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Old May 29th, 2006, 09:46 AM
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Rome Tours

Any recommendations on a good tour of the Vatican/St. Peters? I've looked at Context Rome, but there are no Vatican tours (only art tours) for the time period we'll be there. I've read that going with a tour allows you to surpass the long lines. Thanks!
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Old May 29th, 2006, 10:03 AM
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Hi Angela!
We're using http://www.througheternity.com next month. The cost was 36.00Euro per person with internet reservations.
Frommer's internet travel guide said this was the best tour to take.
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Old May 29th, 2006, 10:12 AM
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Here is the info from Frommer's. Good Luck !!!
Through Eternity Tours, Via Sinuessa 8 (tel. 06-7009336; mobile 347-336-5298), is staffed by a team of art historians, archaeologists, and experts on ancient Rome. Its guided tour of Vatican City is the best in Rome, a comprehensive 5-hour tour that brings life to the artifacts in this vast treasure trove. The cost is 35€ ($40) per person. Other tours include Rome at Twilight, a 2 1/2-hour evening tour of the city's beautiful piazzas and fountains, costing 20€ ($23) per person; and a 2 1/2-hour tour of the Ancient City costing 20€ ($23) per person.

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Old May 29th, 2006, 07:21 PM
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Genie thanks so much! I will definitely look into it. I hope you have a good time!
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Another one to check out is www.wheninrometours.com - they have a shorter, 3 hour Vatican City tour for the less ambitious traveler!
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Angela- IF I were in your position,I would e-mail [email protected] and ask if they are thinking of adding another tour that interests you.They may have had other inquiries.I've found them to be very accommodating in these situations,and they're really wonderful!
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Old May 30th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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I do not think that you bypass the lines for the Vatican by taking a tour, unless it is the tour offered by the Vatican itself. I could be wrong about this, but people here have mentioned it.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 06:22 AM
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You are correct Nikki.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 06:59 AM
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Things may well be different now, but several years ago (1997 I think) we took the American Express Vatican tour and walked right past the long lines.

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Angela, what do you mean by "Vatican" if you do not want to see art? The only two atractions in Vatican City are St. Peters and the Vatican Museums. If you only want St Peter's, there are tours specific to the Basilica that do not include the museums.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Kayd - what I meant by the art, was that Context Rome only had an "art tour". Do you guys think a tour is the best way to see the Vatican, and other parts of Rome (Colloseum, etc)? The main reason I had thought of doing a tour is b/c I had heard you surpass the lines, but now I guess not.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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I took the Context Rome tour called Vatican Art, about four hours for museums and St Peters. I guess they call it that because the museums and St. Peter's are full of art. I'm not sure I understand what you want -- to go to the Vatican with a guide for something other than the art?

My tour was in the afternoon -- we met near the Vatican Museums entrance at 1:00 when there was almost no line. The Context Rome guide spent our 10 minutes waiting time with a brief overview of the collections and establishing which areas the group wanted to concentrate on; then we were inside.
The tours (I also took their Roma Antica for the Forum, Colosseum, and Palatine) were worth every penny for me, but I am an art and history buff and wanted in-depth guidance. I took these tours on my second trip to Rome, because my first trip left me feeling I hadn't gotten as much as I could have out of those fabulous places.
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Hi AngelaS,

We are going to Rome in late June and will be using a tour guide for the Vatican & Sistine Chapel. It is a woman who does a private tour for individuals or groups. Her guide fee tour is 70 euros per hour (regardless of group size), with the Vatican/Sistine chapel tour being four hours. She has passes that will allow us to bypass the lines. We were referred to her by some friends that used her in November, so I feel comforatble passing this info along to you. She is a licensed guide and also does tours of other parts of Rome. If you would like more info her website is www.rome-tour.com. Her email is [email protected] and she is quick to reply. Good luck!
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Oops - I forgot to mention that the tickets to get into the Vatican are 12 Euro and not included with the cost of the tour.
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book marking...
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I believe that Context Rome's tour called "Arte Vaticana" is their regular tour of the Vatican. They list other tours with "art" in the name on their website but they are not at the Vatican. There is not a different regularly scheduled tour of the Vatican, as far as I can tell.
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Francesca Caruso is an awesome tour guide. Contact her at [email protected]

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Ok, I'm waiting for replies on several of the tours listed here. I think I also read on Rick Steves that if you go in the exit door by the Museum to the information center you can buy a guided tour on the spont for 21E including entrance fee - has anyone done this? Also, I've read that if going without a guide it's better to go after 3pm to avoid the lines?
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I did the Through Eternity tour of the Vatican last March. It was fabulous. Robert, our guide, was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen too. A fascinating and memorable half day. We did, howerver, stand in line for 1 hour, during which time we listened to Robert's commentaries.
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