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 with alternate city sites as you will be visiting the Ancient Roman sites another day. We will create an unforgettable and stress-free journey for you when you take this tour! Our Full Immersion Day (City Tour + Vatican alternate sites) 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.
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 city 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 with the Vatican museum sites and later gain back door access to the Sistine Chapel on our guided tour through one of the richest museums in the world which 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 sites of Rome and the Vatican city in the same day and will be visiting Ancient Rome sites on another day. With our guides you will have advanced access to skip the ticketing lines.
Vatican Ticket Information:
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.
Catacombs & Crypt Ticket Information: