We offer a visit to the off-limits areas of the Vatican Museums such as the Chapel of Pope Nicholas the V, the Bramante Staircase and the private access in the Sistine Chapel for about 30 minutes for our travellers of 15 people or less. You will enter the Sistine chapel when the Vatican museums are closing to the public.
Do not hesitate to book this tour, it is a true once in a life experience! You will enter the Vatican at 3:30pm, visiting the restricted areas with an enthusiastic professional guide. Your itinerary of course includes also the main Galleries and the Raphael Rooms.
One of the off-limits Vatican areas is the double helix staircase called Bramante staircase. This double helix rump allowed the Pope to climb it on his horse in the past. Nowadays its main function is to allow guests to ascend and descend the staircase without meeting each other.
You will continue to the Cabinet of the Masks, where beautiful ancient roman mosaics from Hadrian’s villa cover its floor.
Last but not least you will access the Niccoline Chapel, located right inn centre of the Apostolic Palace, inside the Tower of Innocent III. This tiny chapel was a private chapel where the Pope Nicholas V was praying.
The Chapel is also close to the famous Raphael Loggias, also known as the Raphael Rooms, and to the apartment of Julius II. The chapel was painted between 1447-1455 by Beato Angelico (also known as Fra Angelico) and dedicated to the Christian Martyrs such as St. Peters’, St. Lawrence and St. Stephen. Beato Angelico covered the Nicholas Chapel mostly in gold.
Finally you will enter the Sistine Chapel.
Only our participants are allowed to stay and spend about 30 minutes admiring in total silence the amazing art works of Michelangelo Creation of the World and the Last Judgment. You will be overwhelmed by its beauty and impressive frescoes.
Michelangelo was only 33 years old when he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, completing the project in only 4 years. The ceiling has been commissioned to Michelangelo by the Pope Julius II. He commissioned also the Bramante staircase to his architect Donato Bramante in the 1500s.
At the age of 61 years, he represented the impressive Last Judgment, spending 5 years realizing this masterpiece. The Sistine Chapel is unique in the world and your time here will be so special too: in fact there will be only few other people visiting it with you.
This tour is available on September 27th.