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.
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.
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.
We were so glad we went on the early tour. No queues and we got to see so much more.
Clearly the best and only choice of all offered!! Empty halls and private viewings before the throngs of the public invade the City State are what you pay for - and it's worth it. Having been through the museums for 4 hrs, I was able to experience the stark contrast between the privacy of this tour and the over crowding of the public....great guide - Thank you for this opportunity.
ROSE C United Kingdom
it was great getting there before all the crowds would highly recommand
This tour was great, our tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable
This early access to the Sistine Chapel was such an amazing grace. Though it would be nice to have more of a tour though I'm they do offer one, the guide did certainly walk us around and give us a small tour while on our way to the Sistine Chapel.
When we arrived we met across the street of the Vatican museum entrance we got a bit confused because the information talked about a café but it is actually down the stairs beside the café, so don't make the same mistake that we did. It was easy to check in, enter the museum though a metal detector, and then our guide walked us through some of the museum and finally to the Sistine Chapel. We met our guide around 7:30 so we were probably at the chapel 8:30 or so, probably earlier and it was amazing because we almost had the place the ourselves. I have seen pictures and everyone is rammed in there and I can only imagine the difficulty of trying to see all of the amazing art work, but we were able to sit down and just take it all in. We could take our time and look at each picture and read up about it with the pamphlet that our guide provided. So that was worth the cost and getting up really early.
Also, my husband and I had tickets to see the Pope speak that day and our guide told us where to afterwards. We spent some time in the Sistine Chapel and then decided to try to find where we were supposed to go. Unfortunately, we must have forgotten what she said and were headed in a different direction. We ended up seeing her again later and she walked with us to help us find where we had to go.
Such a great little add on and I would certainly recommend it.
This was my second time visiting the Vatican Museums and I believed that it was money well spent. Even though I had to wake up very ealy in the morning, it paid to be in one of the first groups to see the Sistine Chapel. We literally had the whole place for ourselves. It was AMAZING!!!!!!! If I have to do it again, I will do it without any hesitation.
Easy to find meeting point. Guide marina was lovely and gave a great commentary. The early access was more than worth the amount paid. Would highly recommend it.
well worth the money. The guide was very friendly and gave us lots of interesting facts. To see the chapel without the crowds was great and it made the experience that much more enjoyable.
MJ United States of ...
This was worth every penny. We were the first group into the museums and went straight to the Sistine Chapel. We had almost 20 minutes before the next group came in. Our guide, Lindy, was knowledgeable and had such interesting information about the ceiling, the Last Judgment, and Michelangelo himself. The quiet time in the chapel is not to be missed, as later it is wall to wall people and not at all quiet.
Our guide was informative, funny and friendly. Instructions for where to meet were explicit. The tour itself was the best way to see the Sistine Chapel. A number of groups were in attendance so there were a couple of hundred tourists, but when we circled back later in the day there were easily thousands of tourists crammed together. We also got through the rest of the Vatican Museums before the crowds got too thick. An early start to the day is the only way to go!
An amazing tour with a terrific guide. Friendly and very knowledgeable. We definitely would recommend this tour.
This tour was fantastic. More than I had hoped for. To be in the Sistine Chapel with just a small group with room to more around and spend time studying the paintings was worth the price of the ticket.
Well worth the early start as we got to spend maybe 30 minutes in the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrived. We also had a quiet walk through the hall of maps and other attractions on the way. Our guide was very good, with clear English commentary and knowledge.
Perfect! We got in at 7:30 am way ahead of the crowd. Enjoyed the Sistine Chapel very much and walked through the Vatican museums as if it was opened for our own private viewing. I highly recommend this tour. As we left the line to get in was blocks long. I really enjoyed this experience.
Probably the best thing we did on a trip to Rome. The early access meant that we got to be the first visitors of the day to walk through the halls of the Vatican Museum and go straight to the Sistine Chapel. We went back later in the day for a second viewing which was not part of the early access tour and the thousands of others doing the same tour meant we really couldn't enjoy it. This was the best money we spent in our entire trip to Italy which also took in Florence and Venice and we would recommend it to anyone!
excellent. Of note: we also bought front of the line to St Peters as i called Viator to find out if this tour granted the 'secret door' access to the Basilica... they said no so i purchased the additional tickets which were not needed. Once in the Sistine, you can use the door that goes directly to the Basilica without waiting ... Not crowded, definitley the way to go
Excellent tour with a really friendly and expert guide. She gave us lots of information on what we were seeing on the way to the Chapel and we were still in the first 6 groups there. We went through again after we had been through the Museums and it was crushing with people so you couldn't really take in the majesty of the Chapel.
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