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This tour was fantastic - the guide was informative and shared great historic tidbits with a local flare that were invaluable to our perspective at the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Loved this tour!
The tour was everything I was looking for. You don't have to stand in any line and you go to all the highlights in the Vatican Museum, St Peters and the Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide Tiffany had a lot of knowledge and a good story teller. She made our tour super informative and fun.
Sistine Chapel is the most beautiful sight!
Definitely do the skip the line tour. We watched people wait in lines in the rain.
Grateful for the experience.
For a family group of 6, the Skip the Line small-group tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel was excellent! Our tour guide, Assunta, was a knowledgeable art historian whose passion for the art was contagious. She carried a portfolio of reproductions that enhanced our appreciation of the sights and she was approachable and inclusive. I highly recommend this tour!
Probably one of the best tours we took on this trip! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I think it will take another 3-4 days to see EVERYTHING and we still will not have seen it all. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. I wish we had more time in the Sistine Chapel, because it was simply breathtaking. St. Peter's was mind blowing to say the least.
We will definitely come again!
My teenage daughter and I took this tour in May 2016. I think there were a total of 8 of us on this tour would recommend a small group such as this and we met up at 8:00 am on a Friday morning. May is a busy tourist season so we were one of many groups touring the Vatican museums, St Peter's and Sistine Chapel. In spite of that we were still able to really enjoy this tour. I would imagine the crowds build as the day goes on so if possible you may want to consider an early start time for your tour. Our tour guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and clearly very passionate about everything we were seeing. Each of us had headphones on so we were able to hear what he was saying. It was all so fascinating!
This was an excellent tour that you should strongly consider doing if you're staying in Rome.
It was a pleasure to be guided by Giuseppe, who is also an archaeologist. This showed, because he was very knowledgeable in telling us the interesting background and highlights of the history and artworks of the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, and could answer all our questions. He had a genuine enthusiasm and fascination with the history he was explaining, despite the poor guy talking to us while navigating us around crowded places for a few hours, while carrying around several heavy looking bags. You will have a chance to get a drink at the cafe in the Vatican before visiting the Sistine Chapel.
My husband, who is not normally a big art or history enthusiast, really enjoyed the museum and the amazing beauty and scale of the art in it, truly unique. It surpassed our expectations. Although the Sistine Chapel is beautiful without an explanation, without knowing the background history and stories about Michelangelo, you would not enjoy it nearly as much.
A great tour, highly recommended.
Tour began promptly on time. Guide was very knowledgeable. We saw all that was in the description. It was absolutely wonderful and all that we could have hoped for. The Museum was fantastic, the Sistine Chapel magnificent. No doubt would recommend the tour to others, enthusiastically!!
This was a good way to see the highlights of the Vatican. I would have liked to see more paintings, but there and #39;s only so much time (Michaela, our guide, told us there are 10 km of gallery!). The Sistine Chapel is beautiful and St Peter and #39;s is awe inspiring. Definitely a must do in Rome.
Excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable and engaging. Too bad we didn't have more time in the Sistine Chapel.
Jason K USA
If you did your research, you would know the best way into the Vatican is through a guided tour. The lines for tickets and entry are always long. A guide also gives you information that you may not know. This small group tour is the best way to go. It gets you in and through without any delays.
I really enjoyed the whole tour and saw pretty much everything there was to see. Plenty of time provided to go through the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel remember no pictures allow there. The tour concludes in St. Pauls Cathedral, so you get the guides comments and then have lots of time in there to take pictures or see the sights inside this large cathedral.
Michael G United States of ...
My family and I enjoyed our tour of the Vatican Museums very much. The architecture and the historical imagery was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking -- especially the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica. Our tour guide Raphaela was wonderful -- she was very friendly and personable and she was very knowledgeable and informative throughout the day. Our tour was amazing and we strongly recommend it for anyone who visits Rome.
Took this tour in late Oct. at 2pm and it was still pretty crowded, but not as bad as in July. Worth it just to not be standing in the regular lines. There are several tours who use the same meeting point so make sure you find the right one you paid for! Also, you may notice more than 20 arriving for the same tour, but they divide everyone into smaller groups. I think my group had about 15 people in it. I also compared this tour to the one on the Vatican Museum site itself, but went with Viator because the size of the group seemed like it would be a little smaller. Guide did an excellent job explaining the history of the place and pointing out key items in the museum before getting to the Sistine chapel. Unfortunately because it was already about 5pm when we got out of the Sistine chapel, the guide couldn't give us a tour of St. Peter's basilica, but instead he gave a brief talk before releasing the group a handout that explained the main features of he church.
dheaberlin United States of ...
