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What could be more memorable than breakfast at the Vatican?
This delightful tour, the first of its type, gives you the chance to enter the Vatican Museums before they open and enjoy an exclusive courtyard breakfast at the Pinecone Courtyard! After the meal you’ll tour the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in small groups of only 20 people or less for a truly personalised experience!
Your guide will lead you through the quiet corridors of the Vatican Museums to the main outdoor courtyard of the Vatican Palace. Here you’ll enjoy a leisurely meal of traditional Italian fare as well as an American buffet complete with our own pancake chef!
After breakfast you’ll split into groups of 20people or less and your expert, English-speaking guide will lead you on an exploration of the best works in the Vatican Museums. It will still be early and the galleries will be quieter than later in the day. This gives you space to enjoy some of the finest pieces of Renaissance art in existence – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and his ‘Last Judgement’, as well as Raphael’s glorious frescoes. The Vatican Museums house one of the most important art collections in the world, ranging from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to late Renaissance. Not to mention, you’ll also see stunning classical statues like the famous Laocoon, which inspired the Renaissance artists.
From the Sistine Chapel you’ll get special access to a Skip the Line entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, Christianity’s most breathtaking church. Here your guide will show you Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’, the incredible altar and the dome that threatened the career of so many architects. A Renaissance masterpiece created by geniuses such as Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, St Peter’s was until recently the largest church ever built. The Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter The Apostle was crucified and buried. There is indeed some historical evidence that St. Peter's tomb lies under the main altar with its magnificent canopy by Bernini.
Your tour ends at St Peter’s Basilica, just in time for lunch!
About the Supplier: City Wonders are leaders in Italy tours and experiences. Their tours are insightful and entertaining with expert guides taking you around the city’s known as well as offbeat attractions. They believe in having a small group size to provide intimate experiences in all major cities of Italy.
April 1 - October 24: Daily except SundayDuration
3 hours 45 minutesStart time
Please arrive by 6:35am latest
Make your way to the the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums.
The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our tour coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.
Arriving by metro or tram: The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani.
Please arrive latest by 6:35 am. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Because of the attraction's popularity, large numbers of people visit each day. For any last minute changes, time changes or other updates please visit the attraction website.
During Papal Audience, access to St. Peter’s Basilica may be affected. Worry not as none of your tour durations gets affected! Our guides will segregate entire duration between other attractions of the itinerary perfectly to ensure you have the best experience!
There will be airport-style security checks. All visitors and their small-medium sized bags will be screened. Liquids, large bags, or sharp items are not allowed and must be left in cloakroom.
Please carry your valid ID/passport. Failure to do may result in denied entry. Pacemakers should carry their certification as well.
Those with a disability and their attendant / companion go free with a disability certificate that you must present at the museum's Special Permit or Reception Desk.
Both men and women MUST have knees and shoulders covered. Failure to comply may result in denied entry.
We arrived on time to the meeting point and the tour guide was there and prepared with the audio headsets. She spoke clearly and I was able to understand all of the details she...Jocelyn Stelson, United States