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Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante)

Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante)

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Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome

The Basics

Many visitors mistake Giuseppe Momo's 1930s staircase for the historic Bramante Staircase, but the original was built more than 400 years earlier and is closed to the general public. Only private groups led by an official Vatican-approved tour guide are authorized to visit the elegant Renaissance staircase.

Some small-group guided tours of the Vatican Museums—among the most popular attractions in Italy—include access to the Bramante Staircase. Book in advance to avoid long ticket and entry lines. Extended tours generally also include stops in the Painting Gallery (Pinacoteca), Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Candelabra, the Sistine Chapel with its frescoes by Michelangelo, and the Raphael Rooms before moving on the St. Peter's Basilica.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Vatican tour
Dawn_C, Mar 2020
Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Incredible! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Will definitely take another tour when I return
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Italy Trip
lychita, Feb 2020
Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Excellent tour and our guide Zara was very knowledgeable, patient and considerate. The tour was suppose to be 4 1/2 hours and she spent 5 hours with us. This tour is a bit tiring but well worth it
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Wonderful Tour by Walks of Italy
JennyandPhilscondo, Nov 2019
Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
We took the Walks of Italy (tour company) "Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica" with early entry. Vasco was our guide. He really knew his art history and was a top rate Vatican tour guide. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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A Can't Miss tour
Mark B, Nov 2019
Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and set up the "big tear" as we entered the Sistine Chapel. A wonderful museum and an unforgettable experience.
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Vatican, Bramante, and Review
stephencT6788RP, Oct 2019
Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
Sara was GREAT!!! Her knowledge of the Vatican and surrounding area (the Vatican City) is Amazing! History, History, History! The Vatican is not just about the Pope. It is about Vatican City and the way the rest of Italy (and the world) has been in contact with Rome. Sara gives a tour which is deep in history. I wish there was more time on that tour!
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Would do it again
JM1119, Oct 2019
Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
I recommend doing this extended tour to any- and everyone. It was my first time in the Vatican and wanted to see as much as possible. I was so glad I did it, our guide VASCO from City Wonders was amazing! He was knowledgeable and well-spoken. The views from the Bramante Staircase were beautiful. I would do this over again.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is a security check at the entrance to the Vatican Museums, so items like pocket knives, corkscrews, and umbrellas must be left at the coat check.

  • If your Vatican tour includes entry to the Sistine Chapel, be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.

  • Vatican tours generally require quite a bit of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

  • The Bramante Staircase is not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The Vatican Museums are located adjacent St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. The closest metro station is Ottaviano on Line A.

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When to Get There

The museums are most crowded at midday, so opt for a morning (or early-access) tour or plan a visit in the offseason winter months if you prefer a quieter experience.

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Visiting the Vatican’s Painting Gallery

Most Vatican Museum tours include a stop in the Painting Gallery, a highlight of the museum complex. Here you can view one of the world's best collections of works by Italian masters such as Giotto, da Vinci, Raphael, and Caravaggio.

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