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Early Access to Sistine vs. including Pinacoteca & Bramante

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Early Access to Sistine vs. including Pinacoteca & Bramante

I'll be visiting the Vatican this winter (have one full day, but only one day).

I'm probably going to do a guided tour with one of the "partner" tours like Dark Rome, but it seems that I have to choose either a tour that goes to the Sistine Chapel before the crowds (which sounds like it would be well worth it) OR the tour that includes the Pinacoteca and the Bramante Staircase, which i'd really love to see. There seems to be no tour that does both :(

Any recommendations on what to pick? I'll be there in the first days of January and have been reading that due to school vacation time in Rome, it's as busy on those days as the peak of summer.

Looking for some opinions from folks on what the better option is. Or if there is a different option altogether.

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1. Re: Early Access to Sistine vs. including Pinacoteca & Bramante

I'd book the tour that gives you the greatest length of beat-the-crowd access possible. I was there in July and did the early Sistine Chapel tour from Walks of Italy. We saw the Chapel and much of the Vatican Museums before the main doors opened. Once they did; what a difference. The crowds were so massive it was impossible to enjoy the art; you constantly were being jostled and bounced about. No one was rude or pushy; there were just too many people in not enough space. If I were to return, I'd book another one of these tours in a heartbeat. It really was worth the premium to have room to enjoy what you came to see.

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2. Re: Early Access to Sistine vs. including Pinacoteca & Bramante

The Pinoteca is in a separate wing and it is NOT on the way to the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon you could set off a cannon in there and it is so deserted, no one would get hurt.

The pinoteca is the green push pin on this google map

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms…

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3. Re: Early Access to Sistine vs. including Pinacoteca & Bramante

About the Bramanti staricase

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bramante_Staircase

"he staircase shown in the photo associated with this page is not actually the Bramante Staircase. The double helix staircase shown in the photo here was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, inspired by the revolutionary spiral staircase designed by Donato Bramante in 1512 for Pope Julius II to connect the Belvedere Palace of Innocent VIII to the city. The original Bramante staircase, in the neighbouring Pio-Clementine Museum, is not generally open to the public, though specialist tours do visit."

If the tour takes you on the orgianial or the other?

The Pio-Clementine musuem is the yellow push pin on the google map.

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4. Re: Early Access to Sistine vs. including Pinacoteca & Bramante

The 2nd tour option, would take me to the original staircase, which is normally not open to the public. So that tour is the ONLY way to see it.

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