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Sep172012

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Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

Rome, Italy

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4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The tour was great and the guide (sorry it has been a few weeks now I don't remember her name) was informative and personable. The private time in the Sistine Chapel was worth it. You get to be in there with just your small group (10-12 ppl) for about 20 minutes and photographs were permitted. The tour also included private visits to the Bramante Staircase and Nicoline Chapel. We also had the Raphael rooms to ourselves as most other visitors had left by then. One drawback of this tour is that because it is not comprehensive (no tour can be) and it is late in the day, you do not have any free time to double back and look at items in the museums you missed. (Whole galleries are skipped, covering instead the highlights and the private areas.) At the end of the tour the museums are closed and you are hustled out. Also there is no time to look at books or souvenirs in the Vatican Museum gift shop. If this tour could come with a "come back tomorrow and skip the lines" pass, that would make it superb!

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Sep162012

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Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery Tickets

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tour guide was excellent and informative. All the galleries are covered (the museum is not that big) and the guide discusses all the highlights. While you are in each gallery you have plenty of time to look at the other works while listening to your guide on your headset. The beginning of the tour is a little disorganized due to the bag check requirements so here's a tip- don't bring a bag, and photography is not permitted in the museum.

Sep162012

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guide (actually a pair of guides) were excellent. You get to go underneath at the end where the new platform floor is located (but not wander around down there), then they take you up a roped off staircase to the upper tier. Great views of the entire Colosseum and Forum from up there. The Forum part of the tour covers the highlights of the Imperial Forum and the Palatine. The tour ends inside the Forum and you are free to explore what wasn't covered, although a little free time in the Colosseum would have been appreciated, even if to just visit the gift shop.

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