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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  60 minutes (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Highly recommend booking this tour it was amazing. There were no crowds when we went in and when we exited the museum there were very long queues.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Best way to see the Sistine Chapel and museums.My wife and I dragged our 16yr old daughter out of bed for the tour.Our guide, Paula, was informative and pleasant.To walk into the chapel with only our small group of maybe 25 people was amazing.the three of us then had the museums all to ourselves.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This was a terrific way to enjoy the Sistine Chapel, and beat the crowds. On two previous occasions, we have visited the Vatican Museum, spent hours... those tours ended up in the Sistine Chapel - with HOARDS of others - so crowded that you could not enjoy the splendid room - the details, the artistry.... THIS IS THE WAY TO GO!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Perfect experience. Directly to the Sistine Chapel with time to visit and reflect. After we headed to museums and people were really just starting to arrive so we still had a great time viewing before the museum filled up. We lingered so long that St. Peter's was packed when we got there but the good thing is with this entry there was no waiting on the long line to enter St. Peter's! Best money spent in Rome as far as we are concerned!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Very glad we did the early entrance. Viator was professional, informative and early at our meeting. I was very pleased that the tour guide was respectful of the Sistine chapel "silence" rule, there were some guides talking inside the chapel. It was nice our guide gave us all the history before we entered so we could just take everything in at our own pace. If you want to experience the Sistine chapel, not just see it, then this is for you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Sistine Chapel was out of this world! It was brilliant as there were no crowds. Another tour that I would recommend. Would definitely use Viator again as organised and efficient. Thanks again for making our City break pleasant and hassle free.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Sistine Chapel was out of this world! It was brilliant as there were no crowds. Another tour that I would recommend. Would definitely use Viator again as organised and efficient. Thanks again for making our City break pleasant and hassle free.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Sistine Chapel was out of this world! It was brilliant as there were no crowds. Another tour that I would recommend. Would definitely use Viator again as organised and efficient. Thanks again for making our City break pleasant and hassle free.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

We are SO pleased we booked this tour. Our group of 14 people was the first in through the doors of the Vatican and we walked straight to the Sistine Chapel. Our guide told us what we were looking at on the way but we did not stop. We were the only ones in the chapel for about fifteen minutes. It was an amazing feeling and an awesome sight of course. After about 30 mins our guide left us and we wandered around for a couple of hours. When we went back through the chapel again to get to the church the chapel was completely full of people and it was not nearly as special. We needed to be back at our hotel at midday to meet our guide to go on a cruise departing from Rome so only had the morning for this tour. Even though we have done so much since that day we still remark how special it was to be the only ones in the chapel. So amazing. An absolute must when in Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Fabulous opportunity to access the chapel early with only a few people inside. We'll worth the extra money spent and also we enjoyed the flexibility of roaming around the museums at our own pace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The only way to see the Sistine Chapel is to do the early access tour and enjoy the beauty without all the crowds.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

wonderful!!!! we were able to see the sistine chapel almost empty -- a vast difference than the last time when we were crammed in like sardines. also, the guided part was so leisurely because of the lack of crowds that it was a pleasure and we saw so much more. lastly, we were able to do the vatican museum on our own and at our own pace . the only draw back was that it was a hassle to go back and get an audio guide for the museum. we should have had a chance to do it at the beginning of the tour -- just a suggestion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

This was a really early morning, but if you want to avoid the crowds it is worth it. Our guide gave us lots of info leading into the chapel and then she left us upon entry to the chapel encouraging us to stay as long as we wanted. There were very few people in the chapel at this time. We then were able to tour the museum at our leisure. The museum is huge and ivery interesting, I wish we had booked a tour of the museum too. St Peters wasn't open the morning we were there. So we just exited out to the street.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Meeting place was easy to find and well organized. Please note: this is not a guided tour, however you are met by a guide, for us-Tiberius, who was very informative. He gave us as much history and background as he could for the time he was given. The guides basically are there to meet you, usher you into the museum and show you the way to the Sistine Chapel and there they leave you and you are able to spend as much time as you like in the Sistine Chapel and then you can wander through the Vatican Museum at your own pace, which for us, was perfect. You are basically paying to get in early before all of the crowds. The doors to the Vatican Museum if you are on a tour open at 0830am and for the general public at 0900. With this tour you are in the Sistine Chapel by 0820am. I believe there are only 3 tour companies who have early access like this. We walked through near empty halls of the museum en route to the chapel and then spent about 45 minutes in a near empty and silent Sistine Chapel, sitting, observing, meditating. Even though other tours and general public are in by 830-9 it takes them time to get to the Chapel. It was wonderful experiencing it this way. Once out of the chapel we had another 30-60 min before the crowds really started pouring in. By 11am the halls were filled to the brim. I could hardly stand it. I realized how lucky and wonderful it was to be in there early. A totally different experience. I am not an overly religious person, but we were in Rome touring around and I hate crowds and long lines. I recommend spending the extra money to do this. When we walked outside the lines were wrapped around the entire building, one guard told us 3-4 hour waits. Again note, this is not really a guided tour, you are guided into the building and then left off, but for us this was perfect as we could see the things we really wanted to focus on and were able to go at our own pace. Highly recommend.

Vanja Radisic
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Exactly what we expected, early entry - no waiting, no crowds. One of the ladies took us in and gave a brief intro about museum, its history and key artists, before leaving us in Sistine Chapel to enjoy the artworks. We had a map and enough info to make it through the day on our own. Worth every penny.

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