Best of Eternal Rome & Vatican Museums

  • Port

    Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 11½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

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, and the Tapestry and Geographical Map Galleries.

Finally, step inside the glorious Sistine Chapel which holds a priceless collection of masterpieces including Genesis and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

Notes:

The visit to the Vatican Museums is not a private visit. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Shorts and capri pants are not allowed. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience; each guest is responsible for returning his/her headset after the tour. Missing headsets incur a €50 fee. You must pass through metal detectors at the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica. Large bags or umbrellas, bottled water, video cameras, knives or scissors must be checked at the security checkpoints. Large backpacks or bags cannot be taken inside Vatican Museums. Flash photography is not allowed in the Vatican Museums. Photography and video are not allowed in the Sistine Chapel. You will encounter lines and delays -- your patience is appreciated. Tour groups are not allowed inside St Peter's Basilica during religious services; however, entry will be allowed on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently. Only a certain number of visitors are allowed inside St Peter's Basilica at any one time; group access can be delayed. If your guide determines that the wait to enter St Peter's is longer than 45 minutes, you will forego the inside visit your guide will provide you with a full explanation and description while outside. More time for shopping or exploring independently will be substituted. The basilica can close for security reasons at any time; this is particularly relevant on Wednesdays when the Pope chooses to hold a mass service in St Peter's Square. Tour requires approximately two miles of walking over even and uneven terrain and cobblestones with more than 250 steps at the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Inside the Vatican Museums, the wheelchair accessible route differs from the route taken by the group, meaning that guests using a wheelchair will miss some of the guide's commentary. Tour does not operate on Sundays or religious holidays. Ongoing restoration and/or maintenance work may be underway at any venue during your visit. On April 14, 2018 the tour route and duration may be affected by the Grand Prix street closures; your patience with any delays is greatly appreciated.