While the general public waits in line outside, you’ll feast on an Italian-American buffet of pastries, meats, cheeses, hot food and even pancakes, flipped by our pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums’ most beautiful works of modern art, you’ll experience a level of tranquility rarely (if ever) seen by visitors to the Vatican.
This is the Vatican Palaces as they were made to be seen – without the crowds. After breakfast you’ll follow your tour guide on an exploration of the Vatican Museums. Only just opened to other tour groups at this stage (and still closed to the public) the Museums will still be quieter than they are throughout the rest of the day.[readmore]On your guided tour your expert, English-speaking guide will show you all the best of the Vatican collection. You’ll see ancient (and inaccurate!) cartography in the Gallery of the Maps, visual illusions in the Gallery of the Tapestries and even spot Rocky Balboa hidden among the characters of the The Raphael Rooms. Raphael’s frescoes are said by many to rival the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. Of course we won’t forget that highlight, as we visit Michelangelo’s world-famous ‘Last Judgment’ and ‘The Creation of Adam’ in the Sistine Chapel.
With Skip the Line Access you won’t have to wait around before the next leg of our Vatican adventure. Your guide will lead you through a separate entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica where they’ll give a guided tour of Michelangelo’s Pieta and the incredible carved altar among other incredible works in this, the world’s largest historic Basilica.
This tour represents the first time in history that the Vatican Museums have allowed members of the public to enter so early – not to mention providing a buffet breakfast – and City Wonders Tours is the only tour operator to offer it. Add to this early Museums access, guaranteed small group sizes and a dedicated tour guide and you have easily the most relaxing way to see the Vatican Museums. Go on, spoil yourself.Lee mas
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
We strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
Comfortable shoes are recommended
On Wednesday mornings and afternoons St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public due to the Papal Audience taking place in Saint Peter’s Square
Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
In the case of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance