I booked a small group, 3 hour tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, online, directly through Presto Tours.
Presto Tours communicated perfectly with me via e-mail from the day I made the online reservation until after our tour. They gave very clear and detailed instructions about the meeting point, which is tremendously important as the Vatican gets very crowded very early in the morning. They even sent pictures of the area, with the meeting place marked in pen. They gave clear instructions on dress code, which will, if not followed, cause you to not be allowed into the Sistine Chapel.
Presto Tours replied promptly to the follow-up questions that I sent via e-mail.
Our tour guide, Marcello, arrived at the appointed time, introduced himself personally to each member of our family, and briefly explained how the process of entering, avoiding lines etc. Would work.
(Our small group tour ended up being a private tour, as just our family had signed up at that time.)
We had selected the 8am tour, and the crowds were already waiting in line at the Vatican by 8am! Definitely the best time for a tour.
Marcello expertly guided us through the Vatican museums, giving detailed commentary on all the rooms, sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and artists. He answered all our questions thoroughly and gave us massive amounts of information regarding the history behind the art.
We were able to get around the Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in just about 3 hours, without feeling rushed, although there were a couple of occasions when we did pick up the pace somewhat because we could see massive groups of people approaching!
I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Presto Tours and Marcello.
I strongly recommend a small group tour-much more personal, more interactive, and more detailed!
I also strongly recommend Marcello, who is warm, friendly, funny, knowledgeable, and passionate about all things Vatican!
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