This tour was well worth the extra money and early morning. We were among just 20 or so people in the Sistine Chapel. This exclusive access meant we could sit and enjoy the splendour of the chapel. We visited it twice later in the day and each time it was busier - no space to take it all in.
This early access express tour of the Sistine Chapel was amazing! My husband has MS, and has mobility issues and gets fatigued easily, and I knew there was no way he would be able to make it through a 3 hour/7 km tour of the Vatican Museum. With this tour, we were LITERALLY the first group into the museum, got a quick highlights tour with our excellent guide through the museum on our way to the Sistine Chapel, and then got to enjoy the Sistine Chapel with only a handful of other people. We were able to sit on the benches along the wall, and really just were able to take our time and soak up the beauty of the place. Most of the people on our tour then backtracked through the museum to spend more time seeing the exhibits, but our guide showed us the secret door that leads directly to St Peter's Basilica. A few steps down some back hallways, and we were there! This was especially welcome as it meant my husband didn't have to walk all the way around the outside of the Vatican and stand in another line to get into the Basilica. We were able to enjoy the Basilica as well before it filled up with people. Everything was really just perfect for our circumstances. Highly recommend.
Our tour group leader was fantastic, providing an overview of the Sistine chapel prior to our entrance, answering questions and professional as well as personable. We were among the early risers and had the opportunity to view the chapel with a limited number of others. This is the best way to see the Vatican.
First in line and brief tour as we headed towards Sistine Chapel. I stayed in Sistine Chapel for over 1 hour before heading to self tour of Vatican Museum. Closely watch signs for other museum section after Sistine Chapel. I went back to Sistine Chapel and the crowds were packed with little room to move. Recommend this tour.
It worth every penny and the extremely early wake up. The guide was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend it and will take it again.
The only thing I want to people know is that at that early time there is only machines to get a metro tickets, you will need change. When you get to the closest Vatican metro station you will be lost, and at night with fog is not that simple to get your way. Get your map and study it. I had to get help twice and there is almost no people around. The cafe Vatican will be close but at the bottom of the stairs there is an amazing cafe open.
PS. Since Japan sponsored the last restoration they don't allow you to take pictures!!! The security is very rude!
But people anyways take lots of pictures with their cellphones!
Ridiculous policy because we paid for the visit an imagine you inside the Sistine chapel and not having a self!
I think it is against the law to prohibit to take photos without flashlight, that place belongs to the people, is humanity patrimony.
Our guide was on time, and we were so happy to have gone early as to avoid all the craziness later in the day. WE had no lines and were able to take great pics without other people present to bomb the photos!! Thank you so much!
Guide was fantastic! This was my third trip to the Vatican and my first with a guide. The guide made the trip so much more enjoyable and I learned many new details.
The trip was fantastic. We were among the first in the Chapel and the short sharp info provided by the guide was fantastic.
Our objective was for our tour guide, Licia, to lead us through the museum to the Sistine Chapel, spend some time there, and then see as much as we could of the rest of the museum unguided, and at our own pace. Licia pointed out a lot of interesting information along the way. We arrived at the Chapel around 8AM I think. There were some other people already, and some guards, but there was plenty of room for all to admire this amazing place. At 8:30, Licia reminded us that she was leaving, but also reminded us to stay as long as we liked in the Chapel, and to remember to visit the rest of the museums.
After we spent an adequate amount of time in the Sistine Chapel, we retraced our steps to try to walk through in order. We got lost here and there, but that was OK, and eventually made our way back to the Sistine Chapel. I dont remember the exact time, but I think it was around noon - and what a difference! The Chapel was packed with people, standing shoulder to shoulder - just like on a crowded bus. Many more guards, many of whom were reminding yelling at people not to take pictures, but nobody paid attention. It was a warm day in Rome, so it was warm in the Chapel - like a sauna.
I am so glad that we took the Early Access Tour. What a difference it makes to have the opportunity to appreciate this place when its less crowded, and much quieter. Licia was a great guide. Knowledgeable, professional, and very patient with all of us.
This tour was fantastic! Our guide was knowledgeable, spoke English and was very pleasant. Getting in early gave us plenty of time to explore the Musums and Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. I recommend this highly!
This was a great way to see the Sistine chapel before the crowds came in.
The early access Sistine chapel tour was the best thing we did. Got to see the museum before the crowds and got a nice orientation and background info from the tour guide. It was not a guided tour but it got us in before the crowds and gave us a good background to the paintings. Highly recommended.
Perfect for a limited amount of time tour.....and if you find you've got extra time you can see other things!!!
Definitely worth the early morning for this tour! Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was wonderful to have time in the Sistine Chappell before the crowds came in. I highly recommend this one!
You get in early and get a tour guide until through the Vatican Museums and right up to the Sistine Chapel. She gave us maps for the entire area and explanation of the Chapel as they're not allowed to use the headsets in the Chapel. I was kind of expecting the tour to continue after that...but it was only the start of the museum and prior to the Chapel. Overall, still a great experience and certainly worth the early entry when not many people were there.
Would highly recommend getting up early and doing this tour as you get to go into the Sistine Chapel when there are no crowds and to walk round the museum when it is quiet. Our guide was very helpful and gave us information about the Sistine Chapel before we went in and told us about rooms not to be missed in the museum.
Fantastic. The guide explained it all before we went in, using a photo. With fewer people in there, we were then able to look and enjoy the work without asking questions although she stayed to answer any.
We were then able to chose to enter the museum and then the Basillica, or go straight into St Peter's before the crowds arrived.
It was very special and delightful.
Early RDV 7:15 AM but totally worth it to be quite alone in the tour. The tour goes quite fast but is very efficient and you can spot the parts of the museum you want to go back to and visit more. The tour, goes through the main corridors, shows you a very nice view on the Saint Peter's basilic before all the other tourists arrive and -of course- the Sixtine's chapel. We were only a few guided tour for that part, and could then wonder off wherever we wanted freely. Once the tourists are allowed in the museum, you can notice by the crowd in the corridors. It is a real privilege to be able to visit first and have all the main information calmly before the crazy crowd arrive !
Do recommend for a weekend in Rome !
Really worth it to get early access to the Sistine Chapel, as you'll notice the crowds starting to come in around 8:30am. Tour was well organized and quite on time, though we had to wait a little bit still out in the cold before we could enter through the doors. Tour guide Agnese was very pleasant and nice, but she said that Michelangelo painted it on his back, while the brochure she handed out said he in fact did not, despite popular belief. I'm only sorry I didn't have much time to enjoy the Vatican Museums as I had a flight to catch! Even if you're not in a rush like I was, a visit to the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel is a must especially if it's your first visit to Rome.
Well worth the early start. Amazing place, not many people inside. When we finally came out the crowds were huge and would have taken hours to even get to the entrance door and it would have been just awful walking through with wall to wall crowds. Definitely recommend doing what we did.
Worth the trauma of getting up really early as you have loads of space to move around, wander and view the artwork. I'm informed that it can be more like sardines at peak times... and I'm not too good with crowds.
We enjoyed the early entry that whisked us through the museum so that we could be the first group into the Sistine Chapel. I had time to sit and read my guide book and closely study the Chapel. When we were ready we could either return to the Vatican Museum or go on to St. Peter's Basilica. We returned to the museum and ate breakfast in the cafe. Then we rented the auto tour and spent the morning exploring the museum along with the crowds. We ended back in the Chapel which was now packed and this time we took the exit to St. Peter's Basilica and spent another hour exploring it. It was a wonderful day. PS Don't forget to have your postcards mailed from the Vatican postoffice.
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