Very unusual to have 45 minutes after hours in the Sistine Chapel with only 16 others in our tour. Our guide was allowed to describe everything in depth which is a complete opposite of the guide not even being allowed to talk during normal hours. Tour of the Pope's quarters was outstanding. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.
The Sistine Chapel after hours WOW. only about 13 people in our group. The Chapel without the great crowds is wonderful to see. I'm not so sure about the secret rooms though because I have done an ordinary Sistine Chapel tour in the past, and I saw the so called Secret rooms before So, although this cost a lot of money, its well worth it just to spend 20 minutes in the Chapel without crowds - however, the Secret Rooms bit, is a bit of a fib.
This tour is definitely the highlight of our trip!!! Despite the hot summer in Rome and lack of AC everywhere we visited in July, I know..., we really enjoyed the marvelous Vatican City. With its mesmerizing and over-the-top decorations and masterpieces oh yes we've seen all there is to see in Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City should be on every tourist's wish-list while in Rome. We need to give a special thanks to our tour guide Sev, whom explained everything in great detail and kept it interesting even for our 7-years old. We were truly fortunate to have a historian he's a professor in Rome University and guiding is his part-time job in summer as our tour guide. We will definitely take the tour again next time in Rome!
The guide managed our group of a dozen with admirable skill, to keep all of us in sight at all times, and the crowds unusually large to attend the Beatification of Mother Teresa were challenging in the confines of the Gallery. Although the Sistine Chapel is a fabulous sight, a visitor cannot linger more than fifteen minutes, becoming one of a mass of people all looking upward in awe, and slowly moving toward the exit. St. Peter's is a wonderful place to explore apart from the group and we were able to spend all the time we wanted in that magnificent space, without the guide.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable! Since we went on a Wednesday, the Basilica was closed until about 1pm, so we got an extra taste of the museums. She showed us the 'secret passageway' from the Sistine Chapel to the Basilica without having to get in line again. We ended up in the line for the small hike to the top of the dome about 6 euros a person, very worth it, and the views were astounding.
The tour begins at the Vatican Museums, goes through the Sistine Chapel and ends at the Basilica. You can go back into the Basilica after for more photos without charge. Our tour guide was Igor and he was very knowledgeable and his English was easy to understand. Igor brought us through the Vatican Museums at a quick pace so there is a lot of information to take in but it would be hard to understand the significance of what you were looking at without a guide. You can take photos all through the tour except in the Sistine Chapel. The Basilica is amazing! For lunch after the tour Igor recommended the area pedonale near St. Peter's Square. A gelatto store on that street called argentale was the best gelatto we got while in Rome and it did receive a Trip Advisor award a couple of years ago.
Roxanne O. United States of ...
This tour was so informative. Our tour guide knew her stuff and kept the whole group intrigued. Happy that we went in October because I hear this tour gets super packed with people. St. Peter's Basilica was breathtaking and the Sistine Chapel was so incredibly beautiful.
This was a great tour and our guide was extremely knowledgeable I am sorry I forgot her name. The day of our tour the Vatican was very busy and our guide, in a very courteous manner, moved us around so we could see everything with an unobstructed view. This tour hit all the high points of the museums, basilica and the Sistine chapel. If I were to do it again, I would plan on spending extra time in the area after the formal tour ended. We had booked another tour shortly after this one ended, but if we had time it would have been nice to visit the Vatican post office, get our passport stamped, climb the dome of the basilica, spend more time in St Peter's Square, and browse the religious items the nuns were selling. I would highly recommend this specific tour and Viator!
This was the best way to visit the Vatican which included a comprehensive tour of the museum, Sistine Chapel plus St Peters Basilica. Our tour guide was extremely informative and had extensive knowledge of the history of the artwork and Vatican. It was easy to book into and was able to use e-voucher so no running around finding ticket offices to gain access or waiting in long queues. Strongly recommend, well worth the money spent.
This was a once in a lifetime experience. Having been to the Sistine Chapel before and doing the regular program Going in with the masses This is a totally different experience. When you go on the regular tour you get 5 minutes in the chapel with 500 People jammed in and guards yelling at you to keep quiet. No pictures either. This tour we got over 30 minutes with only 12 ppl in the chapel. Got to roam around and had the place to ourselves, also got to take plenty of pictures. That alone is worth the . The rest of the tour was good but the Sistine Chapel private visit is what it's all about.
Wonderful tour guide. Amazing place but 3 hours in cramped spaces - Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel VERY crowded. Would recommend doing the 8 AM tour to avoid crowds.
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