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“Vatican Sistine Express Group”
Review of City Wonders

City Wonders
Ranked #161 of 910 Tours in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: City Wonders Tours (formerly Dark Rome) offers special-access tours in Rome, the Vatican, Venice, Florence and Milan. We specialize in small, single language tours with Skip the Line Access at all major monuments and museums - making sure that you get the very best from every second of your vacation. As an Official Vatican Museums Partner, City Wonders offers No Wait Access at the Vatican Museums along with a number of exclusive and special-access tours. We also have special access to the Colosseum underground, third tier level and arena floor. As well as original walking tours, we offer a number of innovative day trips from Rome to Tuscany, Pompeii and Florence. In operation for over 10 years now, our focus on the little details, our excellent Customer Care team and our careful guide selection have made us one of the most popular tour operators in Rome - and we're still growing!
Reviewed 3 May 2018

It was wonderful to have the time and space to appreciate the Sistine Chapel before the hordes of other tourists came pouring in. The tour guide took our group of about 20 straight to the Chapel which we entered at 8.00am. He left us at this point and we spent a good 50 minutes soaking up the amazing frescoes in peace. We listened to Rick Stein's audio tour of the Sistine Chapel on our phones; the app is free and is very good. Once we were finished, we were free to leave for the Basilica or return to the entrance hall, without leaving the building, to visit the Vatican Museums. We wanted to see Raphael’s rooms which are located just before the Chapel before it became too busy. To do this you have to exit the Chapel through the small door at the back and walk all the way back to the entrance hall via another corridor and walk back up the corridor towards the Chapel again. By this time, the general tours were in and it was very crowded and slow going, which made me realise how lucky we were to have had this corridor and the Chapel nearly to ourselves. After seeing Raphael’s Rooms, the only way out is to go through the Chapel again. It was a totally different experience seeing the Sistine Chapel again, crowded with so many people inside and the guards shouting at everyone to be quiet. By this time, I was pretty tired, so we headed back to the entrance hall (again!), did a quick walk through the Pinacoteca and headed out. All in all, we were there for about 3.5hours and we didn’t even go into the many museum rooms along the way. When I stepped outside and saw the long queue winding around the wall I was so grateful I did it this way. I strongly recommend this tour if you want to enjoy the full splendour of the Sistine Chapel.

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"dark rome"
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"our tour guide"
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"great tour"
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"sistine chapel"
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"mt vesuvius"
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"last supper"
in 159 reviews
"skip the line"
in 571 reviews
"day trip"
in 457 reviews
"meeting point"
in 275 reviews
"local guide"
in 139 reviews
"highly recommend this tour"
in 225 reviews
"excellent guide"
in 122 reviews
"hour tour"
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"walking tour"
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"booked this tour"
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"small group"
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"three hours"
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Anna's insights were outstanding! We learned so much and had wished we would have taken her tour earlier in our trip as it really helped us further appreciated the rest of the art we saw during our trip. I would highly recommend her tour and requesting her personally as she not only had a well planned tour but also was able to field questions about every piece she was asked

Thank Wade G
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

I was recommended by a friend who had taken the tour just a week before, to take the tour instead of trying to make my own way around and I’m so glad I did. The tour guides were fantastic the experience breathtaking. Absolutely worth every penny!

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Great experience that was enhanced by a great guide. Next time in Rome In will definitely return to the Colosseum and take this same tour.

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Fantastic tour - we certainly missed the crowds and the queues and the great thing is once you are in the museums and have seen the chapel you can always go back and take your time to see the other parts of the museums or St Peters - well worth the money and the guide was fantastic too.

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