Our guide was very knowledgable and she made it very seamless to pass through the crowds. I am glad we chose this because the line to get in was about a mile long. We walked right into the Vatican and I would recommend doing this to anyone planning to go here. The Sistine Chapel was absolutely amazing!
The cost included the entry fee into the Vatican museum and a 3 hour guided tour from Patricia who was a historian and archaeologist. The tour was in-depth and fascinating and at a pace that enabled everyone to have the time to look properly not only at the treasures Patricia pointed out and explained, but also the rest of the artwork. Without a guide, I would have missed so much. I particularly appreciated that she explained and asked for respect to be paid to sacred ground, a fact that some other guides unfortunately could not get through to their groups and in one case was totally rudely and disrespectfully ignored not by this company. I highly recommend this tour.
Tour was very well organized. Guide was excellent. The use of the radios on the tour made it easier to hear the guide admist the crowd.
This tour was fantastic, all thanks to our fabulous tour guide - highly recommend
This will save you the headache of waiting in the very long line.
We had a wonderful experience on this tour with our guide, Stella. Highly recommended!
Tour guide was local and informative. Best part was we got to skip the line.
Excellent tour! The guide was very informative about the Vatican and the history as well as the art inside. I highly recommend the afternoon tour...so much better and less crowded!
These were the only agents who could get a seating inside the cathedral. Our guide had a good balance of history and story telling. We kind of liked it more than St Peters in Rome. Learnt the tradition of democracy and checks and balances.
It was wonderful and our tour guide was very experienced and informative, however, the timing of it was a little off as the pope was about to come out to address the people and we missed it because of the tour timing. Our fault, I guess, but wish we had known.
Really loved this tour! Our tour guide's name was Claudia and she was very nice and friendly throughout the tour, always smiling and very patient. The tour was very informative too, you really learn about the rich history in Vatican and the museums.
Very informative, well organised. Expect crowds.
It is definitely worth it to take the tour. Not only did we get to skip the entrance lines, but we were able to learn about the notable artworks and historical backgrounds of the Vatican museums. It is overwhelming to see everything so it helps to have someone point out the special and unique works. Our guide was very cheerful and gave great insight.
Wonderful experience and very informative.
We bought this ticket for a Wednesday morning when the Pope was giving his Papal message. If seeing the pope is your thing, DO NOT BUY this for wednesday morning, get tickets for seats for his mass/audience.
If you don't mind missing the pope, going to the Vatican museum during the Papal audience is an excellent idea as it is not crowded. You don't feel rushed or elbow to elbow with the other tourists as you all make your way to the Sistine Chapel. We arrived at the Sistine Chapel around 12 and our guide told us to go back to the cafeteria, have a coffee, and wait until they open the access from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Basilica. Though the vatican attendants did not like us walking back towards the Sistine Chapel entrance, we just said we needed to use the toilet and they let us go. Around 12:30 they opened the door and we were able to go right into the basilica without having to go through security again. Also, the basilica doors just opened as well and there were very few people in the basilica.
Overall, it was a great tour! We didn't get a tour of the Basilica due to the Papal Mass, but I think we received a more in depth Vatican Museum tour and so it worked out.
The Gide was fantastic!
Excellent guide and most interesting tour.
This was beautiful! Our tour guide was very educated on everything in the Vatican and Italian history. We enjoyed our tour and would definitely do it again when we go back with our kids.
Very informative, Francesco was very knowledgeable. Made the experience fun.
Great tour. Excellent guide. Well organized.
Great tour with an excellent guide called Laura, highly recommended
We had a really nice guide. He had a lot to tell which we didn't know before, since my friend allready had a tour at St Pieter. He spoke English at a really good level. We enjoyed the tour and would definately book another one.
The time allowed, of course, could never be enough. The guide masterfully directed our attention in a manner that allowed appreciation of all that unfolded before us in a respectful way so that we could enjoy both the art and a personally spiritual experience. I would only suggest a moment of discussion, while gathering before the tour, as to an outline of the overall tour. Understandably with the crowds of interested museum goers the movements of our tour are not entirely predictable. The knowledge of our
tour leader enabled us to feel comfortable no matter the pace of our movement throughout the tour. The tour leader's name deserves mention but I have no record of it. Youthful female with several years of residence in Italy, particularly Rome.
The Vatican is overwhelming Tour guide was terific!
Franchesca was our tour guide and there were less than 20 people in our group. Franchesca is quirky and smart, very knowledgeable with arts and history! I love that we skipped the line to get into the Vatican Museums and the tour was very organized despite the traffic inside the museums. I highly recommend this tour!
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