04 Apr - 29 Oct: Daily except SundayDuration
3 hours 45 minutesStart time
At 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 report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
St. Peter’s Basilica
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!
After the meal you’ll tour the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in small groups of only 16 people or less.
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. And 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.
For the exclusive Vatican Breakfast, Museums Tour and Saint Peter Basilica experience you should meet your guide at 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. The coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure.
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 16 people or less and your expert, English-speaking guide will take lead you on an exploration of the best works in the Vatican Museums.
The Vatican Museums house one of the most important art collections in the world, ranging from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to late Renaissance.
Visual treats in store include:
Raphael's Rooms: A suite of rooms famous for the beautiful frescoes painted by Raphael and his students. The works here show the artist at the peak of his powers. Note the masterful way he manages the huge compositions.
Octagonal Courtyard: Showcasing some of the most famous statues of antiquity including the powerful sculpture of Laocoon and his sons being attacked by sea serpents.
The Sistine Chapel: See Michelangelo’s magnificent masterpieces – the legendary painted ceiling and the ‘Last Judgment’ on the wall behind the altar. Note how the powerful muscular figures reveal the artist’s skill and experience as a sculptor.
From the Sistine Chapel your guide will lead your small group through a Skip the Line entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica. This will allow you to save precious time and avoid the queues to “one of the greatest churches in all Christendom”.
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 guide will show you Michelangelo’s exquisite marble Pietá depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead Jesus in her lap after the crucifixion.
As you walk around you can admire the lavish decoration of the Basilica, and the magnificent artwork around some of the papal tombs. Your guide will also tell you about the many challenges that confronted the architects in building the great cathedral dome, a dome that was conceived from the outset to be the largest in Christendom.Your tour ends at St Peter’s Basilica, just in time for lunch!
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or mobility impairments on our tours.
Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. isango or its local partner cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
Photography is not allowed inside the Vatican museums.
We are unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
In the case of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard.
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.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.
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