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Vatican City and Christian Rome Combination Tour

Highlights / General details Vatican City: The purpose of this tour is the visit of the Vatican Museums and a large part of the Vatican City, one of the European microstates, situated on the Vatican Hill in the west-central part of Rome, Its borders closely follow the city wall constructed to protect the Pope from outside attack. We will visit the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Galleries. There you will admire the modern entrance built for the Jubilee 2000, the Galleries of the Chandeliers, of the Tapestries and of the Geographical Maps, the Sobiesky Hall and the Immaculate Conception Hall. We will then stop to admire the Sistine Chapel, seat of the Conclave, with the famous frescoes of Michelangelo. Passing inside the Vatican Museums we will arrive into the Basilica of Saint Peter, commonly called Saint Peter's Basilica, is one of four major basilicas of Rome. It is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City and built on the ruins of Old Saint Peter's Basilica. Christian Rome: We will reach and visit the Basilica of St. John in Lateran (internal visit), cathedral of Rome and of the world, famous for its baroque and medieval masterpieces kept intact inside of it. Hence, we will go to the Holy Stairs, consisting of twenty-eight white marble steps, now encased by wooden steps. According to tradition, the staircases were part of the praetorium of Pilate in Jerusalem, hence were sanctified by the footsteps of Jesus Christ during his Passion. Leaving the Basilica and skirting along the Mura Latine, the tour will pass through the Porta di San Sebastiano to arrive on the Ancient Appian Way, where we will find the Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis” there St. Peter supposedly met Jesus while the former was fleeing persecution in Rome. We’ll reach the Catacombs and after the visit we will continue walking along the Ancient Appian Way up to the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, built around 50 B.D. On the way back, from the coach you will enjoy the view of the Caracalla Baths: they were Roman public baths, or thermae, built in Rome between 212 and 216 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. Inclusion Professional guided tour; Hotel pickup and drop off at select hotels; Headsets; Entrance fees and lunch; Skip the line access to Sistine Chapel and Basilica. Exclusion Gratuities Hours of operation Available: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday (April-October), Friday and Saturday only (November-March); Pick Up starts at 7:30am, Tour Departs at 8:30am. No tour departures on January 1 & 6; February 11; March 19; April 1; May 1; June 29; August 14-15; November 1; December 8, 25-26. Duration Approximately One full day. Policies Due to this year's Holy Jubilee of Mercy and some related events, St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums accessibility could be affected on a short notice. In case of late opening or early closure, for all our tours of the Vatican we plan to substitute the visit of the Basilica/Museums with the visit of the Vatican Library. In case the Basilica is totally closed, the visit/explanation will be conducted from outside. **All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**