5 star rating: Highly Recommended 233 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 July 2015

Awesome! We loved every minute of this very informative and fun tour. We particularly loved being in the Vatican before the crowds and we were able to enjoy a delicious breakfast out side on the grounds in the beautiful morning. Our tour guide was Nicholas and I have to say he was one of the best. He understood how the Vatican worked was very informative. We enjoyed his knowledge on everything Vatican. We would definitely recommend this tour, in fact, I wouldn't go see the Vatican any other way any more. Thanks!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very well organised. Group small enough to be personal. Breakfast in a lovely courtyard. Superb. Guide was very pleasant. Worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fantastic tour and a highlight of our visit to Rome. The breakfast was delicious and generous within the amazing environment of the Vatican courtyard. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and we learnt and saw a lot. However, at no time did we feel rushed. Definitely worth the early start!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely the best way to see the Vatican. Although it's an early morning, my three teenagers tell everyone that this was one of the tours they will always remember.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. All in all, a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved not having to wait in those long lines. Very knowledgeable guide, easy pace, and very

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

great to see more and miss the crowds!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We highly recommend this package. It is so cool to have breakfast at the Vatican courtyard and have an early morning tour to beat the crowd. Our tour guide, Micaela is very knowledgeable and helpful in giving us an overview of the Vatican. It made the tour of the Vatican museum, St. Peter's Basilica, and Sistine chapel much more interesting and memorable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

There is so much at the Vatican that a tour guide is really necessary. The guide was interesting and answered everyone's question. The tour was long, but not too long. You are able to explore the area after the tour as well. There were a lot of options for breakfast and the food was pretty decent. I would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was the highlight of our trip. We booked this on the recommendation of a friend, and we are so glad we did. This is more than a skip the line tour. It is worth every penny to enter during the cool morning hours! The breakfast was fabulous, and the tour guide gave us so much great information. We recommend this tour tot all!

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