This Private Vatican Tour with Breakfast boasts an early bird entry to get you ahead of the crowds and settles you into the museums in the fresh morning air. Your Presto Guide will meet you outside the Vatican Museums in the early morning and will accompany you to your American style buffet breakfast in the very romantic Pinecone Courtyard of the Vatican Museums. Take your time eating and then your Presto Guide brings you through the maze of the Vatican City where you will enter into the Vatican Museums’ world renowned art collection, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
We meet our guests at 7:45 or 8:15 AM right near the Vatican Museums to get a head start on our adventure of visiting the Vatican City. We immediately check in with the Vatican Guards for buffet breakfast in the Vatican Museums’ own Pinecone Courtyard Cafe. Over breakfast, we get to know each other a bit and then get right to the subject at hand—the Vatican City and its profound role in today’s world both as an independent country and as headquarters of the Catholic Church.
This early bird Private Vatican Tour features special entry into the Vatican Museums while they are still closed to the general public. We skip the long lines–except for the security check. Naturally, everyone has to go through the metal detectors!
Inside the Vatican Museums, we visit the Pinecone Courtyard, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Greek statues of the Laocoon, Apollo Belvedere, Belvedere Torso, the Candelabra, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Raphael’s Rooms, and finally, the Sistine Chapel.
Our head start into the Vatican means a peaceful and less crowded visit of the Sistine Chapel. We have the benefit of being ahead of the wave of visitors that enters the museums one hour after us and therefore get to enjoy the sacred space in the way that the Sistine Chapel was intended to be–in quiet.
After an extended visit of the Sistine Chapel, we utilize a special shortcut entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica which means avoiding the really long lines that develop in St. Peter’s Square.
St. Peter’s architecture in itself is breathtaking. The Vatican Papacy commissioned several artists and architects to help establish the Vatican City as the center of the Catholic Church.
Michelangelo himself has a gorgeous statue on display inside the Basilica called the Pietà and architect Bernini created the extraordinary Baldacchino Altar. There are intricate statues of angels and apostles inside the church.
Following our tour, it is possible to visit the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Papal Tombs, St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Pharmacy, and the Vatican Post Office. There are Mass services throughout the day inside St. Peter’s Basilica in Italian and Latin that you are welcome to join.
Your Presto Guide will be happy to direct you to your destination of choice. Our Private Vatican Tour & Breakfast is about 3.5 hours long which gives us the excellent advantage of taking our time and attending to each individual guest’s questions and interests. Please let us know yours!
There will an opportunity to use the restroom half way through the tour prior to entering the Sistine Chapel. Our private tours with guides that I have personally scouted out ensures an optimal and personalized touring experience. We know it’s just one of those things you do just once in your life.
Presto Guides are professors, artists, art historians, actors, and lovers of art who choose to guide because they love meeting new people and love sharing the Vatican City’s unparalleled history and art collection with our guests.
If you prefer, we also have a later Private Vatican Tour without breakfast.