The VIP tour guided by Shanon was wonderful. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate. She has a great demeanor and a pleasure to spend time with. There was not a question she did not know the answer. We spent 40 minutes in the Sisteen Chapel by ourselves including taking pictures. I would highly recommend this tour and particularly with Shanon. I would specifically ask for her. To visit the Vatican any other way is foolish.
Worth every cent. Very informative and we were allowed to see areas that not everyone else in the general public could. Group size was perfect and we were the only group in the chapel. Absolutely recommended.
Dora was our guide, and she was excellent. Sadly we were misdirected by a few private ticket touts who sent us miles out of our way. However, on arriving at our meeting place. The group were still waiting
This was a fabulous, once on a lifetime experience. To see the Sistine Chapel with such a small group was amazing. Shannon was an excellent and informative guide. This is a must see!!
This tour is worth every penny. Bypassing the crowds and seeing some less traveled rooms is a welcome respite from the very busy Vatican madness. Our guide, Shannon, was very enthusiastic and focused on making sure this was a special experience for all 11 of our group. The entire tour is amazing but the the final 30 minutes alone in the Sistine Chapel make the tour unique and unforgettable. Shannon was able to describe each panel to us with no distractions. It truly is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
This was a splurge, but absolutely exceeded our expectations. Our tour with Sev was the highlight of our trip. He was very knowledgable and entertaining--if we could have, we would have booked a different tour with him every day. It would have been well worth it.
The tour was amazing! Got to see the Bramante staircase and number of other things not open to the public. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining!! (Sev)
Nice to have Sistine Chapel to our small group. Would have wished for the full 30 mins here and to have at least 5 mins silence.
This was a very expensive tour for the time period it was to take, so my expectations for this tour were very high. I am happy to say that they were met, I think mainly because of the tour guide. Unfortunately I forget his name, but he was an American who teaches in Rome and was both knowledgeable and able to give his explanations in entertaining language. The Vatican Museums, like other world class museums, can't be fully explored in 3 hours or even 3 weeks, so I was impressed at the selection of items to be viewed. We saw a mix of items that were simply interesting, but not necessarily historically or artistically spectacular, to the most glorious works in history. The guide gave interesting explanations of everything we looked at in terms of history, art history and how and when they were acquired. One member of the tour raised a very interesting philosophical question about whether the world, or at least the Western world, would have been better off if Nero had succeeded in snuffing out the Christians or Constantine had not established Christianity as the state religion. The guide gave the best answer for this tour: change any major historical fact and the world would be different, but there is no way to know if it would be better or worse. A small, more academically oriented tour could have made this a fascinating conversation. The non-public rooms were very interesting, esp. Julian II's apts., and the opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel privately was an exceptional experience. Even the march out down corridors we hadn't seen before was wonderful. For anyone who can afford it, I would highly recommend this tour.
If there were six stars I would give this tour six! Best tour in Italy. Skip some of the crowds, there are a lot of people, and see places most will never see. Thirty mins. in the Sistine Chapel after everyone else has gone was absolutely breathtaking. Unforgettable experience. Our guide was great. Knew the staff at the Museum. Had great stories to tell.
Stunning and engrossing. Worth every cent. Sev was a superb guide. Thank you.
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