See attractions you will not see with a standard ticket admission!
See the famed Bramante Staircase, and Niccoline Chapel!
- Vatican Museums
- Sistine Chapel
- Niccoline Chapel
- St Peter’s Basilica
- Raphael’s Rooms
- St Peter’s Square
- Tapestry Gallery
- Map Gallery
- Bramante Staircase
Private Immersive Guided Tour of the Vatican City
5 hrs. | Start: As requested. | Bramante Staircase (not available to standard ticket holders)
Meeting Point : Entrance of Vatican Museums, by the marble arch at the bottom of the steps.
Due to lack of knowledge or time, most visitors to Rome will stop by and visit the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, or the Vatican Museums. At times, they manage to see only one or two of these sites. We have curated a special 5 hour tour which takes visitors to see others gems too! The advantage of this tour is that your tickets are Skip The Line tickets ensuring you gain quicker entry to the attractions without waiting in long snaking lines. Yes, St Peter’s Basilica has free entry, but are you willing to wait for hours to get in?
This tour also takes you to see Bramante Staircase and Niccoline Chapel which are generally not so accessible to the general public.
Vatican Museums – Niccoline Chapel
Your official private guide will meet you at the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The guides are highly qualified, and they have deep knowledge of Art, History and Archaeology. Your tour starts at the Niccoline Chapel which is normally closed to the public.
Pope Nicholas V built the Niccoline Chapel for his private residence. There are several noted of artworks contained in this Chapel. This Chapel is renowned for the Frescos painted by Fra Angelico and his assistants which depict scenes of from the lives of St. Laurence and St. Stephen – Christian martyrs. If you look up at the ceiling, you are in for a visual treat as you see the blue vault decorated with figures of the four Evangelists – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John surrounded by stars.
Vatican Museums – Bramante Staircase
Anyone can build a staircase but imagine building a staircase in the shape of a double-helix, and that too in the 16th Century! Well, Bramante did it. He introduced High Renaissance style to Rome and where Michelangelo executed the plan Bramante had for St Peter’s Basilica. The staircase was built for access from the street level for horses and mules to carry heavy items back and forth all the way up to the Papal apartments.
Vatican Museums – Raphael’s Rooms
Overlooking the south side of the Belvedere Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms are located on the third floor of the Vatican Museums. Pope Julius commissioned these rooms and they were turned into stunning frescos painted by Raphael and his students over the next fifteen years or so. Art, history, law, philosophy are all depicted in the stunning artworks in each room.
Sistine Chapel/ St Peter’s Basilica
Here, you will see Michelangelo’s, greatest works displayed in all its finery as well as witness the dome of the legendary St Peter’s Basilica, which you will enter through a special passage from the Sistine Chapel to avoid lining up again. Your guide will describe to you the significance of the artworks as well as talk about their historical and religious significance.
Important Reminder – Private Immersive Guided Tour of the Vatican
- This tour is not ideal for wheelchair-bound visitors. Please contact us to arrange a similar private tour.
- There is a dress code to the Vatican which applies to children too. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
- If Saint Peter’s Basilica is closed for a religious function at short notice as it is a working church, you will be spending more time in the Vatican gallery’s with your private guide.
- The Vatican Museums get rather busy during summer and after a bank holiday.
- If a disabled visitor is able to produce a certificate showing that they are more than 74% disabled, entry to the Vatican museums is free of charge. This free entry is also extended to the to their companion. If you have a disability and are not sure if you’re eligible, please contact us at the time of booking so that we may assist you further.