Well worth the extra money for the early start. At first I thought it didn't seem to be beating the queues at all but by the time we came out of St Peter's the queues were absolutely horrendous and that was in the pouring rain. Also worth it for the fact the groups are small; the place gets far too crowded for groups of more than 12. Our guide Alex was friendly, humorous and very informative. His insider knowledge was great as he knew the best places to stand to get the best views. I did feel a bit pushed through' from room to room but to be honest this is such a popular excursion it is always going to be crowded. The map room and Raphael paintings were stunning. An unexpected pleasure. Would recommend Viator, booking with them was straight forward and they gave excellent, comprehensive instructions, particularly directions of where to meet. Also liked the fact they send you reminders to print off your tickets before you travel.
Couldn't rate this trip highly enough. Suzanna our guide was so enthusiastic about Rome and it's history it couldn't help but rub off on you. So worth the money to beat the crowds and have a small group. Lots of walking and quite a few stairs to climb in the Colosseum so be prepared. Stunning views of the Forum from the top tier and Suzanna gave us plenty time for snaps; she also offered to take photos of people which was very kind of her. I was most impressed with how comprehensive the tour of Ancient Rome and the Forum was, an unexpected bonus. This was the second tour I have booked with Viator and would definitely recommend them. The booking system is straight forward and the instructions given, particularly directions to the meeting places, are very comprehensive. They even give you an email reminder to print off your tickets before you travel. A very happy customer who would use them again.
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