Rome: Small Group Jubilee Year Basilicas Tour

Rome: Small Group Jubilee Year Basilicas Tour

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Duration
9 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Visit 4 of the most important churches of Rome in the Jubilee Year
  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums
  • Follow in the footsteps of popes and saints as you pass through the Holy Doors
  • See the Holy Stairs and the Sancta Sanctorum
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Go to the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Rome
Overview
Visit 4 of the most beautiful churches in Rome on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy, called by Pope Francis in 2016. Enjoy a rare opportunity to pass through the Holy Doors. Admire Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
What to Expect
Explore some of the most important churches of Rome in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis for 2016.

Your day begins with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums. Explore masterpieces of art at a leisurely pace on an intimate tour of no more than 12 people. Hear the history and intricate stories behind every brush stroke by artists, such as Giotto, Raphael, Da Vinci, and Caravaggio. See Greek and Roman sculptures, including the “Laocoonte” and “Apollo del Belvedere.”

Enter the Gallery of Tapestries to see works by Raphael and his students, and admire the work of ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps. Stroll through the Papal Apartments painted by Raphael. Continue to the Sistine Chapel to gaze at the frescoes painted by Renaissance painters including Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Michelangelo. Bypass the long lines to St. Peter’s Basilica, and marvel at the largest church in Christianity, built over the tomb of St. Peter. See Michelangelo's “Pietà” and Bernini’s immense “Baldachin.”

After a 2-hour break for lunch, transfer by private air-conditioned coach to St. Paul Outside the Walls. See where St. Paul was buried in a church decorated with 5th-century mosaics of shimmering beauty, and vivid colored frescoes. Then, go to the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. As the papal headquarters and site of the Holy Stairs, this is the most important church in Christianity. Admire the 28 white marble steps that lead to the Sancta Sanctorum (“Holy of Holies”), the personal chapel of the early popes.

End the day at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major), and see 5th-century mosaics, and the tomb of Gianlorenzo Bernini. The tour also includes time at the Holy Doors, normally cemented shut, and only opened for pilgrims to pass through on a Jubilee Year. Follow in the footsteps of the emperors, saints, and popes that walked through the doors to wash their sins away.
What's Included
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Private guide
  • Tickets and reservation fees for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets (for groups of 5 people or more, so that you can always hear your guide)
  • Transfers by air-conditioned bus
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
Meeting Point

Meet in front of the main entrance of the Vatican Museums (next to entrance with the "Reservations" sign), Viale del Vaticano 107 (GPS coordinates: 41.906842, 12.453414) Directions from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station: Exit the turnstiles and walk straight to the back of the station. Take the left side exit. Once you’ve reached the left side exit, exit at V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Walk down V.le G. Cesare to the lights, and then cross the street and take the left on Via Leone IV. Turn right on Viale Vaticano and continue until you reach the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Directions from St. Peter's Square: Facing St. Peter's Basilica, turn right and exit the piazza. Follow the Vatican walls toward the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The walls should be on your left side. Follow the walls up Viale Vaticano until you reach the entrance to the Vatican Museums (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• Entrance to the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered, for both men and women, and the supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress
• Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, you may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
• The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, it is strongly suggested that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour

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