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Vivicos Travel, Rome truly organised the best guide we could hope for- Manuela. She brought the Vatican galleries, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica to life for us. Despite the thronging tourists, Manuela ensured that we had detailed and intresting explanations for everything that we saw, had enough time to take photographs and spend time lingering at objects of beauty that mesmerized us. She involved the children by asking them many questions and showing them a lot of items of uniqueness and mystery during the tour e.g. paintings and tapestries of individuals that follow you with their eyes, rubbing St. Peter's foot for luck, artists hiding themselves in their own paintings, the messages conveyed in the Sistine chapel, the enormous length of St. Peter's Basilica vs other Catherdals of the Worl etc. Though my husband and I had visited the Vatican several years earlier, it was our first time visiting with our daughters, which is why we wanted a guide who could fully help them understand and appreciate the gloriousness of what they would encounter during the tour. Manuela did just that! We sincerely recommend this tour with Manuela for anyone visiting the Vatican, especially with children or the elderly.
Felicia Variava Albert, Managing Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
As a mother of three, it is often difficult to take your children on tours and maintain their interest. However, our tour guide Laura did a wonderful job explaining the history of the Vatican to me and my children. She was very professional and kind to my kids. I would definitely recommend taking this tour again.
This is a review in the most glorious terms that I can think of.
I am a grumpy, relatively old man aged 46, who has never, ever made a review as there has been no reason to.
However, with this tour of the Vatican I have for the first time ever on the internet to express my recommendation in the most glorious terms that I can think of.
Our guide Fe Felicity was truly amazing! With two kids aged 13 and 15 I did not expect too much. However, we were all captivated by the infinite knowledge that Fe had for the Vatican museum and the church itself. My son looked like he was going to die from the start, but Fe kept at it and also also he got captured by the immense history of this place.Fe may not be good at difficult names of her guests, but her way of conveying knowledge in an interesting way is amazing! I can not point at any part of her tour which could have been better - this was my personal third visit to the Vatican, but by far the most interesting and most informative!
If only I could book Fe for all other tours that I may book in the future with Viator,
Very informative! And the guide was wonderful with the kids.. Did scavenger hunts with them and taught them at very elementary levels and really gave us time to explore without worrying about kids getting bored.
Darlene T USA
Our guide was great. She really kept my 10 and 12 year old kids engaged and interested. She kept things moving in massive crowds. Would recommend.
This tour was amazing. To be frank, our tour guide Diego with Vivicos International Tours was AMAZING! One of the most kind and extremely knowledgeable tour guides we have ever encountered. Diego's passion for this history was extremely evident. It was fun to see him light up as he was telling us stories after stories about this amazing history. He was extremely patient with our 3 children and my father-in-law who right before the tour needed a wheel chair. He not only adjusted the tour to accommodate our needs but did so with a smile. The tour in itself was amazing but I really do think he has everything to do with the story teller. Diego knew so much information and related historical facts in a way that was fun for the kids and was really informative for us the adults. It is a lengthy tour but absolutey worthwhile. I cant say that our money wasnt well spent. We enjoyed the entire experience and appreciate Diegos thoughtfulness in providing such a profound experience. At the end of the tour, when we went to visit St. Peter's Basilica, he was explaining the thin marble that lights up the dove when the sun shines though the stone. It was stunning but as he was explaining the story, his eyes teared up with emotion as our eyes did when we saw the light shining through which was a pretty neat moment. If you have the chance to reserve or request Diego with Vivicos International, he is fantastic, passionate, a great story teller and just a great guide. Thank you Diego for an amazing day at the Vatican!!
Fabulous tour that was well worth the price. Our tour guide tailored the tour to the 8 year olds interest and kept her very engaged. As a bonus, the adults in the group learned more than previous tours.
Our whole family enjoyed the tour my seven year old daughter said her favorite part of Rome was our tour guide.
Ariana was a wonderful tour guide--very warm and informative!
Tips for future travelers: For private tours, meet your guide right out front of the Vatican, not across the street by the cafe. The crowd control reps for the Vatican were very aggressive--and wrong--about where exactly we were supposed to meet our guide. We ended up starting late because they gave us wrong info.
There is so much to see and learn in Rome. As a first time experience for our kids 5 and 8 years old, we were positively surprised to see how Fabio, our archaeologist guide could keep their attention and introduce them into the history of the Vatican. An unforgettable experience for the whole family. Thanks and good luck, Fabio!
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