Ever since I read about this exclusive tour 3 years ago or so in the travel section of the weekend paper I knew this is what we would do when we finally made it from Australia to The Eternal City of Roma. My Better Traveller and I gladly invested in the privilege of having the Vatican rooms, halls and Sistine Chapel to ourselves (well us and 28 others) for nearly 3 hours. A wise investment indeed as it turned out that day otherwise we would have been schlepping through with 42 000 others in a bustling, disheartening tourist whirlwind urged on by cries from the tour guards of Silenzio! Instead, we had the leisure of lingering over the remarkable treasures and capturing some with camera in 3 groups of 10, spread out so it really felt like we had the place to ourselves (I even have a snap of the cleaners sweeping up to emphasize the "after hours"). The tour guides were wonderful and the highlight of course was being able to stand solitary in the middle of The Cappella Sistina-unforgettable! If you love art, history and architecture, this tour is definately worth a splurge-and that is saying something considering the many wonderful splurge opportunities on art and history Italy has to offer. Many thanks to The delightful Donnegans of Tour Company ITALY WITH US.