Pinecone Courtyard Dawn
Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel
Bernini's Canape insde St Peter Basilica
Delicious breakfast at the Vatican
Unique Experience

Exclusive Early Breakfast inside the Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica

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  • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican' s Courtyard.
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Reserved first entrance to the Vatican
  • Entrance to the Sistine Chapel
  • Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Guided tour with expert English-speaking guide
  • Group size limited to 20 people or less
  • Early entrance
  • All tickets and reservation fees included
  • Electronic headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

Fresh Continental Breakfast

Dark Rome is offering you a unique opportunity to enter the Vatican Museums before the official morning opening for an exclusive courtyard breakfast. Not offered by any other tour operator, this tour allows you to enjoy a banquet breakfast in the tranquility of the Vatican's Courtyard. Here you’ll enjoy a leisurely meal of traditional Italian fare as well as an American buffet complete with our own pancake chef! Begin your tour after breakfast before most of the crowds arrive.

After breakfast you’ll split into groups of 20 people or fewer and your expert, English-speaking guide will take lead you on an exploration of the best masterpieces in the Vatican Museums. Still early, the galleries and rooms will be quieter now than later in the day so you’ll have more space to enjoy the magnificent surroundings.

Vatican Museums

Visited by over 5 million people per year, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are top of the “must see” list for most visitors to Rome. With over 9 miles of art spread across 2,000 rooms, seeing the Papal Palace on your own can be a little overwhelming. With our expertise and experience of touring over 1,000,000 visitors through the Vatican, we make it easy and memorable.

See Michelangelo's Finest Works

You will see the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and much more. Before entering the Sistine Chapel, your expert guide will provide insight into Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling and Last Judgement frescoes, then give you time in the chapel to take it all in. Many visitors the highlight of the tour is a visit to the Sistine Chapel, made even more fascinating when your guide explains the stories and characters hidden in the art by Michelangelo.

The last stop of the day is St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, where we’ll use a special access door to skip yet another line. Here your guide will introduce you to Michelangelo’s famous Pietà and Bernini's bronze baldachin among other masterpieces. After the tour, you can spend additional free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

Important Notes

  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
  • Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we're happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums. While we endeavour to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

Cancelation Policy

This tour is subject to a 24-hour cancelation policy. If you wish to cancel or amend your booking, you can do so without charge by contacting us up to 24 hours in advance of your expected

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A Dark Rome tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With Dark Rome it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make Dark Rome so special