What makes this tour unique?
Enter the Vatican Museums before most of the staff, so you have a unique opportunity to enjoy the world's smallest country in the peaceful hours usually reserved for the Pope.
Enjoy breakfast in the tranquil Vatican Pinecone Courtyard, with beautiful views of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
With a maximum group size of 17 or less, you will enjoy an intimate experience. And with a head start on other tour groups and the general public, you'll avoid most of the crowds!
OFFICIAL VATICAN PARTNERSHIP – VIP Advantages for You
Dark Rome is 1 of only 3 OFFICIAL VATICAN MUSEUMS PARTNERS worldwide. Couple that with our experience of guiding over 1,000,000 guests through the Vatican and a TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence, you can’t get a better tour anywhere else! When you book this tour with Dark Rome you get:
||FASTEST ENTRANCE – because of Dark Rome’s Official Vatican Partnership, we’ll get you into the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums faster than “Skip the Line” tours and much faster than the general public through our special Official Partners entrance. In fact, there is no quicker way to enter than with Dark Rome.
||EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE – only available through Dark Rome. Dark Rome is 1 of only 3 Official Vatican Tour Operator Partners globally.
Breakfast in the Vatican Pinecone Courtyard
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 Pinecone 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.
Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
After breakfast you’ll split into groups of 17 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.
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.
You will see the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, masterpieces in Raphael’s Rooms, and 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.
St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square*
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.
Read Our Feature in Canary Wharf Magazine
Canary Wharf Magazine took our Exclusive VIP Vatican Breakfast Tour. Here's what they had to say: "You'll enjoy an extravagant spread before exploring the city's limits ahead of anyone else. The Vatican is a truly sublime, otherworldly place and your experience of its treasures will only be enhanced by watching the city come to life in an ethereal, early-morning light." Read the full article here.
*On Wednesdays St. Peter’s Basilica may be closed to facilitate the Papal Audience. Customers who wish to visit St. Peter’s Basilica are advised to travel on another day. The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
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