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Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

1. Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one! Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes:  • Fast track entrance to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - fast track entrance needs to be booked when collecting the pass, not before.  • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio guide  • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica - including a free audio guide worth €15.00! • "Experience" tour of St. Peter’s Prison with multimedia audio guide The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions:• Capitoline Museums• Castel Sant'Angelo• Colosseum (don't forget you need to book in advance)• Palatine Hill & Roman Forum It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

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Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

2. Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

Take a 20-minute ride on a public bus to reach the Catacombs, near beautiful historic Appian Way. Once there, enjoy a guided tour with an expert local guide. Hear about how the oldest nuclei of the Roman Catacombs date back to the end of the second century and how the catacombs were built underground with tunnels on various levels to solve the spacial problems. Visit St. John in Lateran Basilica and explore all its points of interest in around 2 hours with a multilingual audio guide system. Begin by visiting the Basilica with the cloister and the Treasure Museum, then proceed outside the church to the Baptistery. You can then complete your tour by visiting the building of the Holy Stairs, located on the right of the basilica, and admire the original private papal chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. If you only have one hour, you can visit the basilica and its cloister first, followed by the Holy Stairs and Sancta Sanctorum.

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Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

3. Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll meet your guide at the top of the stairs of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica, where you’ll begin your amazing journey through the history of the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica. Your professional guide will tell you how the construction on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. The first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill, on the site of an old village and the place dedicated to numerous temples to the Roman deities. Step inside Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, built on the ruins of the Tempio di Giunone Moneta. Its name derives from a legend according to which a sibyl predicted the coming of the son of God, saying: Haec est ara filii Dei. This is the highest peak of the Campidoglio Hill. Visit the Capitoline Museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV, and admire paintings by Caravaggio and other masters. From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rome that includes the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.

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Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

4. Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

Explore Rome like a local on this guided Vespa tour. See Saint Peter's Square, the imposing Colosseum, the Tiber River, and the famous Trevi Fountain. Enjoy panoramic views, and relax with a refreshing gelato and a delicious Italian coffee. Meet your guide outside your hotel, and drive along the quaint cobblestone streets to the Colosseum and the lesser-known Mouth of Truth. Stop to refuel with a coffee and a gelato, then continue to Palatine Hill. Enjoy views of picturesque pines and ruins of the enormous Circus Maximus. Drive past Saint Peter’s Square and the biggest church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica. See the ancient Castel Sant’Angelo, a private mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family dating from the 2nd century.  Zip along the Tiber River and see the iconic Trevi Fountain. Toss a coin into the elegant Baroque pool to ensure you come back to Rome. Return to your hotel having seen all the important sights of Rome.

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Rome: The Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

5. Rome: The Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

The Lateran complex consists of several high interest sites: the Basilica, the Cloister and the Treasure Museum, the Baptistery and the Holy Stairs, which contain the casket of the Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. This special ticket allows you to easily access the complex and visit all the points of interest in around 2 hours with a multilingual audio-guide system. You will begin your visit by visiting the basilica with the cloister and the Treasure Museum, before then proceeding outside the church to the baptistery which is located in the square behind. During the second half of your tour, you will visit the building of the Holy Stairs, which is located on the right of the basilica, and admire the Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. If you only have one hour, you can visit the basilica and its cloister first, followed by the Holy Stairs and Sancta Sanctorum.

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Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

6. Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

Begin your tour with visits to 2 important basilicas. Discover the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s 4 main basilicas and home to the Holy Stairs, a pilgrimage site. Then head to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to see the amazing collection of historic and religious artefacts. Admire the mosaics and the Crypt of the Nativity. Continue along the historic Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis. Arrive at the ancient underground Catacombs of Rome. Explore these remarkable subterranean cemeteries, some dating back to the 2nd century. See historic artwork in the catacombs, and learn about how these underground passageways give insight into the early days of Christianity.

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Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

7. Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Christian Rome and discover underground treasures in some of the most sensational churches. Your guide will tell you fascinating facts along the way, leading you to the ancient Basilica of San Clemente, and the Cathedral of St. John in the Lateran Palace. Start at the Basilica of San Clemente, the only church in Rome to be built on 3 different levels. Constructed from the 1st to the 12th centuries, 2 underground floors can now be explored, including the Altar of Mithras from the 1st century. Continue to the church of the Santi Quattro Coronati, devoted to 4 anonymous saints and martyrs. In 2002, an extraordinary series of frescoes was uncovered depicting scenes from the Zodiac, Four Seasons, Liberal Arts, and King Solomon. Follow the story of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester in the Chapel of St. Sylvester, where it is said the famous Constitutum Constantini (Donation of Constantine) took place. End your tour at the Cathedral of Rome, also known as the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. The oldest of the 4 Papal Basilicas, St. John Lateran boasts a splendid façade, but it’s the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) that will catch your eye.

