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The Vatican Mosaic Studio is incredible place....the artisans and their works are beautiful and beyond description. Paola explained everything and brought us around to meet the artisans and see them at work.
You cannot say enough about St. Peters' and even though we had been in the basilica on our own before, Paola is so knowledgeable she provided so much information about statues, etc. that gave us a better and deeper understanding.
The view from the cupola is amazing....but getting there is also fascinating. Catalina was excellent in providing the background to better understand everything we were seeing...
This is a great way to see St. Peter's in a more meaningful light. We highly recommend it.
Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. It said private and it was. Tour guide and just us 2. No one else. We were introduced to the director of the Mosaic Studio who showed us the operation of his workshop of 11 artisans. Great. And then, again, just us 2 with a private guide through the Basilica and to the Cupola with earphones so we could hear the guide clearly - good quality and a knowledgeable guide. We will do a similar tour again.
Dava S United States of ...
Amazing tour. We had limited time in the mosaic studio, but it was amazing! The guide for our tour of St Peter's was phenomenal. We went up to the cupola, but did not hike it to the top for view. I did that last year and got very claustrophobic. Would highly recommend.
Cosimo was the best tour guide, he spoke perfect English which made everything so much better. He was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed every minute of this tour. It is amazing the mosaic - they are so beautiful and the people designing them are so very talented. I would recommend this tour guide and tour to everyone. Cosimo also gave us a wonderful pizza suggestion, it was the best we had.
Absolutely amazing, photos don't do it justice, and the mosaic studio was so interesting and we actually saw commissioned pieces being made. The gentleman who explained everything that goes on was excellent. So worth a visit
Excellent Tour Guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional.
This is one of the best tours in Rome. I had previously done a tour of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel with St Peter's added on at the end. I wanted a more in depth look of the basilica and this was the perfect tour. We started in the Vatican Mosaic Studio which is next to the residence of the Pope! where the director of the studio gave us the entire tour. You are given special access to a behind the scene view of how artists work on and restore the mosaics in the basilica. The intricacy and artistry of their current and ongoing work was amazing to see up close. Later on my friend and I marveled that we were taken to an area of Vatican City where very few tourists go. It also gave us a special appreciation for the art work that we viewed later in the church. After this is completed about an hour then you meet with your guide to St Peter's. We appreciated the small private tour as we could take our time and enjoy at our leisure. Our guide was Mercedes. She was friendly, very informative, and allowed us to ask as many questions as we wanted. She has a good knowledge of the history, special sites in the Basilica and stories to go along with the history.
We finished our tour with a skip the line elevator ride up to the dome where Mercedes again spent time pointing out special areas that we would have missed on our own. The last part of the tour involves a climb up 320 steps to the very top. It's an arduous climb but she allowed us to take a rest when needed and I never felt rushed. It's very doable and the view from the top phenomenal! Mercedes again spent time with a very detailed tour from the top pointing out special areas of Vatican City and other areas of Rome. She even knew where the best pictures were and made sure we had these done before leaving. All in all a great day!
This tour was excellent... Both tour guides were excellent and very nice... had a great time and it was so worth doing.... highly recommended...
We were a group of 10. Two families mine was Wife and I, 10,9,7 years old. Theirs was Husband and Wife, 16,14,11. We started where they make the Mosaic's after skipping all lines. It was unbelievable the access they gave us while showing us the process of maintaining the Vatican's mosaics and creating new art as well. I am not an art guy, but this was impressive. The rest of the tour was St Peters basilica and Cupola. our guide spoke perfect English and very well educated. She made everything interesting and informative.
This tour is a must for anyone who has studied art or art history at any time of their lives! The first part of the tour you are lead to the side part of the Vatican which hold the mosaic studio. My husband and I were the only ones part of this tour. we were given the tour by the director of the Vatican mosaic studio himself. he lead us through the studio where the artists do their magic, no pictures could be taken this part of the tour. Truly beautiful! Again...a must of art enthusiasts.
The second part of the tour was with our wonderful guide Amil. Who is hands down one of the nicest people on the planet she made sure that not only did we get a wonderful, knowledgeable , informative tour but she went out of her way to make sure my husband and I had great photo opportunities...To put it bluntly she totally ROCKED!!! Thank you Amil!
Outstanding guides and incredible information. The Mosaic tour was a very surprising in how interesting and one on one it was.
This tour was fabulous! Visiting the Mosaic Studio was so interesting. The history of St. Peter's Basilica was fascinating. The walk up to the cupola was difficult, but well worth it!
Mosaic tour - excellent! We were in an area of the Vatican that very few people see, talking directly with one of the studio artists.
Cupola tour - excellent! Lily was so much fun and full of interesting information and history.
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