Vatican City and Ancient Rome in a Full Day
You'll enjoy a tour of the Eternal City that gives you a deep overview of the city's main points of interest.
Visit the Vatican city in the morning and make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience as, besides being an incredible showcase of art, you will learn about the history and stories of this holy and mysterious Christian Kingdom, with St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum. Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and hear about the new discoveries on the original messages in his painted "code", stroll where only Popes and crown heads used to walk.
The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of the ancient heart of the city, as Rome is also Cesars, gladiators, chariots, centurions, emperors. In the Roman Forum and the Colosseum I'll make the daily life and times of ancient Rome come to life with enthusiasm and humor. You'll relive Roman life, while visiting the archeological sites as a gladiator, emperor, slave, Vestal Virgin, senator, merchant and goddess!
WHAT YOU VISIT
St. Peter's Basilica - The vast dome of St. Peter's visible from everywhere in the city, its impressive Square, fountains and semicircular colonnades crowned with statues.
Vatican Museums - The world's greatest art collection with over 65, 000 masterpieces: Bernini Staircase, Galleries with frescos and statues, Tapestries, Historical Maps, Roman and Greek sculptures, tombstones, and sarcophagus.
The Sistine Chapel - With Michelangelo's masterpieces of the "Creation" and the "Last Judgment", and other important frescoes from Botticelli, Perugino and Ghirlandaio.
The Colosseum - A great monument built to the magnificence of the Roman Empire with its enormous arena, marble seats and subterranean passages, and where Gladiatorial combats took place.
The Roman Forum - It was the political, religious and commercial center of the ancient City with the most important temples and halls of justice. As Roman Empire expanded, these few acres of land became the center of the civilized world.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the Vatican Museums Entrance, by the only white Marble gate against the Vatican Walls with the writing MUSEI VATICANI.
End location: At the Colosseum, Venice Square or Roman forum, depending on your preference and the reservations done.
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
The duration of the tour, if tour starts/ends at Civitavecchia or elsewhere outside the city might vary according to the city traffic.
Walking during the tour, a taxi ride (not included) will be needed
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euros - For 1 taxi-ride necessary during the tour and a light Lunch.
However please note that the price estimate is a just an average idea as it is done considering a light lunch or snacks during the tour and considering normal traffic (15 minutes) for the taxi rate.
The amount you will need during the tour may increase easily depending on where you wish to stop for lunch, the kind of food and drinks chosen, and depending on the duration of the taxi journey.
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Excellent tour! My two sons and I thoroughly enjoyed the Eternal City Tour with Marco. I can't imagine visiting all of the important sites covered on our tour any other way. Out tour began in the Vatican with a wonderful introduction about some of the most historically important things we were going to see and set the stage for our first visit to the Vatican. The same would follow with the tour of the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. I would highly recommend taking this tour with Marco.