The Guide was a lady born and brought up in Rome with a degree in Art History which meant that she had stacks of expert knowledge on the art and artists that have contributed over the centuries to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. She was enthusiastic and entertaining and happy to answer questions on top of the various prepared talks with pictures that she presented during the tour. She was also content to let the tour run over time - with our permission. We were very pleased with the tour.
Fantastic tour. The only thing was that it was Valentines day and the Pope was blessing 25,000 couples so at the time of our tour St Peter's Basilica was unattainable. However the guide gave us additional rooms at the Museum and guided us to the Basilica after the tour so we could visit. She did not attend this, but it didn't detract from it.
This is the way to visit the Vatican! Manuela, our guide, was so knowledgeable and her explanations of the stories behind the artwork, with Raphael and Michaelangelo really brought the artwork to life. St Peter's Basilica was fantastic. If we return to Rome we would probably do a tour again as there was so much to take in. Brilliant
The tour guide Irene was very knowledgable and kept everything moving smoothly. I never knew there was so much to see in the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica was awe inspiring. Well worth it.
Fantastic trip. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. When the tour was over the wait to get into St Peter's Basilica was over 3 hours!
I loved this tour. I found the Sistine Chapel, the Museum and St Peter's Basilica amazing. It is hard to put it into words. They all have to be seen to be believed. So much art in all 3 and the sheer size of St Peter's Basilica is jaw dropping.
I visited on a Saturday. I assume that week days would not be as crowded.
Wonderful tour of Sistine Chapel, Raphael's rooms and St Peter's Basilica. Our tour guide Annalisa was friendly, knowledgeable and truly showed an interest in her tour group. Booking a small tour group is the best way to see anything. Having been to Rome before on our own, it was nice to know the history and stories of all we viewed.
Thank you Viator.
Excellent tour and again our tour guide was very descriptive and knowledgeable, the Vatican is very beautiful and certainly the tour was a valuable one but does not cover everything but what you see is breath taking and an experience that should not be missed. However it was not Dark Rome via Viator and was a different company and after a struggle to find the small place, we found we had to pay a further payment as the tickets were not included in the price only the cost of the tour guide. Which was a rip off as we found another couple on one of our other tours and they had been with Dark Rome all the way through and with them the tickets were included in the cost. However it did not dampen our enjoyment of the sheer beauty that was in the Vatican, museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.
An excellent, stand out tour - - our guide (Alfredo I think) was excellent - knowledgable and passionate about his subject. We paid extra for the early, small group tour which is well worth it - no queues or fuss. St Peter's Basilica is breath taking - you don't realise the scale of the main dome until you check out the people on the upper levels (looking ant like) - well worth the effort to climb up (or take lift). Museums and Sistine Chapel all well worth the visit - so much to see for those interested in art and culture spanning previous three millenia
I did the early-morning skip-the-line Vatican Tour with breakfast and it was fabulous!!
Susanna was superb and had great art-history knowledge. She even spent about 10 minutes after the tour with me to advise on sites to visit en route to my hotel - very kind :)
I highly recommend this tour as breakfast in the serenity of the Pine Cone Courtyard, with a view of St Peter's Basilica dome, is a marvelous way to start the day! While there are other 'early-morning' tours around you, there are significantly less people than later in the day - evidenced by the immense queue you will see in St Peter's Square!
Our tour guide Shannon was lovely and so very knowledgeable!
We enjoyed every moment of our tour and learned a lot.
It was an amazing tour of the Vatican Museums. She educated us on the Sistine Chapel where we went in on our own because there is no talking. Once done in there she walked us to the St Peter's Basilica where she would discuss once again and send us on our way. It was all wonderful!
This was an excellent tour operated by a tour guide who had an extraordinary amount of knowledge on the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's rooms and St Peter's basilica. I would happily take this tour again on my next visit to Rome.
Really enjoyed the tour. Very informative and enlightening. One complaint though, the tour is listed as including St Peter's Basilica, yet this is not available, to my understanding, on Wednesdays. Surely this is known prior to advertising.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Having never been to the Vatican, I didn't know where to start so this tour was an excellent introduction. The three hours flew in and although we we got 20minutes in St Peter's Basilica it wasn't long enough....we could have spent a day there so I now have a better idea of the parts of the Vatican I will explore in more detail. Our tour guide, Dario, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable answering questions as we went through the Vatican, pausing to point out famous pieces and interesting facts. He was very patient and clearly, was passionate about the Vatican's vast treasures. I would recommend this trip to anyone who has never visited the Vatican before as it really was a wonderful overview.
This was an absolutely fantastic tour. We met our tour guide, Maurizi, opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums. He was highly knowledgeable on all matters throughout the tour; he has a degree in history and fine art, I believe. As there is so much to see in this tour (you could spend days there), he picked out the highlights and his personal favourites and gave fascinating details. He was very friendly and patient with people taking photos, etc. We were given headphones and a small device so we could hear our guide through the crowds. After the main tour, we were left to wander around St Peter's Basilica (after being provided with info on it) and the square.
I would also add that our tour guide gave us lots of religious details but in a perfect, objective way.
The price almost put me off, but for the quality and length of the tour, it's excellent value. Plus you get to walk past all the people queuing to get in and go through straight away!
A few things to bear in mind on this tour:
- wear comfy shoes and don't wear yourself out beforehand (I made the mistake of walking for about two hours around Rome before!)
- it is busy and crowded throughout the Vatican City, with few places to sit down
- there is only one public drinking tap, at the start of the tour (although there is a cafe inside, we did not stop there during the tour)
- I'm not sure if there were more places we could stop, but we only made one bathroom break about halfway through
- you cannot take pictures and have to be quiet inside the Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide helpfully gave us descriptions before we entered
- certain areas of the tour require you to cover up: no exposed knees or shoulders. I saw people being asked to cover up before entering the basilica
- you have to go through a metal detector to enter the Vatican City. Whilst you don't have to take off belts, etc., your handbags will be scanned
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