3. Rome: the Eternal City in a Day
Visit the Vatican city in the morning and make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience as, besides being an incredible showcase of art, you will learn about the history and stories of this holy and mysterious Christian Kingdom, with St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum. Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and hear about the new discoveries on the original messages in his painted “code”, stroll where only Popes and crown heads used to walk.
The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of the ancient heart of the city, as Rome is also Cesars, gladiators, chariots, centurions, emperors. In the Roman Forum and the Colosseum your guide will make the daily life and times of ancient Rome come to life with enthusiasm and humor. You'll relive life, while visiting the archeological sites, as a gladiator, emperor, slave, Vestal Virgin, senator, merchant and goddess!
Includes visits to:
St. Peter's Basilica, the vast dome of St. Peter is visible from everywhere in the city with its impressive Square, fountains and semicircular colonnades crowned with statues.
Vatican Museums – The world’s greatest art collection with over 65.000 masterpieces: Bernini Staircase, Galleries with frescos and statues, Tapestries, Historical Maps, Roman and Greek sculptures, tombstones, and sarcophagus.
The Sistine Chapel – With Michelangelo’s masterpieces of the "Creation" and the "Last Judgment", and other important frescoes from Botticelli, Perugino and Ghirlandaio.
The Colosseum – A great monument built to the magnificence of the Roman Empire with its enormous arena, marble seats and subterranean passages and where Gladiatorial combats took place.
The Roman Forum – It was the political, religious and commercial center of the ancient City with the most important temples and halls of justice. As the Roman Empire expanded, this few acres of land became the center of the civilized world. We’ll walk through temples, marble triumphal arches, government buildings and follow the paths of religious processions, political demonstrations, elections, important speeches, and parade of conquering generals which were held in the Forum.
Venice Square – overshadowed by a monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II that was built also to commemorate Italian unification and that incorporates the tomb of the unknown soldier, and the 15th century Palazzo Venezia, which was Mussolini’s official residence.
Capitol Hill – the most sacred hill for the Romans;
Trajan market and Trajan column.