Pre – post Congress Cultural Tours
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
4 hours of tour at the Vatican with a skip-the-line ticket for Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter’s Basilica. It will be possible to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael’s cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. After the Sistine Chapel the tour will continue visiting the Vatican Museum: Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. At the end St. Peter’s Basilica.
Colosseum and Roman Forum
Rome’s Colosseum is one of the greatest engineering marvels in history. Built in just eight years beginning in 72 CE, it held upwards of 50,000 spectators for its famous gladiator matches and other violent and thrilling spectacles. A couple of millennia later, and the Colosseum is still a major draw, with over 4 million tourists visiting annually. This tour includes a skip-the-line entrance ticket, access to the Colosseum’s underground area, arena floor, and also the upper tier, which is only accessible to a small number of guided visitors each day. It also includes a tour of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.
The Secret Castle: Sant’Angelo Castle
The secret castle provides a unique and fascinating journey into the heart of the monument. The visit includes the Passetto di Borgo, also known as the walkway of 800 meters that connects the Castle to the Vatican palaces; the historical Prisons; the “Oliare”, the rooms once used for food storage; the courtyard of Leo X, the room known as ‘the Oven’ and the small ‘stove’ of Clement VII, that is the bathroom of the pope.
The Borghese Gallery
Located midst the trees of Rome’s favourite public park is the Borghese Gallery, a treasure trove of artistic gems, a remarkable collection which was first begun by Renaissance Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Building on “Villa Borghese” was commissioned by this patron of the arts precisely to house one of the largest and most impressive art collections in Europe.On view are some of the finest masterpieces of western art including a series of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculptures commissioned by the cardinal (Aeneas, The Rape of Proserpina, Apollo and Daphne and David); Titian’s canvas Sacred and Profane Love; Caravaggio paintings including David with the Head of Goliath and the Canova’s sculpture of the reclining Pauline Borghese, Napoleon’s favourite sister, who is holding an apple in her hand evoking the Venus Victrix in the judgement of Paris.
The Capitoline Hill
While being the lowest and smallest of the seven hills of Rome (The Aventino, Capitoline, Caeline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinale, Viminale), the Capitoline is perhaps the most closely bound to the city’s history, as it has been the hub of Rome’s political and religious life since ancient times.Today the Michaelangelo piazza, reached by climbing a splendid flight of steps, is encircled by two identical buildings (Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, home to the Capitoline Museum) and Palazzo Senatorio, which serves as the seat of the Mayor of Rome
The itinerary starts from Pincio and Villa Medici the headquarter of the French Academy.
A few steps away from there, Trinità dei Monti church, one of the five French churches in Rome, consecrated in 1585, in front of which stands a Roman copy of Sallustiano obelisk, made of Egyptian granite from the original obelisk in Piazza del Popolo. Now, let’s enjoy one of the most fascinating staircases in the world: the Spanish Steps! At its foot, the Barcaccia, the monumental fountain by Pietro Bernini. Nearby, Caffè Greco, one of the oldest bars in the city which opening dates back to 1760, awaits us to happily take a break in Via dei Condotti.
Going back refreshed to Piazza di Spagna and walking towards the right, we can admire the palace of the Congregazione di Propaganda Fide, a large building that occupies an entire block, looking over the square; the building bears the imprint of two architects whose rivalry has remained proverbial: Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini. The afternoon begins at the elegant Piazza di Pietra, an outdoor “living room” enclosed on one side by the columns of the Temple of Hadrian. The day ends in Piazza Navona. The current layout of the square imitates the Stadium of Domitian, built around 86 AD. The buildings in Piazza Navona were built on the structures of the cavea. It is one of the most famous and amazing squares of the city, an area for meetings, where nowadays it is also possible to visit the underground Stadium.
A walk among the fountains
Explore the Baroque fountains and squares of Rome on a 2-hour walking tour, and marvel at architecture that dates from the Roman Empire, through the Renaissance and beyond. See the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, tomb of Raphael, and more. Enjoy a walking tour of Rome to see its Baroque fountains and piazzas, starting at the Spanish Steps and ending at the Trevi Fountain. The tour begins by the Keats Shelley Museum on the Spanish Steps and follow the graceful flow of the staircase up to the late Renaissance church of Trinità dei Monti. Head to Piazza Navona, the Stadium of Domitian, built in 85 A.D. to accommodate the athletic games. Piazza Navona is the pride of Baroque Rome, with architectural elements and sculptures by masters such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini. Walk to the Pantheon to look inside a remarkably intact Greek-Roman temple, just as the ancient Romans used to do. Next, go to the carved Column of Marcus Aurelius, and admire original scenes from the movie “Gladiator
After visiting the church of Saint Ignatius, home to one of the finest examples of trompe l’oeil in its dome, continue to the Trevi Fountain for the end of the tour. Throw a coin in the fountain and make a wish to one day return to Rome.
Omnia Rome Card
The OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card is a sightseeing pass with free admission to some of the most-visited attractions in Rome and the Vatican City. It also includes skip the line entry to landmarks like the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and many more. The pass also offers unlimited public transportation.
The OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card actually includes two different sightseeing passes: the 72 hour OMNIA Vatican Card and the 72 hour Rome Pass. You can activate the cards on separate days, which is a great option if you’re staying in Rome for more than 3 days.