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!
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.
Being in the Sistine Chapel alone was well worth the price we paid. We went into rooms in the Vatican off limits to the public and got to see all of the highlighted items and places without spendin the entire day trying to discover what to do ad where to go
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We really enjoyed this tour! The highlight was the Sistine Chapel. St. Peter's was beautiful and I was in awe of the statues of the Saints. The tour was informative and she covered a lot history.
A really good tour - the museums are incredible leading to the Sistine Chapel which was a lifetime ambition fulfilled, and wow words can't do it justice. We could have spent a lot longer than half a day looking round because there is simply so much to see. Our guide was really good fun and full of knowledge which made the day all the more enjoyable.
Our tour guide know the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Bascillica inside out. It was a great trip for both of us.
Mina our guide not sure of spelling was amazing. Very detailed tour, secret areas closed off to the public. We had our own dude opening doors for us. Even parts that were closed off for renovation. We spent time in the Sistine Chapel and even got a picture when no one was looking. HIGHLY recommended! Mina was very passionate about the history and it showed. Very much appreciated!!
It was outstanding!!! Our guide in the morning, Alesiaspelling?, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic that it was an incredible way to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. We were so prepared about what we would see in each area we visited. Our afternoon guide for the other bascilicas, Lindy, was equally knowledgeable, very personable, and saved us when the tour ended in a different location than we were expecting. She gave excellent instructions for where to get on and off the subway. Our hometown doesn't have a subway but we made it safely to our hotel. Thank you Lindy.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
This was the best way to see the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Our tour guide, Lucca, was exceptionally knowledgeable, and you could tell that he reeeeally looooved his job. He was passionate about what he was showing us, and he made it even more exciting to be on this tour. We would definitely recommend this tour.
When in Rome - you must do the Vatican tour! It is a long day so eat a hardy breakfast folks. The grounds are immaculate and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The Sistine Chapel will BLOW YOUR MIND!
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
When it said private tour, I did not expect to have our very own tour guide! Her name is Ellena. She spoke and understood English very well. Our taxi driver had us there late so we had to rush to the entrance. She was very hospitable asking if we would like to rest a moment before starting the tour. She taught us a lot about the paintings in the Sistine Chapel prior to going in and so we were able to just walk around and take it all in. She allowed us to go at our own pace as she would follow us versus us trying to keep up with her. Any question we had she knew the answer. When I lost my glasses in our taxi, she even went as far as to talk to our hotel on our behalf to see if the glasses were returned there. I would highly recommend not only Viator to my friends, but if it was possible to request a particular tour guide we would pick her, hands down!
The tour was everything we expected and more. Alex our guide was outstanding and his knowledge throughout the museum was exceptional. Only wish we had more time to spend in the Vatican Museum itself. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone considering seeing the Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica.
It was a very good decision to take up this tour and the guide Nicola gave us a very good insight of the Vatican and the Sistine chapel.
Our guide was fantastic. The experience of being almost alone in the Sistine Chapel as well as in the private rooms, was amazing. So much knowledge was shared. We do not hesitate to recommend this once in a lifetime tour. If you are going to do just one luxury tour on your trip, this should be the one.
WOW....worth every penny. 13 of us spent 30 minutes alone in the Sistine Chapel, FANTASTIC. The private rooms were really cool too, our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and informative.
This was the perfect way to see Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peters!!! Patricia was absolutely fabulous!!! So informative and just a lovely person! We especially enjoyed her stories about growing up in Rome!
The tour of The Vatican Museum, St Peters, and The Sistine Chapel was fabulous. Rich in the foundations of the Christian Church, Glorifying to Christ, so awesome in every respect. Our tour guide was terrific. Very knowledgeable regarding the history, and passionate about her work.
Highly recommended tour!
The tour was wonderful. Three hours went by in what seemed like an hour - it was that good. Our tour guide, Shannon, was a fine arts major from Alabama who has lived in Rome for 6 years. As she put it, how great is it that a fine arts major from Alabama gets to call the Sistine Chapel their office! Needless to say, Shannon was informative - AND entertaining. She covered all the major parts that anybody would want to know about, and also shared tidbits of information like fig leaves being added to the male statues to cover the naughty bits and how after seeing Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel and how muscular his people were compared to his own, in the next set of rooms Raphael's people all looked like they now had lifetime gym memberships. Loved the tour - Shannon was awesome!
This tour was awesome. Seeing the closed off rooms and the Sistine Chapel with only a handful of people was incredible. I would recommend this tour as an augment to a standard Basillica tour.
Having the opportunity to see more of the Vatican and to review the Sistine Chapel unhurriedly was a thrill. Our guide was very knowledgeable and most at ease when discussing the history and specifically the art history of the areas that we explored.
Our tour guide was fantastic! She took the time to explain all the detail related to the Vatican, including the museum, Sistine Chapel , and the Basilica. The instructions for the meeting place worked out well, and we were very happy that we ordered this tour in advance and were able to skip the long lines.
It was great visiting some of the areas that are not open to the public, and being able to spend a half hour alone in the Sistine Chapel was well worth the cost.
excellent tour and our guide Alexie? was so informative. And going on first tour of the day, less crowded, especially in the Sistine chapel.
Shannon was awesome. We arrived at our tour time and went directly into the Vatican skipping all lines. Shannon originally from Alabama spoke English just like anyone visiting from America. No photos in the Sistine Chapel, but, I would highly recommend this tour. It is worth every penny you spend.
This small tour has to be the best way to see all these things, especially if you start early. 8 AM for us As we left at the end, we could see the endless line snaking around, people trying just to get started. Even as the morning progressed, things became more and more crowded. That said, our guide Alex, though I believe his full name is Allesandro was outstanding at moving us through the crowds and keeping track of us. He was full of stories and information that he shared in an engaging way that kept us interested. He had a wry sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye at moments that were especially fun! It's incredible how much he knew, the history he was able to give us as we moved through each part of the tour. The opulence and sheer richness of the museums and the church leave one speechless, and it's hard not to feel your own body ache as you think of the years of labor Michelangelo put into the Sistine Chapel. What an extraordinary work of art. Despite the jostling and the ever-increasing crowd, Alex was adept at finding us a space of our own, which made the tour far less tiring than it might have been. I recommend it very highly.
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