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This tour was very private and had exclusive entry into the Vatican Mosaic studio. Most of all, now having visited the mosaic lab, one can appreciate more of its art work.
We had an amazing tour guide and the Vatican Mosaic tour was an experience not many in group so really personal.
A great little secret
Excellent guide. Antonia was her name. Very knowledgable. In fact, we hired her for a private tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistene Chapel for the next day and she was equally excellent. She sat us down, went through a book explaining what we were going to see first. Very, very, good.
This is the BEST KEPT SECRET of tours happening in Rome and in Vatican City proper. Being in the Vatican Mosaic Studio, which is far from all the tourists and right next to the current Papal residence, and having the Director himself demonstrate centuries old mosaic techniques that are still currently used just brought such perspective to the artwork in St. Peter's Basilica. The time, effort, and dedication that these artisan's bring to the mosaics they are comissioning is mind blowing. I happened to be the only person on this particular tour and I probably seemed so quiet and reserved as I was just awe struck and humbled by the passion and history for this art medium. I even forgot to take pictures! They have a book for visitors to sign that, once it's full, will be filed in the Vatican archives. Book this tour now to be part of history in The Vatican!!!
This was an amazing chance to meet with the director of the Mosaic Studio. He welcomed my questions and was very open in sharing information about their work, including excellent demonstrations. I even was able to see artists at work.
Wow wow wow the highlight of my holiday. After seeing the queue to get in I was glad I had booked this tour. The Basilica guide was very knowledgable and made sure we (our small group) had the best vantage point as she described the different aspects of the Basilica. What made this tour special was visiting the Vatican mosaic studio, learning all about the restoration techniques, it was so interesting. I sm still pinching myself thst I actually have met the studio director and been given such an interesting talk and tour, it was very special. Thank you.