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Excellent, best tour of our visit to Rome! Amazing experience for the whole family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Julie W United States of ...
Best and only way to view the Sistine Chapel. While you will not be the only tour group in the Chapel, you will be with a lot fewer people than if you go once the Museums and the Chapel are open. Note that you still have to pass through several of the galleries before you reach the Chapel but if your guide is good, like ours was, they will walk quickly through those galleries and head to the Chapel as fast as possible. Don't worry, you will still have the opportunity to explore the museums after you visit the Chapel. Your guide will explain hopefully like ours did that you will see the Chapel and then when you are ready to exit, you can either head to the left to go back to the Museums or to the right to see the Basilica. Note that if you head to the right, you will NOT be able to re-enter into the museums. So if you are interested in doing both, you would go to the left first and revisit the galleries that you walked quickly through earlier as well as the other galleries that you didn't have a chance to see. To get to the Basilica once you are done at the museums, you will then return back to the Sistine Chapel and turn right when exiting. Going back through the Sistine Chapel to get to the Basilica will reinforce how happy you will be that you did the Early Entrance tour! We didn't spend long in the museums and even only after a brief period maybe an hour? after the Chapel and Museums were open, the Chapel was incredibly crowded - don't even think about trying to get to one of the benches along the walls in the Chapel! On the early tour, we were able to sit, reflect and take in the beauty of the Chapel from multiple locations.
This tour company was extremely well organized with great directions on how to find the guides as well. We highly recommend this as the way to see the Sistine Chapel!
Great early entrance. Worth every penny. We got right in Chapel, walked around museum then hit St. Peter's Basilica from Sistine Chapel. Great experience. Beat the crowds!
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The early entry to the Sistine Chapel was a great experience for us. We met our guide at 7am across the street from the Vatican Museum. It was very easy to identify the tour from the others as the staff wore City Wonders shirts and also held up a flag with the company name. Our guide Adele introduced herself to each person in the group and headsets were quickly distributed. We could easily hear what our guide was saying regardless of our location within the group. While waiting to enter the Vatican, Adele told us about the history of the Vatican and surrounding area. She was very passionate, informative, and enthusiastic. On our way to the Sistine Chapel we walked through a section of the Vatican Museums. We saw tapestries, sculptures, paintings and maps. Adele provided information about what we were seeing which was a bonus since she technically was doing only the Sistine Chapel. I suggest taking a good look at all of this as much as you can without holding up the group. It will be packed with people later. We passed through an open court yard with a stunning view of St. Peter’s Basilica. This was a great photo opportunity.
It was a joy to have Adele as our guide. She provided us with information about what we would see inside the Sistine Chapel. Talking is discouraged in the Sistine Chapel and no photography is allowed. Once inside we looked at the ceilings and walls, then sat down to take it all in. There were only a few hundred people in the Sistine Chapel at this time and it was peaceful. We used a guidebook and a map of the Sistine Chapel to understand what we were looking at. It was beyond amazing. Adele also gave us suggestions on which areas of the museums may be of interest to us after leaving the chapel.
Once we were done in the Sistine Chapel we exited back into the Vatican Museums and went to the cafeteria for breakfast. The second exit out of the Sistine Chapel takes you into St. Peter’s Basilica. There is no reentry back into the Sistine Chapel and the museums once you leave from this exit.
After the cafeteria we walked through the museums. The collection of art work and artifacts was overwhelming. The Transfiguration by Raphael is enormous and seemed to glow. There is so much to take in.
When we walked back through some sections of the museum (pathway to the Sistine Chapel), we were going against the tide of traffic and some of the staircases were blocked. It was not possible to revisit certain areas. This was a bit confusing so we just covered what we could and headed back through the Sistine Chapel in order to get to St. Peter’s Basilica. It was interesting to be in the chapel again and this time there were people shoulder to shoulder. The guards were quickly ushering people into the chapel. At this point, we were extremely grateful we had been in the chapel earlier that morning and with relative peace to take it all in.
I highly recommend the early entry to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Having the luxury to see the Sistine Chapel and parts of the Vatican in the quiet early morning was a beautiful experience I will remember forever. Our guide Adele was wonderful! Grazie mille!
Fantastic opportunity to spend extended time with no crowd in the most beautiful creation of man that we've ever seen.
This priority access is definitely worth it. I had seen the chapel a few days before but wanted to see it without so many people crammed into the room. When we got to the room, there were maybe 50 people in there and it was quiet. I thought the last judgement was amazing and could not look away. You can go into the museum with this ticket and explore on your own afterwards, just do not go out of the door to the far right that leads to the Basilica as you will not be allowed back in. This is worth the money as Citywonders was well organized and easy to find.
Best choice to avoid the huge crowds and see the Sistine Chapel in relative quiet. Our guide's discription was also excellent!
This is not really a tour just a way to get into the Sistine Chapel earlier than everyone else. We liked it because appreciating Sistine Chapel without 1000s of people was definitely the best experience in Rome.
Joyce H United States of ...
The meeting spot was right next to Cafe' Vaticano down the bottom of staircase. It's very organized tour guides holding up a sign. We were separated into groups and given a brief overview of the painting.We were the first group to enter. The guide walked us thru the vatican museum until we reached the Sistine chapel . The Sistine chapel is very small with sitting areas along the walls. The painting is beyond amazing. I highly recommend taking the early access tour it was really nice to be able to view the painting without the throng of people bumping into you because by the the time the rest of the tour groups was allowed access it was crazy!
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