TWO DAYS IN ROME
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- Fully private tour of the Vatican City and ancient Rome over two days.
"Two Days in Rome" has been created for first time visitors to Rome who wish to immerse themselves in the concept of entire tourism service with an expert guide. Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Church and Square on day one, then the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill, Imperial Fora, Piazza Venezia, Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna, and Campo de' Fiori on day two.
DAY ONE: ENTIRE VATICAN CITY
09:30 AM (recommended start time): We begin the entire Rome tours experience with a visit to the Vatican Museums. We begin with a study of all the major galleries therein including the magnificent Belvedere Courtyard, which houses ancient and classical pieces from which so many artists took their inspiration, Room of the Muses, the Round Room, the Greek Cross Room, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, and of course the magnificent Rooms of Raphael. The Sistine Chapel is for many people the "pièce de résistance" in the Vatican Museums, and we spend an appropriate length of time detailing it's history, art, and architecture. Before entering the chapel, you will hear all about Michelangelo and his struggles in accepting and completing the work which was to become what is arguably the single most recognized painting in the world.
We then proceed to St. Peter's Square for an overview of the Vatican City State before entering the Basilica. Here, we cover the major works of art therein, primarily Michelangelo's beautiful Pieta' and Dome, the Baldacchino and other works by Bernini, and the Transfiguration by Raphael. You'll see the Crypt of St. Peter, the Holy Altar, and other monuments of artistic importance. We finish off on the portico where we'll discuss Bernini's piazza (St. Peter's Square), the Obelisk, and the Swiss Guard.
DAY TWO: ENTIRE ANCIENT ROME
14:00 PM (recommended start time): We begin day two with Rome's greatest ever engineering accomplishment, the Colosseum. Upon entering the arena, you will learn about the history of the bloody and violent games which took place there, how gladiators lived (and survived), and understand why blood letting meant so much to ancient Roman citizens. Outside the Colosseum, you will ascend Via Sacra and enter the Roman Forum. Politics, religion, archaeology, history and tragedy abound at every turn in an incredible setting. Kings and emperors walked here in ancient times. While overbuilding has left some areas of the forum difficult to appreciate, the beautiful architecture which remains will inspire forever. You will learn about all the main structures and contribute to a discussion about Gaius Julius Caesar. Reasons behind the rise and fall of the Roman Empire will be fully explained.
The Capitoline Hill ("Campidoglio") is next. This piazza was designed by Michelangelo and offers spectacular views of both Piazza Venezia and the Roman Forum. From here, a pleasant stroll brings us to Piazza Navona to see the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, and the Church of St Agnes in Agony by Borromini. You will come to understand more about the unbridled rivalry which divided these two great Baroque artists, a unique and often bitter rivalry which is evident in some of their works to the keen eyed. We then make haste to the newly restored-by-Fendi Trevi Fountain and perhaps have a gelato nearby. Last, but certainly not least, we visit the magnificent Pantheon, Marcus Agrippa's temple to all gods, rebuilt on many occasions and used today by Roman Catholics as "Santa Maria della Rotonda". We discuss the construct of the dome and oculus inside this architectural masterpiece. The current incarnation has stood intact for almost 1,900 years.
Do remember that the above is a suggested itinerary only. If you wish to exclude some sites or include others, we can allocate a guide to suit your specific needs. Please let us know if you would like a custom itinerary. With the above itinerary, you will see all the major sites and piazzas in Rome, and this will be done with a depth of information.
"Two Days in Rome" is fundamentally a walking tour, however, two or three short taxi rides may be necessary which are not included in tour cost above.
When you book this tour, please let us know your hotel or other accommodation address in Rome.
For security reasons, backpacks, rucksacks, large handbags, luggage etc. are banned inside the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.
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Priority skip the line Colosseum tickets
Licensed private Rome tour guide
Private Colosseum inside tour
Private Roman Forum tour
Private ancient Rome tour
Private Rome city centre tour
Priority skip the line Vatican tickets
Licensed private Vatican tour guide
Private Vatican City tour
Private extended Vatican Museums tour
Private Sistine Chapel tour
Private Vatacombs tour
Private St. Peter's Basilica tour
- Short taxi rides
Inside the Vatican City, for both ladies and men, knees and shoulders must be covered. No exceptions.
- Tour runs daily excluding Sundays.
- Tour does not run on public holidays.
- Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised.
Following payment, you will be e-mailed a confirmation voucher with comprehensive booking details therein. Payment made will be clarified, and clearly explained tour meeting point info plus maps included for you to find your way in Rome. Please print your voucher and bring it with you at the start of the tour.
** WE TAKE CARE OF YOUR VATICAN & COLOSSEUM TICKETS WITH PRIORITY NO LINES ENTRANCE
** Vatican Museums & Colosseum - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill tickets included!
No hidden costs, English speaking guides, personalized assistance, free Rome orientation & local maps at our customer service center when you check in for your Vatican tour. Amenities include intranet points, lounge, wi-fi, rest rooms, refreshments, and a Roman gladiator photo shoot!
As a significant amount of walking is required, in the event of physical disabilities, we ask that you contact us before booking so that we can assess whether or not a wheelchair is needed. Later start times available on request.
pam (18 November, 2014 - 10:29pm)
"We just finished day 1 with our tour guide Ciara. Can't express enough how professional and passionate she is about the material she is explaining. We are thrilled thus far and looking forward to tomorrow. Ciara's English is perfect, she is considerate, extremely knowledgable about her subjects and brings an abundance of enthusiasm to the tour. Highly recommend you request her and participate in this tour."
Dean (13 August, 2014 - 04:49pm)
"Our 2 Days in Rome tour was fantastic! Grazie Luigi!"
Shalabh (28 October, 2013 - 04:22pm)
"Everything was PERFECT! We must have thanked you guys at least 50 times while we were there and not just me all the members of our group. Everybody kept mentioning how incredibly well it was organised: transportations, stay, tour guides, itinerary etc. Country was beautiful and the arrangements by you guys made just everything about it even more enjoyable!! All of us are very thankful for your efforts in doing this and the constant communication through the trip. It was a GREAT vacation. You guys did an awesome job!!!!!!!!"
All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation requests by telephone only are not accepted, but you may call us to confirm that you have submitted a cancellation request to us in writing. If you cancel your booking greater than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 10 Euro cancellation fee per transaction. If you cancel your booking less than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 20% cancellation fee per transaction. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than 24 hours before the scheduled tour departure. Similarly, no refunds will be issued for failure to cancel (no show), or failure to arrive at the designated meeting point at the departure time displayed in your booking confirmation. When In Rome Tours SRL may not be held responsible for acts of god, nor alterations to tours made necessary by unforeseen or unannounced closure of all or part of venues including monuments in the tour package. In the event of such closings, When In Rome Tours SRL will not reimburse the package, but may honor the ticket on another day.
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