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Nancy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

this is worth the money -- our group of 15 was literally the first to walk into the Sistine Chapel at 8 am -- other small groups followed, but still only a couple hundred people filled that huge space for the first hour before crowds began to stream in at 9 am. I sat quietly for an hour just drinking in the beautiful ceiling, Last Judgement and 15th-c frescoes. Magical! if you care about the Vatican Museums, this was difficult -- they are poorly marked for navigating -- I bought an audio tour to find my way around and I still missed the entire art gallery. Read up on the Museums in a guidebook before coming, as the Vatican doesn't make it easy to figure out what is where - they are more concerned with crowd control.

paula3859

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This tour was great. The crowds were minimal and the guards in the Sistine Chapel were much more friendly and laid back than they were when we walked through it again later. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out lots of things to look for in the paintings. I definitely recommend this tour.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Being one of the first in and walking the galleries in peace and quiet to reach the Sistine with virtually no one there was magical! Super guide. A highlight of our trip to Rome!

JoAnn V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This is perfect. There were only about 15 people in the Sistine Chapel when we arrived. Then, we were free to return to museum or go to St. Peter's. Since this museum is overwhelming....beautiful, but overwhelming......this was the tour for us!

hoksbergencurt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Worth every penny. Later it is so crowded you can hardly get through. Getting in early you really get to enjoy what you are seeing.

ihernandez82

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

I highly suggest for everyone to have early access. We were able to admire the Sistine Chapel without being crowded and bumping into others.

Tomoko I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

My family enjoyed this tour immensely. It allows you to enter the Sistine chapel before the public so that you can admire this amazing work in peace and quiet. It is not a guided tour but simply an escorted tour to the Sistine Chapel. Considering how crowded it got later, this was worth waking up early in the morning for.

Kathleen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Loved this tour and our guide.

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

An excellent tour that was well worth getting up early. Guide pointed out interesting facts and was excellent. As the advert states, you do get better,quieter access to the site before the melee begins, allowing you to take some great pictures, with less people on display....
Recommended if you can get up early.

leanna626

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This tour gave us so much insight and information in such a short amount of time. Would highly recommend for anyone to take this tour as it was certainly worth it.

Richard H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Great way to see the Sistine Chapel and to avoid the crush

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Superb opportunity to see the Sistene Chapel before the crowds descend! Would highly recommend it.

shepherdspies

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

The early rise for this tour is well worth the effort. We met the guides across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The tour was very well organised. I was delighted with the technology used in order that we could hear the guide. We were given an ear piece and a booster which worked very well in ensuring that we could hear everything. Our guide, an enthusiastic art historian, was very knowledgeable and instilled excitement in what was to come. She lead us through the empty museum to the Sistine Chapel. The museums were amazing and being there ahead of the crowds was magical. In the Sistine Chapel we were able to sit at the side to view the paintings and then walk to the other side and sit down again. There were very few people and there was a respectful silence. Another wonderful Viator experience.

Paula R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Our group of 12 got up very early for this tour, but it was totally worth it. Our guide gave us some great information about the Sistine Chapel, and we got to see the chapel with only a few other people. The guards pretty much left us alone (not asking us to be quiet or anything). After we had looked around the Vatican museums a little, we had to go back through the Sistine Chapel to get into St. Peter's Basilica, and the chapel was packed. The guards were stationed throughout the room herding the crowds along. That was when we truly realized how glad we were that we had taken the early tour.

Celina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Perfect! We were literally the first group to enter the Vatican when the lines opened! Very knowledgeable guide. Great value!

angela b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Our tour guide was extremely helpful and led our group of 20 straight to the chapel. As I walked in I was the second person there and it was a wonderful moment! We were given ample time there and then were shown how to navigate the rest of the museum on our own, according to our tastes. With 7km of rooms to visit one has to be choosy! An awesome experience, well worth the extra cost and early rise. Thank you.

Nicholas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Excellent tour and well worth the money!!

Wendy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

To be able to enter and view the Sistine Chapel before the crowds was amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to have a bit more breathing space while seeing the Vatican Museum. The lines to get in when we were already leaving after our tour were extremely long. We were so happy no to have to wait!

sweetchild

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Everyone kept telling us to book a tour in order to get into the Sistine Chapel early and are we ever glad we did! Our guide, Oscar, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Roman art and the Sistine Chapel. I felt like we got a lot more out of our visit than if we had just gone in by ourselves and wandered around. Highly recommend this tour!

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Loved this ..wonderful to view this amazing place with less people and so quiet

Ruth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This excursion was exactly as described. We were able to enjoy the chapel without crowds or noise. Tour guide was outstanding.

Matthew K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

My husband and I spent a month touring Europe and this was by far the best tour we did! Having early access to the Sistine Chapel was so amazing! Well worth the price of the ticket! We'll be doing it again when we go back to Rome!

Dsteelej

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was a great way to see the Sistine Chapel without the crowd.

Archie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

The best part is the early entrance and the guide was fine...great to have ear buds to take in all the history...the museum was super as well..I personally enjoyed the famous paintings and architecture...well worth doing it this way to avoid the heavy lines

Marie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

It and #39;s worth getting in to the Sistine Chapel early! We went through the chapel later to get in to the Basilica and it was so packed there was hardly space to move.

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