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Very knowledgeable guide... she is very passionate regarding history of Vatican... i recommend this no lines small group tour... great!!
We were the second tour of the day for Inger but she remained positive and shared her insights on the Vatican Museum. Regrettably St. Peter's was closed that day for a celebration and that meant the lines everywhere else were long, even the skip the line.
It was beautiful!
Sara was a wonderful guide, and the museum is pack with priceless treasures of art and culture. I highly recommend visiting the Vatican Museum and this tour was very well run.
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.
The tour was fabulous and the guide was outstanding. Her knowledge of Vatican City was over the top and she narrated without notes. The skip the line tour is the best way to go. We went on a Weds during the weekly Papal audience so the Square was packed end to end and wall to wall for the Pope.
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.
Excellent tour in a very congested environment where half of the tour guides role is to make sure they keep some separation between other groups. The Museum and St. Peters are amazing places so she was excellent at letting the building dominate but provided excellent background for several of the important players during the completion of the Vatican Museum. All in all fantastic.
Well organized and on time, guide was excellent and knowledgeable very passionate in explaining the history of the Vatican.
The Rome card was very helpful. We used it for Hop On/Off Bus, bus tram and metro, plus Vatican
museum.I would highly recommend it to everyone!
This was definitely one of the big highlights to the trip to Rome. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the information we received. The only way to fly is on the tour before the Vatican City opens! Thanks, Viator. Well done.
The tour guide Doriana was AWESOME!! She had so much knowledge, was easy to understand and exceptionally informative. My 73 year old mother understood every word, and loved her as well. The Vatican is huge and there is so much to see, she made it informative and didn't loose anyone in our group. The afternoon guide was just as good and was entertaining and very easy to understand. He highlighted all of the sights from the Vatican to each stop. He was very informative and knowledgable of all of the Basillicas after the Vatican. I would highly suggest seeing the sights with a guide, as there is so much to learn, and without them it old have been way less interesting.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
Getting to see Pope Francis was a real experience. We were seated right next to the place the Pope mobile went by. You could almost touch him. If I could do it over again I would have also booked the Vatican Museum with this tour. Had to wait 2 hours for tickets.
Doing what: Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation
This tour was great! Tiberius was really knowledgeable and made this a really enjoyable experience. He took us through the whole Vatican skip the line was WELL worth it and let us do our own thing by the time we go to the Basilica. Great day, great tour! Only recommendation is if you are hungry after the tour, cross the bridge for lunch -- don't stay near the touristy area!
This was an early access tour, and we were inside the Vatican before the general public. The ticket was skip the line, and we did not have to wait anywhere except at the security checkpoint.
Guide was great ! Vatican was crowded but it seems like it is always crowded .
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.
Tour was excellent, could not imagine visiting the Vatican any other way. Guide pointed out things we would have never picked up or known about on our own, and getting into the Vatican early saved us a lot of time waiting in line. Best part of our visit to Rome.
Excellent tour. Our guide Manuela was very friendly, knowledgable and considerate. We saw everything we wanted and though the Vatican museums were crowded we never felt harassed
This was an amazing tour of the Vatican. Our Guide was extremely knowledgeable very personable and kept us enthralled and entertained the entire time. We entered early as promised and bypassed many of the queues and our tour began promptly which was amazing bearing in mind the amount of people waiting to get in and the number of tours going on. We would definitely use Viator again.
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!
The tour group wsa easy to locate, easy to follow along and our guide was great. I will mention the Vatican was SO packed with people. I recommend bring a water bottle and the expecatation that you will feel shuffled and slightly claustrophobic.
The guide was very good and super funny :) He spoke very good english. Loved the trip and recommend it to everyone that are visiting the Vatican for the first time.
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.
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