Start with a hearty American Breakfast before you start the early Vatican private tour away from the hustle of the crowds.
- American B’fast
- Vatican Museums
- Sistine Chapel
- St Peter’s Basilica
- Raphael’s Rooms
- St Peter’s Square
Early Tour of the Vatican Private Guided Tour and Breakfast
3.5 hrs. | Start at 7.10 a.m. | American Breakfast |
Meeting Point : Vatican Museums entrance, opposite side of Viale Vaticano 100, at the bottom of the step.
Start fresh and bright in the morning with an American buffet breakfast at the Pinecone Courtyard which is also known as Fontana della Pigna. Your private guide will introduce themselves and then explain the history behind the courtyard and the famous bronze former fountain which holds its fort there surrounded by two beautiful peacocks.
After breakfast, the tour starts at the Vatican Galleries. You will learn about the Laocoön marble statue and discover who triumphs and who dies while fighting the two giant serpents which have encircled Laocoön his sons. Your guide will then take you to see the ‘Torso’ at Apollo Belvedere. This is from one of the many pieces in the private collection of Pope Julius II. Interested to find out about baths used by the Roman Emperors? In the Round Room, you will be introduced to the large marble bathtub once used by Emperor Nero. It is made of a special marble – porphyry. Your guide will go on to explain to you the significance of using rich materials by the aristocrats in ancient Rome.
As you make your way to the Sistine Chapel, you will pass by some lovely galleries such as the commissioned in the 1500s by Clement the 7th – Gallery of Tapestries. The Gallery of Candelabra commissioned in the 1700s famous for the extensive use of marble in the columns and the giant marble candelabra and the Gallery of Maps With an incredible collection of topographical maps which is believed to be 80% accurate for that time period.
The Sistine Chapel it’s a dream come true for art lovers. Be ready to be transported into the magical world of Michelangelo and other great renaissance artists of that time. Witness the sheer brilliance of the Creation of the World’ and the “Last Judgement’. Your private guide will share with you fascinating stories behind the frescoes and how long it took Michelangelo and his assistance to create these timeless pieces of artwork.
St. Peter Basilica – Secret Access Door
As you pass through a special door, you will be skipping the long lines which await standard ticket holders. St Peters Basilica is one of the holiest of sites for the Catholic faith. You’re greeted by a spectacular Dome which has been designed by Michelangelo and also see the creations of Bernini and Bramante and what they have left for the world to appreciate.
Enjoy a delightful breakfast experience at one of the most famous courtyards in the world before you visit one of the most famous museums in the world!
Important Reminder – Early Tour of the Vatican Private Guided Tour and Breakfast
- There is a dress code to the Vatican which applies to children too. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
- St Peter’s Basilica is not part of this tour as it is closed in the evenings.
- The Vatican Museums get rather busy during summer and after a bank holiday.
- If a disabled visitor is able to produce a certificate showing that they are more than 74% disabled, entry to the Vatican museums is free of charge. This free entry is also extended to the to their companion. If you have a disability and are not sure if you’re eligible, please contact us at the time of booking so that we may assist you further.