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Wow.....what an amazing opportunity to visit the Vatican Museum and then the private tour of the Sistine Chapel. Although this is the most expensive tour I have ever been on, it was worth the money. Our tour guide Shannon is an American living in Rome and was very knowledgeable and did an outstanding job leading us through the museum and Sistine Chapel, and just as the tour description states, we had a Vatican guard with us who took us to areas of the museum closed off to the public. Highly recommend this.
Great tour through the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's! Guide was very pleasant and easy to hear and understand. Highly recommend this tour.
Loved this tour. Our guide Francesca was very knowledgeable about the Vatican museum, the Sistine chapel and the Basilica. We learned so much from her. She was very enthusiastic and made it an enjoyable 3 hours.
Was clear on her instructions and we always knew when and where we could take our photos. We would recommend this tour!
Simply fantastic!! It was a very popular day at the Vatican, but our guide was so patient and kept track of all of us. She provided excellent information and shepherded us through the museums, Sistine Chapel and Basillica - we all thoroughly enjoyed the day and I'd highly recommend it to anyone considering going to the Vatican. We didn't wait in any lineups at all!!!!
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets
Ahead of massive ques
The Museum Sistine Chapel and Bassica needs a lifetime to look
Great walking tour! Sev was really awesome, funny, and very knowledgeable. So much I didn't know about the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. If you can get Sev, ask to be in his group.
Skip the Line was great. We walked right in and got started. Our tour guide was very informative and interesting. There is a lot of walking but so work it to see the Sistine Chapel.
Sarah our tour guide was excellent. Her knowledge of the art and history of the museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peters was excellent and her presentation was as good as it could be. The pace of the walk and the tour were also about as good as they could be within the crowded spaces.
Great way to get the most out of an overwhelming site and to beat the lines! Maria was so very knowledgeable and very adaptable to the groups needs. She was always looking out for my mom to be sure we minimized our time going up and down stairs and made sure options were offered when it was time to take a rest. I was here 3 years ago, without a guide and felt like it was my first time seeing the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's, given Maria's insights and how she was able to convey the stories behind the art.
Nicely organized and interesting tour. Skipping the line is definitely a time-saver, and the guide did a great job covering the highlights of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's. Highly recommended!
Sara N. was a great tour guide. She provided us with 3 hours of information without referring to notes other than to show us pictures to prepare us for the Sistine Chapel portion of the tour. If you get Sara, you are in for a real treat.
Wonderful experience! Our tour guide spoke perfect English because he was born and raised in the USA, yet he was superbly knowledgeable in his topic. He was also very thoughtful at all times and ensured my disabled wife and I were not left behind as happens with some tour guides. Having the run of the Sistine Chapel with only a few other people was a truly moving experience. For those disabled, though, watch out for all those Vatican stair cases, they can be difficult to navigate, but worth it.
Our guide had great insight into the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. It was wonderful to be able to skip the lines and make the most of our time in Rome. The 3 other basilicas we visited in the afternoon were also wonderful to see and learn about. The day was well spent and a memorable part of our stay in Rome.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
It was an amazing experience to be in the Sistine Chapel with only a few people. The tour guide was terrific! This is a must do tour! One I a lifetime experience. Book early!
Our tour was hosted by City Wonders the same tour operator of our Colosseum Underground tour. Follow your meet up instructions precisely. The Vatican is very crowded but the tour skipped all lines. Our tour guide was great and led us around to point out exactly what to see since it is very overwhelming and so much to see. There is a lot of lecturing about the Sistine Chapel before going in but every bit of it was helpful when we finally viewed the Chapel. We were left on our own to visit St. Peter's since no tour guides are allowed in. When we exited, we viewed the lines and people would be waiting most of the day to get in. Skip the line is a must.
Another excellent small group tour run by City Wonders. The check in process was easy and the tour started promptly. I recommend taking a taxi or Metro to the tour meeting point. The Vatican tour entrance is on the other side of the Vatican from the St. Peters Basilica plaza.
