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How could this tour be anything but amazing. The beauty was almost overwhelming. Our photos do not do it justice. You can't go to Rome and not visit St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel. We were there in September. The skip the line is well-worth the cost. Even so, it was still very crowded in St. Peter's.
Our host was filled with interesting insights into the art and history of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. This tour was the highlight of an amazing two weeks in Italy.
This is one of the best tours of my life anywhere. I mean that. Shannon was a joy to listen to with a slight southern Alabama/Italian drawl. She was quick in the accessing of the areas we were to see, Obviously knew her subjects of discussion very well. The Sistine chapel with the quiet of only twelve other people and two guards was a highlight of my Italy tour. We also saw the secret Vatican rooms and the Raphael rooms by the great contemporary of Michelangelo. I cannot recommend this tour well enough. Overlook the cost and realize that you will see what very few others have seen or ever will see.
An absolute necessity for any trip to Rome! I have been to the Sistine Chapel on two other occasions and this was by far the most enjoyable and informative way to see this most famous of locations.
Magda was an absolutely fantastic tour guide! She was impeccable in her knowledge and related it in an effortless way to us!
Fascinating and beautiful basilica, Sistine chapel and the rest of the beautiful pieces of art and architecture we saw!
Fantastic tour!!! My wife and I had gone to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's on other trips however, we wanted a specialized tour since we were bringing our 10- and 13-year olds to Rome to learn a little more about the world we live in. It was fabulous, we walked straight in the group tour skip the line lane to the security area it took all of a few minutes -- well worth the savings of the 2 hour wait outside in the normal entrance line. This tour was just the right size and accomplished everything we wanted it was great since everyone could interact personally with the tour guide. While there were some questions asked, the tour guide was excellent and she provided so much information on key architecture, statues, art, etc. that one was left with a very satisfied feeling following each area of the tour. She reinforced everything she talked about with documentation showing different eras and depictions on the topic to help all to better understand the history involved in the is wonderful place. One memorable moment was when she presented a book of the Sistine Chapel and went over the design and each of the paintings prior to your entrance to the Chapel. This helped pull it all together since one can be overwhelmed since there are so many paintings on the walls and ceiling of the Sistine plus you are not supposed to talk while in the chapel so this was key and she did an excellent job in conveying the information to all 10 years old to people that were in their mid-60s.
After finishing the tour, you could then go on your own to the catacombs or the up to the cupola if you desired.
I would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for a memorable experience to the Vatican!
The Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Perer's were experienced thru the eyes of our tour director. Her love and knowledge of everything we saw was and experience to treasure! Loved it and her!
Gary and Lee
Great day. We were a group of 5 with one of us having already been to the vatican on our own on a previous trip. I wouldn't want to do this tour on my own. Just the stories and the background on the history of the vatican and the sistine chapel alone were worth the price. To know what you are seeing and hear it from an art historian who is passionate about the topic was amazing. The weather wasn't the greatest and we were pretty cold outside at the breakfast but the pictures and the ability to be in the gardens at sunrise what there was of it was an awesome experience. Getting up so early and getting there was also a trick after a night of wine and food was also a bit of a trick but well worth it.
One of the must do in Rome. After finding the meeting point for this tour its looks like utter chaos but out if this chaos is organisation. Our tour left on time and we were soon entering the Vatican Museum. Following the non avoidable security checks its onward through the sights of the museum. Be ready for crowds as even though you have skipped the queue to get in - once inside you just join the endless crowd of people passing through the museum. A knowledgeable and informative quide lead it through the museum and into the Sistine Chapel. Was then a trip through the Vatican tombs and into St Peter finally out to St Peters Square.
This is a must do in Rome but expect crowds. The only way to vist this sight is by a tour like this. This tour was well organised, informative and entertaining.
Only way you should visit the Sistine Chapel!
This was truly worth every penny we paid for the experience. The food for breakfast was great and plenty of it. The guide was so knowledgeable and pointed out a number of things we wouldn't have seen without being on a tour. The highlight was of course the Sistine Chapel which, because we were early, wasn't busy and we were able to spend 30 minutes in.
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. There were tremendous queues everywhere but she guided us in a very stress free manner through all the halls and chambers. We saw a lot in the time we had available.
Paying to go early is soooooo worth the money. It was us and maybe 50 other people in the Sistine Chapel and the difference between this and being crammed in like a sardine is worth every cent. Furthermore, the queue just to get into the museum was at least 300m long and showed no signs of shortening, regardless of the time of day.
The guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all sorts of random questions and the tour through the museum on the way to the chapel was just as enlightening. I would highly recommend this tour.
Teri United States of ...
This tour was excellent, highly recommend. We skipped right ahead of all the tourists waiting in line. Our guide for this tour was Bruno aka Gigi for the day and he was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and funny. He made it interesting, not dry with little fun facts along the way. The tour moves you through fairly quickly, obviously it's not possible to see all that is there in one short tour but we felt like we hit the highlights and got our money's worth and then some. Will definitely go back. In awe of the Sistine Chapel. Highly recommend booking a guided tour if you go, well worth it.
