Our time was limited in Rome, and I did not just want to walk through the Vatican. From readings of comments posted during the summer of 2009, all said that the Vatican was not crowded as in the past, but I did not want to chance it.
Italywithus offered an 8AM tour. It was excellent. Our guide, Jay, walked us quickly though the museum so we could get to the Sistine Chapel before it got too crowded. It was wonderful to soak in the beauty of the room in somewhat of a subdued atmosphere. He spent a great deal of time explaining the meaning of the frescoes, and by the time we left the chapel, it was almost wall to wall people. We then backtracked & saw many of the other wonders. His love & knowledge of the Vatican was very evident. I highly recommend this tour group.
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