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Heart of Rome:
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR Skip the line at St. Peter’s Basilica! Explore Rome's classical attractions on a morning tour that combines the great opportunity to visit the splendid St. Peter’s Basilica with a pleasant stroll through Rome's historical center with your local guide. This half-day tour is the perfect introduction to Rome's famous classical sights and let you tour the Basilica with no line.
Leaving from Piazza San Bernardo, crossing Piazza della Republica, 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 praetorian 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 thermal, built in Rome between 212 and 216 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla.
Hotel pick-up (IN ROME CITY CENTER); Professional guided tour; Headsets; Entrance fees; Lunch.
Hotel drop-off; Gratuities.
Hours of operation
Available Friday and Saturday, pick-up starts at 7:30am, tour departs at 8:30am.
Approximately 9 hours.
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.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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