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Expected it to be a great tour but it turned out to be awesome and worth the extra money to see the private rooms and also spend time alone in the Sistine chapel. To top it off, our guide Rachael ( we are pretty sure that is her name, but you can check as you probably don't have too many archaeologists who are Irish) - was excellent and made the tour even better. We have highly recommended this tour to other friends and family and it was a stand out in our minds in a standout city.
Wonderful tour. Worth every penny. Exceptional tour guide and visiting Sistine Chapel after the public left, with only your small tour group was an experience of a lifetime.
Cost a lot but worth every penny. Shannon was a good guide, be nice to the Vatican security guard that comes along, he has the keys.
The group meets at steps next to the Vatican Cafe. DO NOT GO INTO THE CAFE. It is the most expensive rip off in Rome. You have been warned. Pick a new place to meet
I am an art and history addict. This tour exceeded my expectations. I read a review on Trip Advisor strongly reccommending this tour. It was difficult to swallow the cost given we are a family of 4. But I chalked it up to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which it delivered. Our guide was engaging, knowledgeable and patient. She often pulled in my children (2 boys ages 7 and 13; hard core sports kids with a slight interest in art) as part of the tour. I get tingly recalling the tour for this review. Being in the Sistine Chapel with 9 other people for 30 minutes; able to speak freely with our guide, ask questions and study the masterpiece is truly priceless. The icing on the cake was the tour of the museum to help us identify important artifacts in the Vatican's vast collection. She also called out graffiti by Michaelangelo, Da Vinci and historical figures which we never would have caught combing through the museum alone. Visiting exclusive areas closed to the general public with unique views of Rome and St. Peter's makes our photos special and memorable. Thank you for offering this tour. One thing to note, since we were leaving after hours, we did not have the opportunity to shop in the gift shop. For some of us, it was the only time we were near the Vatican. So it was a bit of a disappointment. But I made the time to taxi back for gifts for friends and had the chance to see St. Peter's, which is also not part of this tour. It was also well worth the extra effort.
This private viewing is very expensive, but worth every single penny! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. It was awesome that we were able to spend 30 minutes in the Sistine Chapel by ourselves and enjoyed the artwork in private in addition to visiting some of the "secret" rooms that were not open to public. Make sure to call and confirm your booking with the local tour operator as soon as you arrive Rome to find out the exact meeting spot.
This tour was amazing! Best thing I did. Shannon, our guide, was extremely knowledgable and was able to answer any questions we had. I would take this tour again just for the fact of having private time in the Sistine. It is a fascinating tour and well worth the price.
Amazing, being in such a small group wandering around the Vatican. Even if you don't see that much, having photo's showing no one else around, not having to fight to see something and hear the tour guide. Wow. amazing photo's, best and well worth it. A Must do tour in Rome
Our guide, Shannon, was superb! She was knowledgable and enthusiastic. She passed on her passion to us. I highly recommend this tour to view the special areas, but most importantly, the Sistine Chapel. It was wonderful to view the chapel in a relaxed atmosphere. We were lucky to be the only group there and the lights were even on for the beginning of our time. Excellent, excellent tour! Most memorable.
This tour is breathtaking! To be one of a group of nine people gazing at the Sistine Chapel at the end of the day is like a dream. What an amazingly special experience.
Our lovely guide made this tour a delight. The access to the private rooms was eye opening and jaw dropping. And the time alone on the Sistine chapel was a wonder. Expensive ? Not really when you consider the over 3 hours of private viewing.
Our tour was absolutely amazing! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant and was easy to understand. We would highly recommend it to our friends! This is the best way to see the Sistine Chapel.
Wonderful tour! Shannon was knowledgeable and very professional. It was great to see some of the "secret" rooms that most tours do not get to see, and 30 minutes in the Sistine Chapel with less than 20 people was amazing! We actually had time to to really look at the magnificent artwork. I would highly recommend this tour. It was not cheap, but it was well worth it.
This would have to be the most impressive tour I have ever been on and I have done about 30 or more, it is worth the money I would not hesitate to do this tour again especially with the tour guide we had whos knowledge was ingredable.
This is a must do tour and one you will never forget. I would rate the tour 5 Stars "Plus"