Guided tour

Vatican Breakfast: Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
Guided tour

Vatican Breakfast: Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 116.47 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy an exclusive banquet breakfast and a guided tour of the Vatican. Enter before opening hours and enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Get early bird access to the Vatican Museums for an exclusive buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard
  • Explore the Vatican Museums in small groups for a more immersive experience
  • See masterpieces of art from the papal collections
  • Wander the Hall of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries
  • Skip the long ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
Full description

 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.


Feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and pancakes made by the Vatican's pancake chef.


Dine in the Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, and experience tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. With only 13 people per group, take the time and space to appreciate the art.


See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. 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.

  • Skip-the-ticket-line early access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums & St Peter's Basilica
  • English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 13 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate (so you can always hear your guide)
  • Hotel pickup or drop off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the bottom of the wide steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The City Wonders Co-ordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (Line A/Red Line). From Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked "Viale Giulio Cesare." Walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3.5 blocks, crossing three junctions (Via Vespiano, Via Leona IV, and Via Santamaura). At the 4th junction (Via Tunisi), turn left and walk straight down Via Tunisi for a block.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Tripods
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during the high season the wait may be up to 30 minutes
  • In the event of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies, when this occurs customers are offered an extended tour of the Vatican Museums: while the local partner endeavors to notify tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases refunds or discounts are unavailable
  • On Wednesdays, due to the Papal Audiences, access to St Peter's Basilica is not possible until 1pm
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Well done!! Lots to cover and you did it so well! Overwhelming info and things to see (in the best way!). Breakfast was surprisingly good (a full breakfast in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard). Our guide, Michael, did a terrific job of setting the stage for what we would see and guiding us through these amazing places.

March 15, 2023

With so many tours that seem the same, this one fit our trip needs. The breakfast was better than expected. The guide did a great job prepping us for the tour. The headsets while not great fitting, were very helpful and enhanced the experience. The part that disappointed was the guide left after the Sistine Chapel, and didn’t accompany anyone into St. Peter’s. Overall a good tour, it was still very full inside, so I can’t imagine a tour later in the day!

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March 15, 2023

Miki was great, very knowledgeable & funny!! We climbed the Dome ( The Connecticut ladies!) after & was lucky enough to go underground to see Pope Benedict’s burial plot. It was great to be able to stay inside the Basilica & wonder after. I have a comment that I wish it stated you eat first then tour. That would be very helpful. Otherwise I have no issues & tour was just wonderful!!!! Thanks Miki!!

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March 9, 2023

Product ID: 34187