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

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

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 Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter a full hour 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 the Pinecone Courtyard for 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 of the museums.

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

2. Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, 1.5 hours before anyone else enters the museums! While the general public waits in line outside, you’ll feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and even pancakes, flipped by the Vatican's 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 10 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.

Vatican: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel After-Hours Tour

3. Vatican: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel After-Hours Tour

Wait until the doors close and have the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to yourself on a guided tour. Explore the many rooms of the museum and over 70,000 pieces of art, before viewing Michelangelo's masterpiece in the chapel. Finish at the Fontana della Pigna with a traditional aperitif. Make your way to the meeting point and find your guide just outside the tourist station shop. Be accompanied by your official Vatican guide past the queues and straight into the Vatican Museums. Stroll through the main galleries trying to take in the countless pieces of priceless art and enter the Raphael Rooms, famous for four rooms full of frescoes painted by the Renaissance artist. Be blown away as you walk into the renowned Sistine Chapel as the last of the ticket holders depart. Have the space all to yourself and see how the ambiance of quiet adds to the transcendent art, admiring the iconic "The Creation of Adam" fresco painted by Michelangelo. To finish your tour, make your way to the Fontana della Pigna and relax in the peaceful courtyard. Enjoy a tasting of traditional Italian aperitifs as the sun sets and reflect on your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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What people are saying about Courtyard of the Pigna

I really enjoyed this tour. You don't have to worry about any lines as you're the first in the museum! Breakfast was good but was American style food- I wish it was more of a traditional Italian spread. I am so glad I booked a guided tour because there is so much to see in the museums and you'll miss so much without a knowledgeable guide. Worth the money if you don't have many days in Rome and want to get a headstart to the day

Wonderful experience with an amazing tour guide. I'm sorry I can not recall our guides name, but she was great very informative and enthusiastic, you could tell she was very knowledgeable and really enjoyed her job. We loved being there so early before the crowds, I highly recommend this tour

Outstanding experience with an amazing fountain of knowledge by our side. I could not gave asked for more. Grazi!

The Vatican in VIP with a hearty breakfast and a very experienced guide. It was perfect

Definitely worth taking this early tour with breakfast