Guided tour

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

4.7 / 5

67 reviews

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 98.08 per person

Enjoy an exclusive 4-hour banquet breakfast and a guided tour of the Vatican. Enter before opening hours and enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.

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Duration 225 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Get early bird access to the Vatican Museums for an exclusive buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard
  • Explore the Vatican Museums in small groups for a more immersive experience
  • See masterpieces of art from the papal collections
  • Wander the Hall of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries
  • Skip the long ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Discover hidden sights that only an expert guide can reveal
Full description
Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, 1.5 hours before anyone else enters the museums! While the general public waits in line outside, you’ll feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and even pancakes, flipped by the Vatican's pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Then follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. Still closed to the general public, the Museums are quieter now than throughout the rest of the day. With only 10 people per group, you’ll have time and space to really appreciate the art. See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own. Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.
Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line early access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
  • 2.5-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 13 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate (so you can always hear your guide)
  • Tips
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet at the bottom of the wide steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The City Wonders Co-ordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (Line A/Red Line). From Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked "Viale Giulio Cesare." Walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3.5 blocks, crossing three junctions (Via Vespiano, Via Leona IV, and Via Santamaura). At the 4th junction (Via Tunisi), turn left and walk straight down Via Tunisi for a block.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Tripods
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  • Please note that large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Only very small bags are allowed
  • In the event of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change with little notice
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with each country’s requirements. The local partner cannot be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Wonderful experience with an amazing tour guide. I'm sorry I can not recall our guides name, but she was great very informative and enthusiastic, you could tell she was very knowledgeable and really enjoyed her job. We loved being there so early before the crowds, I highly recommend this tour

April 1, 2022

Overall, we really enjoyed this tour, although it was not exactly as described in the trip summary. My understanding was breakfast would be held inside the Vatican, followed by a trip through the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrived. Breakfast was actually held under a canopy in the courtyard and the Sistine Chapel was at the end after the guide left (it was crowded). The tour guide walked a bit too fast in the beginning and seemed a little disorganized, but she slowed down about 15 minutes into the tour so we were able to keep up with her. Please be aware that there are a lot of stairs if anyone has mobility issues.

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March 17, 2022

I really enjoyed this tour. You don't have to worry about any lines as you're the first in the museum! Breakfast was good but was American style food- I wish it was more of a traditional Italian spread. I am so glad I booked a guided tour because there is so much to see in the museums and you'll miss so much without a knowledgeable guide. Worth the money if you don't have many days in Rome and want to get a headstart to the day

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February 23, 2022

Product ID: 34187