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“aggressive guards/staff”
Review of Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel
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Owner description: Probably the most famous chapel in the world because of its incredible artwork, notably "The Last Judgment," Michelangelo's stunning fresco covering 10,000 square feet of the ceiling and wall.
Reviewed April 5, 2018

to get to the sistine chapel you have to make your way through the Vatican museum, this is a good experience, and even though very busy and crowded you could take your time and enjoy some of the incredible art work, The galleria delle carte Geografiche being incredible. You eventually get to the sistine chapel, before entering a sign asks you to be quiet, respect the holy place, no photos and dress appropriately. everyone visiting observed these rules and entered through a small doorway. theres no getting away from the fact that the art work is magnificent, however don't expect to enjoy it!! you are packed in with crowds of people with the guards constantly shouting telling you where to stand, pushing and shoving people around like cattle. then over a microphone another member of staff shouts "silence" at regular intervals, the only people in the room making any noise were the staff/guards. This is not a holy, religious or spiritual experience, nor is it a fabulous opportunity to marvel at the art work, i appreciate that the vatican has to deal with high volumes of people but this is not the way to do it!!

3  Thank lizelou1
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

An absolutely must-do! Georgeous frescos and art. Too many people inside, But.. hey.. that’s just How it is. Don’t let that scare you. Went with City Wonders, great guide! You will surely get more out of joining a guided tour, after you can stroll by yourselves.

Thank blute6125
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

No matter how big the queue or how crowded the halls, not to mention security ushering you through. If you stay focused and determined to take it all in, this experience really is a one off and your eyes will see something quite extraordinary, if not super human! It’s breathtaking and leaves a remarkable impression of brilliance and talent beyond anything we have ever, or will ever see again!

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

So crowded it was impossible to enjoy this wonderful place. The history and art are incredible but they now let far to many people in and you are jostled and pushed about. If there is an off peak go then but regrettably think that you just have to suffer the crowds

1  Thank Alan H
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Because I didn't want to buy an excessive express ticket I waited for 3h30 in a queue. At the end I discovered that the guards only open the gate every 10 minutes to let 15 poor people to enter, giving top priority to rich people. Christian spirit! So it was the end of the day and we rushed to the chapel, hoping that the "cheap" 27 € ticket worths the view. I am sure you will not believe it but this dark (no windows - soft lights) crowded room full of paints IS NOT BEAUTIFUL. It is technically well painted but that is all. I will never pay such a high price and time for this! Thrust me and skip this visit.

Thank m0nsieurbar
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