Hands Down, the BEST tour I have ever gone on in 30 years of International Travel!
Our guide, Mama Bear, is THE tour guide for the ages, she was truly conveyed her love and joy of showing us the Secret Rooms of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Through her detailed guiding of our small group, you actually felt like you were hearing a First Hand Account of the creation of The Last Judgment and the Sistine Chapel. Having grown up seeing this images in my Grandparents living room, to be there as it came to life was so meaningful.
Her keen wit, in-depth knowledge and access to rooms that are not a part of the Public Tours is what set this Tour apart. Having Mama Bear explain the Creation of Adam panel and the ensuing Creation of the Sun and the Moon and seeing the representation of the Moon in person was extraordinary and very amusing. In addition, to hear who Michelangelo featured as Demons in The Last Judgment brought the whole process to live.
Though there is some sticker shock when you first see the prices, believe me it is worth every last Euro and more. THE BEST TOUR on the planet!
A small group upgrade max of 12 was the best way to see the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The meeting place was very easy to find and the tour left right on time. We were each given a set of earbuds and a receiver, so you could always hear the guide and not worry if he was out of sight because of the crowds. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and always answered any questions posed to him. Out of their control were the crowds. These were at times ridiculous!!! But when in Rome you MUST take this tour.
We booked this tour having read the glowing reports previously posted. It might be considered a bit expensive but wow it was worth every cent and actually exceeded our expectations. The previous week we had been on a circa 90 minute tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with our guide making general observations of the exhibits as we were whisked along with the sea of other visitors.
This time we were in a small group of just 13 led by Shannon Carter, one of the best tour guides we have ever had. Her Art knowledge and historical anecdotes made our tour so very interesting. Entering the Vaticans secret rooms, not viewed by the general public, was enthralling and being in the private Chapel used solely by Popes during the last 500 years gave one goose bumps.
The tour lasted 3 hours with Shannon pointing out interesting little details of the statues and people within the pictures. The highlight was the 30 minutes in the Sistine Chapel with just the 13 of us and Shannon being allowed to explain the paintings. On the standard tours the guides have to remain silent in the Chapel. However the icing on the cake was us being allowed to take photos within the Chapel itself.
On your list of Things to do before you die make sure you add VIP Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small Group Tour of the Vaticans Secret Rooms. It is well worth it especially if you have a guide as good as ours
Arthur and Valerie
This tour was fantastic. Our guide Inger was very knowledgeable and friendly, and gave us a lot of background before we went into the Vatican. We stopped often at points of interest, where we were given the history of the art, architecture and period. The Sistine Chapel was amazing, however the highlight was going up St Peter's - to get amazing views of Rome. I would highly recommend this tour, and our guide Inger. 5 stars.
So much to take in. Wonderful tour. St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel are just breathtaking. Loved our guide as well.
This private tour was really good. It was helpful to have someone who knew their way around through the crowds in there! She took us to a different bathroom with a much shorter line and knew where the elevators and wheel chair entrances were. She explained the parts of the museum that we were most interested in in detail, and we had much more time to enjoy the Sistine Chapel. A guard actually had us go the front of it so we could see the painted wall there and the priest who was there with prayers to remind us all that this is a chapel. The guide then explained all the details we needed for St. Peter's since we could not get there from the chapel due to tons of stairs. We went later and all that info was helpful there. Those Vatican museums are the place to do the private tour since it is so HUGE and so crowded. Great job.
TM United States of ...
We easily found the tour guide at the designated spot actually there were several groups each with their own guide. We were probably around a dozen people in our group and our guide led us right past the waiting line into the Vatican museums and we embarked on an amazing tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and elaborated on many of the highlights and provided visual aids to point out items to look for in areas where she was not allowed to talk such as the Sistine Chapel. A great tour, well worth the cost.
Bob and Michele United States of ...
We both loved this tour. To be able to be in the Sistine Chapel as a small group was fantastic. The tour director was an art major and had wonderful insight. She answered everyone's questions. Do not leave Rome without doing this tour. It is well worth the money.
Our guide Igor was very helpful in understanding the highlights of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peters. Learned so much!
This is a must-do in Rome. You have to get up pretty early so probably better not to schedule this right after you arrive. You get ushered past all the lines and get to sit quietly in the Sistine Chapel with a very small group. I estimate there were maybe 40 or 50 people in the room and it's a very big room. Absolutely amazing. They then usher you through the corridors to the Vatican and St. Peters. We had seen the whole thing - and leisurely - and still got out in time to have a reasonably early breakfast just outside the Vatican. Highly recommend this tour.
Exceptional experience of the amazing Sistine Chapel. The guide we had, Loreli, was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Although it was an early morning tour the crowds were still large but we were able to see what we wanted to see.
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