The tour guide was excellent. He started with a mini illustrated lecture of the Sistine Chapel since guides are not allowed to speak in that holy site. The tour started with a look at the Vatican gardens and the current papal living quarters in the distance. Then into the Vatican museum for a narrated walk through a number of the galleries. Crowds were large so expect to move slowly through the tour. The guide kept up a constant informative narrative. It's a good idea to stay relatively close to the guide since the audio headsets have a limited range. The tour eventually winds through narrative corridors and up staircases to the Sistine Chapel.There was plenty of time to gaze at the paintings. Though crowded, the security guards did not rush anyone through. From the Sistine Chapel it was on to St. Peters Basilica. Again a great narrative by the guide and plenty of time to take pictures of this amazing cathedral. The tour ends on the steps of St. Peters allowing a personal walk-away across the immense plaza. I felt the three hour plus tour was just the right amount of time to see he major highlights while not feeling rushed through the Vatican. Overall a well done City Wonders/ Viator excursion.
We went on the 3pm tour on the 17/09/15, the tour guide was excellent she was really informative and engaging, she spoke with real passion. The Vactican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica were all breathtaking, the only downfall was how busy the venues were with multiple tours and tourists about at times it was very frustrating and difficult to take everything in.
Our guide was a professor at a local university, and he made this tour very fascinating. The vatican rooms were v. interesting, particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the private rooms. We 12 people were the only ones in the Sistine Chapel, after hours, while our guide quietly enlightened us on its history of Michaelangelo creating his genius works of art there so long ago. The guide was the key to a very good experience for us. Highly recommended!
Guide was very knowledgeable and humorous. Provided many insights on the history and wonder of the Vatican and its leaders. Great detail on how Sistine Chapel was created and captured craftsmanship of artists who created these masterpieces. Really enjoyed tour.
This tour was wonderful! The opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel and all of Michelangelo's work was so surreal. Then on to the St. Peter's Basilica was another surreal experience. Seeing the location where St. Peter was buried and the beauty of the church, amazing! Stella was our tour guide and she was very knowledgeable and spoke good English for all to understand. Skipping the line was a huge plus! It was extremely long and why anyone would want to wait in those long lines while on vacation is beyond me! The crowds in the Vatican Museum, Raphael's Rooms and Sistine Chapel were crazy! But there's really nothing you can do to avoid it. Everyone wants to see this amazing place and I don't blame them one bit!!!
The entire Vatican was something to marvel at. It is an amazing space. Our guide Gloria did a marvelous job keeping the tour informative, and guiding us through the various rooms. That is a big deal given the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's are teeming with tourists.
This was an absolutly amazing tour. It was made even more special by our guide who spoke not only of the facts about the tour, anyone can do that but spoke passionately about Italy and the Vatican. She is an exceptional tour guide and I would request her service if I can, anytime.
As for the tour itself, full@of facs, history and fun titbits. You leave a lot more informed than when you sarted with e better perspective of the churcu, of history and of a possible future. The Basilica and the Vatican musuems are literally out of this world, a lifetime experience for my wife and I and we hail all the way from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The experience of the Sistine Chapel, frankly I cannot find words and I feel as if its difficult for my brain to process it, I think it will be quite a while before we can adequately put into words, our impressions and experence. Overall, a truly amazing, wonderful and life significant experience.
Now about the tour sevice...Ecellente The office was extremey easy to find, its two blocks away from Ottaviano, subway station, catch the M train..and google maps makes it ridicously easy, the radois were defintely needed and would I use their service again...YES!
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There was no guide through the museums, so my rating is based solely on the guide company that got us through the lines and security checks with ease. The groups meet on a stairway opposite the entrance to the museums, but there are a LOT of people meeting there for various tours. You must be careful to find the right group and don't be late! As to the museums, they are wonderful, although a bit confusing. We rented the headset tour before entering, but the layout of the museums was nowhere explained. It was very easy to backtrack, pass up, and give up on many displays. There is so much to see that you really should pick your favorite rooms and skip those of no interest or you'll be exhausted before you get to Sistine Chapel. The Chapel experience was sadly, a herding of hundreds of people into the area and periodically asking them very loudly to be silent. YouTube has some virtual tours that give a better experience.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets
Made tour afternoon 8th September. Our guide, David kept us entertained with many interesting stories managing to avoid us becoming brain addled with historic facts. He had the knack of bringing everything to life and although there were many stairs and passage ways to walk we managed to keep up with the group despite us being in the eighth and ninth decades! The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was absolutely stunning and well worth the visit for that alone. We could not get over the skill of the artists in producing amazing crafting of the sculptures. We found the beauty of the buildings so fascinating.
We were taken to St Peter's Cathedral when we left to proceed as we wished. It would have been good if we had been able to browse the galleries on our own. Well worth the money, David made it all worth while.
excellent guide and tour. Best part is certainly being in Sistine chapel with no one else around. Bit pricey for a tour however.
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