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Shore Excursion: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Colosseum

HIGHLIGHTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Places of interest: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, San Peter Basilica, Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • 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.

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Vatican Museums, Sistine chapel and Colosseum tour.

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.

Colosseum and Imperial Rome tour takes you to visit the most important places of the heart of the ancient Roman Empire, the ruins of the great Imperial buildings and places where you can feel the ancient atmosphere of the Roman Empire.

According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 B.C. on top of the “Palatine hill”, one of the seven historical hills. So you have more than 2,700 years of history to explore in the same city, Rome.
Colosseum and Imperial Rome tour includes the visit of the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire, the Colosseum. It is also known by the name of “Flavian Amphitheater”. It was completed in 80 A.D. under Emperor Titus, and here up to 80,000 people at a time would meet to see gladiatorial fights and wild animals hunting from all over the Roman Empire. Furthermore, it was also a place for public executions. The Colosseum was equipped with movable special effects and trees, which provided a dynamic set for the different shows, and created the right atmosphere to reenact historical battles fought by the Roman Empire around the known world. According to an ancient prophecy, so long as the Colosseum stands Rome will continue to be.

Rome&Italy Travel provides Colosseum and Imperial Rome tour that will lead you to the “ancient Roman Forum”. Originally a marketplace, this square housed government buildings and temples, and it was the beating heart of Rome’s daily life. It was a crucial meeting place, and it had many grandiose statues and monuments as well as important government offices, tribunals, and memorials. Colosseum and Imperial Rome tour also allows you to visit “the Curia”, where the senators used to meet and wield executive and legislative power. The tour will include the “arch of Titus” in “the Via Sacra”, just South-East of the Roman Forum, which commemorates emperor Titus’s victory over Jerusalem in 72 A.D. The tour also leads to the “Arch of Constantine”, which commemorates the victory of emperor Constantine in the battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312. “The Arch of Constantine” was dedicated by the senate to celebrate ten years of emperor Constantine’s reign, a so-called “decennalia”.

Rome&Italy Travel in the Colosseum and Imperial Rome tour will give you the chance to visit the “imperial palaces” on top of the “Palatine Hill”, one of the historical seven hills upon which it is said that Romulus founded the city. This place is now one great open-air museum where you will be able to see the ruins of palaces of emperors Augustus, Domitian, and Tiberius. There are also numerous temples, as well as the houses of the richest roman citizens, built there before the emperors started to build their palaces.

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