Francesca was very knowledgable, passionate and engaging. Very good tour and guide.
Well this saved me a LOT of time. I was watching the lines and we went in on time and nicely organised. I spent 6-7 hours in there with the audio guide and thought it was fantastic. Just what I wanted and no limit to time. Great for art enthusiasts.
Visiting Rome, Florence and Venice were wonderful and the Viator package was perfectly tailored to our needs. Hotels for Rome and Florence were convenient, but Venice hotel was a little bit more challenging due to distance from train station and unavailablity of taxis.
Keep in mind that this is not a guided tour other than when the guides lead your group into the Vatican ticketing lobby. This 'tour' lets you do exactly as the name implies...you get to skip the ticket line. I was hesitant at first about paying extra just to skip standing in line. Once we arrived at the Vatican at 9:00 a.m. and I saw the line, I was glad we paid the extra money. Your guide will lead you past the poor suckers standing in line waiting for tickets and then you make your way through the chaos of the security screening. Once in the ticketing lobby, your guide retrieves tickets, hands them out, and then you are on your own to visit the Vatican at your leisure. Highly recommended.
Our guide Doriana did an excellent job of negotiating the mass of people on this tour. Unfortunately the Vatican allows 50,000 visitors a day, so it took all of Doriana's skills to keep us together and to maneuver us through the crowds. We were grateful for the headphones as it would have been impossible to hear her without them. She was very well informed and had a great way of sharing the Vatican's history. The 'Skip the Line' option was a must, since there were so many people. We would have been waiting to enter for at least a couple of hours otherwise.
The Vatican is a must see when in Rome and this tour was an excellent way to get the most out of this visit.
We did not take the tour, just bought skip the line tickets. Our representative met us right on time at the spot indicated and brought us in to The Vatican museums as promised. We would definitely recommend Viator to anyone.
Highly recommended. We met the tour leaders at the appointed hour, they led us past the line up to the Vatican Museums, gave us our tickets once we were past security, and then we were on our own to browse the museum. Very easy process and so worth it.
We loved our trip to the Vatican, Sistene Chapel and all there was to see, it was just amazing. Wish we had had more time to see everything.
We did the skip the line tour and thank god we did, we arrived early and lines were already snaking down the road and around the corner and off into the distance - this was early May - would not attempt this in summer. The Vatican museum was very very crowded even before the summer onslaught. The skip the line was brilliant highly recommend.
We didn't have a tour just skip the line and this worked great, we didn't have to queue at all.
This is a must!!! I missed my 9 am tour by 20 mins because of traffic and the staff was wonderful to let me join the 10 am tour with no problem. There I met the tour guide Seraphina sorry if I misspelled it I believe her name was and she got us in quick, just what I spent the money for. She was very knowledgeable about everything and did a wonderful job taking us through time. She gave us so many facts that I was able to take back and share with my family. Only thing i would have to say is we didn't get to go in the Basilica because it was a Wednesday and that's when the Pope does his weekly mass so it was closed she gave us directions on how to get there after our tour was over and it was now open but its quite confusing and the security basically gives you directions to leave and join the longggggg line outside to get in not the tour entrance which is a short cut. but my overall experience with this tour was great the guides were awesome!!
The line was SUPER long - so worth it to skip and then have all the time we wanted to explore and see what we wanted at the Vatican. St. Peter's Basilica is free to enter and the lines moved super fast so we felt this was really the best option, you don't need that included!
Seeing the queue in front of the museum, I would definitely recommend anyone using this service if cannot book time online. Vatican Museums is hugely busy. The agents were very helpful, it was easy to find them based on the instructions. The process was smooth and we were in the museum no time. We got the audio guides inside separately and enjoyed the museum on our own pace.
By all means, skip the line. Quick admission, no waiting, museum on your own. The statue pictured hereon the ad is just one of the many sculptures I did NOT get to see when I took a guided tour with a bad guide who was more interested in the building itself than in the contents. Without a guide, it was ideal! Skip the line! Skip the guide!
This was excellent! We met the guide on the steps he took us directly in he got our tickets and we were on our won, Perfect! I got to see the most famous sights in the Vatican ON MY OWN. When I took a guided tour of the Vatican, the guide took us to the courtyard with the pinecone and the map room and talked forever. On that guided tour I never saw the highlights of the museum's collection, no Raphael transfiguration, no Apollo Belvedere, no Belvedere Torso, no Laocoon sculpture, no Carravagio. This time I saw all that on my own. It was excellent!
We chose this option to be able to see the museums in our own pace. The guides were present at the appointed place and time. Getting passed the entrance of the museums is a bit disorganized, but this is the result of the great amounts of people entering the museums, even in the skip the line routes. Once this is passed, you receive a map guide and you are free to go.
Later we learnt that there is a new tour option, early in the morning that will allow you enjoy the Sistine Chapel before the crowds come in. When I return, I will definitely book that one!
Just what we were looking for - a bump up to the front of the line and then let us go on our own through the museum and focus on what we want to see. You should be prepared and know that you will still have to go through security and that there is still a line, but a much shorter one. Also, don't bring large bags or backpacks to slow you down. And bring your own guide book or map as you are given a map that is very basic. Major sites are well marked with the Sistine Chapel shortcuts noted throughout the museum - but don't miss the splendour of the rest of the collection. Well worth several hours of your time.
Well organised helped to get in quickly but as usual big crowds once inside
Still on of the must see things in Rome don't miss the opportunity