Firstly, let me confess that I am not a Christian nor am i a huge follower of Christianity. I was on my honeymoon and we were in rome for 2 days and wanted to visit the Vatican (purely because its so highly talked about and one cant visit rome and skip the vatican). I have one word to describe the entire experience : BRILLIANT !!
Right from the begining till the end, we were in a different world altogether and were in complete awe of the wonderful history and the past that was unraveling in front of us. Majority of the credit for the same goes to our tour guide, Racheal (Mind you, she's irish but knows more about the vatican and the italian culture than most italians). She was very informative, co-operative, good humored and overall gave us a lot of insights into the history of the vatican. She also suggested an excellent local restaurant (Da Augusto) for lunch where we had a lovely local meal and some nice red wine.
Anybody who plans to visit Italy must keep aside some time for this Tour. You just CANT miss it! We highly recommend the Skip the Line Tour of the Vatican.
We tood this tour on our last day in Rome at the end of a 15 day trip, which included an 11 day cruise. We took at least eight or nine guided tous during our trip and this was by far the best tour of the entire trip. I had been in Rome before and toured the Vatican Museums and St. Peters with a large group, but this tour was different. The small group was great, but the best part was our guide. Her name was Rachel and she was amazing. I know she had done this tour many many times but she was still excitied about what she was showing to us and provided more history and information than any other guide on our entire trip. She remined me what I love Rome and hope to go back again some day.
Our guide, David, was so much fun! He knew EVERYTHING about the Vatican and told us such great stories along the way. You can tell he clearly loves his job and made this tour not on informative, but fun as well. The Vatican is simply amazing and a must see when in Rome. This is a long walking tour so if you have problems walking, it's not the tour for you. There are a lot of steps to navigate, and the Vatican is not wheelchair friendly.
Don't leave Rome without joining this tour! David is the best tour guide and we were pleasantly surprised to have him for two tours booked through Viator. It was a very hot August day, he did his best to keep our comfort in mind while ensuring we went through the Vatican as efficiently as possible
Having had a quick look at some of the other reviews on this site it seems that Dark Rome must really hire the best tour guides! Although I might be biased I couldn't imagine anyone being better than Sara, who was absolutely delightful - charming, friendly and so knowledgeable. She also went out of her way to ensure that everyone stayed together on a particularly busy day at the Vatican. She really made this tour one of the highlights of a fantastic trip to Rome and it wasn't just us who felt this way, the whole group of 20 agreed at the end of the tour that we'd landed the best guide of the day. If it were possible to put in a request for your guide on this tour (but I'm not sure it is) I would highly highly recommend Sara - she's amazing!
What can I say David was excellent the best tour guide we had! I love getting tours my true Italians he had a wealth of knowledge about rome and the Vatican and great stories he told about Raphael and Michael Angelo. It was very hot day and he always made sure we were in the shade.
The tour was AMAZING! I just wrote a fantastic review with excellent tips, but the site logged me out. :-( Here's a shortened version: The Dark Rome tour guide was excellent, the tour was perfect, plan to spend at least the whole day (we spent 2 and barely started), add-on the elevator (lift) to visit the top of St. Peter's dome (still some climbing, but if you pace yourself it is so worth it). Buy and write postcards before you go so you can get stamps at the dome shop run by the nuns (some unique gift items there as well) then mail them from the Vatican mail. If you want night pictures, get inside the gate before dark, as St. Peter's square actually closes to the public around 11 or so. Dino and Tony's restaurant down the block is great food and great fun (adventure dining with no menu :-) . Beware of the souvenir stands outside the Vatican; the booths, the shops inside the Vatican, and the shops on the street outside St. Peter's gate carry the same items, but Mariana gift shop had the best prices (rosary = 12 for 10 euros; same exact rosary inside = 15 euros, same exact rosary at booth by mueum entrance = 10 euros). I included pics of our favorite shop. We attended Italian mass in the basilica, and if you check the schedule, there are masses throughout the day (not at the Pope's alter, but it's still mass at St. Peter's). Skip the line was worth the price of the tour (I included pics of PART of the line!).
