Guided tour

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

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95 reviews

Activity provider:Walks of Italy
Guided tour

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

Activity provider:Walks of Italy
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From US$ 116.72 per person

Likely to sell out

Beat the crowds and explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica on a skip-the-line tour. Enjoy a buffet breakfast in a peaceful courtyard.

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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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  • Explore the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive
  • Gaze at the paintings adorning the famous Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in a gorgeous courtyard
  • Take a fully guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy special skip-the-line access into St. Peter's Basilica
Full description

Immerse yourself in the Vatican Museums on a guided walking tour with a buffet breakfast in a Vatican courtyard. See the Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapter, St. Peter's Basilica, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Candelabra, and more. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entry privileges.

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines. Continue on to one of the Vatican's tranquil courtyards and sit down to enjoy a large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head 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 in the museums. Admire the Belvedere Courtyard and

Pinecone Courtyard. Next. enter the Sistine Chapel before most of the crowd does and spend 30 minutes soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece and frescoes by other important Renaissance artists.

To complete your experience, head into St. Peter's Basilica via a special access tunnel straight from the Vatican Museums. There's no better place to cap off your morning than this sacred space.

  • Guide
  • Walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Buffet breakfast in a Vatican courtyard
  • Headset
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at Antico Café Candia, Via Candia, 153, 00192 Roma RM. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Please wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees for the Sistine Chapel visit
  • Storage for your belongings is available. Please note you must return (about a 20 minutes walk) to the entrance to pick up your items at the end of the tour
  • You will need to pass through security
  • If the door leading to St. Peter's Basilica is not open and it is not possible to access the Basilica from the Museums, you will instead continue the tour to the Pinacoteca
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 95 reviews

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We arrived as schedule only to find out we were not on the list for this tour. my wife and I were upset!!! apparently we were on another list which did not include the breakfast portion. we have been told we will get a partial refund. I would greatly appreciate if tha can be followed up.

May 20, 2023

The tour exceeded our expectations, in no small part to our wonderful guide, Julia, who approached the tour with equal parts alacrity and knowledge. She was well-learned on all works and her sense of humor brought levity to to the beautiful backdrop of the Vatican art collection. Breakfast was very good and fresh especially the pancakes. The only negative experience was that in the museum itself some rooms were too crowded due to a high number of tourists visiting. I highly recommend this tour, and would like to thank Julia for making it an unforgettable experience

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May 19, 2023

First off, breakfast can -and has to be!- upgraded, as what offered was very basic and of average quality, at its best! Also, breakfast not served at Pinecone yard. Guide was thorough and knowledgeable; skipping the line definitely a pros. Overall, a nice experience but quality of breakfast was definitely low for the price tag.

May 16, 2023

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