Add dates
Vatican Museums

Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Vatican Museums Culinary & Nightlife

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 before most of the crowd 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, before anyone else enters the museums. While the general public waits in line outside, 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, 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.

Rome: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Dinner & Opera Concert

3. Rome: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Dinner & Opera Concert

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace. Exit the Museum directly to St. Peter Basilica, once again avoiding the long ticket lines. After sightseeing the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica, rest and relax in a cozy family, Italian restaurant - Enoteca Corsi, where you will enjoy a delicious Italian dinner. Enoteca Corsi restaurant is visited not only by tourists but also by Roman residents, which is the best recommendation of this place. The restaurant is situated in the center of Rome, very closed to Pantheon. End your day by participating in an astonishing opera concert presented in the historic church in the center of Rome with an excellent acoustics. During the concert you will listen the most beautiful opera arias and the most famous melodies of classical music composed by the greatest Italian composers: Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Bellini, Vivaldi, Leoncavallo and Mascagni. Moreover, you will be overjoyed by listening magic neapolitan songs. Program of the concert is presented by grand piano which accompany exceptional tenor and soprano soloist in opera arias and neapolitan songs. Free wine will be served during the concert intermission. Concerts take place in magnificent Waldesian Church (via IV Novembre 107) with an exceptional acoustics. The church is situated in an historical building in the center of Rome, only 300 metres walk from Piazza Venezia. Concert program Tomaso Albinoni „Adagio” Antonio Vivaldi “Spring” from “The four seasons” Giacomo Puccini “Nessun dorma” from “Turandot” Ruggero Leoncavallo “Mattinata” Pietro Mascagni “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana Giuseppe Verdi “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” from “La Traviata” Giuseppe Verdi “La Traviata” – overture Antonio Vivaldi “Summer” from “The four seasons” Giacomo Puccini “E lucevan le stelle” from “Tosca” Break Neapolitan song “Torna a Surriento” Antonio Vivaldi „Autumn” from „The four seasons” Giuseppe Verdi “Rigoletto Quartet”– overture Giacomo Puccini “Vissi d’arte” from “Tosca” Giuseppe Verdi “La donna è mobile” from “Rigoletto” Giacomo Puccini “O mio babbino caro” Giuseppe Verdi „Celeste Aida” from „Aida” Antonio Vivaldi „Winter” from „The four seasons” – Neapolitan song „O sole mio” Approximate duration of the concert (min.): 80 Organizer reserves the right to modify the content of the program Dinner menu Guests can choose from two menus Appetizer: Italian antipasto Main course: Mezzemaniche all'Amatriciana (pasta w bacon, tomato sauce & pecorino cheese) or Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe (spaghetti pasta w pecorino cheese & black peppers) Second Course: Roasted veal with potatoes or Bufalo Mozzarella cheese with fresh tomatoes and basil Dessert: Home made dessert of the day Water, bread included Children under 6 years old will receive a smaller portion

Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

4. Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

During the morning, you will be taken to St. Peter's Square to take a seat and enjoy a special religious moment. Pope Francesco will offer readings in several languages and pray with the faithfuls. At the end of the audience, you will enjoy a quick lunch and then continue your experience with a visit to the famous Vatican Museums with its classical sculpture galleries, tapestries and most significant paintings, collected in one of the most important museum in the world. Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and, through an exclusive access pass, enjoy the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the whole Catholic Christian world, built on the tomb of the first pope in history next to the famous St. Peter's Square. The tour will conclude here.

Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

5. Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a unique half-day tour from Rome that will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens. Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the Papal summer retreat since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace. On this tour, you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in the language of your choice. Following this, you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa, before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce from the palace farm! If you have not already done so, you will have the chance to add a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with your fantastic guide onto your experience, in which case, upon your return to Rome, you will be dropped off right outside the Vatican.

Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

6. Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Explore Rome at your own pace with the Go City Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions and tours from a list of over 30 options including the Colosseum, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and more. With a full 60 days to use your pass from your first attraction visit or tour, you'll have plenty of time to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, join a wine tasting by the Colosseum, enjoy a classical music concert, or go bike riding among ancient Roman ruins. Avoid the hassle of having to buy individual attraction tickets each time, with the Rome Explorer Pass it's all right there on your phone! Enjoy a complimentary digital guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. To redeem, simply display your pass on your mobile device (or print it at home) at the ticket office or gate for free admission. Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from the following: (R) Reservations required. Follow the instructions on the digital guide for each attraction or tour. Cultural and Historical Sights • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with audio tour, hosted entry, and multimedia video (R) • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - reserved entrance (R) • St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour • Borghese Gallery and City Guide app (R) • Castel Sant' Angelo with audio guide (R) • Capitolini Museum with hosted entry (R) • Altar of the Fatherland Panoramic View (R) • Pantheon Guided Tour (R) Other Tours and Experiences • Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day Classic Tour • Rome Catacombs Tour including transfer (R) • Piazza Navona Underground • Pizza Terrace Dinner in the Prati District (R) • Delicious Pasta Menu by Trevi Fountain (R) • Best of Rome at Twilight (R) • Wine tasting with a certified sommelier by the Colosseum • Colosseum Exterior VR Experience (R) • Circus Maximus Virtual Reality Game (R) • Bike rental with Caracalla Baths (R) • Ancient Via Appia Antica by Bike • The Three Tenors in Concert with Ballet - St. Paul's Church • Museo delle Cere (Wax Museum) • Welcome to Rome Show • Leonardo Da Vinci Experience • Vivaldi's Four Seasons Meets Bach's Masterpieces • Trevi District Underground: Small Aqueduct Domus (R) • Vigamus - Video Game Museum • Bike rental with Circo Massimo experience (R) • Empresses, Emperors and Courtesans Tour (R) Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction list including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. The most popular attractions in Rome can get particularly busy, especially doing holiday periods, so booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment.

