Once in a Lifetime Experience Vatican Tour with Private access in the Sistine Chapel

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  • Highlights

Vatican Museums entrance with skip the line tickets

Vatican Museums

Niccoline Chapel

Bramante Staircase

Cabinet of the Masks

Professional English-speaking guide

Group up to 15 people or less

  • Itinerary

Pinecone Courtyard
Gallery of the Candelabra
Gallery of the Tapestries
Gallery of the Maps
Raphael Rooms (Pope Julius II apartment)
Bramante Staircase
Cabinet of the Masks
Niccolin Chapel
Sistine Chapel

Tour Description

We offer a visit to the off-limits areas of the Vatican Museums such as the Chapel of Pope Nicholas the Vthe 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.

Tour's Notes

Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
Knees and shoulders must be covered. Failing to follow the Vatican’s dress code, entry may be refused to the Sistine Chapel. We also suggest you wear comfortable shoes, as a moderate amount of walking is involved in this tour.
This tour operates in all weather conditions.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible but can be personalized to meet this requirement, just get in touch with us so that we may organize.
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.

  • Included

3 hour Licensed English-speaking guide
Skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums
Access to Vatican restricted areas
Access to the Sistine Chapel privately for you and your group
Headsets for a better listening

  • Not Included

Gratuities
Transportation

  • Meeting Point
Opposite side to Viale Vaticano 100. Right at the marble door with the inscription “Musei Vaticani”
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