Breakfast at the Vatican: Pre-Opening Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Enter the Vatican before opening hours and enjoy a Breakfast Buffet, the Sistine Chapel & Museums

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A VIP experience only available to a handful of people per day, join our Vatican Breakfast Tour. Start your morning in the Pinecone Courtyard where you can enjoy a meal in the Vatican's picturesque square. After breakfast, skip the lines and see the Vatican before the public is allowed in. Your Expert English-Speaking guide will lead you through the Galleries and Sistine Chapel telling stories that will immerse you in the history and greatness of the Museums.

Tour Details
  • VIP Vatican Tour with Breakfast Buffet
  • Meet Your Guide and Enter Before the Public
  • Breakfast Buffet in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • The Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • St Peter's Basilica

Can you imagine sitting at the center of the Vatican enjoying a relaxing breakfast without any crowds? Do you want to be one of the first to enter the Sistine Chapel? On our exclusive Vatican breakfast tour, enter the Vatican over an hour before the general public. By the time that you have finished breakfast, you will still have a significant head start on the masses waiting in line. With our fun, licensed Vatican guides see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in detail. The best way to see the Vatican, this 4-hour tour includes:

  • Skip the Line Vatican Admission Tickets

  • Breakfast Buffet in the Pinecone Courtyard Included

  • Licensed English-Speaking Vatican Guide

  • Meet at 7:25 for breakfast at 7:45 am

  • Enter the Vatican over 1 hour before the general public

  • Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

  • Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica (not available in 2021 or on Wednesdays)

As of January 10th 2022: Until Further Notice, FFP2 or KN95 masks are required to wear during your entire visit. In addition, access to all museums in Italy and Vatican City will be permitted only to those with a Reinforced Green Pass Covid-19 Certificate or Non-EU equivalent.

Equivalent certifications are exclusively certificates of vaccination issued by the official foreign national health authorities (for example for Americans, a valid CDC Vaccination Card is sufficient). The certificates must include name, surname, date of birth; vaccine data (name and batch); date of administration of the vaccine; details of the State and Health Authority that issued the certificate. The certificate must be in either Italian, English, French, Spanish, or German.

Meet Your Guide Across from the Vatican Museums Entrance

Your day begins outside the Vatican Museums where you will meet your friendly guide, skip the line, and head into the Vatican for your breakfast experience. Once through security, you will head right to the Pinecone Courtyard for a breakfast spread laid out for your enjoyment.

Breakfast at the Vatican

An experience unlike any other, only a very limited amount of tour operators have access to provide this VIP tour. Enjoy a coffee and a continental breakfast while your guide explains the Sistine Chapel as speaking inside the Chapel is strictly prohibited.

Galleries of the Tapestries, Maps, and Candelabras

Once finished with breakfast, you will see the main galleries of the Vatican Museums. In the Gallery of the Tapestries, learn about the art of Flemish weaving and how these depictions of Renaissance works are equally as impressive as the originals.

Next, in the Gallery of the Maps, your guide will lead you to a sense of amazement. Commissioned in 1580 by Pope Gregory XIII, the room is covered by massive and intricately researched maps of Italy. Painted four centuries before the invention of GPS technology, the artisan cartography in the Gallery of Maps is unmatched.

The last room before reaching the Sistine Chapel is the Gallery of the Candelabra. A gallery of much more than just candle holders, learn why these lavish galleries were commissioned by Pope's throughout history.

Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo's masterpiece is one of the most famous works of art in the world. Nearly 25,000 people a day visit the Sistine Chapel. Luckily, with this tour you will beat the vast majority of them. Seeing the Chapel without the crowds can be a magical experience. Remember that photography and speaking in the chapel is not permitted. This is necessary to maintain the tranquility of the holy site and preserve the painting for posterity.

In the Sistine Chapel, you will see Michelangelo's depiction of biblical stories from The Creation of Adam to The Last Judgement. You will have plenty of time to experience the Chapel in full without the distraction of hundreds of people around you.

Raphael Rooms

One of the true Renaissance masters, Raphael's influence is present throughout the Vatican Museums. In the Raphael Rooms, you will see the gallery where some of his greatest works were painted. See Raphael's School of Athens, the work also found on your tickets to the Vatican Museums.

Borgia Apartments

From the Raphael Rooms, you will enter the Borgia Apartments. This opulent wing of the Vatican was the personal bedroom of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI. These luxurious galleries show the vast wealth of the Catholic Church at end of the 15th century. Here you will also see the earliest known depiction of Native Americans in Europe.

Saint Peter's Basilica

After a quick return trip into the Sistine Chapel, you will head through the corridor directly to St. Peter's Basilica. Allowing you to skip past the line outside the Basilica, your tour will end with a guided overview of the great church. Here you will see Michelangelo's Pieta and well as Bernini's great canopy over the alter, the Baldacchino.

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12/31/2021
Great visit to the Vatican

We had a wonderful tour with Raffa. She was very knowledgeable about the Vatican and the history of Roma. We were very fortunate to have her as our guide. Breakfast at the Vatican was an added bonus. Thank you all and happy New Year.

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Caryn Riggs
11/1/2021
Wow! What an experience!

Incredible! We got in before the massive crowds that were already lined up. We got to have breakfast in this stunning courtyard that thankfully was heated as it was a chilly morning. The Vatican tour was great, our guide was absolutely wonderful. Can't recommend enough

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