Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and speaks good english. The pace of the tour is comfortable and the skip the line priviledge was very good as I do not remember any waiting in queues to access the different areas. However, the location of the meeting point is not very clear and should be specified more clearly. If you want to thoroughly experience the Vatican city and all its sights, this tour may be too short for you. Otherwise, the tour is gives you a good experience of the most prominent sights in the Vatican city.
We visited the vatican city on 5th Oct 2013, It was really wonderful, David was the tour guide and he was just amazing !! highly recommend to every one, its a hassle free way to visit the vatican
Fantastic guide, awesome tour,though please be aware we got pick pocketed on the crowded train on our way to Vatican City
We also got a free upgrade to include the breakfast in the Vatican city before it opened to the public. This was amazing! To see the Vatican so quiet and completely empty was great, then to have a very nice breakfast in a lovely garden looking out towards St.Peter's basilica was an experience we won't forget. The breakfast even included milk from the Vatican farm.
The tour itself was excellent and very informative. Our guide, Michela had a degree in history of art and gave a detailed account into a wide range of displays, which allowed us a great insight into the art and artists. The pace was perfect and the level of detail excellent. Her level of English was also excellent.
We loved our Vatican in a day tour: skipping the line was fabulous, obviously, BUT, getting to go to the "other" Basilica's, like St. Paul's (which is outside the walled portion of Vatican, but still part of the Vatican) was a wonderful treat. It was much less crowded and was more intimate. Of course, we loved Vatican City proper. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, using pictures and diagrams to explain things to us.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
A definite must and our tour guide Rosa Maria was excellent. This is more than just Vatican City in a nutshell. Rosa Maria was extremely knowledgeable and very patient. She managed to keep this tour on track despite having to deal with one particular individual in the group who would have otherwised ruined this once-in-a-lifetime visit. Definitely worth taking the 'skip the line' tour for this one. There was a three-hour wait to get in otherwise.
We booked the tour and had Sara as our guide. She was wonderful! She always made sure we were together, answered all our questions. She really knows her facts about the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peters. I have been through the Vatican years ago with an audio guide, however nothing is better than having your personal guide explain to you all the in's and out's of Vatican City. Just the fact that you can skip the line was great, because in summer (we went last week of July) the lines are very long, expect to wait at least an hour, and it is very very hot. With the tour, everything was easy. I highly recommend the tour to anyone who wants to get first hand knowledge of Vatican City. Ask for Sara S., she was fantastic! Be sure for both men and women, your shoulders and knees are covered.
I couldn't imagine visiting Vatican City any other way. Our tour guide was terrific and was able to put all that we were seeing in context so that we had a deeper appreciation of what we were seeing, particularly the art. Not having to wait in the long lines was nice, too, though the information we learned was definitely the highlight.
This tour was truly excellent, without the knowledge and passion of Natasha throughout the 4 hours we'd have missed so much of the Vatican City that it would have been a wasted trip. The pace and small group (9) was ideal and not queing at all made a superb difference. I cannot recommend this strongly enough to everyone wishing to see the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's. everything was exceptionally well organised and ran like clockwork. Natasha talked non-stop for 4 hours to explain all the history and events behind the art and buildings etc and always answered every question. You'd be a fool not to book this tour.
The tour was excellent. The guide (I think her name was Georgia...dont recollect exactly) was very knowledgeable and was able to describe each and every aspect of the Vatican city. There were no problems whatsoever. We had kids and the strollers and the she was very kind enough to help us in all the places which had stairs.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend to others..
It's well organised, but unfortunately the church was closed that afternoon, so we had to go visit other churches outside Vatican City, we did enjoy the tour though.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
It is definitely worthwhile paying for a tour - the lines outside were complete around the Vatican City and it would have taken around three hours to get in
Our guide David was excellent - very knowledgeable - witty and very pleasant
Really very enjoyable
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
Extremely well organised and fabulous tour guide, Frederica! So informative and entertaining. Highly recommend this tour for Vatican City.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend it. It was well organised and easy to find the tour guide and the queues which we avoided were massive. It was so busy in the Vatican City we would have been lost within a sea of people without our guide - you do have to keep an eye out for the guide at times to ensure you don't lose them, but only because of the number of people, nothing to do with the guide. The guide was easy to understand, very knowledgeable and spoke with a passion - all in all 10/10!
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