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This was a wonderful tour, definitely not cheap but worth every penny! Our guide Shannon was terrific. She clearly has a deep understanding and passion for art history and that enthusiasm was contagious. She was engaging and informative, providing great insight into not just the artwork and rooms we were seeing but also history and insight into the artists themselves. The secret rooms we got to see were also a real treat and having the Sistine Chapel literally all to ourselves (just the ten of us in the group and Shannon) for over half an hour was an amazing way to finish the tour!
Very good, couldn't have been better. The guide was full of information and you knew she enjoyed what she did. First I thought the cost was a little high for the tour, but once you take this tour it's worth every dollar it cost.
The tour was the most amazing part of our whole trip. It was beyond my expectations and this was in part to our tour guide Laura who spoke very good English and being a historian gave us an incredible amount of information. The meeting location was easy to find and being a small group easy to stay with. The tour was expensive but I will and have recommended it to friends that have plans to visit Rome because it was worth every penny. I had not even heard of Viator prior to our trip and was a little sceptical at first as to actually having a private viewing and the cost of it but it was the best decision I made about our trip. I will certainly book again with Viator for my next trip.
One star for the tour in general. One star for all the secret rooms. One star for our guide Rachel, who was fabulous and two stars for having the private experience of the Sistine Chapel. Of all the tours I booked this was the best and most value for the money. A must regardless of your religious affiliation.
Expensive, but worth every penny. The guide was very informative and gave us stories that we'll never forget. After the tour we went through the Vatican museum again, to view whatever we missed on the other tour. We were pleased to find out that the private tour covered it almost completely. We cannot think of anything they can do to improve.
This tour was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Rome. Our tour guide, Shannon, was a personable and knowledgeable art historian, whose knowledge of renaissance art and also the history of the Vatican itself greatly enhanced the tour content. We were able to see many parts of the Vatican Museums normally off limits to tourists, like a significant Borromini staircase and a chapel with important Fra Angelico frescoes. We also viewed the Raphael rooms alone. But the highlight for me was a full half hour in the Sistine Chapel with our small group of ten people. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the tour guide - and the VIP access was most definitely worth the price tag. I would highly recommend this tour.
Fantastic tour and well worth the money. Tiffany was knowledgable and passionate. I felt she could have spent hours explaining the Vatican.
This is a DO NOT MISS!!! Well worth every dime you spent on it. Our tour was ten people along with the tour guide and security guard. I have been on Vatican tours before with hundreds of people walking thru but this was just fantastic. Save up and do this one. You will not regret it at all!
Great tour. Rachel, our guide, was amazing. Highly recommend.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed both of the Viator tours that we booked. Our guide for the Angels and Demons Tour, I believe his name was Massimo, was enthusiastic, funny and so much fun! The highlight of our first trip to Rome, however, was the incredible access given through the Sistine Chapel tour. Again, a fantastic guide, (Rachel?), who described everything in great detail. To have just ten of us, and two guides for over half an hour in the Sistine Chapel was truly priceless. We loved the tours and have already recommended them to friends!
This was better than I expected. Our guide (Kimberly) was wonderful.
This tour was well worth the money. Our excellent guide took our small group through the Vatican Museum, a large part of which was having access to areas not available to the public. Of course the Sisteen Chapel to ourselves was the highlight. I remember Michelangelo's masterpiece, NOT the crowds that would otherwise have to go along with it. Perhaps a once in a lifetime experience.
This was a very nice tour and seeing the happiness on my adult daughter's face being able to stand under this work was worth the expense and that you can spend 30-45 minutes alone with a total of 12 people max was also great.
One of the Best tours I have ever taken. The Guide was Wonderful ! However, the Vatican Guard was Extremely Rude. He kept telling people not to take his picture yet he would stand in front of the very item people wanted to photograph ! Then he would take out his cell phone and photograph museum items as if he was on tour !!
Get a new guard
great tour except for the end part, the guide told us to go around to see st peters but we were stopped and told we had to exit and stand in line for another 2 hours to get into st peters, we could not find our guide to remedy the situation, part of our group went directly to st peters, others had to exit
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.