Numbers are limited to 20 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 20 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 20 – 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.
This was a remarkable experience. I am still raving about this to my friends. Am going to do it again the next time I am in Rome. Can't stop talking about it to my friends. Rachel, our guide, is extraordinarily good. She was knowledgeable, attentive, informative and incredibly talented in delivering serious information in a very interesting and easy to understand manner. This is my third time to the Vatican but I learned so much from her. The breakfast was surreal. It was a real treat. Must do in Rome.
This tour experience was amazing. Our guide Rachel was exceptional. We really enjoyed getting up early, getting to the Vatican before daylight and starting our day with breakfast inside the Vatican square. No crowds.