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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
English-speaking Driver & Air-conditioned Mercedes Car at your disposal for 9 hours
THE ENTRANCE FEES AND THE RESERVATION
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY TOUR TO ROME FROM THE PORT OF CIVITAVECCHIA
|Meet with the English-speaking driver and his Mercedes limousine (with air conditioning) by the cruise ship at the Port of Civitavecchia|
|Arrival in Rome and meet with our English-speaking expert guide at the Vatican Museums|
|3-hour guided visit of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica|
|1 hour of free time for lunch (not included in the price)|
|Pick-up at the Vatican area and short drive to reach the Trevi Fountain in the centre of Rome|
|2 hours of free time for the visit on foot of the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona (without guide)|
|Pick-up close to the Piazza Navona and back to the Port of Civitavecchia|
You will meet our English-speaking driver by your cruiseship at the port of Civitavecchia:
The Vatican Museums are packed with the treasures accumulated over the centuries by the popes. There's the incomparable Sistine Chapel, such priceless ancient Greek and Roman sculptures as Lacoon and the Belvedere Apollo, buildings whose walls were almost completely executed by Raphael (including his majestic School of Athens), and endless collections of art ranging from (very pagan) Greco-Roman antiquities to Christian art by famous European masters.
SISTINE CHAPEL & S. PETER'S BASILICA:
Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor, not a painter. While in his 30s, he was commanded by Julius II to stop work on the pope's tomb and to devote his considerable talents to paitings ceiling frescoes. Michelangelo labored for 4 years (1508-12) over this epic project, which was so physically taxing that it permanently damaged his eyesight. All during the task, he had to contend with the pope's urging him to hurry up, at one point, julius threatened to topple Michelangelo from the scaffolding or so Vasari relates in his Lives of the Artists
The S. Peter's Basilica is not only huge, but also a monument to artistic genius. The first basilica was built here by Rome's first Christian emperor, constantine, in the 4th century. More than 1000 years later the basilica had fallen into disrepair. In the mid-15th century Nicholas V took a stab at its reconstruction, but it was not until 1506, when Julius II employed Bramante, that serious work began. It took more thatn 150 years to complete the new basilica, now the second biggest in the world. Bramante, Raphael, Antonio da Sangallo, Giacomo della Porta and Carlo Maderno, all contributes, but it is generally held that St. Peter's owes most to Michelangelo, who took over the project in 1547 at the age of 72 and was responsible for the design of the dome.
Supplied by the water from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct and a triumph of the baroque style, it was based on the design of Nicolŕ Salvi (who's said to have died of illness contracted during his supervision of the project) and was completed in 1762. The design centers on the triumphant figure of Neptunus Rex, standing on a shell chariot drawn by winged steeds and led by a pair of tritons. Two allegorical figures in the side niches represent good health and fertility.
Take water, camera & sun cream; wear comfortable shoes. In low season warmer clothing may be required!