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

7. Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

Start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums. Skip the line and enter 45 minutes before the general public with your special access ticket. After going through a brief security check, proceed inside to begin your tour starting with the best galleries. Follow your art historian guide along the tour route which includes the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps.  Then, learn about the history and process Michelangelo used to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before entering to see it yourself. Continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your exclusive Vatican Gardens tickets, breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. After your Vatican Gardens tour, enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo. Once the site of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, the Barberini Gardens boast beautifully-designed hedges situated amidst flowers, fountains and Ancient Roman ruins. Your guide will tell you stories about the history of the gardens and the many points of interest located within. Once you’ve explored the lush scenery of the Barberini Gardens, the tour will break for lunch (included with the tour). Sit down to a sumptuous spread of locally-sourced, organic Italian meats, cheeses, olive oil, tomatoes, and pasta. Then, have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Now a museum open to the public, enjoy exploring the Palace’s many rooms, art galleries, and collection of cars driven by former popes. Use your round-trip train ticket to return to Vatican City and conclude your memorable experience.

Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

8. Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

Start your 9-hour program with a bus ride to Castel Gandolfo, a secluded and charming town that’s home to the pope’s summer residence. Explore the pope’s private Barberini Gardens by mini-bus and with the assistance of an audio guide. The Papal Palace was recently opened to the public by Pope Francis. You’ll see the treasures of this extravagant yet intimate interior, including works by Bernini. Enjoy a break for lunch and some free time to explore the town before heading back to Rome. In the afternoon, begin a 3-hour tour of Vatican City at the Vatican Museums. With your priority access you’ll skip the lines, allowing more time to discover the great works of art. Continue to the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will point out amazing art including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement – the largest fresco ever painted by a single person. The last stop on this walking tour of Vatican City is St. Peter’s Basilica, which is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture.

Rome: Squares, Vatican, & Colloseum Tour, Lunch & Transfers

9. Rome: Squares, Vatican, & Colloseum Tour, Lunch & Transfers

Discover Rome on a private full-day guided tour in an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to the city's hottest destinations like the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain. Enjoy skip-the-line access at the Vatican Museums and gaze up at the frescos in the Sistine Chapel.  Get picked up at your doorstep and head to the legendary Colosseum, where your guide will be waiting for you. See the Roman Forum and the Palatine as your guide brings 3,000 years of Roman history to life. Continue to the ancient Pantheon and stroll through the grand Piazza Navona. Capture a picture on the Spanish Steps and toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain. After enjoying lunch at a traditional restaurant, your driver will pick you up and take you to the Vatican. Avoid the lines at the Vatican Museums and step inside to see the most prominent collection of ancient Roman artworks. Wander through the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s extraordinary fresco, the Last Judgment.  Finally, visit St. Peter’s Basilica which ihs famous for its Renaissance architecture and for being the largest church in the world, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Happy Hour in the Vatican Museums

10. Happy Hour in the Vatican Museums

Experience a cultural adventure and discover the Vatican in another light. Start with a lovely Italian-style aperitif in the Pinecone courtyard before diving into the best of the Vatican with your guide.  From the courtyard you'll cross some of the 54 museum galleries, stopping by the gallery of tapestries, where you can admire unique needlework. See how the overall understanding of the world has changed throughout the centuries in the Gallery of Maps. Fall in love with Raphael's delicate hand and gaze in awe at his frescoes which decorate the papal apartments. Last but not least, enjoy the Sistine Chapel without the daytime heat and huge crowds. Give yourself the time to experience the star of the Vatican museums and explore the detailed frescoes that decorate the walls and ceiling of the chapel. Learn all about how Michelangelo painted the Last Judgment. He even incorporated a self portrait  see if you can find it.

  • Entry tickets
  • Guided tours
  • City cards
11 activities found
Sort by:

Frequently asked questions about Vatican Museums Culinary & Nightlife

What are other things to do than Vatican Museums Culinary & Nightlife that are worth visiting in Rome?

Other Sightseeing Options in Vatican Museums

Want to discover all there is to do in Vatican Museums? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Overall the trip was excellent. Our guide was terrific (Edward)- his communication, his excitement, passion, enthusiasm, along with his huge knowledge was the making of the tour. He went above and beyond by also helping one of the other less mobile guests by taking their arm when they got tired. Breakfast also surpassed expectations.

Well worth the price. We weren’t sure about it at first, but after having done it, very grateful we booked. We had less of a crowd and didn’t have to wait in line to get in. Breakfast in also in a beautiful area. Our guide, Hilaria, was absolutely wonderful. It was more helpful than we thought to have her input and guidance.

Wonderful experience! Our guide was super knowledgeable and fun. We had a great time exploring the Vatican Museums and the tasting was simply the best way to end the experience. Highly recommend!

Marina was a fabulous tour guide. Her love of art cam through in everything she showed us.

Robert, our guide, was great and his knowledge of Rome was brilliant.