I am an art and history addict. This tour exceeded my expectations. I read a review on Trip Advisor strongly reccommending this tour. It was difficult to swallow the cost given we are a family of 4. But I chalked it up to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which it delivered. Our guide was engaging, knowledgeable and patient. She often pulled in my children (2 boys ages 7 and 13; hard core sports kids with a slight interest in art) as part of the tour. I get tingly recalling the tour for this review. Being in the Sistine Chapel with 9 other people for 30 minutes; able to speak freely with our guide, ask questions and study the masterpiece is truly priceless. The icing on the cake was the tour of the museum to help us identify important artifacts in the Vatican's vast collection. She also called out graffiti by Michaelangelo, Da Vinci and historical figures which we never would have caught combing through the museum alone. Visiting exclusive areas closed to the general public with unique views of Rome and St. Peter's makes our photos special and memorable. Thank you for offering this tour. One thing to note, since we were leaving after hours, we did not have the opportunity to shop in the gift shop. For some of us, it was the only time we were near the Vatican. So it was a bit of a disappointment. But I made the time to taxi back for gifts for friends and had the chance to see St. Peter's, which is also not part of this tour. It was also well worth the extra effort.
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