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Dario was an excellent guide. He spoke clearly, he was funny and he shared many interesting stories with us. I particularly liked this extended tour as we were not in with the crowds as much as one is on the regular tour. If you can afford a tour of the vatican it is worth it because it is huge and I think one could easily get lost.
Manuela was a great source of knowledge and was excellent in explaining the history of the artists as well as the Vatican ! I highly recommend her and would gladly take another tour with her! We were very pleased with Viator.
Excellent tour. the time flew so quickly. It was very crowded in easter time. Highly recommended tour
My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the numerous things inside the Vatican. There was no problem hearing due to the microphone relay system. We started off in the Museum, and were treated to the neat staircase which we got to walk up and see a view of the city of Rome from the top. Our tour guide even recommended and pointed out a place for lunch after the tour Island Pizza which was convenient and had great food. After spending a majority of the time in the Museums and seeing amazing artwork, artifacts, etc, we were herded yep, just like sheep into the Sistine Chapel. It gave off the feeling like being a sardine in an extremely tight tin can, but that's what happens when thousands of people want to all be inside such a small space. I was disappointed to learn that we couldn't take pictures nor video inside the Sistine Chapel, but we did spend about twenty or twenty-five minutes inside so we had plenty of time for viewing. After that we were lead down a neat hallway and staircase that was specifically for group tours, which was nice as it felt nearly empty. Upon exiting the hallway we were at the square in front of the basilica. Our tour was suppose to then go into the basilica, but unfortunately we were there on a day when the basilica was closed early. This is something outside of the tour companies control, but it did still suck. We ended up returning to the basilica another day but we could hear many tour guides talking about stuff and really regretted missing out on the knowledge.
Amazing artwork Raphael's rooms were fantastic and I personally loved the map room/hallway
Impressive exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase
Great knowledgeable tour guide
Microphone relay system from tour guide to you no issues whatsoever hearing all the details
Covered nearly everything we wanted to see
Very good tour, our guide had very extensive knowledge of the major artists as well as the their back stories and specific paintings.
A long but an amazing tour with an amazing finish! Tour guide very friendly and knowledgeable.
Well, this was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Our guide Tiberius was so wonderful and passionate about telling wonderful details along our tour, about the art, the stories behind the art. He is a wonderful example of the expression "carpe diem"! Whoever is fortunate enough to have Tiberius as their guide, you will enjoy every minute of your time in the Vatican.
Very nice tour, well organized and our tour guide Susanna was very good and she provided us with great information that we would have not been able to discover on our own. Very knowledgable
Highly recommended doing this tour
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!
The parts of this tour that are not included in the standard tours were excellent. The Bramante Staircase is spectacular.
Our tour was excellent. our guide had so much information. she really was interesting. The only negative thing is that I found it lasted too long without a break.. I guess we never realized how much there was to see. Overall ,an excellent tour. Thank You
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.
Our first impression of our guide honestly was disheveled and unprofessional. She looked like she just got out of bed. She was however, knowledgable and friendly. Another of your guides gave her a difficult time in the courtyard,which just made your company look bad. We felt an excessive amount of time was spent in the museum with the Etruscan artifacts and that did cut us short in other areas. We LOVE the Vatican and did appreciate the overall experience nevertheless.
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.
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