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Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

1. Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

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, before anyone else enters the museums. While the general public waits in line outside, 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, 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.

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

2. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Vatican: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel After-Hours Tour

3. Vatican: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel After-Hours Tour

Wait until the doors close and have the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to yourself on a guided tour. Explore the many rooms of the museum and over 70,000 pieces of art, before viewing Michelangelo's masterpiece in the chapel. Finish at the Fontana della Pigna with a traditional aperitif. Make your way to the meeting point and find your guide just outside the tourist station shop. Be accompanied by your official Vatican guide past the queues and straight into the Vatican Museums. Stroll through the main galleries trying to take in the countless pieces of priceless art and enter the Raphael Rooms, famous for four rooms full of frescoes painted by the Renaissance artist. Be blown away as you walk into the renowned Sistine Chapel as the last of the ticket holders depart. Have the space all to yourself and see how the ambiance of quiet adds to the transcendent art, admiring the iconic "The Creation of Adam" fresco painted by Michelangelo. To finish your tour, make your way to the Fontana della Pigna and relax in the peaceful courtyard. Enjoy a tasting of traditional Italian aperitifs as the sun sets and reflect on your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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What people are saying about Raphael Rooms

Ahmed was excellent. There was an elderly French woman who right at start in the meeting area started complaining. The wording on the website stated that there would be a short tour, breakfast right after, then the four would continue. She went on and on even during breakfast. Ahmed handled it like a pro and put up with it longer than I would have. This not the guide's fault but either the company or the travel agency she booked through. Ahmed got us to the Sistine chapel, which by the way does not open until past 9 and is at the end of the route everyone goes by, on time without the normal crowds. Just other groups wich booked the same type of experience. We happen to go back and do the route by ourselves later and let me tell you, you can barely walk by other people and the Sistine chapel is a traffic jam. So I highly recommend booking your tour.

Definitely our highlight of Rome. We were tired from walking all day the day before, and “toured” out if you will, but our guide was incredible and she made the entire tour so enjoyable. She hit all of the highlights, never keeping us somewhere for long periods of time. There is so much to see and we were on a little bit of a time crunch for our hotel check out and she kept us all on time. With only 10 people in our group it was easy to manage all of us and allowed for easily mobility. I couldn’t imagine what the Vatican is like NOT doing skip the line. Highly recommend this tour!

We have spent a wonderful day at the Vatican museums thanks to our experienced and kind tour guide Michelle (Miki)!! His knowledge and his cheerful personality helped us understand so many about history and art in the Vatican. Also, breakfast was really nice and gave us strength to start the tour!! We totally recommend it!!!!

Breakfast at the Vatican was amazing! The tour experience was excellent! We would definitely recommend this tour!

We ate breakfast in a beautiful secluded garden of the Vatican and then toured the museums and Sistine chapel.