Finding the Right Vatican Experience

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    Mark Wilson

    My wife and I booked an Early Bird Vatican tour in February 2016. Our guide stefania was superb! Really!! I booked a private tour as we do for any of our holidays but I wasn't used to having so much fun- especially on an indoor tour. Bravo Stefanie!
    We passed the line of people waiting for the museum to open and we went right in. The rooms were almost empty and I was able to shoot at least 50 pictures of my wife with no one else around.
    We had to leave my camera tripod at the cloakroom of the Vatican Museums and when we had to go back to pick it up after the tour we saw the museum was packed. 
    I would definitely recommend an 'Early Bird' if it always gets so busy durning normal opening hours. 

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    Sharon Smith

    I agree, the Early Bird was great! I had no idea this was even an option. 

  • Ciao Mark!

    Thank you for choosing an early bird Vatican tour: it is one of the best options, especially during the summer, when the Museums can be packed and hot.

    The advantage of this tour is that you can also choose if to go straight to the Sistine Chapel, as soon as you enter, and then back to the entrance, to visit better the Museums; or you can start enjoying the Museums at 8 AM, with calm,  and reach the Sistine Chapel at the end, before going to the Basilica, like in a regular tour, but taking advantage of the early entrance.

    The first option allows you to enjoy the Chapel with a few more visitors. The tour is longer than 3 hours (usually 4 hour) since you walk back and forth in the Museums, 2 times in the Chapel (when it's empty and when it's crowded, after the regular opening time), and then go to the Basilica and the Square. But if you have a real interest it is worth a longer visit and walk.

    The second option allows you to do a regular 3 hour tour, but starting earlier in the morning is a gift, especially to avoid crowds and too much heat in the Museums. Once you see the Chapel you'll leave the Museums and visiting the Basilica is always easier and there's a lot of space around you. 

    I would definitely recommend to look for the best Vatican tour options anyone who will visit Rome and the Vatican, especially during the summer. There are many opportunities available and I think it's worth to spend some more money for a memorable and positive experience.

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    Becky D.

    Hi Eyes Of Rome. Can you explain the difference between the Early Bird tour and the Art & Breakfast tour?

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    Support Team

    Ciao Becky,

    Thank you for your question. They are actually very similar as the itinerary is the same and they both allow you to visit the Vatican Museums before the public opening.

    The Art & Breakfast tour is actually an Early Bird Tour with the addition of a buffet breakfast at the Vatican Museums - therefore it is more expensive. 

    The main difference between the 2 is that with an Art & Breakfast tour you will be already inside the Museums when the galleries will open. So you can be among the first to enjoy the artworks and the Sistine Chapel. 
    Consider it takes about 10-15 minutes for Early Bird visitors to arrive to the Galleries after the Vatican Museums opens.

    I hope this answers your question.

    Grazie from Eyes of Rome Team.

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    Patricia Bernardini

    Hi, Please tell me how long the classic vatican experience tour is, what time you enter the Sistine Chapel, how long you spend there, and how much time you spend in the Vatican museums.

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    Tour Design Team (Edited )

    The regular tour of the Vatican Museums includes the Museums Galleries, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. This colossal museum complex occupies the 5.5-hectare Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano and contains one of the world’s greatest art collections, culminating in the Michelangelo-decorated Sistine Chapel.

    The regular tour takes approximately 3 hours, starting from the Museums Galleries. It is hard to say exactly how much time is spent for each part of the tour, for it also depends on the visitors number per season. Moreover, having a private guide will mean that each tour can be adjusted according on client's interests and needs, and even speed. Also, you can consider that, if you have special requests, you can even add extra hours to your tour for an extensive experience! 

    You must know that, for example, it is forbidden to talk inside the Sistine Chapel: this is due to the sacredness of the site. When entering the Chapel, your guide will generally consider 15 - 20 minutes to let you marvel at the mighty beauty of Michelangelo's summation. She/he will have already provided the Chapel explanation during the previous time at the museums, so that you can enjoy its spirituality the way it was meant to be: in meditation. After visiting the Chapel, you will exit in Saint Peter's square and access the Basilica, where the last part of the tour will take approximately 40-45 minutes. 

