Extended Vatican Museums & Gardens Tour €94

Operates: Monday, Friday & Saturday

Starts: 8:30am

Duration: 5 hours

Adults: €94

Children: €94

Group size: maximum 16

Entrance to the Vatican Museums is subject to a dress code. Please wear clothing that cover 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 notice. The Basilica may be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library if unavailable.

This tour does not operate November – March.

Early access to the Vatican Museums

Raphael’s Rooms

Sistine Chapel

Bramante’s Staircase

Vatican Gardens

St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Square

Officially licenced guide

Skip the line Vatican & St Peter’s Basilica tickets

Headsets

There are no upgrade options for this tour.

Extended Vatican Museums & Gardens Tour Itinerary

In the heart of Rome, there is a slice of paradise that allows visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. At the Vatican Gardens, you can wander through picturesque greenery, stop off at grand foundations, and marvel at ancient sculptures that peek out from between bushes. On this Vatican Museums and Gardens Tour, you’ll get to experience this as well as discover the collection of historic masterpieces that adorn the walls of the Vatican Museums. This, along with the Bramante Staircase, are areas that are usually closed to the public, but we’re giving you the chance to discover them in a unique and intimate way.

For keen history enthusiasts and creative tourists, no trip to Rome is complete without a breath-taking wander around the Vatican Museums. Home to more than fifty individual galleries, your dedicated tour guide will bring many of the city’s most prominent artworks to life through rich stories. Keep your eyes peeled for works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael before we move onto the Bramante Staircase, a section of the Museums that is now closed to the public.

Through our link with the Vatican, we’re able to take you behind-the-scenes so you can soak up the beauty of this fascinating structure. Boasting smooth granite columns and a historic herringbone floor design, this section of the building was made for people, animals, and Pope Julius II to pass undisturbed through the corridors. Here, you can appreciate quaint views and delve into this hidden part of Rome with a knowledgeable tour guide.

Then it’s on to the world-famous Sistine Chapel and an exploration of its mind-blowing collection of artworks. Home to some of the most iconic frescoes on the planet, the Chapel is revered for its ceiling that was hand-painted by Michelangelo himself, as well as the Papal conclave that it still hosts today.

Finally, we’ll make a pitstop at St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the city’s most prominent pilgrimage sites, which also happens to be a shining example of Renaissance architecture. This extended tour through the backstage of the Vatican and its centuries-old Museums is the perfect way to dig deeper into the fascinating past of Rome that still imbues the ancient streets today.

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