Rome

Full immersion Rome & the Vatican

Rome through Roman Eyes
  • Type tour

    Combination Tours

  • Duration

    8 hours from 09:00 AM

  • Meeting point

    Hotel Lobby or Apartment street level

What You'll do in this tour

Even though Rome was not built in a day, we will sure do our best to show you the best of Rome and the Vatican city in a day.  We will create an unforgettable and stress-free journey for you when you take this tour! Our Full Immersion Day (City Tour + Vatican) combines a driver guided tour with a walking tour to cover the major highlights of Rome along with a more detailed look at the Vatican sites. The tours are led by expert English speaking guides who will help to create a personalized experience while taking into account your specific interests.

Our tours will allow you to be able to catch a glimpse of daily Roman life hidden behind ivy-clad corners, open-air markets, and underground passageways long forgotten through the centuries. These incredible services enable you to tour the city with a native Roman tour escort showing you the real face of the city they are so passionate about. The tours are available in English or Italian, and are delivered with an insight and style that keeps our tours entertaining, fun, and informative.

 

Tour Description:

To begin, you will be picked up at your hotel lobby in a clean, comfortable, air-conditioned van by our experienced driver guide. In the spirit of “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”, we will take a morning coffee break for the best cappuccino in Rome at the famous Saint Eustachio Bar, hidden just behind the Pantheon. You will explore a number of amazing sites and will have the ability to get out of the van for pictures or to take a closer look. This will not be a drive-by tour but rather go at your pace, fun and informative both historically and culturally, tour based on your interests.

Lunch will soon follow with some tasty local wine and homemade Ravioli. We are happy to provide suggestions based on your tastes and budget.

Now that you will have had a great overview of Rome and a delicious lunch, your driver guide will say arrivederci when he drops you off after introducing you to your walking guide for your 3 hour Vatican tour to explore the Vatican sites by foot. The Vatican Museum consists of 1,400 rooms, spanning 4 miles, filled with more than 70,000 works of art and 17,000 visitors every day - these are just some of the statistics of one of the major attractions in the world’s smallest sovereign country.  You will start here with your walking guide at your side to create a peaceful, informative 2 hour tour of the Vatican sites which includes access to the Sistine Chapel. This guided tour through one of the richest museums in the world offers you the ability to fully absorb some of the most magnificent art collected from Roman antiquity to the Renaissance period. The museum boasts some of the finest examples of Roman sculpture as well as masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps most beautiful is the lovingly restored Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s famous frescoed ceiling. Your guide will discuss what you will see prior to entering and you will have some time to take in the beauty of the Chapel before continuing on to the last stop on the tour. Saint Peter’s Basilica is the largest Christian church in the world and the center of the Catholic faith. Built over the site of Saint Peter’s tomb, many famous Italian architects and artists left their mark here over the 120 years that it took to construct. While inside this architectural masterpiece, your guide will point out a number of highlights and history of it and many other works of art including "La Pietà".  

Choose this tour when you want to see the City of Rome and sites of the Vatican all in one day. With our guides you will have advanced access to skip the lines. In case you would like to plan to visit Ancient Rome on a walking tour with us, please just request our alternate sites itinerary for your driver guided tour so as not to create overlap in the sites you will visit. 

Additional Information To Note:

  • Admission tickets to any site, headsets, lunches and gratuities are not included in the price of the tour. 
  • As The Vatican is a holy place, there is a dress code that should be respected.  Therefore, it is required that shoulders be covered and no short shorts or skirts are appropriate on the tour.  It is best to have your knees covered, even for men. 
  • If someone in your party uses a wheelchair, please note that we can reserve one for you but they are only available for use through the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel you will only be able to complete those portions of this tour.  When exiting the Chapel there are steps that lead to the entry of St. Peter’s Basilica where unfortunately, you will not be able to use the wheelchair rented from the museum and you will need to return it to the starting point of the tour at this time. Wheelchairs are allowed inside the Basilica if you have brought your own and someone in your group can carry it down the steps so we suggest this option if a wheelchair is needed. Using a wheelchair will also mean the pace of the tour is slower so please be sure to notify the guide if you have a preference as to what the most important sites are that you wish to experience. as you may have to shorten up other stops.  
  • As the driver guided portion of your day will end when you meet your walking guide, you will need to plan on finding transportation to your next stop, or hotel, following your walking tour.  Your walking guide will be more than happy to help you arrange for a taxi and the cost is usually around 12-15 Euros on average.  
  • Please note it is prohibited to bring tri-pods, backpacks, camping or other bulky bags or luggage / trollies. You are allowed to  enter with medium and small size backpacks carried on a shoulder which must be checked by metal detectors and or opened and visually inspected by the Urbe Security Institute, responsible for the entrance inspection at the Colosseum & by Vatican authorities in the Vatican city.
  • Please be prepared to show a photo ID (or photocopy) such as a passport, student ID or driver`s license upon entry at the Vatican or Colosseo Museums as you may be asked for one.  We will need to know the names and ages of those on your tour especially when they qualify for reduced fare tickets  

The itinerary of this tour includes the Colosseum just from the outside.

Vatican Ticket Information:

  • Miles&Miles will pre purchase your Vatican tickets (on our account, not yours) so that you can skip the general line keeping in mind that it is obligatory to pass though the security screening line. This ticket includes entry to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. While St. Peter’s Basilica does not require a ticket, but having one for our guided tour is the only way to skip the line and enter directly.
  • Tickets and based on party size headsets, will be reimbursed to the guide when paying for the tour.
  • Admission Prices:
    • 32.00 Euros per adult 19+
    • 25.00 Euros per youth 6-18
    • FREE for children 5 and under
  • Headsets may be required if your party size is more than 5 people or for particularly busy days. They will vary in price from 1.50E per person to 3.00E per person depending on if you needed them for both the Vatican Museum and the Basilica, or just inside of the Basilica. We will organize this with the Vatican as we are obligated to use the headsets that they provide. Headsets are to amplify the guide’s voice; they are not a pre-recorded tour.
  • Once purchased, tickets for the Vatican are Non-Refundable and Non-Exchangeable and need to be collected for regardless of possible changes to your travel plans as these are often purchased well in advance to secure your entry time.  

VATICAN DISCLAIMER

We would like to mention the following: While Vatican City is the home of some major attractions such as the Vatican Musuems, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, it is first and foremost the largest operational Christian church in the world.  As a result, it can and will close any portion, at any time, with little or no notice or information provided to us especially around church holidays.  If we receive notice of this happening for your date, we will attempt to notify you as soon as possible. We may not be able to make last minute changes once the tour is organized since our guides and tickets will have been aligned well in advance but our guide  work with you to come to an agreeable solution and inform you of the options available. If this situation should occur for your tour date we will show you as much as possible based on what we have access to.  99% of the time everything goes exactly as planned and for that 1% we will do our best to adjust within the given circumstances. We realize that this may be less than ideal but unfortunately, we have no control of the Vatican’s schedule. 

 

 

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