9. Rome: 3-Day Private Trip with the Colosseum & Vatican City
Join on this three-day private sightseeing and historical tour to discover the Eternal City. On the first day, you will be picked up at your hotel in Rome and your driver will bring you away from the usual tourist itineraries to capture the unforgettable sensual atmospheres of charming squares like Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Santa Maria Della Pace. You will then appreciate the Baroque masterpiece, the Trevi Fountain, the silent flow of the Tiber River, and the beautiful Pantheon. Your promenade will continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo to enjoy a fantastic sight of the Castello Sant'Angelo. After a 1-hour break for lunch (not included) you will have a skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museum. Here you will see the art collected by Popes throughout the centuries, the Gallery of Maps with views of the Vatican Gardens, the Tapestry Gallery, and eventually, the Sistine Chapel painted by the Renaissance genius, Michelangelo.
On the second day, you will embark on a 45-minute tour of the mysterious catacombs, situated along the old Appian Way, some 93 miles (150km) of underground galleries used as cemeteries by early Christians under Roman persecutions. After the tour, you will have a small panoramic tour to reach Colosseum. After a 1-hour and a half break for lunch (not included), you will have a private skip-the-line tour in the symbol of the Ancient Roman world, the Colosseum. Discover the construction techniques invented by the Romans, and hear about the skills of the gladiators and the violent exotic animal fights. Afterward, explore the Palatine Hill, the residence of the Roman Emperors, and the Roman Forum, the center of political, religious, and commercial life at that time. You will see the old Senate House, Temple of Vesta, Triumphal Arches of Constantine, Titus, and Septimius Severus.
On the third day, continue the journey in to the Castel St Angelo on a 2hr private tour to admire the impressive architecture of the castle and see the incredible masterpieces hosted inside. discovering the history of the bridge and its many beautiful statues, with your private guide you will enter the Castel Sant'Angelo without queuing and admire the historical development of this important place which has been first a Roman tomb, then a papal residence, fortress, prison, execution ground and currently a museum offering one of the most amazing views over the city.You’ll climb to the top of the building to the terrace, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Rome and a great place for selfies. After 1-hour and half lunch break you driver will take you to the Baths of caracalla the second largest public baths of Ancient Rome. meet your tour guide and embark on a 2 hour private guide tour to admire the best-preserved baths in Rome and a masterpiece of Roman architecture. See parts of the heating system and fragments of mosaic floors and discover imposing vaulted rooms and porticoes.