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This was superb! It's a completely different experience getting to view in the Chapel and indeed other galleries without the heaving crowds. As mentioned by others, once you reach the Sistine Chapel, the tour part is finished our lovely guide remained in the chapel available to answer quiet questions till 8.30am but you then get to spend as long as you like in the rest of the Vatican Museums once you've seen the Sistine Chapel. We stayed for pretty much the whole day due to the one-way system, and wanting to go back to see bits we'd missed, we ended up doing 3 complete circuits, passing through the Sistine chapel each time - the 3rd of which was at slow shuffling pace due to the dense crowds, even in February! The chance to go out via St Peter's, avoiding the separate queue to get in there, was another huge advantage.
Whether you get Early Access or not, the sights you see inside these hallowed is the same. However, the EXPERIENCE can only be felt with this tour. The tour guide and information added incredible fun and value to the trip, things you just may not know even if you stopped to read every placard. The impact of how much time you saved, and the privilege of being able to see most everything without a sea of people blocking the way is not realized until you leave and see the hours-long line of people waiting to get in. I can't imagine seeing this any other way. The quiet time in the Sistine Chapel alone is worth it.
carlos S Argentina
Sino estas interesado en hacer un recorrido guiado por los museos vaticanos, es extremadamente recomendable. Realmente se ve la capilla sixtina de un modo privado. La organización perfecta. Y además después vas a san pedro cuando todavía está casi sin visitantes
This tour was excellent and very well organised. There was a lot of people waiting but we soon put into groups and got on our way.
We entered through the Vatican museum and our guide pointed out many different things to us saying that we could return there later.
We were all keen to enter the chapel which is just amazing. The English speaking guide was excellent and we would highly recommend the early access, worth every cent!! We then entered St Peter's and wandered around there without the huge crowds. There were other people there also but I understand I can become very very crowded. There was a very long line of people in the piazza when we left St Peter's.
Definitely the best way to see the Sistine Chapel! We had a short guided walk through the museum he was so interesting and knowledgable I could have listened to him all day then the opportunity to share the Chapel with perhaps a dozen people rather than the huge crowds who are usually there. A wonderful experience. The guide then left and we were able to wander around museum for as long as we needed.
Coming to the Vatican early was the best! By the time we arrived at the Sistene Chapel, you could feel the crowds building. We had time to look up and take it all in without feeling like you were in a can of sardines. Such a great guide and a marvelous experience.
What is good about this tour is that you get access to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum earlier than the rest of the other tour groups and i mean, everyone else! When we finished our tour at the vatican museum, we ended up in Sistine Chapel, I decided to go back to the Vatican Museum and had coffee at a cafe in the Vatican and the area was still not crowded.
Our tour guide briefly talked about the Vatican Museum as we passed by each of the paintings, etc. which was sufficient for me.
You get to see the highlights of the museum and the chapel before it gets crowded. Great experience.
This is a great tour if you want to get access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before the crowds. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a passion for telling us the history of the Sistine Chapel and the artwork within it. We had the opportunity to sit on the benches within the Sistine Chapel and take our time looking at this masterpiece in great detail with limited crowds maybe only 200 people at most in the chapel with us much better than when visiting on your own. On the way to the Sistine Chapel, our tour group were the only people present within the Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps great experience to see these without other people around. Following the tour, you have the opportunity to back track through the museum and, depending on the time you spent in the Sistine Chapel, will have smaller crowds as the general public has just been able to enter the museum. I highly recommend this tour.
Colleen W Canada
It was hard to get up this early, but so worth it! This is the BEST way to see the Sistine chapel, I would recommend this for anyone!
This was the best tour we had while in Rome. Ask for Lindy...she was an amazing guide with exceptional English. Well worth every penny.
This is completely worth the money! You get to go in before all the other people and really enjoy the experience. We went back through later in the day and couldn't believe the crowds of people. Our guide, Eddy, was fabulous!
Being the first to enter the halls of the Vatican is so very special. We walked through the candelabra, tapestry and map rooms in our small group with our guide, totally alone! Arriving at the Sistine Chapel while it was empty was priceless. The guide is not permitted to talk while in the Chapel but taught us prior to our arrival to the Chapel what to look at and provided a map of the room. We were also made aware of directions for the remainder of our visit. It was easy to return to the Vatican museum and then walk through to the short cut to St. Peter's which still was not crowded because of our early start.
The tour meet up directions were clear and we commenced on time with a through explanation by our guide as we made our way through. Entry to the Vatican was straight forward and it was an amazing experience to see the Sistine Chapel with such few people in there. We then doubled back and toured the Museums at our leisure with limited crowds initially till full opening time. Early entry is the way to go and would thoroughly recommend this tour.
We were the first ones to enter the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. I have done both before in the past but it was a magical experience at least for me to enter the Sistine Chapel without the very large crowds and to be able to enjoy it in silence with only a few other people for a good half hour or so.
The clouds pack the Sistine chapel so quickly that this early access helped me enjoy the experience
Our guide, Vasco, was amazing. The early access is definitely worth it!!
This was a great opportunity to see the Sistene Chapel without a crowd. Entry was well organized with a friendly guide and on time. Would absolutely do this again.
Paying extra for the early access is worth it. We were the first few inside the Sistine Chapel and had the chance to look and study the work of Michael Angelo. We were able to roam and sit quietly inside the chapel as there is only about less than 50 people inside. This tour is highly recommended.
They took you there and left you alone with the magnificent Sistine Chapel - out of this world! Totally worth the money and getting up early. Checked out St. Peter's too before everyone else arrived. When I walked out to the square, the queue was LONG to get in. Definitely do this early access - you would have the whole museum to YOURSELVES.
We met at the bottom of the steps by a cafe across the entrance to the Vatican. We were then taken into the Vatican Museum before the crowds. There were only 2 groups the day I went and it was great. Highly recommended to skip the lines and crowd.
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