Tour Highlights •Panoramic tour of Rome •Guided walking tour inside the Vatican Museum •Photo stops •Discover one of the largest art collections in the world •Vatican Museum entrance tickets •Transport by air-conditioned coach •Lunch at typical Italian restaurant with drinks
Days of Operation Daily 1st April - 31st October 2010
Check in time: 8.15am Departure time: 8.30am
Departure point: Piazza Esquilino 6/7, 00185
Description Departing from Piazza Esquilino, you will walk through Piazza Venezia, located in the heart of Rome and a buzzing metropolis, dominated by the statue of Il Vittoriano to reach St Peter’s Square. St. Peter's Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter - the apostle who is considered the first pope - was crucified and buried. St. Peter's tomb is under the main altar and many other popes are buried in the basilica as well. Originally founded by Constantine in 324, St. Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini.
We then visit Piazza Navona, a typical baroque square built by Caesar Domiziano in 92 A.C. Today it is known as the square of the artists and the "Four Rivers Fountain" that dominates that square hosts on the top of an original Egyptian obelisk . View the architectural wonder of Ancient Rome, the Pantheon, which was much admired and studied by Michelangelo himself. Today it is the burial place of ancient Italian Kings. The first half of our tour will end at the world famous Trevi Fountain, a masterpiece by Nicola Salvi – the legend has it that you throw a coin in the fountain and return to Rome!
Then enjoy a scrumptious lunch at typical Italian restaurant with drinks included.
Rome and Vatican To start your afternoon tour of the Vatican Museum, you'll take a coach tour across Rome. Your city tour includes a live commentary and offers a brief introduction to Rome as you travel by bus to the Vatican City. Highlights en route include Piazza della Repubblica, following the ancient Aurelian Walls, the famous Villa Borghese gardens and the northern gate of Rome leading into Piazza del Popolo. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums. You'll see the beautiful spiral stairway and continue through the Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Geographical Maps, before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
Discover one of the largest art collections in the world with over 65,000 masterpieces, spanning from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to contemporary art on this afternoon tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Lose yourself in the history of the famous Popes of Rome, their love for art, and their glamorous lives in one of the most enlightened periods in Italian history, the Renaissance.
Additional Information •During busy times there may be queues at Vatican museums. •This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. •Please note that some monuments and museums require a strict dress code (no shorts/sleeveless tops). Clients that do not adhere to the dress code may not be permitted entry. We cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.