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Totally breathtaking experience! Our small group of 14 had a full half hour alone in the Sistine Chapel with the guide, who had a degree in art history..She pointed out the techniques used to create this special place, and made the experience more fascinating by adding details of Michelangelo's personal life and times. Worth every penny!
While we were swept up with the madding crowd at times, we were also treated to some private spaces that enriched our understanding of vatican history. Theres no doubting that sharing the Sistine Chapel with just a dozen other people is the highlight and it was an unforgettable privilege to take in Michelangelos masterpiece in a peaceful setting.
A must do! The Sistine Chapel after hours alone is worth the price.
It is almost impossible to capture the sense of wonder standing in the Sistine chapel with just your group and having enough time to learn about the paintings and to see them clearly. The secret rooms were great too, but the chapel is a once in a lifetime experience
Deb and Chris Netherlands
Would do it again and recommend the evening tour. FAbulous
There were only 10 of us on this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable on the history of the Vatican and the art. Part of the tour was during the museum opening hours and the private viewing was after hours. The Vatican has such a rich history and your appreciation should only grow after this tour. The highlight was the private viewing of the Sistine Chapel. Only our group was there and to listen to our guide and then have quiet time to enjoy the Chapel. This is one of the most unique tours I have ever been on.
Our tour guide was AMAZING! My fiance and I ended up being the only ones on the tour and wow she and the tour completely blow us away!!! So many surreal opportunities we got to have that the generally public is not allowed to do. This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that we will always hold in our memory.
This was one of the highlights of a 3 month trip--seeing the Sistine Chapel with 14 other people, being able to wander around and talk and ask the guide questions was phenomenal. We were even treated to a procession of cardinals including the one who sponsored Pope Francis as they were on their way to some event as we were leaving the Vatican--even this non-Catholic was impressed and our guide was literally shaking in her boots!. If you can only splurge on one thing, splurge on this--it is well worth it!
Excellent tour - no crowds able to view some of the hidden rooms not normally open to the public.
Guide friendly and very knowledgeable great for all those interested in the art and its history.
Costly but worth every penny. Loved getting into the areas that we couldn't on our first tour through the cruise ship. Especially wonderful was the private tour of the Sistine Chapel with only 24 of us. We could talk, ask all the questions we wanted, take all the pictures we wanted and move all about the Chapel unimpeded. Also very impressed with our knowledgeable guide.
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