Maria Letizia Sanna
I have been on this tour before, but went this time to take my children. I loved it! The representatives of Dark Rome were punctual and well organised. and our guide Christiaan, was by far one of the best guides I have had, he was knowledgeable on the history of art and all things Vatican, he was able to put all this knowledge across competently in good English, and in a witty manner keeping our attention at all times. And to just add the cherry on the top we were taken to see rooms which I had not seen before,, I would highly recommend this tour!
This was definitely a "worth-every-penny" tour. The greeters were professional and prompt, with excellent English. The guide was a local woman, raised in Rome, also with excellent English. She was thorough, got us in at exactly the appointed time, and showed us a wide variety of things, and was very clear about all the expectations inside the Vatican and St. Peter's. Her background knowledge was vast, and she was easily able to speak advanced enough English to keep me thoroughly engaged throughout the entire tour. It was just the right speed, with opportunities to use the bathroom and to sit down and rest. The headsets worked great, and the guide was very clear about how best to sidestep some of the crowds to keep close to her. She was thorough with her explanations, and connected the various pieces and points in history seamlessly. She also was thorough in sharing the expectations for behavior (times to be silent, times when photos were okay) throughout the tour. When the tour ended, she was available for questions, and she shared clearly how to continue to enjoy the area on our own, and how best to exit. I would repeat this one anytime, and highly recommend it!
This tour is definately a must when visiting the Vatican. Our tour guide, Tatiana, was very knowledable and made the tour fun and interesting. Would highly recommend this when visiting Rome!
It was an overwhelming and incomparable experience. Although it was crowded, our tour guide shanon from alabama was so great and very knowledgable with the culture, history and arts from vatican museum to st. peters basilica. Booking a tour ahead of time is a must and you will really enjoy , love, appreciate and understand every pieces of information in each of the artworks that will see. Visiting the blessed sacrament in St. peters basilica was the most emotional and moving experience. It is all worth it. Other basilica that we went to was also great and a lot of history. Never regret booking for this tour and will highly recommend it when you go to ROME.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
Amazing, being in such a small group wandering around the Vatican. Even if you don't see that much, having photo's showing no one else around, not having to fight to see something and hear the tour guide. Wow. amazing photo's, best and well worth it. A Must do tour in Rome
Really excellent tour with a friendly and very knowledgeable guide who spoke excellent English. Even my blase 20 year old was impressed, in fact it was the tour he enjoyed most in Rome. I've been to the Vatican museums several times before but this was easily the best trip except for the very crowded Sistine Chapel, which was not the Tour's fault. The guide also made a big effort to include our 9 year old and I appreciated that very much. Best of all we skipped the eternal queue!
The bestest tour in our entire Italy tour. The tour guide Ms.Francesca was charming, energetic and full of knowledge about the Vatican and its surroundings. After the Vatican we visited the other most important churches in Rome and to our suprise we had a meeting with the Pope Francis himself in the Santa Maria Magiore.It was like a icing on the cake a memorable experience indeed.He is was so kind to all of us. We took lot of photo of the Pope although his bodyguards stare at you like a hawk ;-)
+100000 to this tour!!!
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
HIGHEST RATING: on a scale of 1-10, this tour should be rated an 11. The Viator tour description doesn't do justice to the scope of this tour. During our visit to Rome (June-July), we booked 3 tours:
1- Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day, (Rating: 5+)
2- Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier (Rating: 5)
3- Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour. (Rating: 4.5)
All the tours were conducted by Dark Rome and all exceeded my expectatons, but this tour was the Best of all. In the morning we covered the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. In the afternoon, we covered other important Basilicas around Rome including Santa Maria Maggiore, Saint John Lateran and St. Paul. We saw the HOLY STAIRS. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and well versed in the history of all the sites. We were introduced to the 4 HOLY DOORS across the Basilicas.
Regardless of how much time you have in Rome - YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS TOUR - it doesn't get any better than this. ENJOY!
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
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