In the interest of time, we want to "skip the line" and are willing to pay an operator to get in early via a special partner entrance. There is apparently only 3 firms have the designation of "Vatican Museums Tour Operator Partner". But there also appears to be a second tier of partner companies with early entry privileges as well, but not quite as early as these three.
- Everyone goes through a security line.
- If you're on a tour you can use a special exit from the museum to access St. Peter’s Basilica.
- You can "skip the line" with tickets bought in advance, either via a private tour or the Vatican's website.
- You can get "Faster then skip the line" entry with "No Wait Entry" through an "exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance".
- You can get "Early Entry" and get into the Sistine Chapel or Museum as much as 15 to 30 minutes before other tours and 90 minutes before the general public.
- Tours range from about 2 to 5 hours
1. What's a good amount of time for a tour? Seems like a 2.5 hour tour would be too short?
2. Do the tours have their own professional guide that stays with you the entire time and conducts the tour or do they turn you over to a guide provided by the Vatican?
3. At what group size does the group tour become "too big"?
4. If I book with a partner tour company, are there any additional hints?
Thank you in advance.