I loved the tour, Lisa or Alisa I can't remember her name.. She was awesome, she made this experience unique and unforgettable for my son (12) and Daughter (4) She involved them so much they felt comfortable asking question and she was able to answer all of them. My son wanted to see the prior popes were buried and she offered to show us right away. We were able to get holy water and we even got tickets to be part of the pope's audience. I think she went the extra mile to make our experience fabulous. I would recommend this tour and specially with her as a tour guide. Best investment..
There is so much to see at the Vatican that it can easily be overwhelming; but Ilaria strategically toured us through to see the highlights - specifically geared towards our kids (which still took over three hours). She kept our 6 and 9 year old boys interested throughout - which allowed my wife and i the freedom to also enjoy the tour! It's expensive, but worth it.
We booked this tour keeping in mind our 5 yr old daughter who would be having such a experience for the 1st time!AnnaLisa our guide was amazing beyond words. She kept my usually shy girl engaged for 3 full hrs! Telling her the history about the Vatican and the Sisten Chapel in story form! Playing I Spy with her to keep her engrossed and excited,drawing for her! So much so we as parents too had so much fun! AnnaLisa was very informative patient and friendly! My daughter drew her a picture as a thank you in the end! We knew my girl absorbed everything when she was talking to her grandmother and telling her some bad people killed St. Peter and buried him!!! That the pope who is higher than the king lives in the Vatican City! We could not have asked for a better guide than AnnaLisa!!! Highly recommend her!
Vivicos Travel, Rome truly organised the best guide we could hope for- Manuela. She brought the Vatican galleries, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica to life for us. Despite the thronging tourists, Manuela ensured that we had detailed and intresting explanations for everything that we saw, had enough time to take photographs and spend time lingering at objects of beauty that mesmerized us. She involved the children by asking them many questions and showing them a lot of items of uniqueness and mystery during the tour e.g. paintings and tapestries of individuals that follow you with their eyes, rubbing St. Peter's foot for luck, artists hiding themselves in their own paintings, the messages conveyed in the Sistine chapel, the enormous length of St. Peter's Basilica vs other Catherdals of the Worl etc. Though my husband and I had visited the Vatican several years earlier, it was our first time visiting with our daughters, which is why we wanted a guide who could fully help them understand and appreciate the gloriousness of what they would encounter during the tour. Manuela did just that! We sincerely recommend this tour with Manuela for anyone visiting the Vatican, especially with children or the elderly.
Felicia Variava Albert, Managing Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
As a mother of three, it is often difficult to take your children on tours and maintain their interest. However, our tour guide Laura did a wonderful job explaining the history of the Vatican to me and my children. She was very professional and kind to my kids. I would definitely recommend taking this tour again.
This is a review in the most glorious terms that I can think of.
I am a grumpy, relatively old man aged 46, who has never, ever made a review as there has been no reason to.
However, with this tour of the Vatican I have for the first time ever on the internet to express my recommendation in the most glorious terms that I can think of.
Our guide Fe Felicity was truly amazing! With two kids aged 13 and 15 I did not expect too much. However, we were all captivated by the infinite knowledge that Fe had for the Vatican museum and the church itself. My son looked like he was going to die from the start, but Fe kept at it and also also he got captured by the immense history of this place.Fe may not be good at difficult names of her guests, but her way of conveying knowledge in an interesting way is amazing! I can not point at any part of her tour which could have been better - this was my personal third visit to the Vatican, but by far the most interesting and most informative!
If only I could book Fe for all other tours that I may book in the future with Viator,
This tour was amazing. To be frank, our tour guide Diego with Vivicos International Tours was AMAZING! One of the most kind and extremely knowledgeable tour guides we have ever encountered. Diego's passion for this history was extremely evident. It was fun to see him light up as he was telling us stories after stories about this amazing history. He was extremely patient with our 3 children and my father-in-law who right before the tour needed a wheel chair. He not only adjusted the tour to accommodate our needs but did so with a smile. The tour in itself was amazing but I really do think he has everything to do with the story teller. Diego knew so much information and related historical facts in a way that was fun for the kids and was really informative for us the adults. It is a lengthy tour but absolutey worthwhile. I cant say that our money wasnt well spent. We enjoyed the entire experience and appreciate Diegos thoughtfulness in providing such a profound experience. At the end of the tour, when we went to visit St. Peter's Basilica, he was explaining the thin marble that lights up the dove when the sun shines though the stone. It was stunning but as he was explaining the story, his eyes teared up with emotion as our eyes did when we saw the light shining through which was a pretty neat moment. If you have the chance to reserve or request Diego with Vivicos International, he is fantastic, passionate, a great story teller and just a great guide. Thank you Diego for an amazing day at the Vatican!!