Vatican City and Ancient Rome full-day small group tour
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Vatican City and Ancient Rome full-day small group tour

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Language: English , Italian , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 6 hours
Safety measures applied
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  • Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Learn the history of the Imperial Forum as you walk past the ruins of ancient temples
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael in the Vatican Museums
  • Discover ancient maps of the world in the Gallery of Maps
What to expect

Journey through Ancient Rome as you travel back to the days of emperors and popes, and see the highlights of the papal collections on a 2-part, 6-hour tour of Rome.

Start your full-day tour at the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all gods. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27BC, its massive interior and inlaid marble floors are home to a burial site since the Renaissance times, where the tombs of Raphael and the kings of Italy can be found.

Explore the vast Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) to experience up-close the greatest arena the Romans built. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, telling you stories of the ferocious battles between man and beasts put on for the delight of Roman citizens.

Then, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum. Learn how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Listen to the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Learn the story of the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a building in Piazza di Pietra, where you can see the original Roman street level below ground.

Following a break for lunch, you will go on to the Vatican Museums to discover the world’s most precious art collection. Skip the long lines to enter the museums, and tour in a group of no more than 12 people for a more intimate experience. Collected by popes over many centuries, the collection includes works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini.

See Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Go to the Octagonal Courtyard to look at the Belvedere Apollo statue. Discover Greek and Roman masterpieces in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander through the Gallery of Tapestries to see Flemish tapestries by Raphael’s pupils. Marvel at works by ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps.

Next, go inside St. Peter's Basilica to see more masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, including Michelangelo’s 'La Pieta' beneath the dome of the world’s largest church.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Licensed and professional guide
    • 6-hour guided tour (3-hour tour in the morning and 3-hour tour in the afternoon)
    • Entrance fees to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican Museums
    Reduced price
    • Children (age 6-17)
    • Infants (age 0-5)
    Where

    Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome RM, Italy

    Meeting point:

    Meet your guide at the corner of Piazza della Rotonda with Via della Rotonda, where the Pantheon is situated. Once arrived in the square and in front of the Pantheon, look on your right-hand side. Your guide will be waiting for you holding a "Mea Tours" sign.

    For the afternoon Vatican City tour, the meeting point is on the corner of Via Sebastiano Veniero and Via Leone IV.

    What to remember
    • Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed 7.00am-1.00pm on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience
    • Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times throughout your visit
    • St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public on 24 and 31 December
    • Groups of 13 people maximum
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    Provider
    Mea Tours&Events
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.
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