Can you view and photograph the spiral staircase at the Vatican for free. Or do you have to buy a ticket for the museum

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    According to journeystoitaly.com/bramante-staircase-in-the-vatican the Bramante staircase is closed to the general public, unless you buy a private visit ticket. – Traveller Mar 2 '20 at 2:45
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    @Traveller That's the original one. The new one is open to the public. – Michael Hampton Mar 2 '20 at 2:46
  • It is quite a workout to reach the top and it is a bit narrow at times. There are paid elevators, but going by foot is free. On top, you have full view. It is definitely worth it if you can handle the hordes of people that just came for selfies. – Thomas Mar 2 '20 at 10:01

The Instagram-famous "Snail Staircase" below is inside the museum and requires a ticket.

enter image description here By © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

The original Bramante Staircase, which is older but (IMHO) less impressive, is only accessible on special tours.

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    Why do you consider the Bramante less impressive? – Mast Mar 2 '20 at 9:33
  • @Mast The new one is much more dramatic, just compare photos on the wiki page above. – lambshaanxy Mar 2 '20 at 12:36

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