Discover the best of Rome with this 2 days guided tour. Learn about one of the most significant civilizations ever with the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum guided tour. Take a small break (about 1hr) and then come back to our meeting point for an in-depth experience in one of the Catacombs on the Ancient Appian Way. By a comfortable ride on a de luxe Minivan, reach the catacombs and descend into a complex network of underground tunnels, among the longest in the world; you'll marvel at ancient frescoes, crypts, and mausoleums. You'll also find the burial of famous people like popes, martyrs, and, according to legends, even some apostles. The catacombs we'll visit (San Calisto, San Sebastiano, or Santa Domitilla) will change depending on the day. Continue your experience on the very next day with the Vatican Museum Tour. Explore one of the world's most extraordinary collections of art; pause in the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's masterpiece.
Headsets, Insurance, Taxs
Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum skip the line tickets and Guided Small Group Tour
Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel skip the line tickets and Guided Small Group Tour
Transfer from the Colosseum to the Catacombs (pick-up/drop off)
Catacombs Undergrounds skip the line tickets and Guided Small Group Tour
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - Colosseum
Entry/Admission - Catacombs of Saint Callixtus
What to Expect
Day 1: COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM, PALATINE HILL AND APPIAN WAY CATACOMBS
Stop At: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome Italy The Colosseum (/ˌkɒləˈsiːəm/ KOL-ə-SEE-əm; Italian: Colosseo [kolosˈsɛːo]) is an oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, just east of the Roman Forum. Despite its age, it is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built and is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world today. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian (r. 69–79 AD) in 72 and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir, Titus (r. 79–81). Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (r. 81–96). The three emperors that were patrons of the work are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheater was named the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio [aɱfiteˈaːtro ˈflaːvjo]) by later classicists and archaeologists for its association with their family name (Flavius). Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Roman Forum, Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/6, 00186 Rome Italy The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum (Italian: Foro Romano), is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.
For centuries the Forum was the center of day-to-day life in Rome: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million or more sightseers yearly. Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Palatine Hill, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy The Palatine Hill (/ˈpælətaɪn/; Latin: Collis Palatium or Mons Palatinus; Italian: Palatino [palaˈtiːno]), which relative to the seven hills of Rome is the centremost, is one of the most ancient parts of the city and has been called "the first nucleus of the Roman Empire." The site is now mainly a large open-air museum while the Palatine Museum houses many finds from the excavations here and from other ancient Italian sites.
Imperial palaces were built here, starting with Augustus. Before imperial times the hill was mostly occupied by the houses of the rich.
The hill originally had two summits separated by a depression; the highest part was called Palatium and the other Germalus (or Cermalus). Using the Forma Urbis its perimeter enclosed 63 acres (25 ha); while the Regionary Catalogues of the 4th century enclose 131 acres (53 ha). Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, Via Appia Antica 110, 00179 Rome Italy The Catacombs of Rome are underground galleries used for centuries as cemeteries. The catacombs began in the 2nd century and were not finished until the 5th century. Here the pagan citizens, Jews, and the first Christians of Rome were buried. The word catacombs means "next to the quarry" and come from the fact that the first excavations made to be used as a burial site were carried out on the outskirts of Rome, next to the ground of a quarry. Christians did not share the heathen tradition of incinerating bodies. These enormous cemeteries were created underground to solve the problems of lack of space and the high cost of land. The Catacombs are made up of an infinity of underground tunnels that form authentic labyrinths of kilometers along which several rows of rectangular niches were excavated. The corpses were wrapped in a sheet and placed in these niches that later were closed with marble or cooked clay tombstones where the name of the deceased was engraved with a Christian symbol. Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani; Latin: Musea Vaticana) are the public museums of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments.
Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling and altar wall decorated by Michelangelo, and the Stanze di Raffaello (decorated by Raphael) are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy The Sistine Chapel (/ˌsɪsˈtiːn ˈtʃæpəl/; Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina [kapˈpɛlla siˈstiːna]) is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, in Vatican City and the official residence of the pope. Originally known as the Cappella Magna ('Great Chapel'), the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who built it between 1473 and 1481. Since then, the chapel has served as a place of religious and functionary papal activity. It is the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescoes that decorate the interior, most notably the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment, both by Michelangelo. Duration: 20 minutes
No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: VATICAN MUSEUM
Stop At: Vatican City, Vatican City, Lazio Introduction on the Vatican City and Vatican History while entering into the Museum. Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Vatican City, Vatican City, Lazio Discover the treasures hosted by one of the largest and most-visited museums of the world enriched by a considerable number of masterpieces collected through time. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico, and many more
Towards the end of this tour, you will visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece: The Last Judgement. Duration: 45 minutes
Pass By: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy After the tour, enjoy privileged access to St. Peter's Basilica.
Note: WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE BASILICA DURING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CEREMONIES (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the POPE). The Basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases it is not possible to guarantee access to the Basilica.
No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.