Guided tour

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

4.6 / 5

73 reviews

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 118.21 per person

Likely to sell out

Beat the crowds and explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in peace.

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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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  • Explore the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive
  • Gaze at the paintings adorning the famous Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in a gorgeous courtyard
  • Take a fully guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy special skip-the-line access into St. Peter's Basilica
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 Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd does and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to one of the Vatican's tranquil courtyards and sit down to enjoy a 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 in the museums. To complete your experience, you'll head into St. Peter's Basilica via a special access tunnel straight from the Vatican Museums. There's no better place to cap off your morning than at this sacred space.

  • Guide
  • Walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Buffet breakfast in a Vatican courtyard
  • Headset
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Walks."

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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.
  • 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

4.6 /5

based on 73 reviews

Review summary

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Our tour to the Vatican Museum was a great experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable, but at times was bogged down with information that no one would remember. Our breakfast was suppose to be in the Pinecone Dining area ,but we were taken to the Vatican gardens which was very nice. We had the opportunity to go from the Vatican Museum directly into St. Peter’s without having to stand in the long line. Yes… I would do this tour again!

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March 29, 2023

A thoroughly enjoyable experience, absolutely worth it in every way. The courtyard setting was beautiful, the breakfast was plentiful and delicious. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, offering interesting details throughout the museum, and able to answer all questions. When we arrived at the Sistine Chapel it was about one-third full, but not nearly as crowded as it gets.

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March 29, 2023

1st and formost TIP YOUR GUIDES AFTER THE TOUR! The guides clearly put in a ton of work and also wake up extra early to be "ON" .Our guide Hilary was knowledgeable and waking up early to skip the line was definitely worth it. The pope come out to bless people on Wednesday, so the Vatican was less crowded than normal. BREAKFAST was a take it or leave it kind of situation. Overall highly recommend!

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 226585