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Through Eternity Cultural Association
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Sistine Chapel Early Access, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Tour in Rome
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In-Depth Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
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Rome at Twilight Tour Among the Piazzas and Fountains
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Owner description: Through Eternity is a tour company in Italy that provides insightful guidance and commentary on historical and artistic sights, both well known and off the beaten track. The company has been providing exceptionally high quality cultural tourism since 1999. Our guides are all highly educated, fluent English-speaking professionals who bring history alive and provide deep cultural context. The company provides tours and excursions in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Naples, Siena, Tivoli and San Gimigano. All Through Eternity's back-office staff are native English speakers.
Reviewed August 11, 2014

I did three tours with Through Eternity while in Rome: Vatican City (in depth), Colosseum/Roman Forum (in depth), and Rome at Twilight. Each tour was very well done and extremely interesting. All guides were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Group sizes were capped at 12 which adds to the quality in my opinion. These tours definitely added to the experience of Rome and taught me a lot about the city. I would definitely recommend each of these three tours.

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

We took the early morning (7:30 AM) Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Tour to gain early admission to the Sistine Chapel before the doors open to the general public. We are glad we did.

There were 13 people for this tour on Tuesday morning and we were divided into two groups, ours had 6 and was led by Cinzia, an Art Historian. We really liked Cinzia, she had a great sense of humour, incredible knowledge, and the skills to keep us focused and moving. Prior to entering the Museum they hand out headsets so you can hear your guide. We would recommend taking your own earbuds if you have them to plug into the receiver as you might find them more comfortable. The tour lasted for five and half hours which included a thirty minute break part way through to grab a coffee, quick snack, or to use the restroom. Do bring some water with you. Other than this break there is no opportunity to get liquids.

Our morning started with quickly walking through the largely vacant halls of the Vatican Museum on our way to the Sistine Chapel. Imagine the surreal experience of your small group hustling down the empty hall of the Maps Room. Later, this would provide a stark contrast to the sea of humanity that would be pulsating through the Museum corridors in only a couple of hours.

The Sistine Chapel is amazing and there is no way to really describe it in words. You have to experience it for yourself. We spent between 20 and 30 minutes staring up in awe at the wonderful frescos. There were perhaps 80 other people in the room as other tour groups also have early morning access. Yet, 80 people is nothing compared to the scene you will find later in the morning. There was space to wander around comfortably, or sit on the benches along the outside walls, and quietly inhale the wonderful history on display before us.

Then it was off to visit the rest of the Museum covered by the tour. The Pinacoteca rooms were among my personal favorites, the tapestries and paintings are not only beautiful, it seems many of the larger tour groups don’t seem to include them, so you’re not fighting to get through endless throngs of 15 – 30 people being led around in masse. Which is what you find by the time you get to the beautiful Raphael Rooms. The doors have now been open to general public for a while and the Museum has begun to resemble rush hour on the subway of any large city in the world.

Towards the end of our Museum time we once again passed through the Sistine Chapel prior to making our way into St. Peters. The scene had changed dramatically. Now this space was a teeming beehive of individuals and tour groups. A firm reminder of why we picked the early tour.

St. Peters is huge. It can swallow masses of people with ease. Other than trying to get close to Michelangelo’s Pieta, it never really felt anywhere near as crowded as the Museum had become. We spent additional time wandering around and taking it all in after the tour ended. We also went down to the tombs and climbed to the top of the dome which we would both recommend.

We are glad we chose Through Eternity and can easily recommend them to others. Our pre-booking email inquiries were all handled professionally and efficiently. Grazie.

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

We were a group of four adults and had a wonderful guide Cinzia! She was very friendly, always smiling, accommodating, and passionate! The entire time, we felt like walking around with a good friend. We highly recommend her!

We took the five-hour Vatican Museum + St. Peter's Basilica tour with early-admission. Early-admission meant we were allowed to enter the museum one hour before it opened to the public and Cinzia took us right to the Sistine Chapel before the crowd arrived. She then walked us back to the starting point of the museum and we started the museum tour. We then took a nice break at the museum's cafe before starting the tour at the basilica.

We enjoyed our tour very much and highly recommend Cinzia as a guide and Thru Eternity!

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

We booked 2 tours with Through Eternity during our stay in Rome (pre cruise). Both tours - Colliseum and Vatican tours surpassed our expectations. The group size was no more than 12 people - a very manageable number and you were never "lost" in the crowd.
The Colliseum tour July 23, 2014 with our guide Ivana was excellent as was our Vatican/St. Peters in depth tour July 24, 2014 with guide Giovanni . I highly recommend this company for their professionalism and in depth knowledge of the sites . One other best feature for booking with this company - skip the lines - especially in summer months. When we return to Rome- we will definitely book with Through Eternity! Thank you for 2 superb tours.

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Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

My husband, 18 year old daughter and I took this tour with Vanessa.
When booking, I thought the duration might be too long (5 hours), NOT SO! In fact, I wish we would have had another 30 minutes on Palatine Hill. Vanessa's knowledge, expertise and casual pace brought ancient Roma to life for us! Definitely the highlight of our trip!

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