You can not compare having a knowledgable guide to a hand held audio tour. Our guide was well versed in the history of the Vatican and shared all kinds of interesting and sometimes scandalous information with us. Really brought the history to life for us. My only critique would be that the tour is only about 2 1/2 to 3 hours long and it just is not enough time to explore all there is to see but that was how I felt about most places we visited. I felt a little rushed through some areas as there were a number of tour groups converging on the same areas at the same time. Perhaps if they staggered the entries? All in all. Well worth the money spent and would recommend to anyone- especially first time visitors.
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