This was another Viator tour sold by MSC, AND VERY POORLY PLANNED: we have been in Rome many times but knew another visit to the Vatican museums would be well worth it. The tour was billed as Rome and The Vatican museums: In the AM we were bused around and past the main sites, OK, considering our time was short, then into the Vatican. The tour of the VATICAN MUSEUMS however was very poorly planned- and did not give us a look at some of its treasures, like the Borgia Apartments: essentially the tour was a walk to the Sistine, though prior
To entering the Chapel, there was a detailed lecture in front of reproduction of the paintings of the Sistine. From there there was a half hour trip through St Peter's,,where I thought the tour was well done. Big flaw was giving us two hours of free time designating a gift shop where bathrooms were available and from which our tour would depart for the port area. My suggestion to anyone on a one day visit, is first order your tickets to the museums, on line,for 10AM,so you can avoid the long, long lines: then sign up for the cruise ship bus that picks takes you to central Rome, get a taxi to the Vatican Museum and have a leisurely visit to the museum- because you are not part of a tour, no one will rush you in your visit to the Sistine: because there could be long lines to get into St Peter,s , do not leave the Vatican museum, you can enter St Peter's from the Sistine chapel- everyone exits the Sistine from the back- if you take the door at the right rear it will eventually get you into St Pater's without leaving thevMuseums.
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