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This was a fabulous tour. It was so nice to have a small group to go through the Vatican, and not have to wait in the very long regular ticket line. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. She catered to all ages in our group and answered all of our questions. This was everything we had wanted for our tour of the Vatican.
Hoped for good, got great! Everything they say in the description and then some. Easy to find meeting place. Very organized. Small group means easy movement and personal attention. Marta, our tour guide, is an art historian, energetic and capable. With a fine, mentoring hand, she gave us a real education about the art we saw in these amazing museums, brought the art and artists to life, and made it all fun at the same time.
This tour, like all Viator activities in my experience, is easy to book and confirm. I found you didn't have to be Catholic to enjoy it. Wear comfortable shoes, dress modestly and appropriately, and bring your camera. Pictures can be taken everywhere (WITHOUT FLASH!) except in the Sistine Chapel where it is strictly forbidden. If you're looking for an opportunity to see some of the world's greatest artistic accomplishments with ease and convenience, and skip the line doing it, I would highly recommend this tour.
Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable!! We had a great time in Rome!
This tour was most informative and our guide Alessia was wonderful, having a thorough knowledge of the history of these monuments. Alessia spoke very good English and had a very friendly nature. Having only a small number of English speaking participants made it much easier to comprehend and understand the beautiful Museums, Basilica and, of course, the Sistine Chapel. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.
Not only did we skip the line but had a very knowledgeable tour guide and room to move about in the Sistine Chapel!
This was a really great tour with Catherine as our guide!! She was so knowledgeable and able to weave historical stories about Michaelangelo and Rafael along with many other pieces of good information. It was done in a very easy way to understand she was able to build on the presentation from the beginning to the end at St. Peter's Basilica. The group was small enough (12) that it wasn't too crowded and we never felt out of touch. We had a couple of other tours in Rome and Pompeii on our trip and Catherine and this tour rates as our best!!
Great tour and it was nice to pass even the skip the line group for an early entry to the museum. There is so much to that it is good they focus on the need to see exhibits. Our guide was an american who is very knowledgable about the Vatican and Rome. It goes without saying the Vatican and Sistine Chapel are unmatched from any church I have ever seen. I even was accompanied by Jewish friend and he enjoyed every second and all the stories to go with the history of the church. I will need to come back to spend even more time yet this was a great introduction.
Great tour and guide! She was very informative and passionate! Definitely do this one with a guide.
Our tour guide was amazing. And so were the tour coordinators. I don't recommend doing this (you'll have to pay a re-booking fee), but we missed our first scheduled tour, and they worked hard and quickly to ensure that we were able to rebook later in our trip. I know it is weird to pay hundreds of dollars in advance to hire an unknown guide in an unfamiliar place. Seems a little sketchy at first. But DO IT! You won't be sorry. The guides are informative (a thousand times better than trying to go it on your own with a guidebook or a rented listening device!), the coordinators are well organized, and the company is fair and helpful (in troubleshooting in our case).
Catherine was outstanding . Excellent tour and the most humbling experience. Raphael's rooms were moving. Could spend days and days here. Catherine - Brilliant!!!!!
June And Michael - Australia
The vatican was amazing, so much to see and we would highly recommend this guided tour. Our guide, Martha, was superb, very knowledgeable and added significantly to our enjoyment of the vatican visit, she pointed out and explained so many things which we would have otherwise missed.
We had the Vatican to ourselves for 45 minutes! Guide was wonderful.