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Only way you should visit the Sistine Chapel!
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.
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!
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.
Of all the excursions we took in Rome, this is the one not to miss! Our guide Sabrina did an excellent job in the morning guiding us through the highlights of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's, and the Sistine Chapel. So glad we were able to skip the lines as the crowds were large. In the afternoon,our guide Pia gave us an outstanding tour of the 3 major Basilicas - the highlight of our 7 days in Rome!
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
This one is the best - a must do! First, because it truly is skip the line, and trust me, when you get there and see the sheer volume of people waiting for tickets, you will be very thankful for that. Second, because City Wonders and their guides are so great! The tour was well organized - we got to the meeting place and were immediately checked in and broken into smaller groups. Our guide was informative, and entertaining. She expertly guided us through the museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peters Basilica, which are all absolutely awe inspiring. It was the highlight of our Rome visit!
I really enjoyed this tour. The Vatican is so crowded with tourists and other tour groups that it's difficult to navigate through the galleries. Our guide, Martina, was excellent. She guided us through the hordes and provided background to what we saw in the galleries, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day
Our guide, Alessandro, was very interesting and engaging. The tour was the right amount of time to see what we wanted to see. I really enjoyed his detailed description of the Sistine Chapel ceiling before we got in to see it.
The tour was informative, easy walking and having private time in the Sistine Chapel was truly the most amazing experience. Although this tour is a bit pricey, it was well worth it. If you want to avoid the crowds, this is your tour!
The crowds are unbelievable, so getting the VIP treatment from the guide and guards was so refreshing. Viewing the Sistine Chapel, and having the story of it told with only 15 other in Chapel for 30min was an outstanding end to a great tour. Well worth the extra price for the experience.
Patricia was our small group tour guide. She maneuvered is through the most crowded areas with skill and knowledge. Before we entered the Sistine Chapel, she gave us some history of the chapel, Michaelangelo's work there, and showed us photos so we could understand what we were looking at. I highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide, Isabella,Botti was wonderful. She spent 3 hours with us, skillfully negotiating through the crowds, discussing the history and art of the Vatican. We were able to stop and ask questions whenever we needed more information and she made the large, imposing collections accessible. After comparing notes with friends who have taken Vactican tours, I am convinced that this is the only way to see and appreciate the museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St, Peter's. Brava Isabella!
The Vatican and Sistine Chapel are always busy and without the guide getting you through the wait times can be longer than the amount of time you actually get to tour. Our guide was pleasant, patient and knowledgeable. I highly recommend. Just pack your patience.
We enjoyed this tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Ava was very informative in the history of each.
Awesome tour. The tour guide was excellent, and his knowledge of Roman history and the Vatican was great. He even recommended a great restaurant after the tour. The only issue not his fault was that the Vatican was extremely crowded, and that many people in the Sistine Chapel were very rude, and ignored the request to be quiet. Other than that the tour was fantastic.
What a feast for the eyes! You could spend a month inside the vatican and never feel like you saw enough...I felt the same about St Peter's and Sistine Chapel. What we saw on this tour was more amazing than I could have ever dreamed. You walk through with your mouth open. The beauty and history leaves your breathless. Take the tour and see what I am talking about. This definitely did not disappoint. I went July 2016
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