Our guide was very good and provided a lot of valuable insight into the art and history. Unfortunately the museum and Sistine Chapel were over-crowded and this severely limited the ability to see and enjoy the art. I would fully support efforts to reduce the total number of people allowed inside, even if it would require an increase in the admission cost. The overcrowding situation is the primary reason for the average rating for this tour.
Our guide was outstanding. He had a PhD in history and was extremely knowledgeable of all the monuments, providing lots of information and insights. He was very careful maneuvering our group through the busy streets, and luckily, most of the travel was on closed streets or side streets. Taking the tour on Sunday morning is good because the traffic is less heavy. The last two hours of the tour was in the rain, but the tour company provided ponchos and we still had a very enjoyable tour. I highly recommend doing this tour on your first or second day as it will help you understand where all the monuments are and help you determine which ones you want to spend more time at.
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