Honestly, the secret rooms outlined in this tour weren't that great, but what makes this tour is being able to be in the Sistine Chapel after everyone gets kicked out. It's a once in a lifetime feeling. Amazing.
Definitely the only way to see the Sistine Chapel. We had about 12 people in our group and boy, it was worth every penny. At first I thought it was kind of pricey but when you experience the tour, you realize how well worth the tour is.
As our group entered the Sistine chapel, it was practically closing time for the rest of the public - we waited in a corner for about 10 minutes when the guards made an announcement for the public that it was closing time and that they needed to exit.
We were shocked in that once they left, our small group had the Sistine chapel all to ourselves to enjoy. Laura did a great job of sharing the history and pointing out every piece of artwork in the chapel. We had about 45 minutes all to ourselves to just take in the beauty of this place without anyone pushing us out the door.
I don't very many people have ever experienced seeing the Sistine Chapel this way. It was VIP treatment all the way.
this was by far my most favorite tour of my trip this summer! so worth the money to take this tour that took us to spaces in the Vatican that no one else was allowed! talk about feeling like a VIP! the tour guide really knew her stuff and seem to have a very personal connection with the spaces we visited and the staff there. The absolute highlight was the Sistine Chapel private viewing. We were ushered into the chapel while the rest of the crowd was being escorted out since it was closing and the viewing was timed for after hours. This gave us so much time to take in the all the wonderful art and history of the Sistine Chapel. There is no other way I'd rather see the Sistine Chapel than through this private tour!
My wife and daughter had one of the best experiences of our life.
Our guide Laura was brilliant as we had the rare and amazing privilege of seeing private rooms at the Vatican and then a wonderful experience of having our group only in the Sistine Chapel.
Just a brilliant tour and could not recommend more highly.
David, our guide was excellent! the tour was the high point of our visit to Rome.
If you can afford one expensive tour, this is the one to choose. Everything the tour description promised happened, and that is a rare treat! Our group was 10 people. We had an amazing woman I am so bad with names I apologize who shared her passion for the art and sculptures, never rushing us and telling wonderful stories. We were escorted during our tour by a burly security guard who did have the keys for the Secret Rooms and the rooms were amazing! We had The Bramante Staircase to ourselves and the views from on top of The Vatican were amazing.
But to be able to walch the general public exiting The Sistine Chapel watch the security sweep the area and to have the doors opened to just us for over 30 minutes is a once in a lifetime experience!!! She explained so many of the frescoes, and being able to just walk around freely and marvel at will at the magnificence of this sacred space was worth the chunk of not change...Take this tour. I am very picky and almost did not go for this tour due to the cost. But in this case...You get much more than you pay for.
Best tour that we took - mother and teenage daughter. We really liked the museum portion and the time in the sistine chapel was beautiful. The tour guide - Sev - was very good. The other members of the tour were respectful and everyone had a chance for quiet meditation in the chapel. The paintings look like they were made last week and not 500 years ago.
Our Sistine Chapel Private viewing and tour of the Vatican's Secret rooms with Shannon was remarkable.
Shannon was incredibly knowledgeable and so pleasant to be with, she provided a spectacular experience
for all. Her tour exceeded our expectations, I will definitely book a viator tour in the future. Many thanks Shannon for providing an amazing experience for us!!
Absolutely amazing, our guide was spectacular, our best day in Rome by far.
Outstanding tour with an excellent guide who was very knowledgable. 30 minutes in the Sistene chapel with only the tour participants and guide were a treat. Seeing rooms and exhibits not normally open to the general public was special.
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour!! We were able to get right into the Vatican museums and see the beautiful art work and sculptures. We will use your services again when we travel to europe!
Small tour of 15 persons. Saw special areas that the big groups couldn't access. Our guide was fantastic his knowledge of everything and dates was amazing.
Fabulous tour and guide. The tour allowed us to skip lines, see a number of parts of the Vatican Museum closed to the public, and be in other parts when it was relatively quiet as opposed to the throngs of people doing the public tours. Our guide was a PhD who had worked in the Vatican and knew it inside out. Great job and well worth doing this way. Mamma Mia!
This tour is expensive -- no doubt -- but it is worth the money. Excellent guide and incredible access. The first part of the tour is amazing -- seeing things that others don't, which means no crowds around you while doing so. Our guide kept things very well-paced and was a wealth of knowledge. In addition to special access, we saw many rooms as the museum was closing which meant that guards were ushering other visitors out just as we were arriving -- giving us private access to them as well. We were let into the Sistine Chapel just as it was closing -- we entered from the front of the Chapel and were held to the corner behind a rope while guards ushered last visitors out the back entrance. When they were gone, we were left alone in the Chapel with our guide. Surreal. Because he could talk not possible during normal hours he could explain things in incredible detail that brought the Chapel to life. It was an incredible experience.
It's the best way to see the Vatican museums. Having time to see the Sistine Chapel in a totally private environment, and having each part explained, was in and of itself worth the tour. Highly recommended that you take this tour, but be sure to wear the most comfortable shoes you can, and be well rested, its a long tour, and by the end, the whole group was exhausted. It's nice at the end to be able to sit and stare up at Michelangelo's greatest creations.
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OUTSTANDING TOUR!! This small group private rooms and after hours Sistine Chapel is so with it! Our guide, Shannon was outstanding, kept the pace well and knew how to tell the information to kept your interest and not feel over whelmed. The private tour of the Sistine Chapel was great. 15 people only in the room without the huge crowds really let's you see it and enjoy. Very worth it! Trytoget Shannon as your guide.
It was awesome to be in the Sistine Chapel with only our guide and the other guests. This alone was worth the price of the tour! Also enjoyed the Pope's private chapel. Our guide was fantastic and so knowledgable about art that it made it a pleasure - even for my 11 and 12 year olds!
This was an AMAZING TIME! She was the BEST, a bit rushed, but OMG, there was just toooooo much to see and her connections into private areas was AWESOME!
Our Guide was just fabulous! Articulate, knowledgeable, kind and thoughtful!
Unbelievable. Tour guide knew so much about this and was very willing to share. A
Excellent small group tour. David was our guide, he was extremely knowledgeable and well spoken. Interesting side notes and details on the history of what we where seeing.