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In Italy there is a saying that goes like this: you can’t go to Rome and not see the Pope. In addition to the Catholic aspect that highlights this ancient way of speaking, coming to Rome and getting lost in the Basilica of San Pietro and the Vatican museums is such a pity.
Delve deeper into the Vatican Museums with this Extended Vatican tour that takes you where the public can’t usually go and visits more general access areas of the museums than a classic Vatican Tour. This special access Skip the Line tour crosses velvet ropes to gain rare access to the famous Bramante staircase, a dizzying spiral of carved stone built in 1512 inside a square tower.
It once bore the weight of horses, but few ever set foot on it these days, making this visit particularly special. A sure highlight of the tour will be the beautiful paintings of the Vatican Pinacoteca painting gallery, including Raphael’s Transfiguration, Caravaggio’s Deposition of the Cross and Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished Saint Jerome in the Wilderness.
On top of that we will visit all the general access rooms covered in our basic Vatican Museums tour, from the Pinecone Courtyard to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and a highlight of any tour, the Raphael Rooms. Of course your tour includes the Vatican Museum’s most famous room: the Sistine Chapel.
Your guide will then takes you inside St. Peter’s Basilica (on Wednesday the Basilica may be closed for Papal Audience) , one of the most important in all of Christianity and home to Michelangelo’s most famous sculpture: La Pietà.
MEETING POINT: Vatican Museums Main Entrance
START TIME: 08.30 am
OPERATING DAYS: Every day except Sunday
WHAT YOU WILL SEE:
Bramante Staircase (Normally closed to the public)
Pinacoteca (Vatican Art Gallery)
Gallery of Tapestries
Gallery of Maps
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Square
Please ensure your arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time
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