Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast
- Get early bird access to the Vatican Museums for an exclusive buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard
- Explore the Vatican Museums in small groups for a more immersive experience
- See masterpieces of art from the papal collections
- Wander the Hall of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries
- Skip the long ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
- Discover hidden sights that only an expert guide can reveal
While the general public waits in line outside, you’ll feast on an Italian-American buffet of pastries, meats, cheeses, hot food and even pancakes, flipped by a pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors.
Then follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. Still closed to the general public, the Museums are quieter now than throughout the rest of the day. With only a maximum of 16 people per group, you’ll have time and space to really appreciate the art.
See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own.
Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.
- Skip-the-ticket-line early access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
- Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
- 2.5-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums
- English-speaking guide
- Small groups of 16 people or less
- Headsets when appropriate (so you can always hear your guide)
- Hotel pick-up or drop off
- Wheelchair users
Prepare for the activity
Meet at the bottom of the wide steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The City Wonders Co-ordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (Line A/Red Line). From Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked "Viale Giulio Cesare." Walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3.5 blocks, crossing three junctions (Via Vespiano, Via Leona IV, and Via Santamaura). At the 4th junction (Via Tunisi), turn left and walk straight down Via Tunisi for a block.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Luggage or large bags
- Sleeveless shirts
• Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• Please note that large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only very small bags are allowed.
• Sadly the tour is unable to accommodate guests in wheelchairs, or those with any impairments requiring special assistance.
• Baby strollers and carriages cannot be accommodated on this tour.
• In the event of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard.