About The Vatican + Imperial Rome
Itinerary - The Vatican Museums - Lunch in a typical restaurant - Imperial Rome The Vatican Porta Pinciana will be our first stop a gate for the Aurelian Walls of Rome and built in the early 5th century under the order of the Emperor Honorius. Continue the artistic path by visiting the Vatican Museums which represent the largest art collection in Europe with over 65 000 masterpieces at the Candelabra Gallery Tapestry Gallery and see the Historical Maps. Soothe your soul and stop by the Sistine Chapel. See this wondrous structure built in the 15th century under the rule of Pope Sixtus filled with glorious artworks by Botticelli Pergino Ghirlandaio and the famous ceiling by Michelangelo. Of course we will also visit the Scala Regia the great staircase built by Gianlorenzo Bernini which started as an eyesore and transformed by the great artist using an art technique called trompe loeil. St. Peters Basilica is the last stop. The largest Church all over the world is home to Michelangelos famous "The Pieta" and several tombs of past Popes. Imperial Rome The tour first stops at Piazza Venezia Romes Historical Center where visitors can view "The Vittoriano" the altar dedicated to the King Vittorio Emanuele II in 1911. The tours second stop is at the Capitol Square. Michaelangelos Renaissance palace built on the ruins of the Acropolis and dating back to the 16th century is now the seat of the city government. The square is marked by several notable works of art among them the two colossal statues of Castor and Pollux that stand guard on the magnificent staircase leading to the palace. The Roman empires political military and social center is the Roman Forums. The oldest and most significant buildings of the empire are usually located in the Forum. These days the ruins of the Forum consists of the Temple of Julius Caesar Basilica Emilia the Arch of Titus and the Holy Road The tour also visits Romes greatest amphitheater built by the Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD - the Colosseum. The last stop is the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli that houses Michelangelos masterpiece the statue of Moses. Includes - Transportation in a Deluxe Coach with air conditioning - Tour Guide - Lunch - Assistance of qualified personnel Excludes - Personal expenses - Tips and gratuities - Optional activity costs Please Note - This tour involves walking - Afternoon pick-up is at the restaurant March 1-October 31 around 1430. November 1-February 28 around 1400 - Accompanied children under 2 are carried free of charge. - View summer Apr-Oct and winter Nov-Mar hotel pick-up schedule. Pick-up times are approximate and may change depending on the traffic situation. Pick ups are made with a variety of vehicles. Please note that you may have to change coaches.