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Exactly as described, we had a very enthusiastic guide who was as excited as we were to get into the Sistine chapel first. On the way she pointed out what we should go back to look at in the museum and also helped get us into St Peters without going all the way out.
Would definitely recommend this morning visit.
It was a deep privilege to enter the chapel with just a handful of other viewers in the early morning. Our guide gave us a brief introduction to the chapel, and then we were left to gaze in wonder. The Raphael rooms were also a treat to behold. But there is Michelangelo, and then everyone else. I would suggest doing your own research on the Chapel before entering, rather than relying on the guide's necessarily brief remarks. The chief benefit of this tour lies in getting to the Chapel early before the crowds. For this alone I highly recommend the tour.
I highly recommend this tour! Especially if you have kids or seniors in your group or simply don't want to waste time in line. We were the first to enter the Vatican Museum for that day. It's an express tour. The guide will walk through the museum quickly with your group pointing out important art pieces until you reach the Sistine Chapel and leave you there. It takes an hour. If you want an in depth tour, this isn't for you.
After the guide leaves, you can just walk back to the Vatican Museum at your own pace. We did this and saw the crowds that morning and we were thankful we bought this tour. Hard to appreciate art when the corridors were jam packed with people. Long long lines of tour groups trying to get into the museum with the regular times - even hours of waiting under the rain.
Very worth while to arrive early and enjoy the splendor without the crowds!
This was an amazing experience. We were the first group of people entered in the Sistine Chapel, to be able to sit down and just enjoy the view before it was crowded was simply beautiful.
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When you go to Rome make sure book your tour to City Wonders they have an awesome tour guide name Vasco he is very inform and knowledgeble with all the details of history. Enlightened us every corner of drawing of Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. He explained the Lunettes, Mary and Christ and Biago Da Cesena as Minos. The Ascending and the Damned. Our tour start early @ 7:30 am. And were so lucky to say that were the first one enter to Vatican museum it's like exclusively for us, the group consist of 4 couples. It's must see if you go to Rome and well worth the cost by going to this tour you will not go to the long line. Highly recommended and make sure to request a tour guide name Vasco. He is so friendly and every question we asked he answered. Plus after the tour you could go around and enter the St. Peter Basilica without paying any. What I learn from this tour is, if you pay the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum don't get any tour for St. Peter Basilica just because it's free and no lines at all as long that you were inside the Vatican Museum. The only mistakes I did, I paid for the tour of St. Peter not knowing. The difference only is the audio that explain how they build it. But who cares as long you could save money.
Took the early access to Sistine and it was well worth it. It was Jan, so it is the low season. The church does not allow talking it is a church after all so the tour guide spoke before entering into the Sistine. Also note, there is no photography what so ever. The group was small and we literally were staring at the work for 30 minutes with maybe only 15 people. We went back out to look at rafael's work which led us back into the Sistine. It was way more crowded later in the day. What struck me was after the refurbish of the Sistine, the art was much more vibrant than I saw in text books in college. One note was the trade off for early admission is it's a wee bit darker in the morning. The afternoon has the room more brightly lit with daylight.
Afterwards, we were on our own through the Vatican and St. Peter's, but that is what we wanted. We spent hours in both the Vatican and St. Peter's. This is the way to go regardless of high or low season.
This is the only way to see the the Sistene Chapel, it is essentially a quick guided tour of the Museum - you can circle back and do the museum after the Chapel - twenty people, I lingered as long as I could and when I left the Chapel I was but one of six people in arguably the most beautiful room in the world. No tourists taking selfies, no people speaking when they should not - the Sistene Chapel is a useless destination if you are with a crowd. You must take this tour. After the Chapel you are allowed to either skip the lines for St. Peter's Basilca or go back to the beginning of the museum and walk through at your leisure. Just do it!
Having heard repeatedly of the huge number of tourists that visit the Vatican museum and particularly the Sistine Chapel we decided to book the early access tickets. This meant that when we were in the Sistine Chapel there were no more than forty other tourists and at one point there were only six of us tourists in the Chapel. This allowed us to take our time, read our guide book to understand the individual parts of the paintings, and really absorb the atmosphere. We stayed in the Chapel for around an hour and then viewed the rest of the museum which for the first two hours was relatively quiet.The benefit of our decision was rammed home to us when we walked through the Sistine Chapel mid-afternoon on the way to the exit. The room was solid with hundreds of people it felt like thousands It was hot, stuffy and quite frankly horrible. My wife and I agreed that the considerable extra expenditure over normal entry was worth every penny. Another contributor wrote that it was a good idea to take binoculars for the chapel which we did and I am very grateful for the suggestion as it allowed you to really get up close if some thing caught your attention in the paintings
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!
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