Eternal Rome & Vatican Museums
Drive to the heart of Rome, passing St Paul’s Basilica, the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, Circus Maximus and stopping at the Trevi Fountain.
Walk to Piazza Venezia (Venice Square), along Imperial Forum Avenue and then stop for a view of the Roman Forum. On the far side, you’ll see the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine.
After lunch, you will cross the River Tiber to the Vatican State and step through the embrace of Bernini’s spectacular colonnade to the vast expanse of St Peter’s Square.
Enter Christendom’s largest church -- St Peter’s Basilica. To appreciate its enormity, look at the metal markers on the floor inside showing the comparative lengths of other churches and cathedrals. Suspended over the altar, where Pope celebrates mass, is the gilded papal canopy, called the Baldacchino, created by Bernini in the 17th century.
Explore the richest storehouse of art in the world -- the magnificent Vatican Museums, including the Pine Cone Courtyard, the Belvedere Courtyard with its famous statues, the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestry and Geographical Map Galleries, and finally, the glorious Sistine Chapel which holds a priceless collection of masterpieces including Genesis and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
The visit to the Vatican Museums is not a private visit. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Shorts are not allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour requires approximately two miles of walking over uneven surfaces with extended periods of standing and about 50 steps. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Tour does not operate on Sundays or Catholic holidays. Due to restoration work at the Trevi Fountain, it can be seen through a viewing glass only. However, you can still throw coins from a special designated area.