Rome – The Eternal City
Focusing on the beauty and culture of the Eternal City, you will visit the grandeur of Ancient Rome’s Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, St. Callixtus Catacombs, and Castel Sant’Angelo. From the Renaissance and Baroque eras, enjoy touring St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and Borghese Gallery. There will be plenty of time to walk the neighborhoods, dine at memorable restaurants, and explore on your own.
- Visit the renowned ancient Rome monuments that mark the historic significance of the city’s beginnings.
- Tour the magnificent Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums, all boasting treasured works of art.
- See the beautiful architecture of many famous buildings and fountains that define the landscape of Rome.
- Enjoy the amazing Borghese Gallery, housing a marvelous collection of art works by master artists.
Day 10 – Rome
Travel from Florence to Rome by Eurotrain. We will check-in to our hotel and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Spend time viewing the greatest amphitheatre in the world, the famous Roman Colosseum. Then take a short walk to the center of the city of Rome and view the Roman Forum surrounded by the ruins of ancient government buildings. Enjoy dinner in the city on your own. (B, L)
Day 11 – Rome
Our day begins with a tour of the Vatican Museums. Enjoy the immense collection of beautiful works of art acquired throughout the centuries by the Roman Catholic Church. This collection includes some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The tour includes the Sistine Chapel, renowned for Michelangelo’s dramatic portrayal of The Last Judgment and the monumental accomplishment of the Book of Genesis painted on the ceiling. Next, we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Located within Vatican City and renowned for its Renaissance architecture, St. Peter’s boasts magnificent contributions from Michelangelo and Bernini. Afterward, we will enjoy lunch and a visit to Castel St. Angelo. This imposing structure has served as a Papal fortress, residence and prison, and offers magnificent views of Rome. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own. (B, L)
Day 12 – Rome
Today we will visit some of Rome’s most iconic sites. First, the Piazza di Spagna (the famous Spanish Steps), one of the most popular meeting places in Rome. While here, we will view the beautiful Renaissance French church, Trinità dei Monti, situated at the top of the steps. Then we will enjoy a walk to the magnificent Trevi Fountain, an extraordinary masterpiece of Italian art. Our next stop will be the Pantheon, one of the best preserved of all ancient buildings in Rome. The Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome with a central opening to the sky. We will have lunch nearby. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring the beauty of Rome and spend the evening dining on your own. (B, L)
Day 13 – Rome
On our last day of Rome, we will begin with a tour the catacombs of St. Callixtus. These ancient, Christian burial grounds are among the greatest and most important of Rome. They contain a great majority of fresco and sculpture examples from before 400 AD. Next, we will visit the Borghese Gallery to view their substantial collection of old master’s paintings, Roman sculptures, and antiquities. View famous works of art by Bernini, Caravaggio, Titan, Raphael, and Rubens. Enjoy lunch and the afternoon on your own. We will gather this evening for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Rome’s Fiumicino airport for your flight home. (B)