ROME THE CENTER OF THE CHRISTIANITY

 8 nights - 9 days


Day 1: Rome

Private transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Hotel in Rome

Rest of the day at leisure to familiarize with the eternal city.

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 2: Rome

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Private  Vatican Museums - Skip the Line Access

The tour will start skipping the line at the Vatican Museums, one of the largest museum complexes in the world. Located in the grand and magnificent Vatican Palaces, there are over 7 kilometers 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. The galleries will lead you to the breath taking Sistine Chapel, famous for its architecture and its decoration that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance  artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. It is without doubt one of the greatest art treasures of all time, one of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world.  Dress Code: Entrance into the Basilica's and the Vatican Museums require a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered, no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for both men and women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code may not be permitted entry to the Basilica's or the Vatican Museums. Our company will not be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 3: Rome

Breakfast in the hotel

 

The Basilicas of Rome

This full day tour will be dedicated to the visit of the most important Basilicas of the Roman Christianity.

The tour will include the visit of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem that keeps the Relics of the Passion of Jesus in the Chapel of Relics upstairs the left aisles. The most famous ones are the fragments of the Holy Cross of Jesus, found by St. Helena on Calvarium in Jerusalem, St. John Lateran. It is here that St. Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order. Nearby is the Holy Stair, the legendary stairs which Christ climbed prior to be convicted by Pontius Pilate, St. Maria Maggiore the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Mother, St. Lawrence outside the walls, an ancient basilica with a wealth of early Christian artifacts. You will conclude with a brief visit of Coliseum from outside.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 4: Rome

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Coliseum and walking tour

You will begin your tour from some of the sites of Ancient Rome, including the Forum and Coliseum. Its real name was the Flavian Amphitheatre, after the emperors who built it in the first century after Christ. Coliseum refers to the "colossal" statue of Nero that at one time stood at the entrance.

In the afternoon a Private English speaking guide will lead you on a walking tour of the historic central Rome, including Campidoglio, St. Maria Aracoeli, Chiesa del Gesu’, St. Ignazio, Pantheon, St. Maria Sopra Minerva, St. Agostino, Piazza Navona and St. Agnese.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 5: Rome

Breakfast in the Hotel

Day at leisure. Take the chance to explore the eternal city.

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 6: Rome

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Catacombs, St. Paolo Outside the Walls and the Abbey of the Three Fountains 

Today you will be directed to the Via Appia Antica, the first consolar Roman Street. It was alongside this road that Paul arrived to Rome to be judged by the Roman emperor.

Later on, you will visit the catacombs of St. Sebastian, St. Domitilla or St. Callisto developed in this area, one of the many underground cemeteries used by the early Christian community.

The guide will lead you where Paul was executed and where in the 7th century the Abbey of the Three Fountains was built.

hree churches can be seen within the boundaries of the Abbey. Tradition recounts that during the beheaded of St. Paul, three springs gushed out at each spot touched from his head.

The tomb of the Apostle is located underneath the main altar of St. Paul outside the Walls, the second-largest church in Rome. Built by the emperor Constantine in the 4th century, it was destroyed by a fire in 1823 and rebuilt, but it still gives us an idea of the magnificence of Early Christian Basilicas. Luckily, the beautiful 13th century mosaic in the apse and the poetic cloister have been spared and can still be admired.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 7: Rome

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Walking tour in Rome city center

In the morning a Private English Speaking Guide will accompany you on a walking tour of the historic center of Rome, including Piazza del Popolo, St. Maria del Popolo, SS. Ambrogio e Carlo, Piazza di Spagna, St. Andrea delle Fratte, Trevi Fountain, SS. Apostoli, Piazza venezia, St. Marco Evangelista.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 8: Assisi

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

St Francis Home:  Assisi

This morning will be dedicated to a guided tour of Assisi.

Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi — Patron Saint of Italy, founder of the Franciscan order and one of the most popular Catholic saints in history. Assisi's main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, which contains the sacred relics of Francis and beautiful frescoes of his life. There are at least seven other churches well worth visiting for their history, beauty and connection with Francis or his friend Clare. The town of Assisi, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines, has been a major Catholic pilgrimage destination for centuries and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 9: Rome

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel in Rome to Rome Airport

 

*According to the tours clients will have the possibility to celebrate daily masses

 

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