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The Vatican, Christian Rome and the Catacombs - Full Day Tour with Lunch

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Key Highlights

  • This comprehensive tour will show you the best of Christian Rome in one day
  • Included entrance fees and guided tour of the Vatican museums
  • Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant
  • In the afternoon see many of the other important sites of Christian Rome and take a tour of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Visit one of Rome’s fascinating underground catacombs
  • The tour is led by a local guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transportation is included in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    From Cental Rome hotels (within the Aurelian Walls) between 0630h (06:30am) and 0740h (07:40am).
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
    If you are not staying in central Rome the tour also starts from Via G. Amendola 32 at 0800h (08:00am).

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped in the vicinity of your hotel or Via G. Amendola 32.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    The city of Rome is principally Christian and the Vatican Museums and the famous Christian landmarks of Rome underline this fact. An extensive collection of paintings and sculptures collected and preserved by the Roman Catholic Church are displayed in the Vatican Museums. The history of Rome has many layers to it and the Christian influence is one of the most important.

    The Christian landmarks are numerous and define ancient Rome and indeed the city as it is today. These landmarks can be seen all over the city and include the Church of St John Lateran (Lateran Palace) and the Holy Staircase.

    The Christian face of Rome, through its landmarks, monuments, architecture and art, indicate just how central a role religion has played on the history and developments of the city.

    Among the many movements that Rome has seen, none have been as long-lasting or influential as that of Christianity.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Rome. Set out by coach, accompanied by a multi-lingual guide on a tour of the famous Vatican Museums and to learn about the history of Christianity in Rome.

    The tour begins by coach passing through Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads and following the ancient Aurelian walls which once surrounded the ancient city. From Piazza del Popolo past Borghese Park, the largest public park in Rome and onto the Square of the People. An Egyptian obelisk of Rameses II stands in the centre of the square.

    At the Vatican Museums, your multi-lingual guide will take you on a tour of the main rooms. Start with the Gallery of Tapestries where many valuable tapestries of the 15th-17th centuries are exhibited. Visitors then pass through the Gallery of Maps, which are fascinating in their detail and accuracy.

    The main attraction of the Vatican Museums is the Sistine Chapel. Deservedly one of the most famous places in the world, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is covered by the frescoes - including the magnificent Last Judgement by Michelangelo.

    After the tour of the Vatican Museums there is a break for lunch in a local restaurant.

    The first stop of the afternoon is Esquiline Hill, the largest of the Seven Hills of Rome. Esquiline Hill is the site of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which houses rich and beautiful frescoes and other works of art. Your guide will give you a guided tour of the treasures of the Basilica.

    Continue in the coach to the Holy Staircase, which are believed to be the steps Christ climbed on the day of his trial before Pontius Pilate. Adjacent to the Holy Staircase is the Basilica of St John Lateran the Cathedral of Rome, which serves as the official ecclesiastical seat of the Pope.

    Travel along the Appian Way, the most famous and important road built by the ancient Romans and go past the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, which is believed to be the place where St Peter had a vision of the risen Christ.

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Catacombs of Santa Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano depending upon seasonal conditions. Christians gathered in the catacombs to celebrate funeral rites and the anniversaries of martyrs and the dead.

    The tour ends with a spectacular view of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla. This great architectural complex is in ruins but they still impress visitors.

    After the tour, the coach will be dropped you in the vicinity of your hotel or Via G. Amendola 32.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Complimentary Hotel pick up (centrally located)
    • Transportation in a coach
    • Guided tour of the Vatican Museum
    • Guided tour of Santa Maria Maggiore
    • Entrance and guided tour of the Basilica of St Paul outside the Walls
    • Guided visit of either the Catacomb of St Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano depending on seasonal availability
    • Lunch
    • Multi-lingual Guide (English, Spanish, French & German speaking)

    Exclusions

    • Hotel drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Hotel pick up available from hotels within the Aurelian Walls.

    No drop off at the hotels but stops at: Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica, Termini Station and Terminal GLT.

    Knees and Shoulders must be covered for entrance to the Religious Buildings.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • The Vatican, Christian Rome & Catacombs, full day tour with Lunch

      Well, I sooo enjoyed visiting all the sights with the various guides. They just made the various places come alive. Lunch was yummy! I so enjoyed the way Italians ate - el...

      Debra R Williams