Vatican Breakfast (early access)

Enter one hour before the official Museum opening time, have an exclusive breakfast in a 16th century courtyard, then start your private tour before the crowds.


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What’s included

First-class tour with a private guide

Special skip-the-line tickets and delicious breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard

Fluent English Speaking guides with a background in archaeology, history and art

Entertaining and insightful explanations



Take our Vatican Breakfast tour to experience the Vatican as very few visitors do. This tour includes a full breakfast buffet in the 16th century Pinecone courtyard and an early private tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Duration: about 4 hours

How many visitors have seen the sun rise in Vatican City? How many people you know have ever had a morning coffee in an exclusive Renaissance location?

This is the perfect tour for travelers who want to experience an early private tour to avoid the crowds and the heat, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime breakfast in an exclusive location. You will enter when the Vatican workers are still getting everything ready to open the Museum. Rome and the Vatican will be still asleep as you savor the peace and the quiet of the smallest State in the world. The Vatican breakfast will be a very relaxing meal and you will have plenty of time to enjoy your coffee or juice and get ready for your private tour.

Our exclusive early entrance tickets will allow you to start the tour when only a few tour groups are in the Museum, one hour before the general opening time. Your expert guide will lead you through the galleries of Roman statues, the tapestries and the countless painted rooms, making sure you get the best out of your tour, helping you discover the highlights as well as some hidden gems.

Learn all about the lives and artistic styles of the two main characters of the Vatican: Michelangelo and Raphael. The Raphael Rooms are breathtaking, but often overcrowded. Because of the small size of these rooms, they usually get very busy after the museum opens to the general public, but you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit them before the “tourist invasion”, in relative peace.

You’ll also see the Sistine Chapel before it gets too busy: this is the only way to really enjoy one of the most famous artworks of all time. Your expert guide will tell you how to decode Michelangelo’s style and iconography, giving you a full introduction to the frescoes before you enter the Chapel, so that you will be able to fully enjoy the complexity of this masterpiece. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of one of the wonders of the world, and understand why Michelangelo continues to amaze and inspire.

With our private tour you will have enough personal space to visit the Museum at your own pace. You won’t have to follow a group schedule, but you’ll have the chance to ask as many questions as you want, enjoying a much more customized and personal experience.

The last sight on our Vatican Breakfast tour is St. Peter’s Basilica. You will access the church from a special passageway, directly from the Sistine Chapel, skipping the long entrance line. St Peter’s is the biggest church in the world be ready to feel totally overwhelmed by its impressive size, the gold reliefs, and the richness of its decorations. Your guide will show you all the highlights of the Basilica: Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s Baldacchino (canopy), the main altar where the Pope gives Mass and much more.

You will end your tour in front of St. Peter’s square, awestruck by the architecture of Bernini’s colonnade, where you can admire the Pope’s residence and all the magnificence of one of the most famous sights in the world.

Start your day with an exclusive Vatican Breakfast and enjoy our private tour of the Vatican before the Museum gets packed. Take advantage of our exclusive early entrance and choose the best for your trip to Rome.

Sights Included

Vatican Museum
Pinecone courtyard (breakfast location)
Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries
Raphael Rooms
School of Athens & Room of Signature
Room of Heliodorus & Room of the Fire of Borgo
Sistine Chapel
Ceiling and Last Judgment by Michelangelo
Renaissance frescos by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio
St. Peter’s Basilica
Michelangelo’s Pietà
Bernini’s Baldacchino

Tour Location

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