It was a great tour! Early access made for places where it was less or even not crowded. Time of year-December- probably helped with this too. Very informational. We had a wonderful guide. Thank you.
Our guide Vasco was super knowledgeable and friendly. He was an island of sanity in the involved labyrinth of the Vatican Museums. The quality of our information and the 15 minute in the staircase was worth the extra expenditure.
Great tour. Our guide Stephanie was extremely knowledgable in art and history. Everything in Rome was very busy. Also, recommend the walk up to the top of the dome at St. Peter's. It was not included but was another 8euro, very cool up top, great views.
If you are an art and history buff, you definitely want to do the extended tour! Our guide, Alessandra was awesome and it was so nice that we had a very small group of 11 people. A once in a lifetime opportunity that we highly recommend.
Wow! Really good tour, didn and #39;t really realize how crowded it would be or how long it actually took to walk through the entire Vatican. The staircase was probably my favorite and the Sistine Chapel. This tour had everything.
Our tour was excellent. Our guide had so much information and he was really was interesting and funny. The tour was long 5 hours but it was what we signed up for. I learnt a lot and it was breathtaking to see some of the painting and listen to the guide talk about the painters. The highlight was the maps in sisten chapel. Overall ,an excellent tour. Thank You!
A very good tour overall. Met by well organised reps. Knowledgeable and helpful guide. My main interest was the Bramante staircase and I was so pleased with the amount of time we were allowed there without any other groups. Our guide led us skilfully through the very crowded areas. A special experience.
Just on its own, this tour was great. But it was made absolutely fantastic by our tour guide, Dorianna speling?! Here's why she and the tour were so fantastic...
1 She was unbelievably knowledgeable about the Vatican, the various pieces of work, etc.
2 She was personable, funny, and witty. She was appropriate and well timed with her jokes.
3 She was a great story teller/narrator, which helped keep me interested, captivated, and not bored.
4 She has, what I think, is one of the coolest degrees/jobs around....she's a full blown archaeologist!! I mean, that's a super cool awesome job! And, because she's a female archeologist, I think it makes her even cooler and a great role model for young girls.
5 She was very passionate about art, the artists, the history, etc, and you could tell she cared about/loved it.
6 Her English was exceptional and very easy to understand.
7 The Bramante Staircase was a great thing to see. It has awesome views of the city.
8 Because of how you access the Bramante Staircase, other people not in our tour group saw us entering and thought the area was being open to the public. So when they tried to follow us in, they were turned away. Although it may make me a bit of a jerk, I appreciated the exclusivity that the extra money this particular tour afforded me, and thus felt it was money well spent.
9 The group size was good.
10 If she saw someone taking flash photos, she would immediately ask them to turn off the flash. It's a huge pet peeve of mine when people do that, because it can ruin the artwork.
11 A few people tried to join our tour. She told them they needed to move along, as we had paid money for the guided tour.
The one thing I would suggest to anyone going to the Vatican is to goo as early in the morning as possible...the later it gets, the more packed it gets.
Best tour of the Vatican Museums! We were a small group of 11, and were the only group at the Bramante staircase. We could not wish for a better tour or guide. Our guide Viviana is an archaeologist who also studies theology. Her knowledge of the art pieces and history is amazing, she answered all our questions and more! We appreciated the art pieces and places even more as she provides the history behind them. From the beautiful tapestries to the Borgia rooms to Rafael's rooms to the breathtaking Bramante staircase to Etruscan collection to the beautiful Sistine Chapel and ending at St Peter's Basilica and so much more!. This is the best way to see the Vatican Museums and St Peter's.
Dorianna was first class, very interesting and knowledgeable and we enjoyed every minite
The tour guide Sve was just great. He was informative and very knowledgeable. He made the tour pleasant and connected with his group well. I left very the tour with a great impression! The history and the arts. Very happy! I would recommend this tour with this guide tour.
Excellent - even with the downpouring rain!! Our guide was magnificent, warm and easily understood. She kept us out of the rain as much as possible and authentically cared about our enjoyment of these magnificent museums. I would highly recommend this.
Wonderful. We had an American guide that was very knowledgable. The art collection there is quite impressive. Best museum and tour we've ever had and we have been there 5 times.
Dario was an excellent guide. He spoke clearly, he was funny and he shared many interesting stories with us. I particularly liked this extended tour as we were not in with the crowds as much as one is on the regular tour. If you can afford a tour of the vatican it is worth it because it is huge and I think one could easily get lost.
Manuela was a great source of knowledge and was excellent in explaining the history of the artists as well as the Vatican ! I highly recommend her and would gladly take another tour with her! We were very pleased with Viator.
Excellent tour. the time flew so quickly. It was very crowded in easter time. Highly recommended tour
My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the numerous things inside the Vatican. There was no problem hearing due to the microphone relay system. We started off in the Museum, and were treated to the neat staircase which we got to walk up and see a view of the city of Rome from the top. Our tour guide even recommended and pointed out a place for lunch after the tour Island Pizza which was convenient and had great food. After spending a majority of the time in the Museums and seeing amazing artwork, artifacts, etc, we were herded yep, just like sheep into the Sistine Chapel. It gave off the feeling like being a sardine in an extremely tight tin can, but that's what happens when thousands of people want to all be inside such a small space. I was disappointed to learn that we couldn't take pictures nor video inside the Sistine Chapel, but we did spend about twenty or twenty-five minutes inside so we had plenty of time for viewing. After that we were lead down a neat hallway and staircase that was specifically for group tours, which was nice as it felt nearly empty. Upon exiting the hallway we were at the square in front of the basilica. Our tour was suppose to then go into the basilica, but unfortunately we were there on a day when the basilica was closed early. This is something outside of the tour companies control, but it did still suck. We ended up returning to the basilica another day but we could hear many tour guides talking about stuff and really regretted missing out on the knowledge.
Amazing artwork Raphael's rooms were fantastic and I personally loved the map room/hallway
Impressive exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase
Great knowledgeable tour guide
Microphone relay system from tour guide to you no issues whatsoever hearing all the details
Covered nearly everything we wanted to see
Very good tour, our guide had very extensive knowledge of the major artists as well as the their back stories and specific paintings.
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