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Stop At: Circus Maximus, Via del Circo Massimo Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome Italy
Circus Maximus, is a large ancient stadium where chariot races were held for the entertainment of Roman citizens and royalty alike. If you have ever watched the film Ben Hur, you can imagine the action that took place here 2,000 years ago on this 540 meter long track covered with sand!
Although only the traces of this once incredible stadium remains, you can just imagine how imposing it must have been in Ancient Rome with the capacity to seat up to 250,000 spectators. In the lowest two tiers, the seats were made of stone and concrete, they upper tiers were made of wood. The external side of the stadium was surrounded by arcades in which shops were set up for the spectators - much like modern day stadiums offer shops and eateries for the spectators.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Piazzale di San Paolo 1, 00146 Rome Italy
The second largest basilica in Rome after St Peter’s Basilica. It has the words "Outside the Wall" because it was erected outside the Aurelian Walls - the ancient 3rd century Roman walls that enclosed the city and protected it.
Saint Paul is among the four highest ranking Catholic churches known as the Papal Basilicas, and a top pilgrimage destination for millions of Christians world wide. Paul's tomb is below a marble tombstone in the basilica's crypt, about 4.5 feet below the altar.
Duration: 45 minutes
Pass By: Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica, Via Appia Antica, 60, 00178 Rome Italy
One of the most strategically significant roads of Rome built in 312 BC - making it one of the earliest roads of Ancient Rome. It connected Rome to Brindisi in south-east Italy and was used a main route for military supplies and troops. The existing roads at that time were from built by the Etruscan and lead in a different direction. The Appian Way was considered by the Romans to be the "Queen of the Long Roads".
According to Christian tradition, it was along the Appian Way that an escaping Peter encountered a vision of Christ, inspiring him to go back into the city to face certain martyrdom.
Stop At: Catacombe di San Callisto, Via Appia Antica 110, 00179 Rome Italy
Burials were forbidden within the city walls, so outside the city walls and beneath the surface, miles of tunnels were dug out of soft tufa stone.
The catacombs were in essence an underground cemeterial complex that can be described as a labyrinth of galleries and chambers about 12 miles long, on four levels, and about 20 meters deep. Aside from many Christians being buried here, so have been martyrs and popes. Decorations and inscriptions can still be seen on crypts and tombs inside the catacombs.
For such an exploration, a guided tour is conducted of the most visited area of the underground catacombs.
Entrance fee to the catacombs is 8 Euros per person that includes a guided tour inside the catacombs, explaining the significance of the many things that you will see. You will join a small group of English-speaking travelers.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a, 00184 Rome Italy
Saint Peter in Chains, is a Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica also known as the Basilica Eudoxiana. It was first built in 432-440 to house a portion of the chains that held Saint Peter where he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. The Empress Eduoxia (wife of Emperor Valentinian III) received the chains as a gift from her mother in mid 5th century, who in turn received them from the bishop of Jerusalem. The Empress gifted the chains to Pope Leo I.
According to legend, when Pope Leo compared these chains with the chains that Saint Peter were held in during his final imprisonment in the Mamertine Prison, the two chains miraculously fused together. Today, the chains are preserved inside a reliquary under the basilica's main altar.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Piazza Venezia, 00187 Rome Italy
In order to build this huge monument, a large area of the Capitoline Hill and a medieval neighborhood were sacrificed. Romans regard the monument as pompous and too large. The Romans nicknamed it the "Typewriter" given its shape, and "Wedding Cake" with the white Carrara marble facade that looks like frosting on an ornate cake. Even with all of its controversy and criticism, the monument attracts a large number of visitors and it’s an iconic representation of Rome. It is also a wonderful landmark to find your way in the city.
Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy
After lunch, you will visit the tiniest country in the world, the Vatican. Inside the Vatican Museums, you will be amazed and delighted at the vast collection of masterpieces, including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums are located within the walls of the Vatican City and display a vast number of artwork collected by Popes throughout the centuries that date from the early Classical era to the Renaissance.
Because the Vatican Museums are so vast and labyrinthine that makes it overwhelming for first time visitors, and possesses such an incredible amount of precious art that is often missed without the guidance of an expert, we highly recommend hiring a private English speaking licensed Vatican Guide to accompany you on a 2 hour tour through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.
Price of Vatican Museums Admission Tickets with no line booked online up to 60 days in advance at 22 Euros per person.
Please book your admission tickets for the 2:00 PM time slot and print your voucher at home. Once booked, Tickets are NOT Refundable.
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Because the Vatican Museums are so vast and labyrinthine that makes it overwhelming for first time visitors, and possesses such an incredible amount of precious art that is often missed without the guidance of an expert, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiring a private English speaking licensed Vatican Guide to accompany you on a 2 hour tour through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.
IF YOU WISH TO HIRE A VATICAN TOUR GUIDE, PLEASE SELECT THE UPGRADE VATICAN GUIDE OPTION OF THIS TOUR.
Duration: 2 hours