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

4.7 / 5

30 reviews

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

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

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

From US$ 104.15 per person

Beat the crowds and explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece in peace.

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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Gaze at the paintings adorning the famous Sistine Chapel without the crowds
  • Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard of the Vatican
  • Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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.

Includes
  • Early entry to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums highlights tour
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Professional tour guide
  • Small group (never more than 15 people)
  • Headsets
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Please wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees for the Sistine Chapel visit
  • All guests must pass through security. For useful information/restrictions about your tour, visit https://m.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani-mobile/en/visita-i-musei/consigli-utili.html
  • Storage for your belongings is available. Please note you must return (about a 20 minutes walk) to the entrance to pick up your items at the end of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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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!

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June 22, 2022

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.

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June 16, 2022

Der Durchgang von der Sixtinischen Kapelle zur Peterskirche/Basilika (Gehzeit EINE MINUTE) ist für Touristen bereits seit knapp zwei Jahren nicht mehr möglich, wird aber in der Tourbeschreibung nach wie vor angepriesen!!! Eine BEWUSSTE FALSCHINFORMATION, zumal nicht anzunehmen ist, dass wir die ersten waren, denen das zu Beginn der Tour mitgeteilt wurde! Dies mit der Konsequenz, dass man ca.ZWANZIG MINUTEN (entlang der Mauer der Vatikanischen Museen) zum Petersplatz gehen musste und sich dort zu den Kontrollen zum Eingang in die Peterskirche/Basilika anstellen musste, was bei uns ca. DREISSIG MINUTEN gedauert hat. Fazit: FÜNFZIG MINUTEN ANSTELLEN UND WARTEN STATT - wie GEBUCHT - EINE MINUTE !!! DIE TOUR SELBST WAR SCHWER IN ORDNUNG, SEHR INFORMATIV UND IST UNBEDINGT ZU EMPFEHLEN !!!

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November 2, 2021

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