Your tour begins with a 90-minute drive from the pier in Civitavecchia to Rome, where you will visit the impressive Colosseum. This masterpiece of classical architecture is an enormous amphitheater, where gladiators and wild beasts once battled to death in front of 50,000 spectators. A brief moment to take photographs will follow your visit before you re-board your coach. Drive to the Vatican City, where you’ll have some time to have lunch or explore before you meet back with your tour guide. Walk to the entrance of the Vatican Museums and admire the amazing treasures collected by the popes throughout the centuries. You will have time to see a portion of the many beautiful pieces of work. Your tour continues with a visit to the Sistine Chapel, highlighted by Michelangelo's masterpieces and impressive frescos. Afterwards, you will reach St. Peter’s Square where your guide will provide a full outside explanation of St. Peter's Basilica. You will then rejoin the coach and return to Civitavecchia.
Large bags and backpacks are not allowed inside. The Colosseum can close for security reasons at any given time without prior notice. Should this occur during your tour, your guide will provide a full explanation from outside and you’ll get some free time for photos and shopping. Have shoulders and knees covered for visiting religious buildings. Tour may operate in reverse order. The minister of tourism has established a maximum number of visitors that can be inside the Colosseum at once. Should this number be reached, entrance may be stopped and delayed. Should your guide foresee that the wait time at the Colosseum is longer than 45 minutes, the guide will forego the inside visit and provide a full explanation from the outside. This tour includes a considerable amount of walking, extended periods of standing and approximately 250 steps to negotiate. For safety reasons, guests with walking difficulties may not participate on this excursion. Due to traffic regulation, motorcoaches are not allowed to get close to some highlights such the Colosseum; this will involve additional walking portions to and from pick-up/drop-off points during the tour.