This tour could get SIX stars !! We took the 3:00 pm tour . There were alot less people in the museum and our tour guide Shannon , ( an american girl ) was FANTASTIC !! We were a small group of 18 people including two babies , who behaved beautifully . Shannon started off by putting us at ease by telling us that the history of art was her " life" and therefore the more questions we asked the better !!
If there is ONE criticism I could make ,is that we could have spent more time in the section of the Vatican's modern art collection . I will go back to Rome and I will definitely book this tour again , and REALLY hope that Shannon is still around !
This was our first trip to Rome. A colleague with a passion for the city recommended this specific Viator tour to us so we booked in advance of our city break - amazingly easy to do online with clear booking forms, easy payment and prompt responses. When we arrived at the start rendezvous we were each issued with radio receiver and a tiny earphone so we could hear our guide even though we might be briefly separated by the crowds. And crowds there were! There must have been several hundred people queueing to enter the Vatican but, just as advertised, we skipped the line without any delay. Our guide, Igor, a native Roman in spite of his Russian-sounding name, was friendly, enthusiastic, polite and informative. He swept us along, through four hours of the the most beautiful and fascinating scenery, architecture, painting and sculpture, providing brilliant explanations, charming stories and answering our many questions. For a small city the Vatican is a big place and as we must have walked many kilometres our comfortable footwear was essential! Even if you don't like doing guided tours, this one is a 'must'!
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.
Not only the highlight of my trip to Rome but possibly the highlight of my life! Our guide hustled our group right to an edge explaining that the side seats are the best because the Pope drives around in a jeep. You are closer if you are on an edge. She then gave an interesting explanation of the Vatican, the Basilica etc. The time we were waiting for the Pope flew by. She also recommended side trips to see in Rome that are off the beaten path. Then at 9:30 Pope Francis appeared with his entourage in the jeep. He was so smiley. I could hardly take pictures my hands were shaking and I had so many tears in my eyes! It was a very moving emotional experience! I highly recommend booking this tour!
Doing what: Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation
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
We found this particular tour thoroughly enjoyable and extremely interesting. Our tour guide who was a young American girl, can't remember her name, was amazing and so knowledgeable about all to do with the Vatican city and the history. This is the second time I have done this tour whilst visiting Rome and the second time around certainly didn't disappoint.
The Vatican tour was everything I hoped it would be. The Viator guide Francesca was fantastic, waiting for me as I am disabled, whilst still imparting snippets from an obvious wealth of knowledge. She made the history come alive, I was indeed impressed and would recommend this tour to all travelling to Rome
A few years ago I paid a great deal of money for a private tour of Rome. The only advantage I can give you vs. this small group tour is that you can make your way thru the crowds better with only 2 people and skip things you don’t really care to see (which is very little). I found our guide to be fantastic, very informative, funny, a pleasure to tour with. We were able to ask questions any time and she told us that we could go back into the basilica once the tour was finished and walk around as long as we liked without having to wait in the que. I went in the summer last time with the private guide and it was super crowded, this time it was only crowded. I guess it is always like this. I have had someone inquire about the accessibility for handicapped people and I did ask my guide about this and it is possible. However, you miss part of the touring area we as a group covered and you need to do this with a private tour. If I were to come back I would have to take this route as my mom is handicapped and doing the stairs would have proved problematic for her. This is a great deal for the price, skip the private tour (unless you have to take it) and go with this one instead. A bonus with either tour is to skip the lines. People are often times not aware that you have to wait in line to buy your tickets and then wait in line when you come back the next day with your tickets. The skip the line option means that you wait behind maybe 10 people, which in the case of the Vatican Museums is nothing.
Our best tour while in Rome. The group was just the right size and our tour guide was great! We felt terrible for the people in large groups that were scrambling from room to room trying to keep up with their guide. If you want to truly experience the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's, this is the way to go! By the way, take the early tour, that starts before the museum opens to the public, and beat the crowds.
Fantastic!! This two part tour was great. Both through Dark Rome tours. In the morning we had David who was an expert on the Vatican. He knew his history and was passionate about his craft. We enjoyed every moment and skipping the line was great too. The second portion was fantastic too in part because we had Rebecca from Dark Rome tours. She really knows her stuff and make the whole experience fun and educational.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
Annalise was a fantastic guide for our Vatican Museum tour. Despite a few technical hitches on the morning of our tour, Annalise was able to rectify these issues in collaboration with the Vatican staff in a timely manner and then continue the tour. Annalise was able to provide a thorough highlights tour without information overload and to maintain a high level of interest in the surroundings, the history, amazing paintings, frescos, mosaics that were literally floor to ceiling in most rooms and really bought it alive.Yes it was early in the morning, but by the time the tour was completed, one realizes how chaotic the lines up are. If in Rome and participating in a Vatican Museum tour again, we would certainly consider this tour again.
The Vatican trip that we arranged through your organization was very well done. At first, the mayhem of Rome and the dysfunction that abounds sets a mood that doesn't start the day well. But we really have to admit that though it took a while, Rachel, our guide brought everyone's personalities out with her interaction, attentiveness, extraordinary wealth of knowledge, and obvious passion for what she does. It goes without saying that the museum brings out emotions of wonder and awe but with Rachel's influence, we were brought to tears with some of the profound pieces and environment. Bravo.
I would love to think that you and your peers could have some influence on being able to post directional signs to assist as to where your tour meets. For a city who's ultimate source of income is tourism, it is baffling that there is not a better, more attentive attempt at making life easier for tourists. If you had any influence, that would be of great appreciation.
The knowledge and insight the tour guide had concerning art, history and religious events was amazing. I am not really an art person or particularly religious. The guide explained the unbelievably endless pieces of art in an enjoyable and informative way. I learned alot about art and the Vatican. You have to know what you are looking at to truely appreciate and understand. This tour was perfect for that. As a side note, the skip the line portion saves you an unbelievable amount of time. I could not imagine standing in line in the heat of Rome to save a couple of bucks.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
Our family of four adults had a superb time in Rome. The apartment we rented was just two minutes from the Piazza Navona to our east and the piazzas Campo de Fiori and Farnese to our west and a convenient taxi rank was just below our apartment. The Vatican City was only a 15 minute walk away. We saw all the normal tourist sites, but were glad we booked entry to them on-line ahead of the holiday; it saved us an enormous amount of time. Dining Al Fresco all day was also a real treat, with the waiters at all the different eating places, welcoming, warm and willing to help. I've never experienced this type of service anywhere else in the world. It was a pleasure to dine out. Holidaying in Rome was a delight and pleasure and we'll be going back, even though we didn't throw coins in the Trevi Fountain. If you want an experience greater than a ride on an amusement park big dipper, go for a taxi ride, you'll come out of it whiter than snow. The apartment we rented was very comfortable and I'd choose it again, but I hope that by then the owners will have update the out of date toilet facilities. To top it all off we had an unexpected visit to a grand opera concert of well known arias given by superb professionals. ROME - I wish I was back there.
Our fantastic tour was bought through Viator, but conducted by Marta of DARKROME.com. Definitely worth the money! We had 11 people in our group and Marta was extremely knowledgeable and humorous as well. Everyone said it was the best tour experience they had ever had. Highly recommend, especially if you can request Marta. Last tour of the Vatican several years ago, was with a large group and was greatly disappointed.
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