Choosing this wonderful 5 hours tour you will have the bonus of a classical tour plus the access to special areas normally closed to general public. Our classical tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s basilica already gives you the opportunity to see some between the most beautiful sites in the world, but with the addition of the restricted areas you will also see the Cabinet of Masks, Niccoline Chapel and Bramante Staircase.
You will meet you knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide at the entrance of Vatican Museum, where you will enter with your pre purchased skip the line tickets. You will walk you through the main highlights of Vatican Museum like the Octagonal Courtyard, where you have a view of St. Peter’s Basilica from the back and where the guide will stop you for a few minutes to explain you about the Sistine Chapel, since they are not allowed to do it once you will be there. Now you will be ready to proceed to the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra. Your guide will take you then to the Cabinet of the Mask, one of the halls of the square tower of the small palace of Pope Innocent VIII, named for the mosaics inserted in the centre of the floor, which come from various parts of Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli and surrounded by the sculptures of the Three Graces, a statue of a nympha much admired by Goethe and a series of statues of Aphrodite. Inside Niccoline Chapel, which owes its name to Pope Nicholas V, who ordered its construction you will be amazed by the sumptuous decoration ascribable to the Dominican Fra Angelico, best known as Beato Angelico. Finally you will be taken to Bramante Staircase, an incredible and fascinating double helix staircase, designed by Donato Bramante. Your tour is not finished yet since you will be guided to the Sistine Chapel, masterpiece of Michelangelo, before entering to St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world, one of the holiest Catholic shrines and place that the Catholic tradition holds being the burial site of Saint Peter. Don’t forget to scrub footh of the bronze statue of St. Peter for good luck!