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Five of us went on the Early Access tour. This is much better than all the Skip the line tours. I live in Rome and know. You have a full hour with just a few people to visit the Sistine Chapel and then as much time as you wish to visit the rest of the Vatican Museum. We did not realize that the guide could not explain things once in the Sistine Chapel. So it is recommended to listen closely and study her pictures before you get in the Sistine Chapel. Italians normally speak fast and in English they also speak fast making it difficult to understand if you are not used to this. Ask the guide to speak slower if you don't catch everything they say. Our guide was very good and easy to understand, at least for me, but interrupt the guide if you didn't get it. They are not offended. We were 17 in our group. Some of the Skip the line groups were immense and you pay a lot more. Early Access really means skip the line. The skip the line groups had to line up in a long line of skip the line groups. Now with Pope Francis drawing larger than normal crowds to Rome the best day to visit the Sistine Chapel and the Museum is Wednesday. That is the day of the audience and many people will want to be at the audience. If you want to be at the audience, which should be a priority if you are on a short visit to Rome, than Early Access should be your only choice for a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the Eternal City
Highly recommend this tour. Beat the 2 hour plus queues outside
Great tour guide plenty of time for questions and photos
Tour guide Ivanna was wonderful. Loved the early access aspect of the tour. This was our third time visiting the Sistine Chapel and it was, without a doubt, the most pleasurable of all tours we've taken as it was much easier to hear and follow our guide without the large crowds all around.
Well worth doing, very few people and then do your own thing - great!
This was a very nice tour and well led by the guide. We entered the vatican museum complex very early, ahead of all the crowds as advertised. We went almost directly to the Sistine Chapel passing through several other rooms and hallways, (hall of maps, etc) along the way. We did not see the Loggias of Raphael during this part of the tour, but bypassed them in order to arrive in the Sistine Chapel while it was relatively unoccuppied. Having this time was nice, but the guide then left us at that point, and we had to backtrack on our own to see the other major parts of the museum. I had my 22-year old nephew with me on his first trip to Rome, so I wanted him to get as much information as possible from the tour, and this way of doing it actually left us wondering a bit. Our guide seemed very knowledgeable and polite, but I would have liked the tour better if she had stayed with us at least another 30-60 minutes.
It wasn't really a tour. The line for the early entrance was the same length as the line for our group at the opening in the morning. Save your money and just take yourself as soon as it opens.