representing scenes from the life of St. Steven and St. Lawrence.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
You will see the famous Sistine Chapel. This is the most famous masterpiece of the museum. Here you can admire the spectacular frescoes by Michelangelo such as the Last Judgement and the Creation of the World with stories of the life of Noah as well.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Finally you will proceed to the St.Peter's Basilica, the most important Basilica in the world. Here you will have the chance to see the famous Michelangelo's Pietà and the Bernini's Baldacchino
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Bramante Staircase is another special place closed to the public and it is visitable only with special admission. The Bramante's staircase is a double helix staircase built for the Pope Julius II to allow him to access to his apartments with his horse carriage.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
The Raphael's Rooms where commissioned to the young Raphael by the Pope Julius II who had in the 1500s at his service the best artists such as Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo. Raphael will be in charge to paint his apartment and among the several paintings you will see the School of Athens where Raphael is representing himself as well and many characters from the time including his friend the architect Bramante and his rival Michelangelo. Inside the same room there are the frescoes of the Dispute over the Sacraments and the Parnassus
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Pio clementine Museum and the galleries part of it. You will see many important rooms such as the Octagonal courtyard where are preserved many antiques statues such as the Laocoon, the apollo of Belvedere, then you will proceed to the Room of the animals, Room of Muses where is the Torso, the Round Room with beautiful giant roman statues and the bath-tub of Nero!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
You will make your way to the Raphael rooms and Sistine chapel and see the spectacular upper galleries once part of the Pontifical apartments, you will walk through the gallery of the Candelabra, Tapestries, Maps and proceed to the Room of the Immaculate Conception before reaching the Raphael rooms.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
On your itinerary you will have the chance to stop in a panoramic terrace to take a beautiful picture of the Basilica of St. Peter's and its spectacular Dome designed partially by Michelangelo, then you will see from the terrace part of the Vatican Gardens. You will also head to the Sistine chapel passing by the Modern and Contemporary art gallery and the Borgia apartment.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Rome Private Guides
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  • 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
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please be on time to avoid losing entry and thus missing the tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Your private driver will pick you up at your centrally located hotel in Rome. Please provide us with your full and correct pickup details at the time of booking. If you are unsure if your hotel is centrally located then please contact us and we will check for you.
  • Please bring comfortable shoes and a refillable water bottle.
  • Please make sure you ask the guide any curiosities you may have during the tour, we want to ensure you have the very best experience!
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY VIVICOS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SRL

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel Vatican Off-limits Private Tour.

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