DAY 1: WELCOMING YOU TO ROME (Overnight in Rome)
As you step off your plane or train, Rome extends its warm embrace to welcome you. Our group will provide a transfer to your hotel in Rome, ensuring a smooth start to your Italian adventure. You'll be resting comfortably in your hotel for the night.
DAY 2: VATICAN MUSEUM* (INCLUDED) (OVERNIGHT IN ROME)
Begin your day with a delightful breakfast served in the hotel. This day's highlight is an exploration of the renowned Vatican Museums and the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica. Our team will handle your transfer to the meeting point with an expert guide and an exclusive skip-the-line pass to the Vatican Complex.
Excursion included: Vatican Museums - Let's Dive In As you connect with your knowledgeable guide at the meeting point, they will equip you with a convenient headset, ensuring that you don't miss a word of their insightful commentary. Together, you'll enter the enchanting world of the Vatican Museums, taking in all the iconic highlights you've likely heard about, including the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Borgia Apartments.
Your guide will immerse you in the captivating history of the Raphael Rooms and their exceptional frescoes, featuring the masterpiece "The School of Athens". The tour culminates in a visit to the Sistine Chapel, where you'll be spellbound by Michelangelo's ceiling, an iconic masterpiece of the High Renaissance.
No visit to the Vatican would be complete without exploring St. Peter's Basilica, not only the largest church in the world but also a treasure trove of fine art. Admire Gian Lorenzo Bernini's magnificent canopy and Michelangelo's "Pietà." To add to this artistic feast, you'll also have the chance to take in the grandeur of St. Peter's Square, an architectural marvel of the Baroque era, masterfully redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
After an enriching day of exploration, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure and there is an optional transfer available to take you back to your hotel. As the day winds down, you'll find yourself another night in Rome, cherishing the memories you've made.
In the afternoon, we highly recommend embarking on a delightful walking tour that will take you on a scenic journey through some of Rome's most enchanting spots. Begin your stroll by exploring the charming parks of Villa Borghese, in the heart of the bustling city. The Pincio belvedere awaits, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Rome. Don't forget to capture this moment with a photo stop, so you can treasure the memory forever. As you continue your adventure, you'll make your way to Piazza del Popolo and Via Margutta, a picturesque street made famous by the iconic film 'Roman Holiday,' starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. The atmosphere here is truly magical. Your journey then leads you to the iconic Piazza di Spagna, and you'll be captivated by the allure of the Trevi Fountain, where tradition beckons you to make a wish. Venture onward to discover the treasures of Rome, including the splendid Galleria Colonna and the inner courtyard of the Galleria Sciarra. The Church of Sant'Ignazio, the elegant Elephant Obelisk in Piazza della Minerva, and the timeless Pantheon will leave you in awe. And here's a little insider tip: Near the Pantheon, the Giolitti family has been crafting homemade ice cream for three generations. It's a delightful indulgence that you absolutely must savor. Your journey continues through the vibrant Piazza Navona, famous for Bernini's fountain. Then, you'll cross the enchanting Ponte Sant'Angelo, where 10 statues of angels will guide you towards Castel Sant'Angelo. Take a leisurely stroll down Via della Conciliazione, leading to the majestic and immense Piazza San Pietro.
DAY 3: COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL (OPTIONAL)
Wake up to another delicious breakfast at your hotel. This day holds the exciting opportunity to explore the historic wonders of the COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM, and PALATINE HILL. If you prefer, we can arrange a transfer to the meeting point. There, you'll meet your guide, receive your earphones, and bypass the long lines to enter the Colosseum. Inside the remarkable Flavian Amphitheater, you'll be transported to a time when the Ancient Romans gathered to witness a diverse array of events, from thrilling gladiatorial battles to staged animal hunts. Your guide will regale you with stories of how the Romans enjoyed their leisure time in this iconic arena. Next, you'll explore the enchanting Palatine Hill, the very spot where Rome's foundations were laid and Roman emperors once called home. The view from here is absolutely breathtaking. As you continue, you'll wander through the Roman Forum, the vibrant heart of ancient Roman life, where remarkably preserved ruins of that bygone era await your admiration. As the day concludes, you may choose to opt for a convenient transfer back to your hotel, ensuring a comfortable evening and a restful overnight stay.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE and “ARRIVEDERCI”
Savor your final breakfast at the hotel, cherishing the memories of your Roman adventure. Our group transfer will be ready to whisk you away to the airport or railway station, marking the conclusion of our services. Grazie e arrivederci! Of course, if you're not ready to say goodbye to this magnificent city, you also have the option to extend your stay with extra nights. The choice is yours!