Just returned yesterday and wanted to pass along my story about the much discussed Angel Tours. We booked a tour with them becasue of the good reviews on this Forum. Then all the discussion began about Angel Tours business practices. Although we were concerned, we kept the reservation.
Right on time, 2 tour guides showed up at the oblisk in St. Peter's Square. There were 12 scheduled for the tour. Our family of 4, 2 other families of 4 and a group of 2 showed up, so we were divided into 2 groups for the tour. One guide was a young Irish woman. Our guide was a little older, and Dutch. We giggled about our Dutch guide giving an Italian tour in English!
The tour was fine -- not brilliant, but fine. It actually lasted nearly 4 hours, but it was still a little rushed in parts. If you want to see more of the Vatican Museum than the rooms leading to the Sistine Chapel, you may not want this tour.
We met in the square, then went to the Museum where we purchased our tickets (the guide helped us get "child" and "student" pricing for the kids), and walked out to the courtyard where there are display boards set up for tour guides to discuss the Sistine Chapel with groups. Next we walked through the museum on a direct route to the Chapel, stopping at various paintings and rooms to discuss what was there. After taking our time in the Chapel, we went out of the museum and into St. Peter's. We circled around the perimeter of the church, stopping to talk about the highlights and ended the tour back in the Square.
It was obvious that everyone on the tour had booked it prior to showing up. As I said, it was fine. Not outstanding -- but certainly better than trying to walk through reading the Rick Steves book!!!