Tour of the Vatican
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 12:03 PM Last Post By: clementis_fur_cap
Jan 25, 2013 9:40 PM
Tour of the VaticanSo, my 60 year old aunt and 5 friends (50s-late sixties) have a cruise departing Rome in late August. They're arriving a few days early to be 'tourists'. Most of the stuff they have figured out, but they have one question i don't have the answer to:
1) They would like a tour of the Vatican. What's the story on guides? Can they get someone to take them in/around St. Peter's and the museum and such? What sort of cost are they looking at?
Jan 25, 2013 10:00 PM
Jan 26, 2013 12:50 AM
2AS #1 says..pretty much every tour company in Rome will do that tour.
Dark Rome is one pretty well respected tour company..I think their basic tour is about 60 euros a head for a half-day tour.
Going up to over 300 euros if you want a 'private' all day tour (inc.visiting the Sistine Chapel after normal closing time).
Jan 26, 2013 8:58 AM
3What's the relevance of their age?
Are they aware that there are audio guides and self-guided tours available as well? A guided tour is only as good as the guide you get, they can be great or they can be pretty lifeless. Personally, I prefer self-guided tours as I may wish to spend more time in looking at one thing while a guide moves on to something else. You can't really dictate the pace when you are on a guided tour.
For example, I found the Sistine Chapel to be entirely under-whelming and disappointing and couldn't get out fast enough. A guide would probably have spent 15 minutes telling me all about the ceiling, which I could read about in any guidebook.
Jan 26, 2013 9:30 AM
Jan 26, 2013 12:03 PM
5I doubt that most people here who have visited the Vatican Museums or St. Peter's have done so as part of a guided tour--for the reasons touched on above.
The Vatican Museums offer their own "official" guided tour. Also a tour of the Vatican gardens (the only tour I know of that takes place within the actual grounds of the Vatican), and a tour of the excavations under the basilica. Check the museum's website!
Italy With Us is also a reputable tour provider. Their "early bird" tour begins before the museum opens, in a virtually empty Sistine Chapel. Well worth it to avoid the bedlam that the Sistine Chapel seems to be throughout regular hours.
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