Vatican Tours

Old Apr 20th, 2011, 06:01 PM
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Vatican Tours

Vatican tour - This might be a silly question but if all these private tour companies offer 8 AM "private" tour of the Vatican how private can it be?. Isn't it just as crowded as 9 AM? Is it better in the afternoon instead?

Also, are there any tours that focus on the art rather than religion? Thinking of Context, Italywithus? Any stand out as being different?
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Old Apr 20th, 2011, 06:09 PM
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It's not private, but it's not as crowded as at 9 am, when most tour operators, including the big-bus ones, start rolling up.

Context and Italywithus both use scholars and focus more on art than religion.
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We had a Context Rome tour of the Vatican Museums and it was ALL about the art. Loved our tour. (And we met our tour guide at 1pm.)
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I've taken Vatican Museum tours with Context and Enjoy Rome and neither tour was about religion.
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i was just there two weeks ago... we had a res but we just walked in about an hour early....i think about 11AM...

why take a tour, do it yourself....there is so much you will find it overwhelming anyways....adding verbal to it would just add to the over-awe...

there is a nice deli about 1/2 way through and it is a good place for something to eat...

if you take a tour, you will be allowed to enter st peters from the sistine, but we were not allowed even though we tried it in the middle of a group tour... it will save you a huge walk around the outside...
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