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Vatican Museums Early Entrance with Breakfast

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

Focus

  • Art
  • Food&Wine
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Take advantage of the early entrance before general public to enjoy less crowded galleries

Taste a lovely Italian breakfast buffet surrounded by the beauty of art and history

Get to see the Museums as they wake up in the morning and open their doors to visitors

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

06:30

TRANSFER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Transfer to the tour site included

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
  • One Way Transfer from your hotel/accommodation to the tour site
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.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge 50 % of your bookingfor no-shows or cancellations made within 168 hours of your tour date. For bookings confirmed through deposit-downpayment, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge the remaining tour balance on the day of the tour on the credit card provided during check out
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 168 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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