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This early tour is well worth the price. We were able to enter the sistine chapel before the museum opened. Imagine seeing the Last Judgment with only 12 people in the room and near silence. It was awe-inspiring. Later we went through again and it was wall-to-wall with people.
This was one of the best tours we took. Our guide was outstanding and since we had a fairly small group we could hear and see everything. The very best part was the fact that we actually had a couple minutes to stand in the Sistine Chapel with absolute silence ....first in with the other group slightly behind us. It made our visit all the more special. Thank you so much!!!!
Was great to be the first ones in the Sistine Chapel and to have that quiet time before the crowds hit in which to admire this marvel. Our guide, Barbara, was very informative as we waited to enter the museum and on the hike to the chapel. Once inside, she gave us instructions on how to view the rest of the museum and then left us to admire the Sistine Chapel and to explore the museum on our own. We have done other tours at night, after hours, for "alone time" in the Sistine Chapel but this offers a very comparable experience for a fraction of the price of those other tours. When we came back through the Sistine Chapel after touring the museum, it was packed shoulder-to-shoulder. This early admission is well worth the price--a relative bargain.
The key to this tour comes as you leave! Walking past hordes of people queuing for entry makes the early breeze into the Vatican seem so special. The Sistine Chapel really is breathtaking and my wife and I were able to stand for a minute or two almost alone in it as the few others present drifted away, a truly unique experience.
Experiencing the Sistine Chapel with very few people proved to be more than expected. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted soaking up not only the masterpieces, but the serenity and meaning as well. With so few people we could view each piece of the chapel from various points and truly feel the beauty and genius of Michaelangelo. Thank you for offering this exceptional opportunity.
The organization was perfect. Our guide was friendly and knowledgable. The early morning tour of the Vatican is definitely the way to go.
An Excellent tour with just twelve visitors in our group. Our tour guide was called Tiberio and he was just brilliant. So knowledgable, passionate and enthusiastic about The Vatican. He knew everything and answered all questions. He made sure our group got inside the chapel first which was amazing! Defiantly worth the money and getting up very early to miss the crowds and the queuing. The Early Access Tour is the only way to do this trip in a civilised and calm manner. Tiberio made it special. Thank you.
I cannot recommend this tour enough! To be literally the first couple of people in the Sistine Chapel, to be able to lie on the floor and take it in, or sit quietly at the side without hundreds of people bumping you, was magical. The chapel is amazing and this experience actually allows you to appreciate the holiness of the place without being constantly bumped by a hoard of tourists. Our guide was excellent - she assured us we would be first and we were. Her additional (although quick) as we wanted to make sure we were there with enough time to enjoy the Chapel, were also very informative. A perfect way to see Michelangelo's masterpiece.
Getting to the Sistine Chapel before the crowds is the way to go! There was plenty of room to have a good look around and the guide had lots of information once you got used to the accent. Our guide worked hard to get us in as quickly as possible. Great tour.
Five of us went on the Early Access tour. This is much better than all the Skip the line tours. I live in Rome and know. You have a full hour with just a few people to visit the Sistine Chapel and then as much time as you wish to visit the rest of the Vatican Museum. We did not realize that the guide could not explain things once in the Sistine Chapel. So it is recommended to listen closely and study her pictures before you get in the Sistine Chapel. Italians normally speak fast and in English they also speak fast making it difficult to understand if you are not used to this. Ask the guide to speak slower if you don't catch everything they say. Our guide was very good and easy to understand, at least for me, but interrupt the guide if you didn't get it. They are not offended. We were 17 in our group. Some of the Skip the line groups were immense and you pay a lot more. Early Access really means skip the line. The skip the line groups had to line up in a long line of skip the line groups. Now with Pope Francis drawing larger than normal crowds to Rome the best day to visit the Sistine Chapel and the Museum is Wednesday. That is the day of the audience and many people will want to be at the audience. If you want to be at the audience, which should be a priority if you are on a short visit to Rome, than Early Access should be your only choice for a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the Eternal City
Highly recommend this tour. Beat the 2 hour plus queues outside
Great tour guide plenty of time for questions and photos
Tour guide Ivanna was wonderful. Loved the early access aspect of the tour. This was our third time visiting the Sistine Chapel and it was, without a doubt, the most pleasurable of all tours we've taken as it was much easier to hear and follow our guide without the large crowds all around.
Well worth doing, very few people and then do your own thing - great!