Rome: Jubilee Year of Mercy Full-Day Guided Tour

Rome: Jubilee Year of Mercy Full-Day Guided Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, and St. Paul Outside the Walls, the 3 major papal basilicas of Rome
  • See the Holy Stairs, believed to be the steps that Jesus climbed on his way to trial under Pontius Pilate
The 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy is the perfect time for pilgrims to visit Rome’s holiest sites. On this full-day guided tour you’ll visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and the 3 major papal basilicas in Rome.
What to Expect
Your full-day program begins at the Vatican, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums that includes the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Belvedere Courtyard, Laocoon, and the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo spent 8 years working on his magnificent frescoes.

By the time you arrive at the Chapel, you’ll know the story behind the paintings, what they mean, and why they’re so renowned. Then you’ll enter St. Peter’s Basilica via the special-access passageway that allows you to avoid the entrance lines and focus on the majesty of the immense sanctuary.

Admire Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching Pietá and walk through the Holy Doors that are open for the first time in 16 years.

After a break for lunch, you’ll begin the afternoon portion of the tour at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, where your next guide will be waiting.

As the papal seat and the oldest papal basilica, San Giovanni was the first Catholic Church in the western world. Your guide will show you the 14th-century baldachin, the incredible gold mosaics in the church apse, and the 12 monumental statues of the apostles, each sponsored by a prince or pope.

Near the Basilica, you’ll stop at the Scala Sancta or Holy Stairs, brought from Jerusalem by St. Helena, the mother of Constantine I. The devout come to climb the stairs on their knees as Jesus did on his way to trial under Pontius Pilate.

Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Built by Constantine I, it’s one of the least visited (and least crowded) of Rome’s major churches, and also one of its most architecturally impressive.

Reportedly built atop the remains of St. Paul, its stunning cloisters and mosaics are among the most precious of Rome’s hidden gems.

Finally, you’ll end the day on a high note with a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the oldest of Rome’s churches dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Its 5th-century mosaics and the story of the early Christians who made them are sure to deepen your appreciation for the roots of Christianity.
What's Included
  • Skip-the-line access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Transportation between churches by comfortable air-conditioned car/minibus
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Headsets
  • Small groups (maximum of 15 people)
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Transportation between the Vatican and St. John Lateran
  • Lunch
Meeting Point

Piazza del Risorgimento

What to Remember
• On rare occasions, when the basilicas are being prepared for high masses or a special private event, the tour group entrance and/or the basilica itself can be closed without prior notification. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later time. The tour provider is unable to provide refunds or discounts
• While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, the tour provider cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of the Vatican group tours
The average lunch break is 1 hour and 30 minutes in between tours. Please allow plenty of time to reach your afternoon meeting point. If you decide to take a taxi after your morning tour, please be aware that the average taxi costs from St. Peter's Basilica to Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano are around 25-30 Euro.

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