Christina was our tour guide. She was a very knowledgeable historian who was obviously very passionate about our tour. And she had a wonderful personal way of sharing that knowledge. She was very engaging and made it an excellent experience I would recommend this tour highly to anyone!
The Vatican tour was well rounded. Although guests were asked if they were claustrophobic, the significance of the narrow and confined space was not well described to make a decision. For those wishing to take on the challenge of climbing the dome, the passage ways are confined, narrow and sloping. The spiral stairs are very narrow and small. The number of stairs is one challenge, the confined space is another. Add to this a very hot day and no spacing between people.
Federica was absolutely wonderful. She was knowledgeable, and we learned a lot from her tour. She was also funny, and very personable which made this a very unique experience. I highly recommend any tour she does!!
Great value from the top of St Peters to the main level and down to the crypt. Excellent guide made our visit a happy memory.
I booked this tour for a friend who is traveling with us and had never visited St. Peter’s. He is older and found the climb up to the very top of the Dome to be more strenuous than he realized and chose to leave the tour after coming back down. This was partly my fault as I thought the top of the tour was only to the roof, not the cupola. He was disappointed to leave before the rest of the tour and would have like to have had the climb at the end rather than the beginning. However, he said that guide was helpful, kind, and considerate and he learned a lot before he left.
This tour meets in front of 'Bar Leonina', in Piazza Citta' Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square. Take the Red Line metro and get off at the "Ottaviano/San Pietro" stop. Exit to the street level and walk down Via Ottaviano, cross straight through Piazza Risorgimento, and proceed on Via di Porta Angelica. At the end of Via di Porta Angelica you will see two arches ("Il Passetto"), which would lead you into St. Peter's Square. Your tour meeting point is located to your left, just before these two arches, in front of 'Bar Leoninae' (in Piazza Citta' Leonina).
Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.