Vatican Secret Rooms with Exclusive Entrance

Wonders of the Vatican Collections: Private Access to the Scala del Bramante and Niccolina Chapel

Focus

  • Art
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Admire the stunning and famous Bramante staircase and Niccolina Chapel, generally closed to the public

Have a deep view of Renaissance architecture strongholds and learn about the works that inspired Donato Bramante

Marvel at the beauty of the stunning frescoes of the Niccolina Chapel commissioned to the Dominican Fra Angelico (or Beato Angelico) 

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

4 hours

START TIME

09:30

PICK UP

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour

NOT AVAILABLE

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Blue Badge certified private tour guide
  • Skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase and to the Niccolina Chapel
  • Fast Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • One Way Transfer from your hotel/accommodation to the tour site


Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop off back to your hotel/accommodation after the tour (available upon request)
  • Extras


Sites you’ll visit

  • Vatican Museums
  • Scala del Bramante
  • Niccolina Chapel
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Famous throughout the world, the multiple galleries and rooms can take days to visit although only just over a third of the art that Popes throughout the centuries have collected is on show to the public. The museums house an immense collection that includes some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world along with some of the most precious Ancient Rome and Egyptian statues.
  • The spiral staircase is named after Italian Architect Donato Bramante. Bramante introduced Renaissance art to Northern Italy but most famously made the base design of St Peter's Basilica. The staircase was originally made in 1505 and allowed the Pope to ascend while still in his carriage.
  • One of the secret rooms of the Vatican Museum is the Niccolina Chapel, a small but gorgeous place which was the private chapel of a Pope of the XV century. Discover the amazing frescos that are seem to engulf the chapel, dating back six centuries!
  • Definitely the most known work of art of all time, the frescoes by Michelangelo are considered the finest work of art ever created by Man. The iconic narration of the vault dedicaded to the Holy Creation and the Bible is a pendant of the huge wall scene (60 feet tall) just behind the altar: the “Last Judgment” with its 391 figures. The side walls welcomed Michelangelo’s creation with pre-existing stories of the Life of Jesus and Moses by Botticelli and the Renaissance masters. Despite the religious dedication, the meaning of the Sistine Chapel trascends the time and space of the Church and reveals its universal meaning for mankind.
  • The largest Basilica in the world is also home to worldwide masterpieces like the famous Pietà by Michelangelo! it even houses an underground crypt for Popes, of which can be visited. The Basilica has a big influence from Michelangelo and you can see his art work throughout. The Basilica was originally built above the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, where the Pope visits every Christmas or Easter Time.

Tour description

The Vatican Museums will hold no secrets from you! Take the opportunity to include in your Vatican experience tour the exclusive access to two secret rooms generally closed to the public: the Niccolina Chapel and the Bramante Staircase. Start your tour exploring the galleries of the Museums that house an impressive collection of artwork and be stunned by masterpieces of great artists. Follow your private, knowledgeable and amazing tour guide through a maze of artwork and learn interesting stories and anecdotes. Continue the tour with the exclusive entrance to the stunning staircase designed by the architect Donato Bramante and commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1512. The Bramante Staircase was once an entrance to the Papal apartments, built in 1512 to accommodate horses. During your visit you will have time to admire the view of this helical stairway. After visiting this first secret room, you will pass on to the second one : the Niccolina Chapel, a private chapel of the Pope in the heart of the Apostolic Palace, where you can admire the sumptuous decoration of the Chapel and amazing frescoes. Be stunned by the beautiful Sistine Chapel where you will finally have the possibility to discover two masterpieces by Michelangelo : The Creation of Adam and Eve and The Last Judgment. End your tour visiting St. Peter's Basilica where you will find Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldachin.

Useful information

  • Not available on Sunday.
  • Not suggested on Wednesday morning due to the Papal Audience.
  • Even with your ‘Skip the Line’ ticket you are NOT exempt from the line (queue) for the Security Check. As you enter in the Museums all visitors and their bags have to be screened under metal detectors and to be checked by the Vatican guards.
  • It is not possible to bring large bags or backpacks, as well as bulky bags, big umbrellas and selfie-sticks. All weapons, hazardous or flammable objects are strictly forbidden.
  • Food and beverages are permitted but must be checked.
  • Appropriate clothing is recommended, especially in high season when visiting some important holy sites, such as Basilicas and Churches. Shoulders and knees have to be covered (Sistine Chapel included).


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