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Vatican Art & Breakfast

Exclusive Breakfast and Early Access to the Vatican Museums

Category: Vatican Special

Price from: $580

Duration: 4.5 Hours (approx.)

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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.

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  • Approximately 4.5 hours
  • Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
  • Not available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Included 
    Blue Badge Qualified Guide Early Entrance Admission Tickets (Guaranteed to skip the long lines) and Breakfast Buffet | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Transportation to the site (only available for centrally located accommodations) | Private Tour
  • Not Included 
    Return Transportation (available upon request) Private Driver throughout the tour (can be arranged upon request) 
Standard itinerary
Breakfast Buffet
Vatican Museums
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica
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Enhance your Experience

Extra Hour


Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.


Create your own Tour - Make it a Full Day


Book your tour and create your personal walking experience by making it a full day, adding 3 extra hours! You can tell us in advance your favorite sites to visit or your personal guide will make suggestions based on your interests and energy level - you set the pace and see what you want to see. Please make a note on your booking if you have specific requests so we can ensure that reservations are made when needed. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.



US$140** Please note: Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged separately.

No time to do a full Colosseum tour? Make it quick! Marvel at this epic engineering feat of the ancient Romans, one of the most amazing attractions of the Ancient World, and a highlight of any trip to Rome. Your guide will bring to life the stories of this iconic monument, its famed gladiators and the emperors who made it all happen. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.




Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.


Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day

US$120** Please note: Experience is intended for up to 6 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

In the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will take part in the workshop of an Italian artist. This activity is fun for the whole family!. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. Take home your creation to make your Roman holidays even more memorable!


Smile and Tour


Request for a funny and entertaining Tour Guide. Your laughs come at no extra cost.


Pinacoteca - Picture Gallery


Take in the best of the Vatican’s painting collection with works from the 12th to the 19th century including Giotto, Perugino, Raphael, da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Highlights include Raphael’s Transfiguration and Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished St. Jerome.


Secret Rooms


Escape from the crowds by visiting one of the Vatican rooms off the beaten path where you will be able to enjoy for a few minutes peace and silence experienced only by few selected people.


Request a Wheelchair


Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.


Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary


Transform your standard Vatican tour to a unique Jewish experience. Unlock the hidden symbols with a new perspective with your professional tour guide. Enrich your tour by visiting the Hebrew Lapidary containing ancient Jewish grave markers with inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The Lapidary was established in 1910 after it was discovered during the excavation of the Jewish catacomb of Monteverde in Rome.


Castel St. Angelo

US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be charged separately. ($25.00 per person)

As you exit St. Peter’s Square, your guide will lead you along a quiet street that follows ‘Il Passetto’, the passageway connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Pope’s fortress. You can opt to visit the castle for breathtaking views of the city or cross over Bernini’s famous bridge of angels for scenic views of the river. A beautiful addition to the Vatican Tour, Castel Sant' Angelo is a great bookend to your day.


St.Peter's Dome

US$70** Please note: Price includes 1 extra hour with your guide and admission tickets will be charged separately - €10 for elevator (+320 steps), €8 for stairs only (551 steps).

Climb the most famous Dome in the world designed by Michelangelo and learn its secrets! You can take 320 steps to reach the roof level or you can take the elevator. If you feel you have some energy left you can keep take more steps to reach the dome for an astonishing view of the eternal city.


Gelato Class

US$350** Please note: Price is up to 4 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

Reach a typical roman "gelateria", an artisanal workshop that has recently been renovated. Engage in a funny, entertaining activity and learn how italian people prepare the famous gelato. Make your own ice cream following the traditional Italian techniques and recipes and enjoy it! An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.


Crypt of the Popes


The Crypt of the Popes, also known as the Vatican Grottos, are positioned just below St. Peter's Basilica and above Constantine’s 4th century basilica. The grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. The holiest place is Peter’s chapel, located immediately above the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated (not parte of the site).


Religious Perspective


Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.



US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution. The catacombs were the underground burial places of the early Christian and Jewish communities. You will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.


Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments


Visit Pope Julius II’s private apartments, frescoed by Raphael and enjoy masterpieces including Raphael’s most famous work, The School of Athens. You’ll then descend into the lower level apartments last used by the infamous Pope Alexander VI of the notorious Borgia family. Finally, you’ll enjoy modern art including pieces by Van Gogh, Rodin, Dali and many more.

These optional extras can be selected during check-out.
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    Sam Jones

    My wife and I booked the Art & Breakfast tour of the Vatican and absolutely loved it. Our guide picked us up at our hotel and got us over to the Vatican in about 5 minutes! We were some of the first guests to enter the Museums, and we headed straight to breakfast- in the famous Pine Courtyard, with almost no one around. The breakfast was great- the best we had while in Rome! We were able to eat in peace while hearing stories of the Vatican and the masterpieces inside, while enjoying nice, strong coffee. After breakfast we continued through the museums on our way to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. We ended up extending our time with our guide so we could visit the Raphael Rooms and the Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica and take in the most amazing view of Rome. It was truly an amazing experience, and many thanks to our guide Stefania for making it truly memorable and even fun!



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    Caleb Burton

    I just want to say that this was such a cool way to enjoy the Vatican, and it was great to sit back and eat in the Pine Courtyard with very few people around. After breakfast we were refreshed and did the Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel (of course!) before seeing St. Peter’s Basilica. Good morning, and great tour!



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    Martha Hostetter

    Hello Eyes of Rome Team, I should arrive in Rome Fiumicino on 3/17 at 8pm approx. and I would like to book the tour of the Vatican Museums with breakfast. The only day available for a quick visit of the city will be March 18th. I have already booked your Private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. I'm thinking about the best option for the morning. I'm really afraid that after an intercontinental flight meeting the guide at 6:30am could be a problem. Is it worth to wake up that early? Also, I would like to book a hotel right near the Vatican Museums... do you have any recommendations?





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    Tour Design Team

    Ciao Martha! Your question is really interesting! Maybe it will be a little heavy to wake up early in the morning after a long flight, but trust us, it's worth it. You'll have the chance to admire the wonders of the Vatican Museums one hour before the general opening (9 am)! The breakfast buffet is a delight :) There are many products coming directly from the farms of the Pope.. a genuine Espresso will help you to energetically face the day!

    Regarding our suggested Hotels, we recommend you to take a look at our dedicated help center section Suggestions -> Places to Stay

    Please contact us as soon as you have chosen the ideal hotel for your stay in Rome so we'll be able to agree with you the starting time of the tour (if your hotel will be nearby the Museums' entrance we could lightly postpone the meeting time) and please note that a hotel booked near the Museums will allow you to relax a bit before starting your Colosseum tour!

    A presto!
    Eyes of Rome Team



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The following tours are offered with our All Sales Final Policy only:

Vatican Special:

Vatican First-Class: Secluded Gardens & Sistine Chapel
Exclusive Vatican Museums After Hours VIP Experience
Vatican Art & Breakfast
Must Do:

Borghese Gallery
Colosseum Special

Colosseum Special: Undergrounds & Arena
Eyes of Rome Premiere:

Villa Medici
Just Outside Rome:

Gandolfo Golf Cart Tour
Etruscan Highlights Of Tarquinia With Private Driver Service

Create Your Own Tour
Discovering Florence:

Best of Florence Tour
Our All Sales Final Policy also applies to the following Tour Extensions:

Gelato Class
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day
Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary

Eyes of Rome® All Sales Final Policy does not allow any cancellations or refunds for services purchased.


Eyes of Rome® All Sales Final Policy does not allow amendments.

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Info about your Breakfast at the Vatican Eyes of Rome Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 4h 30m. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: 6:30AM.
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites, however if you do hold already a reservation please be in touch with us before finalizing your booking and we will adjust your final cost.
  • Photos: Photos and Video are permitted with the exception of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However reduced tickets are required for children aged between 6 and 17. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
  • Dress Code: Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Personal ID: You do NOT need a passport to enter the Vatican.
  • Personal Items: Large bags and large umbrellas are NOT allowed in the museum, retrieving checked items could effect your ability to cover the entire suggested itinerary. 
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