Guided tour

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

4.7 / 5

97 reviews

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 95.13 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy an exclusive banquet breakfast and a guided tour of the Vatican. Enter before opening hours and enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.

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Duration 225 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
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  • Get early bird access to the Vatican Museums for an exclusive buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard
  • Explore the Vatican Museums in small groups for a more immersive experience
  • See masterpieces of art from the papal collections
  • Wander the Hall of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries
  • Skip the long ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
Full description

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.

  • Skip-the-ticket-line early access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
  • 2.5-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 13 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate (so you can always hear your guide)
  • Tips
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet at the bottom of the wide steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The City Wonders Co-ordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (Line A/Red Line). From Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked "Viale Giulio Cesare." Walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3.5 blocks, crossing three junctions (Via Vespiano, Via Leona IV, and Via Santamaura). At the 4th junction (Via Tunisi), turn left and walk straight down Via Tunisi for a block.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Tripods
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  • Please note only very small bags are allowed
  • In the event of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues may change with little notice. It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with each country’s requirements. The local partner cannot be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 97 reviews

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Overall the trip was excellent. Our guide was terrific (Edward)- his communication, his excitement, passion, enthusiasm, along with his huge knowledge was the making of the tour. He went above and beyond by also helping one of the other less mobile guests by taking their arm when they got tired. Breakfast also surpassed expectations.

September 14, 2022

Well worth the price. We weren’t sure about it at first, but after having done it, very grateful we booked. We had less of a crowd and didn’t have to wait in line to get in. Breakfast in also in a beautiful area. Our guide, Hilaria, was absolutely wonderful. It was more helpful than we thought to have her input and guidance.

September 6, 2022

Had a morning that will remain long in the memory banks and was exactly as described on the website. Breakfast was plentiful and in a lovely setting. Our guide Sabrina was fantastic and made the morning so much more special. Her knowledge of the many different buildings was incredible as you may expect but it was her enthusiasm that shone throughout and her explanations really bought the frescos and tapestries in the museums to life. There were quite a few staircases to get up and down throughout the tour and Sabrina was also very patient and attentive towards the fact that we were visiting with a less mobile member of the family, always mindful of waiting when needed. From our experience, I would definitely recommend this tour.

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August 18, 2022

Product ID: 34187