First Entry Vatican Prime Tour with Breakfast Included

Enjoy VIP early entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before the big crowds

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Wish you could experience the stunning art and architecture of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel without the huge crowds? This VIP early morning Vatican tour gives you access a full 90 minutes before the general public arrives! With a small group and an expert Vatican guide, you’ll explore in peace and see the top galleries, the Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and more. To top things off, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast in the famous Pinecone Courtyard.

Tour Details
  • First entry with an expert Vatican guide
  • Gallery of the Candelabras
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Raphael Rooms
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • Michelangelo's Creation of Man
  • Intimate, small-group experience
  • Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard

While most early access Vatican tours get you in at 8:30 am, you’ll be allowed in at 7:30 am, giving you access to the famous museums almost all to yourself! After meeting your licensed Vatican guide near the entrance, your small group will set off to explore the Vatican Museums. You’ll get to see the Raphael Rooms, Vatican galleries, and the Sistine Chapel while they’re almost empty, and can get a closer look at the artistic masterpieces on display without having to fight through a crowd. Bliss!

Afterwards, enjoy a continental breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard (Cortile della Pigna) which sits between the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. You're free to explore the basilica on your own after your delicious breakfast.

First Entry Vatican Tour Description

This 3-hour tour includes:

  • First entry, skip-the-line Vatican tickets

  • See the highlights of the city's three main galleries

  • Raphael Rooms and School of Athens

  • Exclusive Sistine Chapel tour

  • Continental breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard

  • An expert English-speaking guide

  • Maximum group size of 10

Vatican Galleries

After strolling through the grand and near-empty courtyard of the Vatican, you'll visit the main galleries of the Vatican: the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Maps. These galleries are home to some of the Vatican's finest sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and maps, and your guide will talk you through the history and meaning of each piece as you pass.

Raphael Rooms

Next on this unforgettable walking tour are the Raphael Rooms. These four galleries are dedicated to one of the true masters of the Renaissance, and you'll find his most famous painting School of Athens here. Take in the stunning frescoes and hear how Pope Julius II commissioned the art, as well as the complex techniques used to create them.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

The last stop inside the Vatican is probably the most anticipated stop of all: the Sistine Chapel. You'll be among the first tourists of the day to experience Michelangelo's masterpiece, and you'll have the luxury of taking in the serene grandeur of the chapel without waiting in line or fighting for a perfect viewing point. At this early hour, your guide will be able to speak in the chapel and explain in detail what you're seeing. This is a rare opportunity as speaking inside the Sistine Chapel is usually forbidden for the public.

In order to enter the Sistine Chapel, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot—a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard

If all of that wasn't enough, you'll top off your exclusive early morning tour with a hearty continental breakfast in the Vatican's beautiful Pinecone Courtyard.

After the tour, you're welcome to explore the Vatican Museums in further detail or walk over to St. Peter's Basilica. You'll need to join the security line at the basilica, which can be long but is still well worth it.

What you get with this tour
First entry, skip-the-line Vatican tickets
A highlights visit to the museum's three main galleries
Raphael Rooms and School of Athens
Exclusive Sistine Chapel tour
Continental breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard
An expert English-speaking guide
Maximum group size of 10
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Graham Goold

A must see!
21 September 2022
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Jamie Reid

This tour was excellent! Our guide was very knowledgeable about all things Vatican. We liked the early morning tour as it was a small group and there were few people in the museums. Definitely recommend this tour!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Meet your guide between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). It's just across the street from the Vatican Museums entrance. Our friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you might be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so think light trousers or long skirts, and a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Where to meet?

Meet your guide between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). It's just across the street from the Vatican Museums entrance. Our friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you might be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so think light trousers or long skirts, and a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Does this tour really enter before other groups?

Yes! The public has access at 9:00 am, while other early access tours enter at 8:30 am. This tour is admitted at 7:30 am which is 90 minutes before the general public.

Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

Yes, you can visit the Vatican without a guided tour. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets. These tickets will allow you to skip the line, although you'll need to wait until 9 am to enter.

Is St. Peter's Basilica included on this tour?

No, this VIP tour includes the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, and ends with breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard. After the tour, you are welcome to visit the basilica on your own after going through their security line.

Which line should I use to get in early for this tour?

After meeting your guide and small group, follow them across the street to the Vatican Museums entrance. These tickets will allow you access to the exclusive center line for immediate entry.

Will there really be no crowds in the Sistine Chapel?

Since you're entering the Vatican so early, and you're only seeing a few key galleries, you will definitely be able to enter the Sistine Chapel with just a handful of other people. This makes for a truly exclusive experience you won't forget!

What if I'm concerned about my mobility on this tour?

This is a fairly gentle walking tour, although there may be some uneven floors and old stone stairways. If you have doubts about your mobility, consider a Private Morning Vatican Tour which can be more easily tailored to your needs, though it won't include breakfast.

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