This was definitely the best way to see all of these places. Skipping the line works perfectly and the way you enter into St. Peter's provides you a view of certain Vatican rooms that are not available to the general public. We suggest going to the top of cupola as soon as the tour is over so you don't miss the opportunity. Then come back and spend more time viewing the church from ground level. It is awesome to behold.
Our tour guide was sensational! We were thrilled to skip into the Vatican in front of the crowds and we got an amazing background of information which made it extremely beneficial for us travelling with children. It was easy to find our guide and we absolutely enjoyed this, one of the best of our trip.
Excellent, excellent. We think Tiffiany is the best tour guide in the world!!!! She is professional, knowledgable, friendly and fun. Traveling 2 adults and 2 pre-teens. We just got back from Europe and the 12 year old was telling a friend about the cleaning of the Sistine chapel, its beautiful colors and the beauty of the Vatican and St. Peters. She ranked the tour as one of her favorite things in a tour of 4 cities...Rome, Florence, Paris and London. That is not bad! Review from "Chicago" and ND
I have been to the Vatican Museum three times. First time, I stood in a huge line - Don't. The second time I bought tickets on line in advance and made a reservation - Better. The third time I took the early morning small group tour through Viator - Best! I highly recommend this tour. The length of time is right, the start time is as good as it gets, and the guide was knowledgeable and personable.
This was worth every penny! Not only did we have a half-hour alone in the Sistine Chapel (just the 12 of us, our guide and the Vatican Museums guard), which was beyond magical, but we were also alone in the Raphael Rooms and had access to many other rooms not open to the general public, the best of which was the Niccoline Chapel. I spoke with someone the following day, who took the Skip the Line Vatican Museums tour, who shared the Sistine Chapel with almost 800 people. It was loud, even though people were whispering. If you can possibly afford it, take this Private Viewing Tour. You will not regret it.
This tour was enjoyable and the tour guide provided museum information via a transistor radio with an ear piece to its guest. They were thousands of people but this radio transmission made it more pleasant. The Vatican Museum is one of the best in the world! The tour was on time and skip the line was streamlined.
This was our first - but not our only - Viator tour in Italy. It was the best of all we took through the entire vacation - and not simply because of the locations.
Our guide, Nina (according to her, AKA Momma Bear), not only was fabulously informative about everything on the tour, she delivered with an enthusiasm that was contagious. She was very careful to move the group along to stay on schedule WHILE ensuring all our questions were answered and we were able to take time for photos, et cetera.
Additionally, Nina pointed out the things we could take advantage of after the completion of the tour (gift shop, climb the dome).
The Vatican Museum is awe-inspiring. Even with reconstruction/revitalizing efforts going on, it was incredible.
Tapestries, paintings hanging on the wall, paintings on the wall, paintings on the ceilings, and decorative motifs on the floors were beautiful.
The Sistine Chapel guards do try to move you along a bit quickly. Do your homework before visiting and read up on the areas of the ceiling you want to pay most attention to.
The Basillica...incredible. After the tour was over, we went back inside to get another gander. Then it was off to climb the 567 steps to the top of the dome!
This was the best of the three tours we booked with you, and one of the best events in our whole 2 week vacation! The guide was very passionate about her country, city, religion, and the history of how they all came together in the Vatican. She clearly knew her stuff, and related it well in English. Well worth the money. With so much to see in only 3 hr, I really appreciated her pointing out only the number of items she did, which gave time to discuss them in some depth. This is much better than glossing over a whole bunch of stuff. It was especially good to get the up-front description of all the paintings inside the Sistine chapel before we went in so we knew exactly what we were looking at. After 3 Viator tours, I am convinced that you definitely know how to hire quality guides! Thanks!
Simply the only way to see the Vatican, and this was my 3rd and best visit!!!!
This place is magnificent. Our tour began at 10am. As we took our time walking to the meeting spot we passed what must have been thousand plus,of people qeueing to buy entrance tickets to visit the Vatican.
Thank goodness we had pre booked skip the line tickets. By the time that line went half way The sun would have been on that side beating down on us,I would have given up.
When the group of 26 was assembled we walked straight into the Vatican and began our tour. The guide and info given were excellent. The pace of the tour was just right and tours have designated places to stop for info giving by the guide.
By far the best area was Saint Peters Bassilica. That does have the wow factor. Much nicer than the Sistene chapel.
You have a short break half way through the tour, which is welcome. Then at end of tour you can stay and look again.
I would always recommend that you spend the time to consider what you expect from any tour then spend the money, because what is the point of going to a place like Rome just to skimp on the important bits, and miss out.?
As ever watch your stuff. Thieves ect. Are very good at their trade.
Short of a private tour, this is the best way to see the Vatican. Our guide gave us lots on information about the various artworks. The Sistine Chapel is fantastic. But its true beauty cannot be fully appreciated with so many people. St Peters was more pleasant as there were much fewer people and could better appreciate this was also a place of worship.
Our tour guide was Anna - she was fabulous. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the Vatican City, its history, artwork and architecture was hugely contagious. The best three hours you could spend in Rome. Thank you Anna.
Was a great tour and the guide (an Alabama girl who studied about the Vatican while in college) was incredible! We’ve done this tour maybe a half-dozen times before and she was the best guide ever! We didn’t get to see the Basilica as it was the Pope’s Wednesday morning mass. If you do it Wednesday, take the afternoon tour. Because of this, the guide took us into some special areas (Pinoteca) and spent extra time explaining the history of other areas. We even got a sneak-peak into the former Popes’ bed chambers. We contracted to see the Basilica with a different company who gave us a great 1-hour tour on a different day. You must do a Skip-the-Line if you ever want to maximize your time in Rome.
The Vatican was very crowded when we were there but our tour guide, Marta, was very conscientious and made frequent stops to account for our group. She even memorized all of our names! Her knowledge of everything we saw was incredible. She is an excellent guide - the best we had on our entire trip! There is so much to see at the Vatican - a truly amazing place!
it was a fantastic tour. The best idea is to take a skip the line tour since the Vatican was very busy because of the cannization of 2 popes. Our tour guide was terrific.
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