My son and I were taking a few days in Rome after finishing western Mediterranean cruise. Someone told us that by booking with Italy with Us we could pay a little more to go to the Vatican but it would allow us to get 1 hour before the normal time. Our guides name was Tonia and she was terrific - very knowledgable in art history and all thing Vatican. The unbelievable part is that after we met Tonia for our tour we went directly into the Sistine Chapel and had an entire hour in there with just the 8 of us on the tour!!!!! Tonia helped us literally absorb all the scenes on the ceilings and the walls, discussed the various artists. We then went through the Vatican museum and ended our tour in St Peter's Basilica. I can not emphasize enough how wonderful this was!!