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.
Do not go to the Vatican without this ticket!! We took the empty corridors and views for granted until we came back through once the museum had opened and what a difference!! It was horribly crowded, claustrophobic and we were so grateful we had spent an hour in the Sistine chapel admiring paintings instead of hoping to get out as fast as possible!!!
We really enjoyed our tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The guide was very well informed and her pace was perfect. The timing of the tour is perfect to avoid the crowds and the heat of the day in the height of summer.
again skip the line tours is the only way to go. Viators guides, no matter the city were great
Good idea to start so early - if you go in a busy month like October, the crowd is just too much from 10 a.m. until Close.
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.
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