5 star rating: Highly Recommended 252 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
Start your day at the Vatican with a lavish buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard! After entering the Vatican Museums before the general public, sit down for an outdoor breakfast, featuring treats like pancakes and pastries, and then take a small-group tour around the museum itself. See highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, before heading inside St Peter’s Basilica though a reserved entranceway (to beat any crowds).

Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group Vatican tour, ensuring you’ll see the incredible artwork with personalized attention from your guide.


  • Early-morning Vatican Museums tour with breakfast in Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Enter the world-famous Vatican before the general public set foot inside
  • Enjoy an Italian-American breakfast buffet at the heart of the Vatican Museum complex
  • See top Vatican sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries with a guide
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement and then enter St Peter’s Basilica through a fast-track entranceway
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Visiting the Vatican is a must-do experience in Rome, but this tour is totally unique! Beat the crowds and start your tour with a breakfast right in the heart of the Vatican Museum complex.

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What You Can Expect

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Enjoy breakfast at the Pinecone Courtyard inside the Vatican Museum complex

Rise bright and early and head into the Vatican Museums before the general public set foot inside. Your expert guide will lead you through a section of the museum complex to Pinecone Courtyard, where a sumptuous buffet breakfast will be ready and waiting for you.

Sit down outside and dine on an Italian-American breakfast of pastries, meats, cheeses, eggs, and even pancakes – flipped in front of you by a pancake chef! Savor the food with a coffee or fresh orange juice and soak up the peaceful ambiance of the Vatican free from the crowds!

After enjoying your relaxing start to your day, your guide will lead you back inside the Vatican Museum complex for your tour. At this point, members of the public are still not allowed inside, so there will only be a few other pre-booked tour groups exploring the museum alongside your small group of 16 – giving you plenty of space to enjoy the artwork.

The Vatican Museum complex is staggeringly huge, so your guide will show off its best bits on your 2.5-hour tour. Explore the Gallery of Maps to see intricately detailed maps, and gaze at visual illusions aplenty in the Gallery of Tapestries. Marvel at Renaissance frescoes in the interconnecting chambers that comprise Raphael’s Rooms, and then get ready for the glory of the Sistine Chapel.

As the pope’s private place of worship, the Sistine Chapel echoes with a sacred ambiance, made even more special by the incredible artwork that adorns the walls and ceiling. Hear the history and theories of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes from outside, and then head inside to gaze at The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement on your own.

Your Vatican tour finishes with a skip-the-line visit to St Peter’s Basilica – the home of the Catholic Church – where more artistic treats await. Head inside via a reserved entranceway, and admire Michelangelo’s La Pieta sculpture, as well as Bernini’s Baldachino canopy, while hearing their history. You can then stay inside St Peter’s Basilica if you wish, after your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A must if you want to learn about all the amazing works of art! I highly recomend as our guid as fantastic, Breafast was wonderful and easy to find meeting place. nothing like getting in before the 3 hour long lines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Getting in the Vatican, earlier than the general public, was the best experience. The breakfast was very good. Our tour guide from Ireland, was so informative, and made it all so interesting. We really saw more without the crowds, it was worth getting up very early for this tour. Highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was fantastic, better than advertised, our tour guide was a fountain of knowledge and kept everyone's attention.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great idea! I've never seen the Vatican without all the crowds!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely the high point of our trip to Rome. The tour was well worth the cost, the tour guide was outstanding and the information given out was excellent. It was everything I expected it to be and more. I would tell and have told all of my friends about it. If you can only afford to do one thing while in Rome, do this tour!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

An unforgettable experience. Breakfast in the gardens was amazing and to skip the very long lines was well worth the extra . Would highly recommend doing this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well worth getting up early. If you want to visit the vatican city you have to get fast track tickets and this is by far the best option.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide i feel awful, her name has escaped my memory, but she was incredible!/ Breakfast was lovely in the Pinecone courtyard - a great way to start the day. We then made our way through the museums as a leisurely pace with opportunity to stop and ask questions. So informative to have someone explain things as you walk through. And plenty of time to see the Sistine Chapel. The best way to see it, hardly any people - can't imagine doing it any other way! She was also great as explaining where to go after the tour, and things to see. Thank you for an amazing experience!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour is excellent, got in really quick and enjoyed a very nice breakfast... Tour guide was very friendly and informative... highly recommended...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Rachael was very knowledgeable about the Vatican, she was very pleasant and had a great sense of humour. I personally learnt a great during the tour which was very interesting. Rachael had a great plan to show us the best the Vatican had to offer with out letting the crowds catch up with us. I would highly recommend taking this tour to get a view of the Vatican without queuing for hours and getting caught up in crowds. It is an early start but well worth the effort. I would recommend anyone wanting to see the Vatican to consider this tour.

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