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Rome: 3-hour E-Bike Rental with Optional Attraction Combo

8. Rome: 3-hour E-Bike Rental with Optional Attraction Combo

Spend 3 hours exploring Rome on your own by bike. Choose to combine your cycling adventure with a unique virtual reality experience at the Circus Maximus. Alternatively, combine your E-bike rental with entrance to the Baths of Caracalla, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Catacombs, or the Trevi Underground.  Circus Maximum Virtual Reality Experience Combo Add a ticket to your bike rental and relive the ancient splendors of the Circus Maximus. Put on your VR headset and go on a 40-minute, time-traveling journey back to the imperial period of Rome through augmented and virtual reality. See one of the most important monuments in Roman history, the Circus Maximus, in all its historic phases. Experience this groundbreaking project, which uses interactive display technologies that have never before been used in such an extended outdoor area.  see how images of the past are overlapped onto the present day. See the virtual reconstruction of the Arch of Titus in its full, former height. Baths of Caracalla Entrance Ticket Combo Opt to combine your bicycle rental with an entrance ticket to one of the largest and best-preserved ancient spa complexes. Learn about how the spa was constructed in 216 A.D., its many baths and rooms, and its several reconstructions before its closure in 537 A.D. Put yourself in the shoes of a Roman and imagine yourself relaxing and studying in the spa. Walk under enormous archways and, thanks to the rare, well-preserved condition of the ruins, imagine mosaic floors, marble columns, and corridors lined with statues Castel Sant'Angelo Entrance Ticket with Audioguide Combo  Combine your 3-hour E-bike rental with the Castel Sant'Angelo visit with an audioguide. Discover the history of this ancient fortress, and admire the paintings and statues. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the city from the terrace.  Catacombs Guided Tour Combo Combine your 3-hour E-bike rental with a tour of the Catacombs. Explore the Appian way to reach the venue. From your guide, hear about the fascinating history and secrets surrounding the extensive tunnels with tombs.  Trevi Underground Guided Tour Combo Combine your E-bike rental with an exclusive guided tour of the Trevi Underground. Admire the ruins dating all the way back to Ancient Rome. Discover all the secrets from your professional archeologist guide.

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Rome: 5-Hour 4 Major Basilicas Tour

9. Rome: 5-Hour 4 Major Basilicas Tour

Since the 5th-century, 4 basilicas in Rome have been recognized as the 4 major and papal basilicas of Rome. This designation is due to the importance of these places to Christianity and brings with it certain prestige.  Every pilgrim visiting Rome would therefore visit the 4 papal basilicas of Rome and for this reason, these sites have developed to become especially beautiful and poignant. Whether you are religious or not, one cannot help but by bowled over by the beauty and historic significance of these 4 papal basilicas.  The 4 Papal Basilicas of Rome Tour will take a small personalized group to each of these basilicas providing a tour of each interior with a professional specialist guide. Begin your tour at the awe-inspiring Basilica of St. Peter built over the bones of St. Peter himself. Your guide will take you through security into the heart of the Catholic church in the Vatican with a first stop before the most famous statue in the world - the "Pietà" by Michelangelo. Your guide will then continue on with you through St. Peters to point out many of the artistic and historic features that make St. Peters a breathtaking experience. Once you have been stunned by the size and splendor of St. Peters Basilica, your guide will then accompany you in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven vehicle to the next of your 4 papal basilicas of Rome - the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The Basilica of St. Paul is mind bogglingly large with stunning golden mosaics to greet you on the outside. Inside, you will feel the immensity of the structure and architectural prowess needed to construct it over a thousand years ago. This basilica is also where the great Apostle of the Gentiles - St. Paul - is buried. From there, you will be transported by air-conditioned deluxe vehicle to the Basilica of St. John Lateran which is actually the Cathedral of Rome. Your guide will take you inside and give you a fascinating tour of the main features. Outside the basilica are the "Holy Steps" which were the steps from the building where Pontius Pilate judged Jesus that were transported from Jerusalem to Rome by Emperor Constantine's mother in the 4th-century. Depending on the weather and your preference, you may choose to walk to the next basilica which is only a short stroll away, but if need be, you can take the private transport again. The next of the 4 papal basilicas of Rome is the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Opulently grandiose with its golden ceiling and breathtaking mosaics, this basilica also holds the wood of the crib of baby Jesus. Your tour will finish after your guide has shown you this basilica and you are then free to mill around or take a cool beer or glass of wine to relax and discuss some of the wonders of Rome you have just seen with your own eyes.

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Rome: Christian Basilicas & Secret Catacombs

10. Rome: Christian Basilicas & Secret Catacombs

The tour will start with a visit to the splendid Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the four papal basilicas of Rome and the most important church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continuing through the Via Appia Antica up to the Catacombs of San Callixto or Santa Domitilla, you will go down for a visit of about 30 minutes to learn about early Christian cemeteries and shelters. Returning downtown to the city, admire the beautiful Basilica of St. John Lateran, the "Mater et Kaput" of all the churches of Rome and the world, surrounded by a complex including the Pontifical Lateran Palace, the Palace of the Canons, the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary and the Pontifical Lateran University. Both territories are on the Italian land. Where the basilicas arise, enjoy the privileges of extraterritoriality recognized by the Holy See that holds the full and exclusive jurisdiction. Your last stop will be at the Holy Stairs. According to tradition, the 28 steps of the stairs are exactly the same ones that Jesus went up in Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem. Brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th-century, they are considered so sacred that the faithfuls climb them on their knees praying. The tour will finish near the Termini area or Piazza Barberini.

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Your tour guide was the most knowledgeable a fantastic I have ever met, what a beautiful person and WOW what knowledge. She went above and beyond in all matters of the tour. You should be very happy and proud that you have such a person working for you. Noel & Marife

Marle Robinson was a spectacular guide. Her knowledge of all the works of art inside gave us a greater appreciation for what we were seeing. Especially since a lot of the art is not labeled. Highly recommend a guided tour.

Very convenient for getting around and visiting Rome. Nevertheless, with the sanitary restrictions, the Vatican skip-the-line ticket did not serve us. Looking forward, Joffrey

Barbara was amazing, she has a lot of knowledge. She was so passionate about Rome history we recommend this tour to anyone!

Beautiful church. Get the audio guide for the true experience.