Early access to the Vatican Museums
Exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase
Admire the flourishing Vatican Gardens
Outstanding artwork of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica
Operates: Monday, Friday and Saturday (April – October only)
Duration: 5 hours
Group Size: Maximum 15
Entrance to the Vatican is strictly subject to a dress code. Please ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing that covers your knees and shoulders or you may be refused entry.
Please note that St Peter’s Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior to notice. A visit to the Vatican Library may be a substituted for the Basilica if it is unavailable.
Meet your guide at Caffe Vaticano, opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museum by 8:10am
Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Vatican Gardens
Marvel at the beautiful art collection of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Explore St Peter's Basilica - be amazed by the staggering Renaissance architecture!
Described as the ‘green heart’ of the smallest nation on earth, the Vatican Gardens are an incredible place to escape the bustling streets of Rome. From historical monuments, picturesque fountains and a landscape that’s overflowing with botanical delights, here you’ll find a relaxing paradise set amongst the trees. And with our Vatican Museums & Gardens Tour, you’ll be guided through the very best parts of this pristine garden, plus the many priceless masterpieces found throughout the striking Vatican Museums.
There are more than fifty galleries to explore across the Vatican, many of which feature works by some of history’s most famous artists, including Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael. And while you’ll likely recognise many of their works throughout the day, your dedicated tour guide will also offer you some profound insight into the fascinating stories behind this astounding collection of art.
Once we’re finished exploring these wonderful museums, we’ll make our to the Bramante Staircase – an area that’s typically closed to the public. However, thanks to our strong connection with the Vatican, we’re able to take you behind-the-scenes for an immersive look at this marvellous structure. Nowadays there are actually two staircases referred to as the Bramante Staircase, the original structure from 1505 and its relatively modern recreation that was built in 1932.
Showcasing an impressive helix design, the original staircase was initially built to give Pope Julius II access to his private residence without being disturbed in the main corridors. Take notice of its splendid granite columns and catch a close look at the intricate herringbone floor pattern.
Next, you’ll head to the Sistine Chapel and experience the iconic hand-painted fresco by Michelangelo. It’s one of the most reproduced images in history for a reason, plus you’ll also find dozens of masterful paintings and sculptures adorning this vast space.
The artistic treats keep coming as we make our final stop at St. Peter’s Basilica, the Catholic church’s most prominent building. As you soak up the stellar Renaissance-era architecture and gaze out upon the enormous square below – it’s easy to understand why the Vatican continues to be visited by millions each year.
Officially licensed guide
Skip the line access to the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica
The meeting point for this tour is at Caffe Vaticano, opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums. You will receive full instructions for meeting your guide once you have completed your booking.
Please note, it is mandatory to be at the meeting point 20 minutes prior to your departure time.