Rome Extension: Ancient City, Modern Metropolis

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Immerse yourself in Rome, the Eternal City, delighting in the magnificent Roman ruins and abundant Renaissance Art. You’ll visit the Colosseum, the Vatican, and so much more, as you explore this historic yet equally modern city!

  • Length
  • Trip Type Extension
  • Activity Level Easy
  • Start / Finish

Highlights

EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the historic city of Rome, surrounding yourself with the grandeur of the Roman Empire
  • Visit the Vatican Museums, the largest museum complex in the world, experiencing famous artworks including the Sistine Chapel
  • You’ve traveled all the way to Italy – why not stay a little longer and explore the variety Italy has to offer Beyond the Dolomites!

 

OVERVIEW

Rome is an ancient city, yet a modern metropolis. While this would seem an uncomfortable juxtaposition, once here you get used to seeing an ancient column standing next to a 21st century traffic signal. And somehow, this does not diminish the impact of the incredible history in any way.

Today Rome is the capital of the Republic of Italy, and thrives as a cultural epicenter. Home to 2.7 million people, it is not only the seat of government and home to Vatican City, but also host to major international political, scientific, technology, and cultural organizations, an international center for higher education with numerous academies, colleges and universities a center for banking and insurance as well as the electronics, energy, transport, and aerospace industries, and the hub of the Italian film industry. And of course, in addition to industry, Rome thrives as a center of tourism.

But Rome’s import as a center of power and culture has been well demonstrated throughout history. Her history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its legendary founding in 753 b.c.. Rome is referred to as "The Eternal City", a central notion in ancient Roman culture, as it is today as one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. Hercontributions to modern society are as plentiful as they are varied, as the birthplace of Western civilization, a key contributor modern democracy, the influence of Latin on medical and scientific terms as well as a plethora of Latin-based languages, and as the center of cultural revolution during the Renaissance. So it should come as no surprise that the city’s historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

There’s so much grandeur to explore here. Remains of the Roman Empire are distributed throughout the city – the Roman Forum, ancient ruins of the temples and Basilicas, and of course, the magnificent Colosseum. And then there’s the impact of the Catholic Church – St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and of course the Vatican Museums and its extensive collection of art. And yet within this phenomenal city, the history and present-day life mingle, local professionals and tourists alike rub shoulders, intertwined as they dine together the shadow of the Colosseum, creating a historically modern experience.

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Rome, Private Guided Tour
Arrive in Rome, and transfer to your hotel where you’ll meet your private guide and begin your walking tour.  Along the way, you’ll travel back in time to experience the past grandeur of the Roman Empire, its tragedies and love for entertainment, and discover some of its most famous citizens including Julius Caesar, Emperor Augustus, and Emperor Nero. The itinerary will begin at Capitoline Hill, the most important of the seven historic hills in Rome. You’ll visit the Roman Forum, from where the Romans ruled their Empire, and marvel at the ancient ruins of the temples and Basilicas. You’ll venture inside the glorious Colosseum, where you can take in the grandeur and scale of this city’s and the Empire’s past. Coliseum entrance fee is included (no waiting in line).
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Day 2 ~ Vatican Museums Tour (Guided Tour)
Transfer to the Vatican for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) is the largest museum complex in the world. With over 1400 rooms in more than 50 galleries, there are over 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) of galleries to be seen! They display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world, and some of the most famous artworks in the world by some of the most famous artists of all time including but in no way limited to Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Bernini, Botticelli, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Giotto.

The Vatican Museum includes the museum itself, galleries with an impressive 3,000 years of art, the Sistine Chapel with its ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo, and parts of the papal palace. There is an astonishing amount of art to see here, including the Stanze della Segnatura – a room of works by Raphael, while the Pinacoteca Vaticana is probably Rome's best picture gallery, with many Renaissance works. One of the most impressive halls is the Hall of Maps, with murals of old maps of the papal lands.
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Day 3 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure.
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.


NOTE – The Vatican Museums is a huge museum complex, and it is not possible to see everything in this museum in one visit! If you are interested in a more extended visit to the museum, or to the city of Rome overall, we would be happy to create a longer custom Roman itinerary just for you!

Cost

Immerse yourself in Rome, the Eternal City, delighting in the magnificent Roman ruins and abundant Renaissance Art. You’ll visit the Colosseum, the Vatican, and so much more, as you explore this historic yet equally modern city!


Length: 3d / 2n

Start / Finish: Rome

Dates:  This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing.

Activity Level: Easy
For everybody in good and active physical health. 

 

COST:  Call for prices 

Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in Rome
  • All breakfasts
  • Guided walking tour of Rome
  • Coliseum entrance fee
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance fee
  • Tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax 

Airport transfers available on request.              

Accommodation

At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
15-21 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1900
22-27 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1540
22-27 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
23-28 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1220
29 Feb - 3 Mar
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2200
5-10 Mar
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1190
12-17 Mar
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
12-17 Mar
2017
4
Available
€ 1540
12-17 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
12-17 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1190
19-25 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1900
26-31 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1220
26 Apr - 1 May
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1900
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
23-30 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
12-18 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1260