Shared Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's and Ancient Rome Combo Tour with Lunch
This is a combination tour of the Vatican Museums & St. Peter's and Ancient Rome tours.
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's: Visit the Vatican Museums and a large part of the Vatican City, one of the European microstates, situated on the Vatican Hill in the west-central part of Rome. Its borders closely follow the city wall constructed to protect the Pope from an outside attack. Leaving the Piazza San Bernardo adorned by Moses' Fountain, the itinerary will continue passing by Via Bissolati, Via Veneto and the Villa Borghese. After this ample panoramic view, we will visit the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Galleries (lines possible at the entrance). There you can admire the modern entrance built for the Jubilee 2000, the Galleries of the Chandeliers, of the Tapestries and of the Geographical Maps, the Sobiesky Hall and the Immaculate Conception Hall. We will then stop to admire the Sistine Chapel, seat of the Conclave, with the famous frescoes of Michelangelo. Passing inside the Vatican Museums we will arrive into the Basilica of Saint Peter, commonly called Saint Peter's Basilica, one of four major basilicas of Rome. It is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City and built on the ruins of Old Saint Peter's Basilica.
On Wednesday, due to the Papal Audience, the church of St. Peter will be visited only from outside.
After this portion of the tour we will lunch in a typical restaurant.
Ancient Rome: Take a complete tour of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the queues for the Colosseum. Gain your special access to the Colosseum and, once inside, breathe the bloody past of the amphitheatre and its atmosphere on a tour led by a passionate and expert guide. Let's admire the splendid Arch of Constantine, climb the Palatine Hill and walk on the legendary Via Sacra or "Sacred Way".
Tour includes inside visits at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You will have Skip the line entrances with no line into the Colosseum except on the first Sunday of each month.
Important Note: Backpacks, rucksacks, large personal bags and luggage are banned inside the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
This tour is provided on a reserved basis prior to departure. Passengers must contact the local sightseeing company upon arrival to reconfirm their tour.
Approximately 9 hours including break between morning and afternoon tours
Hotel lobby if pre-arranged
Maximum 30 people
8:30am daily except Sundays and religious holidays
Return transportation to hotel, beverages, gratuities
Dress code: Visitors in shorts, low-cut clothing or with uncovered shoulders are not admitted into the Vatican Museum or churches.
Comfortable shoes are recommended for walking on uneven surfaces.
Tour does not operate January 1, 6, February 11, March 19, Easter Monday, May 1, June 29, August 15, November 1, December 8, 25, 26 or the first Sunday of the month.
Visitors are obliged to deposit the following articles at the cloakroom: strollers, suitcases and backpacks with dimensions larger than 15.5 x 13.5 x 5.5 inches, spike-tipped umbrellas, medium or large sized umbrellas, walking sticks unless required by disabled visitors, tripods, video cameras, signs, knives, scissors, any tools and alcoholic beverages. Firearms cannot be left at the cloakroom and are not allowed in the museum.
Works of art may be photographed without using a flash except in the Sistine Chapel where no photography or filming is allowed. Permission from the management of the museum is required for making drawings or sketches in the museum. Permission must also be obtained to use tripods and other professional equipment.
Use of a mobile phone is allowed except in the Sistine Chapel, but is not recommended.
Due to heightened security we do not recommend bringing umbrellas or strollers.
Tour is not wheelchair accessible.