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Vatican Museums, St. Peter's and Sistine Chapel Tour with Breakfast Before Hours

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Indulge in a delectable buffet breakfast at the Vatican before it opens to the public. Get ahead of the crowds as you go on an early access Vatican Museums tour. Gaze at exquisite Renaissance art on your St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel tour.

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Relish a delicious breakfast at the Vatican's courtyard before it's open to the public on this unique VIP Vatican tour. Don't miss out on your guide's fun facts as you explore the museums in small group tour of 20 or less and aided by headsets.

Fill up on the buffet's various offerings before you begin your Vatican Museums tour. Access the vaunted museum just as it opens to other tours but before the public is allowed to enter. See its highlights, from its famed galleries like the Raphael Rooms and the Gallery of the Maps to its lesser-known collections like the Gallery of Tapestries and the Candelabra.

Take in the colorful frescoes painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before using skip-the-line St. Peter's Basilica tickets to explore the extravagant interior of one of the largest churches in the world.
For a Sistine Chapel tour before opening hours, please see this Early Access Sistine Chapel Tour with Skip the Line Vatican Museums Ticket.
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  • 06:35 Check-in at Vatican Museums
  • 06:50 Vatican Museums Early Entry
    St. Peter's Basilica Get a brief introduction from your guide as you make your way to the Pinecone Courtyard before it opens to the public.
  • 07:10 Breakfast at Pinecone Courtyard (40 minutes)
    Vatican, Italy Get exclusive entry to the Vatican for a memorable breakfast fit for a pope. Revel in the tranquil atmosphere of the decorated courtyard as you savor Italian-American dishes, like pastries, meats, cheeses and even pancakes courtesy of the chef, before your Vatican tour.
  • 07:50 Start of Vatican Museums Tour (1 hour & 45 minutes)
    vatican museums tickets, vatican tour, sculptures Get a jumpstart to your tour with your skip-the-line Vatican Museums tickets and enter the premises after other tour groups but before it's general opening time. Don't miss a word from your art historian guide thanks to your handy headsets.
  • Gallery of Maps
    gallery of maps, vatican museums tickets Discover Italy as it was seen centuries ago as you view maps of its regions before the country was unified. Get a scientific perspective of the Vatican's works of art and revel in its frescoes' grandiose presentation.
  • Gallery of Tapestries
    vatican museums tickets, vatican tour See bible stories about Moses and Saint Peter portrayed in tapestries with vibrant hues. The imposing works of art were initially displayed at the Sistine Chapel before finding their way home at the gallery.
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
    vatican_gallery_long-4 Enter through exquisite bronze gates and marvel at marble columns lined by stunning statues. Set your sight on the hall's majestic marble floors and the striking candelabra at its center.
  • Raphael Rooms
    vatican museums tickets, vatican tour, raphael Cap off your Vatican Museums tour at the Raphael Rooms. Rediscover Catholic history at the Room of Constantine, gaze at the Old Testament retold at the Room of Heliodorus, see Raphael's masterpiece at the Room of the Segnatura, and learn the journeys of 2 popes at the Room of the Fire in the Borgo.
  • Sistine Chapel (20 minutes)
    creation of adam, sistine chapel tickets Enter the storied site with your Sistine Chapel tickets and peer at arguably the most famous ceiling in the world. Admire Michelangelo's sublime frescoes which includes The Last Judgment and the Creation of Adam. Spot messages that he hid in plain sight with some help from your guide.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica (45 minutes)
    2015-03-18_143908 Access the majestic church using skip-the-line St. Peter's Basilica tickets and find yourself surrounded by grandiose details. Take in the sight of bronze statues and marble floors and see one of the most famous statues in the world, Michelangelo's Pieta.
  • 10:35 Tour Ends at St. Peter's Basilica
Notes
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
    • Please note that large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only very small bags are allowed.
Additional Note(s)
    • In the case of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard.
    • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel, where talking and photography are prohibited.
    • Please note that it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican Museums once you leave as the tickets are single entry only.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 20.
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FAQ
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I am taking a Vatican Tour that includes Saint Peter’s Basilica, will we go up the dome?
  • No, but it is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, but you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site.

    If you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, be sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.
Can I take photos during my Vatican visit?
  • Non-flash photography is permitted in most areas of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. But, photography of any kind is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel.
What should I wear on my Vatican visit?
  • Men, women, and children must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Low-cut clothing and hats are not allowed.
Can I bring a backpack to the Vatican Museums?
  • Yes, guests can carry bags if they are smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth. Anything bigger than this, or any umbrellas or camera tripods, must be checked into storage at the beginning of the tour.

    Since the tour ends at the other side of the museum, guests who are forced to check bags must leave the tour early to collect them or complete a 20-minute walk back to the entrance after their tour. Those doing the afternoon tour may not be able to retrieve their belongings until the next day. It is recommended that visitors travel light and avoid bringing large baggage.
What is the best time to visit the Vatican?
  • If you want to avoid the crowds, go really early or really late. There are tours on VELTRA that provide access to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public and to the Vatican Museums after its operating hours.
What is the best day of the week to visit the Vatican?
  • Visit on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to avoid most of the crowds.

    Most of the museums in Rome are closed on Mondays, the Papal Audience is staged every Wednesday, locals are part of the crowds on Saturdays and the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are closed on Sundays.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 06:50 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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Duration 4 hour(s)
Availability Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Meal Breakfast buffet
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