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Vatican Museums Early Entrance with Breakfast Tour

Early access to the Vatican Museums and relaxed American Buffet Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard

Focus

  • Art
  • Food&Wine
  • Religion

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

5 hours

START TIME

07:30

NOT AVAILABLE

Wednesday, Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Blue Badge certified private tour guide
  • Continental American buffet breakfast in the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Fast Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop Off back to your hotel/accommodation after the tour (available upon request)

Sites you’ll visit

  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • This courtyard located in Vatican city is named after the large ancient Roman Pinecone statue situated within its grounds. The Pinecone dates back to the 1st century BC and was fountain of the first public Baths opened in Rome, two thousand of years ago. The courtyard also houses other historic pieces, such as Egyptian Granite and even a bronze globe from the contemporary age.
  • Famous throughout the world, the multiple galleries and rooms can take days to visit although only just over a third of the art that Popes throughout the centuries have collected is on show to the public. The museums house an immense collection that includes some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world along with some of the most precious Ancient Rome and Egyptian statues.
  • Definitely the most known work of art of all time, the frescoes by Michelangelo are considered the finest work of art ever created by Man. The iconic narration of the vault dedicaded to the Holy Creation and the Bible is a pendant of the huge wall scene (60 feet tall) just behind the altar: the “Last Judgment” with its 391 figures. The side walls welcomed Michelangelo’s creation with pre-existing stories of the Life of Jesus and Moses by Botticelli and the Renaissance masters. Despite the religious dedication, the meaning of the Sistine Chapel trascends the time and space of the Church and reveals its universal meaning for mankind.
  • The largest Basilica in the world is also home to worldwide masterpieces like the famous Pietà by Michelangelo! it even houses an underground crypt for Popes, of which can be visited. The Basilica has a big influence from Michelangelo and you can see his art work throughout. The Basilica was originally built above the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, where the Pope visits every Christmas or Easter Time.

Tour description

Start your day at the Vatican Museums with a nice breakfast in this exclusive setting and enjoy early access to the galleries and the Sistine Chapel.

Meet your guide at your hotel (6:30AM recommended) and then travel together to the Vatican ahead of even our Early Bird Tour starting time (8:00AM), so you can be among the first to enter the museums and enjoy a lovely buffet breakfast to start your Vatican adventure.

Your lavish breakfast will take place outdoors, most likely in the famous Pinecone Courtyard while the Vatican Museums are still closed to the rest of the public. Follow your expert private guide through galleries full of artwork and masterpieces: statues, paintings, and tapestries are found throughout this maze of treasures. Embrace the Art without the congestion of standard museum opening hours for a more relaxing experience that will allow you to take unforgettable pictures and experience a better connection with the fascinating artwork all around you. 

Among the many treasures you will find within are the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps, containing a series of painted topographical maps of Italy. If you want to enjoy more of this impressive collection of stunning artwork you can choose to extend your tour and visit the famous Raphael Rooms.

Follow your tour guide along your itinerary to the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at the masterpieces by Michelangelo far from the crowds. Head inside St. Peter’s Basilica and admire the masterpiece by Bernini, the Baldachin, and Michelangelo's Pietà.

End your tour in St. Peter’s Square and be stunned by the view of the Basilica from the outside.

Useful information

  • Not available on Sunday.
  • Not suggested on Wednesday morning due to the Papal Audience.
  • Even with your ‘Skip the Line’ ticket you are NOT exempt from the line (queue) for the Security Check. As you enter in the Museums all visitors and their bags have to be screened under metal detectors and to be checked by the Vatican guards.
  • It is not possible to bring large bags or backpacks, as well as bulky bags, big umbrellas and selfie-sticks. All weapons, hazardous or flammable objects are strictly forbidden.
  • Food and beverages are permitted but must be checked.
  • Appropriate clothing is recommended, especially in high season when visiting some important holy sites, such as Basilicas and Churches. Shoulders and knees have to be covered (Sistine Chapel included).
  • Don't forget to inform the guide or waiters of the Vatican Bistrot about any food intolerance or special restrictions.

Full Refund Cancellation Policy

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The policies are included and non-optional.
  1. Dolce Vita policy is applied on all Standard Bookings placed more than 72 hours from the date of the event. We provide all our customers with Refundable Terms up to 72 hours from the date of the event for any reason. To apply for a refund including where your tour is cancelled or changed by Eyes of Rome®, please contact our customer service team at info@eyesofrome.com.
  2. Peace of Mind policy is applied on Selected Bookings and on all Bookings placed within 72 hours from the date of the event. We provide all our customers with Refundable Terms so if you are unable to attend your booking due to unforeseen circumstances outside of your control you may be entitled to a refund - please see our full set of Refundable Terms and Conditions here. To apply for a refund, please find the instructions on how to apply in the booking confirmation email you received after payment.

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