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8:00 am: Pick up just off the Ship (at Civitavecchia port) with a Mercedes E Class or V Class and an english-speaking driver. Transfer to Rome city centre.
9:15 am: Meet your local, friendly guide at the Colosseum to start your tour.
Enter the Colosseum with skip the line entrance tickets.
Tour of the archaeological heart of the eternal city: starting from the Amphiteatrum Flavium, better known as the Colosseum (or Coliseum). Originally built under Emperor Vespasian, the Colosseum was opened to the public in 80 AD, here thousands of cruel fights between beasts and slaves took place since then. Gladiators, are the slaves forced to fight were called, had here they moments of glory and, eventually, of death.
The tour gives you the chance to understand and see also how the machinery worked, where was the arena and where spectators were seated, the kind of shows and fights that took place in there. From the terrace on the first floor of the Colosseum you will have the chance to admire the majesty of the triumphal Arch of the Emperor Constantine.
10:30 am: Drive to see Circus Maximus, Theatre of Marcellus before a walk up Capitoline Hill and see the Ancient Roman Forum.
11:00 am: Transfer to Trevi Fountain, walk to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
12:45 pm: Lunch Break free around Piazza Navona (lunch not included in price)
2:00 pm: Visit the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.
The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
We’ll enter the Pinecone Courtyard, crossing the collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, admiring the famous statue of Apollo, the Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso. Along with the statues of animals, the Coffins of St. Helen and St. Constance, the Galleries of Tapestries and the frescoed Maps of all Italy painted in 1585. Then Rooms painted by Raphael and his pupils, ending with the amazing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
Afterwards the tour will lead you to the highest temple of Christendom: St. Peter’s Basilica. More than a simple church the Basilica, originally built by Emperor Constantine over the tomb of the very first pope, the apostle Peter, was designed by the best Italian architects. Its construction took more than 150 years, and from a certain point of view is still a “work in progress”.
4:30 pm: Transfer to Civitavecchia.
6:00 pm: Arrival at The Ship.
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