We chose to focus on the Vatican during our short stop in Rome. We booked an MSC excursion that gave us an overview of Rome from the bus, then a guided tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The tour was very well-organized, and it provided a great introductory visit to The Eternal City. We felt rushed in the Vatican City, but we saw all the highlights, and my husband and I were both very pleased with the excursion.
Skip the Line Vatican Museum with St Peter's, Sistine Chapel and Small Group Upgrade. Tour guide Nina was phenomenal. Tour started as soon as all arrived and moved along well. We were inside by 9:00a and security was a breeze. Nina was informative and entertaining. For a small petite woman she could graciously part the crowd and keep things moving. Four hours flew by.
Note: Sistine Chapel is magnificent but would recommend trying to get an after hour tour if you can afford it. Way too many people, no place to sit and enjoy unless lucky, and noisy.
Recommend: yes, both the tour and Nina... Particularly Nina.
Mobs and mobs of people. I got claustrophobic and overheated in the Vatican Museum and couldn't find an exit. Was on the verge of panicking. Tour quite was handsome but couldn't speak English well. Missed most of what he said.
Definitely not what I expected- although beautiful, it was so crowded and people were so rude- it really took away from the beauty of it all- nothing like being angry while walking thru here. MUCH smaller than I expected it to be- but still beautiful.
Loved the Sistine Chapel. Did not like our tour guide. We were in a bus with 40 elderly people and she walked so fast I was worried that we would lose half of our group. She would tell us that she had something to tell us and then just yell at the people to gather and not tell us anything. Luckily we had our "Rick Steve" downloads that we listened to before going into the Sistine Chapel. It truly is a "Must See" place.
I was so looking forward to being in the chapel. The paintings and the chapel itself was exquisite. However, I was so disappointed in the overcrowding and the noise and total lack of reverence from the crowd.
Our guide Fredrica was awesome. She gave us just the right amount of information before our trek through the crowd. She was not one bit boring even for our 4 teens. She moved at a perfect pace for us. We loved her. The Sistine Chapel is a must see.
Our guide was an art history teacher who does tours in the summer. She was outstanding, knowledgeable and patient with my family. She was able to get us thru the shortcut and we had more time in the Chapel and in the Basilica. The chapel is beautiful, not exactly what I expected, but I was awestruck by the work that was done by the great Michaelangelo.
Booked fast track ticket at St Peter's. Walk to Vatican City is about 20-30 mins. Queuing time was only about 15 mins but once inside we were herded through the museums for around 1.5 hrs before finally reaching the Sictine Chapel. The Chapel itself wasn't impressive and our time inside was spent being herded around and shouted at to be silent.
Had I known I wouldn't have bothered.
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