    Hope this helps, Patricia, and please feel free to contact us if you have more questions!

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    Vanessa Navarro

    Hi, can we visit the whole Vatican museums in a wheelchair? Even the Vatican gardens?

    Thank you

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    Customer Support Team

    Hi Vanessa, even though you can visit most of the museums in a wheelchair, unfortunately they are not allowed in the gardens due to the nature of the pathways. We suggest that you read this article where we explain how to navigate the Vatican with limited mobility. 

    I hope this helps and it won’t stop you from visiting the fantastic museums!

    Have a good day,

     

    Eyes of Rome Support Team

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    M. Lee

    Wow guys! the hidden gems Vatican is great! The cabinet of masks is very interesting place, and getting inside you feel so special because the guard opens the area only for us with the special tickets. I felt so intrigued and excited to be at the vatican with such a good guide and all the stories related to that place that i asked Barbara to extend the tour and an extra hour. Luckily she was free in the afternoon and she could stay with me longer. Definitely not to be missed!

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    Viny Lb

    For us, a private tour was the only way to visit so that we could go at our own pace. Our guide Serena, was fabulous, very knowledgeable and nice. This tour is a must for anyone in Rome, the art is breathtaking and just gave us goosebumps!! To say The Sistine Chapel is amazing, the cabinet of masks is fascinating and St Peter's Basilica is phenomenal. thank you eyes of rome!!

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    Barbara De Rosa

    Ciao Mark! thank you for your nice comment. I saw you very interested on everything and you can’t imagine how happy this can make me. I am glad to have spent half day in your company. Please contact me if you come back to Rome!!

  • Hey Vin! thank you for your comment here. It is wonderful to hear you still so excited. Thank you as well for being so kind and passionate about the Vatican and to my stories. It is such a greta pleasure spending time with people like you. And thanks for the evening pizza also ;) next time we go for carbonara. Caio!!!

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    Andy K. (Edited )

    Hi guys, I was really intrigued by the secret passage to the Sistine Chapel of your Vatican special tour. Can you tell me more about it? Where does it start and how long is it? And why is there a secret passage at the Vatican?

    Thank you

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    Customer Support Team

    Hi Andy

    Thank you for contacting Eyes of Rome.

    First of all, the so called “secret” passage is not really a secret. It is a pathway closed to the general public but opened to us thanks to our partnership with the Vatican.

    The tour runs very smoothly due to the advantage of using this passage. After a couple of hours in the beautiful gardens your guide will take you to the passage that leads you first to the Aldobrandini room and after to the neighbouring Sistine Chapel. Reaching the famous Sistine Chapel will take you approximately 5 minutes, walking through a path that through the Vatican that not everyone sees, and away from the crowds! On this tour, you can spend more time in the gardens and in the Sistine Chapel. 

    We hope this has answered your questions. Contact us again for any further questions, we hope to hear from you soon!

    Ciao,

    Eyes of Rome Help Center Team

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    John Boyet

    Three great experiences thanks to Eyes of Rome! First, we followed the suggestions of Francesca from the office who suggested the ‘Hidden Gems’ Vatican tour as, she said, we sounded super excited at the idea of going to that amazing place! What a great tour- Katie was amazing and I wish we could have had more time with her. The day after we had a wonderful walking tour with Silvia who was also fantastic! She knew everything about Rome (and more!) and to end the day we couldn’t ask for a more relaxing evening than we had in the company of Francesco for a wine tour, with typical Italian and high-quality food and wine. We were in the hands of Eor and they exceeded our expectations!

    Highly recommended!

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    Arik Schwarz

    If you are into ancient history and art, the Vatican with the Egyptian and Etruscan galleries will take your breath away. It is so interesting to see so much stuff from centuries ago! The Golden Room is truly amazing. I also added the extension of the Jewish lapidary, so worth it! And please pass the message to Maria Linda who has been so kind and engaging! you can tell She loves what she does.

  • Hi Arik,  thank you fo your lovely comment here! I enjoyed your company as well :) If you happen to be in Rome in the future let us know! We can carry on with all the curiosity of Rome and the religious facts. 

    A presto!

     

     

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