Rome and Vatican City Tours
Rome, Eternal City!
A visit to Rome is actually like a visit to several places in one. Today’s Rome is a bustling blend of the ancient world, the hub of Catholicism, and modern day 21st-century living. All of the many facets of Rome allow vacationers to pass easily through many eras at a moments notice.
It is with good reason that Rome is called “The Eternal City,” the settlement of the area dates well beyond 753 BC, the customary date of the founding of the city of Rome.
Rome is known for its food as much as it is known for its history and architecture. While locals will argue to the death about what are the most popular dishes to eat in Rome, here is a short list of some Roman food you will want to enjoy:
• Cacio e Pepe
- Al dente pasta tossed with a sauce made from fresh pecorino Romano cheese, cracked black pepper corns, and a bit of the pasta’s cooking water.
• Amatriciana con la Pasta
- A traditional red sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, guanciale (cured pork), white wine, and pecorino Romano.
- Veal wrapped in sage and prosciutto then marinated in white wine and fried. Vatican City
is often a destination unto itself, and no visit to Rome would be complete without an outing to the Vatican. It is a country situated in the city of Rome; established in 1929. The Vatican is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic church and home of the Pope. Visitors enjoy breathtaking sights such as St. Peter’s Basilica
, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Libraries. Must see landmarks in Rome
• Trevi Fountain
• Castel Sant'Angelo
• Catacombs of St. Domitilla
• The Spanish Steps
• Piazza Navona
• The Pantheon
• Roman Forum
• The Colosseum
A vacation in Rome may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but once you have visited, Rome will continue to call you back.
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Focus on: Vatican - Rome
A trip to Rome would be incomplete without a visit to Vatican City
. While it is true that the Vatican is the seat of the Bishop of Rome
, the Pope
, and the touchstone of Christianity
this area has many secular wonders as well as sacred. The incredible art and architecture coupled with the inspired surroundings make Vatican City a unique destination unto itself.
A brief history about Vatican
Long before the world recognized it as an official state within the city of Rome, The Vatican was the site of numerous historical events. The area was famously used as a circus for Rome’s Emperor Caligula
and later Emperor Nero
. During this time, it was the site of many Christian martyrdoms. Some historians believe that the Vatican was the site of the upside-down crucifixion of Saint Peter
and that his remains are nearby. The area became closely aligned with Christianity after the building of the Constantinian Basilica over the tomb of Saint Peter, in 326 AD. In 1929, the Lateran Treaty officially recognized the area of 110 acres as an independent state within the city of Rome. The recognition as a sovereign state ushered in the modern era of Vatican City.
Vatican Must-see attractions
- VATICAN SCAVI NECROPOLIS- While there are many amazing things to see in Vatican City, the Vatican Scavi Necropolis has a reputation for being both the most challenging attraction for obtaining tickets as well as the reported highlight of many tourist’s excursions. The site is below Saint Peter’s Basilica and is a part of excavations of the ancient necropolis that occupied the Vatican in ancient times. Tourists will see Saint Peter’s tomb, as well as the well-preserved ancient necropolis. You should plan a tour of the Vatican Scavi Necropolis well in advance. It is the most exclusive tour in Vatican City; only 250 tourists may visit each day.
- THE SISTINE CHAPEL- One of the most famous places to view the works of Renaissance Master Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel is widely considered one of the world’s most valuable artistic treasures. Aside from Michelangelo’s renowned work on the chapel’s ceiling and alter, exceptional frescos created by other famed Renaissance artists adorn the sacred chapel. For a genuinely personal visit, you may arrange exclusive before and after-hours tours of the Sistine Chapel.
- THE VATICAN MUSEUMS- Art lover and patron, Pope Julius II commissioned the Vatican Museums in the 1500’s. Since that time the Vatican Museums are a vast complex holding some of the most iconic pieces of art ever created. While planning your visit to the museum complex, take the time to schedule a tour of the Hidden Vatican Museums. This tour will take you to areas closed to the public including the Niccolene Chapel, the Bramante Staircase, and the Cabinet of Masks.
- SAINT PETER’S SQUARE AND BASILICA- The site of the Pope’s Wednesday morning general audiences, Saint Peter’s square is at the heart of the Vatican. It is an awe-inspiring sight as it has a capacity of 400,000 people. It also holds an ancient Egyptian obelisk, brought to Rome in 37AD. The square is in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica, one of the most visited churches in the world. The basilica features remarkable monuments created by Renaissance Masters. The 360° view of Vatican City makes a climb to the top of the basilica dome worth the effort.
Be sure to plan for plenty of time when you tour Vatican City; you will treasure every minute of your visit.