Your tour of historic Rome and the Vatican begins outside of Oppio Caffè, where you'll meet your guide and small-group of no more than 15. With your exclusive skip-the-line access, you'll head straight into the ancient world’s greatest sports arena. Hear harrowing tails of gladiators and martyrs, and learn why these men were almost mythical to Ancient Romans.
Next, continue to the nearby Roman Forum, a government plaza that once served as the beating heart of Rome’s empire. Rather than fight through the Forum's interior crowds, your guide will take you to a stunning overlook that includes views of both the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Listen to the stories of war, politics, economics, and religion that shaped the ancient city while imaging how these ruins must have appeared 2,000 years ago.
Continue your walk through Ancient Rome with a visit inside the Pantheon, home to the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Marvel at its interior while learning how it was built and why it's inspired so many other iconic structures — from St Peter's Basilica to the U.S. Capitol Building.
Next, take a big step forward in history to enjoy a much-needed gelato break and stroll along streets made famous by films like Roman Holiday, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few photo ops.
Following a lunch break (own expense), meet in Piazza del Risorgimento where you'll board a taxi or bus to the Vatican. Your local guide will accompany you to assure there aren't any transport issues. Once there, bypass the outdoor crowds and head directly inside with your all-inclusive ticket. A Vatican expert will be waiting to show you one of the world's greatest collections of art on a specially-curated highlights tour, sculpture galleries, and the world-famous Laocoön Group.
End your tour contemplating Michelangelo’s amazing frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, including The Last Judgement. Then choose between extending your stay in the Vatican Museums and chapel, or skipping the lines and entering St. Peter’s Basilica with your guide immediately. The latter option may save you up to an hour of waiting in line.