Vertigo at the Vatican

The Bramante Staircase is regarded as a hidden treasure of the Vatican. Some tourists miss this wondrous and vertigo-inducing piece of architecture as it is no longer on the main tour paths. Despite the name, this modern double-helix staircase was actually designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, who was inspired by the original Bramante Staircase of the Renaissance. This stunning set of individual pathways is regularly used by patrons traveling from the Belvedere Palace to the Cortile del Belvedere.


Momo’s design takes two pathways and intertwines them in a double-helix. Photograph by Ryan Shields


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