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Shore Excursion: Highlight of Rome and Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel

HIGHLIGHTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Places of interest: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Navona square, Spagna square, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and San Peter Basilica.
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Private vehicle and driver with pick up and return in front of your cruise ship
  • Private local guide
  • Entrance tickets with reservation skip the line
  • Exclusivity: All our tours are PRIVATE, not sharing with other guests
  • Accessible: Visit Accessible website

Lunch is NOT included.

traditional Italian food
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Classic Rome and Vatican Museum with Sistine Chapel tour

Classic Rome tour with more than 2,000 years of history, Rome is rich with artistic and cultural landmarks: romeanditaly group designed this tour of the highlights of Rome to discover the beauty of sixteenth and seventeenth century Rome. With this tour you will be able to see great works of art by artists such as Michelangelo, Rafhael, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini…
The tour of Rome has been designed to cover the most interesting and important places in Rome.

Classic Rome tour includes a visit to the wonderful Trevi Fountain. This baroque fountain was designed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi. This fountain is famous all over the world for “The Three Coins in the Fountain”. According to tradition, if you throw coins in the fountain over your left shoulder with your right hand, one coin is to come back to Rome, two coins to find your soul mate, and the third coin for your secret wish. The Trevi fountain made an appearance in the movie of the famous Italian director Federico Fellini: “La Dolce Vita”.
Another area included in the tour the highlights of Rome is “the shopping district” around “via Condotti” and the famous Spanish Steps. Here the guide will stop in “Piazza di Spagna” to describe to you the amazing steps built in the eighteenth century, where in the spring time all the main Italian fashion houses like “Prada”, “Gucci”, “Giorgio Armani” present the new collection with a dazzling fashion show on the very steps, which are adorned with flowers for the occasion.

Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful baroque squares in Rome along with “Piazza di Spagna”, is another must see included in this tour. The square was originally a stadium, hence its oval race-track shape. During the renaissance period it was embellished with three fountains and churches. The most famous fountain in the square is the one in the center: “the Fountain of the River”, made by the great artist “Gian Lorenzo Bernini”. More recently it started housing art galleries, outdoor restaurants, and cafés. Piazza Navona is the animated center of Rome’s day and night-life. The perfect place to unwind while surrounded by life and art.

Classic Rome tour continues through the characteristic alleys of the city, until we arrive at the Pantheon, one of the greatest and best-preserved monuments of ancient Rome. Built by Agrippa in 27 B.C., it was originally a pagan temple dedicated to all the pagan gods of the roman pantheon. The Pantheon is known for its “eye” in the middle of the ceiling: a big uncovered opening that was the only source of light of the temple in ancient times. According to that all the pagan gods can see what is happening inside the temple through the eye in the ceiling. It was turned into a church in 608 by pope Bonifacius IV. All the Italian kings and queens of Italy have been buried here, including “Queen Margherita of Savoy”. “Pizza margherita”, one of the most typical Italian dishes, was named in her honor.

Classic Rome tour continues through the characteristic alleys of the city, until we arrive at the Pantheon, one of the greatest and best-preserved monuments of ancient Rome. Built by Agrippa in 27 B.C., it was originally a pagan temple dedicated to all the pagan gods of the roman pantheon. The Pantheon is known for its “eye” in the middle of the ceiling: a big uncovered opening that was the only source of light of the temple in ancient times. According to that all the pagan gods can see what is happening inside the temple through the eye in the ceiling. It was turned into a church in 608 by pope Bonifacius IV. All the Italian kings and queens of Italy have been buried here, including “Queen Margherita of Savoy”. “Pizza margherita”, one of the most typical Italian dishes, was named in her honor.

Vatican museums and Sistine chapel tour are renowned world-wide for their beauty, as well as for the many art pieces that are exhibited here, which span from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period. This tour will take you through several art collections.

The tour includes:the Gallery of the Candelabra, which takes its name from the marble candelabra that divides the area into six sections, showcases several paintings and beautiful marble inlays. The Gallery of Geographical Maps, in the heart of the Vatican Museum, houses a series of frescoes dating back to the sixteenth century. The frescoes depict many Italian landscapes, gathered here for your viewing pleasure. Vatican Museums tour will also take you to the Gallery of the Tapestries, which includes a Flemish series depicting episodes from the life of Christ, created based on studies made by pupils of the renaissance painter “Raphael”, and a tapestry depicting episodes from the life of Pope Urban VIII, produced in the workshop of “Cardinal Antonio Barberini” in the seventeenth century.

Vatican Museum tour also includes a visit to the world-renowned Sistine Chapel. Once a private chapel only accessible to the Pope, it is now used to house the papal conclave, which holds the papal elections. The ceiling holds the beautiful fresco The Last Judgement, made by Michelangelo between 1535 and 1541. The fresco shows the Day of Judgment, and the process through which, according to the Bible, every soul will be judged to be then sent to either heaven or hell. The figure of Christ, along with the Saints, are also depicted on the high wall. The tour will also lead you to the private rooms of Pope Julius II. The four rooms, known as the “Rooms of Raphael”, were decorated by Raphael and his assistants with beautiful frescoes in the sixteenth century.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour also includes a visit to the Basilica of Saint Peter, the largest church in the world. It was designed by great renaissance artists, including “Michelangelo” and “Gian Lorenzo Bernini”. This famous place of pilgrimage and worship also holds the tomb of Saint Peter, who is considered to have been the very first pope. The Basilica of Saint Peter is also home of the “La Pietà by Michelangelo”. This piece shows the Virgin Mary holding the body of Christ and mourning his death. Curiously, this sculpture is the only one of his that Michelangelo ever signed with his name. Our tour will provide you with an expert guide who will reveal all the artistic nuances of this grandiose basilica and the art it contains.

Our tour culminates in one of the most famous squares in the world: St. Peter’s square. Its wide colonnade, an extraordinary example of baroque architecture, was designed by “Gian Lorenzo Bernini”., and is meant to represent the maternal arms of the Church, embracing everyone in it. In the center of the square is also an 84 ft. tall Egyptian obelisk supported by bronze lions. It was placed in the square by pope Sixtus V. From the square you will also be able to see the window of the pope’s private apartments, where the pope himself says mass every morning. From here the pope also holds a speech every Sunday, to which follows the prayer of the Angelus.

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