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
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.
We were very impressed by the tour guide, as she was so knowledgeable and very easy to understand. We were lucky enough to only have a small group. My only disappointment is that we didn't get to see inside The Vatican, as when our tour was over, we had to walk all the way back down to the cloak room and retrieve our backpacks and walk to the front of the Vatican and join a four hour line up. We were told when the Pope says mass in the piazza on a Wednesday, you cannot access from the Sistine Chapel until after the mass is over, which was a couple of hours wait, after 1 pm. We were really left to fend for ourselves after the Museum Tour. Breakfast was very nice and there was a nice assortment of food.