from €109.00 EUR
Duration: 3 Hours 45 Min.
Organized by: Walks of Italy
Delight in a VIP experience at the Vatican with this morning tour that consists of breakfast on site.
Our exclusive Vatican breakfast experience offers unparalleled access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica before the crowds arrive. Enjoy a delectable buffet breakfast in the serene Pinecone Courtyard, and explore the Vatican’s treasures with the guidance of our expert, English-speaking tour guides. This unforgettable experience promises a unique and intimate perspective on the Vatican’s most iconic sights.
Early Access and Skip-the-Line Privileges
Enjoy the privilege of entering the Vatican Museums before they open to the public, ensuring a peaceful and unhurried exploration of its treasures. With our skip-the-line access, bypass the long ticket queues to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, saving valuable time on your journey.
Buffet Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard
Indulge in a scrumptious Italian-American breakfast buffet amidst the tranquil surroundings of the Pinecone Courtyard. Savor an assortment of delectable delights, such as cooked-to-order eggs, a variety of meats and cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and pancakes prepared by the Vatican’s very own pancake chef. This unique dining experience is a rare opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the Vatican before the daily influx of visitors.
Small Group Tours for an Immersive Experience
Our guided tour ensures a more intimate experience as we limit our group sizes to 13 people, allowing you to fully appreciate the breathtaking art and history within the Vatican Museums. Our knowledgeable English-speaking guides will provide in-depth insights into the masterpieces on display, highlighting details that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Discover the Vatican Museums’ Hidden Gems
Embark on an enlightening journey through the Vatican Museums, where you’ll explore renowned rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. As you navigate these hallowed halls, your expert guide will share fascinating stories and historical context about the priceless art and artifacts from the papal collections.
Marvel at the Sistine Chapel’s Masterpieces
A visit to the Vatican would be incomplete without experiencing the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. Admire the magnificent frescoes adorning its walls and ceilings, including Michelangelo’s renowned “The Creation of Adam” and his breathtaking depiction of “The Last Judgment.” Immerse yourself in the sheer beauty and artistic genius that have made the Sistine Chapel an enduring symbol of the Renaissance.
Explore St. Peter’s Basilica in All Its Glory
Skip the long ticket lines and enter St. Peter’s Basilica to marvel at its grandeur. As the largest and most opulent church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica is home to countless artistic masterpieces. Stand in awe of Bernini’s bronze Baldachin, the intricately designed high altar, and Michelangelo’s heart-rending sculpture, “La Pietà” Uncover the rich history and fascinating stories behind this iconic landmark, as your guide offers expert insights into its art, architecture, and significance.
Essential Information and Recommendations
- Dress appropriately for visiting sacred sites; avoid shorts, short skirts, sleeveless shirts, and revealing attire.
- Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and tripods are not allowed inside the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
- All visitors must pass through airport-style security checks; during peak season, wait times may be up to 30 minutes.
- In case of inclement weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be held indoors instead of the Pinecone Courtyard.
- St. Peter’s Basilica may be subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. In such cases, an extended tour of the Vatican Museums will be offered as an alternative. While we strive to notify tour groups in advance of any planned disruptions, refunds or discounts are not available in these instances.
- On Wednesdays, due to the Papal Audiences, access to St. Peter’s Basilica may not be possible until 1 pm.
- Expert guide,
- Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica,
- Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums,
- 2.5-hour tour of the Vatican Museums,
- Small-group tour,
- Headsets to hear the guide plainly.
- Resort pick-up and drop-off.
Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.
Following the fall of the Papal States and the growth of the movement for unity in Italy, the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Italian State was peacefully ratified with the signing, by Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini, of the Lateran Treaty on February, 1929.
Following the Corcordat, the Vatican became an independent, sovereign state, less than half a square kilometre, the smallest state in existence. The Pope is the temporal ruler, a power he delegates to his Secretary of State. The Vatican is surrounded by a wall built by different Popes between 1550 and 1640. As an autonomous state, the Vatican has its own Governor, appointed by the Pope, its own legislature, executive and judiciary. The state also has its own postage-stamps, currency, radio station, newspaper (L’Osservatore Romano), security guards, police force and Swiss Guards.
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