My first trip to the Vatican in over 25 years. This time I used my web sleuthing and an added fee, to be a VIP and skip the 3+ hour line. There’s an inverse relationship between time and money. Frequently, people have one or the other. But money can make your time more valuable. I knew private tours of the Vatican exists. I discovered you could have breakfast at the Vatican and then have a private tour.

The best part of this option is early skip the line (before normal opening hours) entry and smaller crowds. I overheard someone saying they’d been in line since 6am without VIP entry, normal entry starts at 9am!

Vatican Museum Courtyard

Skipping the line doesn’t mean no crowds.
NOTE: This tour doesn’t get you into the St Peter’s Basilica (that’s a separate entrance and cost).

Happily we enjoyed the “American Breakfast” as well as an iced Italian cappuccino before our tour began.

Breakfast at the Vatican

It’s definitely worth discussing the options of your tour with your guide. They can help you make the most of your time. Ask for more time to get a good photo or to move along when it’s crowded, go at YOUR pace. PRO TIP: Listen to the guide and visit the Raphael Rooms. They contain some of the best art of the tour.

Mosaic Floor
Mosaic Floor 2
Wall Fresco
Raphael Rooms 1
Raphael Rooms 2
Raphael Rooms 3
Sculpture
Vatican Italy Map Room
Tyrrhenian Sea Map
Mosaic Floor
Mosaic Floor 2
Wall Fresco
Raphael Rooms 1
Raphael Rooms 2
Raphael Rooms 3
Sculpture
Vatican Italy Map Room
Tyrrhenian Sea Map
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The building is impressive from almost every angle and curve. The art decorating the building is jaw dropping.

My first visit to the Sistene Chapel was remarkable, this one was surprisingly loud and chaotic. I wish a guard or monk had shushed the visitors this time too.

CJ

I have visited 7 continents and 80 countries. I have lived in 9 different countries. I speak English, Spanish, French, and Russian. I like to hike, ski, dive, eat, drink, and wander the wonders of the world.