So you might have actually asked yourself the same question; Do I really need to book a tour for the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel or the Colosseum? Why Should I take a guide when I can see everything on my own? Here are 5 reasons why you do need to book a tour for the Vatican and / or the Colosseum:
1- There is too many things to know, Rome has a very rich history, basically the only thing that Rome has left is its glorious past and rich history, there is so many things to learn and to know about Rome and the Vatican that you will be surprised how helpful a tour guide can be and how much details are yet to be discovered which with the help of knowledgeable tour guide you will catch them all… well almost all and instead of just seeing things, you will sink them in.
2- The Colosseum and the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are huge, in fact for instance the Vatican is so big that in Italian language it is called “i musei vaticani” which means the Vatican Museums, plural, not singular, because there is a collection of 16 museums together which make the Vatican museum. Now it is true that the Vatican Museums are big but it doesn’t mean that necessarily all of it is worth seeing, this is why many tourists that go on their own will simply get bored of the Vatican Museums: everything looks the same, everything looks beautiful, it is all full of statues and paintings and all you will see is painting after painting after painting after… Believe it or not we’ve seen tourist in the Vatican area whom have asked us about the location of the Sistine Chapel, when we tell them it is the last part of the Vatican Museums they answer us surprised and shocked: we went to the Vatican Museums but we didn’t see it. Now do you know why? Because they were so bored with the Vatican Museums that half way through the end of the Museums (which is the location of the Sistine Chapel) they returned to the entrance and simply left the Vatican Museums. With a tour guide this will never happen to you.
3- You won’t get lost, yes, you may get lost in the Vatican Museums or in the Roman Forum, they are vast indeed, now there are some signs and directions but on a normal day this city of Rome and its sights are so busy, like shoulder to shoulder packed busy that you even will not find the location of your favourite sights, well with a local experienced tour guide this will never happen, because they exactly know where they are and where they need to go.
4- There are so many different travel agents on the streets in Rome offering different packages for Rome, for other cities in Italy and etc, now we know some of them in person and they are good and genuine travel agencies with good tour and services but there are so many scammers among them as well and the problem is you can never tell which one is the scammer which one is the genuine helpful guy, because they are telling you we are good trustworthy authentic travel agents… well well well… which scammer has ever admitted that I am a hoax? You can simply avoid them all by booking a tour in advance.
5- Now in our humble opinion these 4 reasons are enough to convince you to book a tour, but if you are not still satisfied let us play our ace: The Lines, yes there are horrendous endless gigantic lines to get to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, to get to the St. Peter’s Cathedral, to get to the Colosseum and to get to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, hours of lines which can ruin your experience in this magnificent city, but by booking a tour you can simply avoid joining all these queues and simply walk into the museums and the sights, why? Because when you book your tour this means you will pay for the admission ticket in advance which we will purchase them for you, which means you do not need to queue up to buy the ticket. Easy, huh?
6- Yes we said five reasons, but we will give you an extra motive to book a tour just for the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel: on a normal day, almost 18000 visitors enter the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and yes almost all of them want to see the most important parts of the Vatican, this means hordes of tourists everywhere, enthusiastic photographers trying to find a better spot for their photos, tour guides trying to take control of their groups and etc etc. If you book an early morning Vatican Museums tour you will be able to enter the Vatican Museums 1 hour before its public opening, when there is almost none of those 18000 visitors around… yet.