Meet your guide across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museums, at the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Use your skip-the-line ticket to walk past the lines and step into the main entry.
Follow your guide through the galleries, and stop at Raphael’s Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, take advantage of a 2.5-hour break for lunch (own expense) and some independent sightseeing if you wish.
Meet back with your guide and travel to central Rome by coach, heading to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Upon arrival, look for the famous fifth-century mosaics. Next, visit nearby Santa Scala, the marbles stairs Christ is thought to have climbed. Continue to the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, and admire the frescoes and visit Bernini’s tomb.
Bid your guide arrivederci, and finish the tour near Termini station.
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura
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