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We had an older couple with us. They could not do a 3 hour tour, so we decided to opt for this. I'm so glad we did. While our tour guide was fine, the real purpose of this is to get you into the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public and to be able to sit for an extended period to view every detail. It was a wonderful experience. There are a couple of elevators people can use if needed just ask the guide. However there aren't elevators to avoid all stairs. When we left, the line was huge to get in and that line is totally in the sun. Would recommend to save time and get the most time to view.
It was wonderful, and 7:30am is the only time to go in the middle of summer. It is an hour guided tour, and then you can stay at the Vatican as long as you so desire! We were in the Basilica with approx 35 people, unlike my father inlaw, who said he was shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of people in mid afternoon a week prior to our arrival.
Very much enjoyed this tour, the early access is a great idea, especially in the heat of summer. Sistine chapel was awe inspiring, St. Peter's basilica was a must see. Most impressive place I visited in Rome.
Great way to get in before the crowds. The guide was very interesting and informative, and told some great stories.
I can't imagine trying to negotiate the crowds without this tour. Funny and knowledgeable guide treated all with respect and explained some little known facts about the venue. Go with the earliest tour possible unless you like swarms of pushy tourists!
Fantastic. To be allowed in so early, before the masses, enabled a VERY enjoyable viewing of parts of the Vatican and the Sistine chapel. Sistine was stunning. Highly recommend this tour.
A phenomenal tour.
The guide was beyond professional. It was one best tours I have done
Everything was very good.
Tour guide was amazing wish I could remember his name, he just had a newborn baby.
Good tour guide . Empty museum, ahead of the crowds. Almost alone in the Sistine Chapel. Being able to see the ceiling from all possible angles . Great insider advice on how the connect internally to St. Peter.
Very knowledgable tour guide Elena. Perfect tour to avoid lines
My tour was well worth getting up early for. Mama Bear was such a great guide and full of great information and history. I would highly recommend this mini tour of you want to see the Sistine chapel without the crowds.
Beyond my expectations. Inspite of Rome city metro and bus strike that day managed to get a very early train to the rendezvous to join viator guide. A young well travelled Roman - multi-lingual who was delightful. Only 11 people in the group, and he was thoughtful to each one of us and gave the most amazing amount of information, and cleverly built up the info before we reached the chapel. Highly recommended..... 5 stars!
Fantastic! Everything made just so much more sense with all the explanations. I real must do when you are in Rome!
We loved this trip - early start and we could walk around the Sistine Chepel and look without bumping into people - really was the best way to see it - and we could see the whole thing
The ONLY way to see this
This is a GREAT tour if you want to get in ahead of everyone and you are OK to go through the museum on your own. We knew exactly what we wanted to see so it was perfect for us. The guide was very nice and tried to give us lost of information as we walked up to the Chapel, but the group didn't seem to be too into it. She was very knowledgable though.
Our guide Isabela was great! She was friendly, calm and everything else we needed for a tour at 7:30am. She built the expectations of the tour little by little, so by the time we got to some of areas of the Vatican Museum and the Chspel, we were already part of it. It was an amazing tour!!!!
Although the registration at the start of the tour was chaotic up and down the steps where we met for no reason, and unclear messages about what we should do to register the guided tour was well worth the frustration. Our guide, Agnes, was first class. Very knowledgable and she gave us excellent tips about the Sistine Chapel. We found this trip especially good as we were left in the Sistine Chapel at the end, so could spend as much time in here as we wanted. On previous tours, we have gone on to St Peters - if you do that, you only have 15 minutes in the Chapel, which is not enough. All in all, we highly recommend this tour.
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Getting the early access was well worth it. AS we left, there was a line of about 1/2 mile long waiting to buy tickets.
this early access was EXTREMELY worth it!
our tour guide was really informative and she shared all her knowledge with us.
chapel and halls were not crowded and we managed to enjoy browsing slowly at the ceilings and some artworks.
after the chapel, you can enjoy St Pete's without joining the long queue in the Sun.
Luigi was wonderful. Great being able to get into Sistine Chapel before it was crowded. Awe inspiring. Also nice to walk right to St Peter's without going through line. Highly recommend to anyone.
loved the convenience of the smaller crowds before everyone else is let in. i'm not an art person so the abbreviated informational part of the tour was just enough to give me a taste without inundating me with too much info! We had pete as a tour guide - loved his sense of humor paired with his knowledge. Highly recommended!