Guided tour

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

4.5 / 5

54 reviews

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

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

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 108.85 per person

Likely to sell out

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
Full description

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

4.5 /5

based on 54 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Breakfast was definitely not worth it. Everything was cold, eggs were made long before we got there. It would have been better to skip breakfast and go straight to the tour. Ended up starting the actual tour when the museum was already open, defeating the purpose of the early tour.

September 30, 2022

Getting into the museums early was definitely worth the price. The breakfast was pretty underwhelming, so I would skip it next time. Our guide, Ilaria, was great... Very knowledgeable about all the art and history and very friendly. Overall, I was very happy with this tour and highly recommend this company... Just not the breakfast.

September 27, 2022

Tour starts with a breakfast. Main areas are far from empty, but you will have sufficient space to appreciate the Vatican. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Most of the tour is spent looking at art, and the guide gives a very good run down of the main pieces you'll see, the history, and Easter eggs you may miss at first glance. Highly recommended.

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September 21, 2022

Product ID: 226585