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Highly recommended for so many reasons - first and foremost to skip the astoundingly long queues. Guide was very pleasant and very knowledgeable. The Vatican Museums have an incredible number of priceless art, and 4.5 hours is scarcely enough, but because the place is jammed with visitors going through the circuit that will end up at the Sistine Chapel, this is a good compromise - it is more difficult than at other museums to take your time to appreciate all the important pieces. The guide did her best - and she was very good indeed. Of the hundreds of painters exhibited, she focussed on Michelangelo, Raphael, Carravaggio and da Vinci, providing a linked narrative (if she were to cover every important painter, this link would be lost, and we won't have enough time anyway). You could go on your own for your other favourites after the tour. Just before the Sistine Chapel, there are surprises - moderns like Francis Bacon, Cezanne, Dali, etc. Explanation of Raphael's inclusion of Michelangelo in his pivotal School of Athens in the Papal Apartments was especially touching. Bramante Staircase was a great privilege - no other tours offer this - entry is barred to everyone else.
Sistine Chapel left me speechless - watch out for Jonas - the first prophet - his legs really appear to hover over your head - so real it is surreal. Michelangelo is more than a genius. He is also a cheeky bastard, as he depicted in The Last Judgment his enemy (a bishop who criticized his penchant for nudes) as a nude Midas in Hell, with his family jewels in the jaws of a serpent...
Our tour guide was Allessandro and he was an encyclopedia of info on all things Vatican, and art in general which he studied in college I believe. Besides the usual stuff, he knew interesting details about the artists that most history books don't tell you. Very informative and you see an incredible amount of art. The Sistine Chapel is breathtaking. This is a pretty exhaustive half-day tour but since you get to skip the lines, every minute is well spent. Amazing place and epic guide.
Guide was great, skip the line is a must and the information and visual stimulation was endless. I would highly recommend this tour to art enthusiasts.
Our guide, Alessandro, was excellent. Very informative and worthwhile!
Must visit place and surely guided one to understand history well. Amazing place
How can you possibly do justice to one of the world’s greatest museums in only 4.5 hours? This tour certainly attempts to do so. While there are tons of tours that cover the museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s, this one definitely spent more time on the museum art than another I had been on. While much attention in the title and description is paid to the fact that you visit the Bramante staircase where nobody else does, this is only about 10 min of the overall tour. Is it nice? Yes. Plus, you’re alone with no other groups. However I would caution against over-weighting this component of the tour in your decision to buy it or another. Our guide was Tiberius, an Italian art history expert, who had a very deep knowledge in both history and the art we saw. He was an enjoyable guy, whom we would welcome a tour with again. The only caution is that he talks so much about everything so quickly, it can be difficult to keep everything straight. Given the sheer volume of pieces and material to cover, perhaps this is unavoidable, though? For this reason, I recommend this tour for real art fans only. If you’re just interested in a basic overview of the museum’s highlights, the Sistine, and St. Peter’s, one of the other tours may be better suited for you.
I would only recommend this tour to individuals who are perhaps art history majors. Our guide, Maria(?), spent way too much time at each piece of sculpture or art with way too much needless explanation, which wasted time that could have been spent seeing more. We finally left after the Sistine Chapel because we just couldn't take it any longer, and I had the impression that we weren't the only ones who left.