Embrace the exquisite beauty of Vatican City and its unique, breath-taking and priceless highlights during this unforgettable, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Civitavecchia, Vatican City, Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Vatican City. Upon arrival at the coach drop-off point, walk to the Vatican Museums. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums and discover the Vatican Gardens. These beautiful gardens which have been a place of quiet reflection and meditation for the Popes since 1279, when Nicholas III moved his residence back to the Vatican from the Lateran Palace.
Fontana dell'Aquilone, Berlin Wall Section, Vatican Radio Station, St. Peter's Statue, Cupola
Your visit to the Vatican Museums includes the House of Pope Emerito Ratzinger, Fontana dell'Aquilone, a piece of the original Berlin Wall, donated to the Vatican when it was dismantled in 1989, and Vatican Radio Station (projected and inaugurated by Guglielmo Marconi in 1931, the inventor of radio communications). In addition, see St. Peter's Statue, which faces St. Peter's Basilica from behind; a great position to see the Cupola from a very singular prospective, and the nearest point to the Cupola. From here, it is also possible to see the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Government Palace, Vatican Train Station, Academy of Science, and Casina di Pio IV.
Galleries, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo Works, St. Peter's Basilica and Square, Colosseum
Next, take a guided stroll through some of the breath-taking galleries of the Vatican Museums en route to the Sistine Chapel. Here, marvel at the masterpieces of the great artist, Michelangelo, including his frescoes of the Creation on the ceiling and Last Judgment on the altar wall. Finally, a visit is made to St. Peter's Basilica, by far the largest church in the world. Of particular interest are Michelangelo's Pietà, the bronze statue of St. Peter, and Bernini's canopy over the high altar. Leaving St. Peter's Basilica, walk to St. Peter's Square for additional commentary and some free time to browse for souvenirs, then return to the coach pick-up point. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at a first-class hotel. After lunch, re-board your coach and head to the Colosseum. Following a photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.9 miles (about three kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 250 steps at the sites visited. Walking in Vatican City is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras and/or personal water bottles at designated check points. Flash photography is not permitted in the Vatican Museums. Videotaping and photography are not permitted at any time in the Sistine Chapel. During the inside visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, the use of headsets owned and provided by the respective site's managements is compulsory. Guests are responsible for the headset devices provided for each venue; a fee of EU$50 is charged for each missing device. In the event mass services or special events are taking place inside St. Peter's Basilica, your guide provides commentary from the outside, before you enter independently. Should a mass service be taking place inside St. Peter's Basilica, the entrance may be restricted. Should your guide determine that the queue at St. Peter's Basilica's security check point is longer than a 45-minute wait, they may opt to forego the interior visit of the Basilica and provide you with a full explanation and description whilst outside. Depending upon the number of people in St. Peter's Basilica, it may be closed for security reasons. These safety precautions are beyond the control of the local tour operator. Should you be unable to enter St. Peter's Basilica, additional free time for shopping and independent exploration is provided. Due to the latest world events, a security check should be expected at the sites visited. Should the designed coach drop-off/pick-up point for St. Peters Basilica be congested or unavailable, an alternative drop-off/pick-up point location is utilised, and requires an addition walk of approximately 0.6 miles (about 0.96 kilometres) from/to the alternative location. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The driving time between the pier and Vatican City is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. This tour does not operate on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays or religious holidays. This tour is not available on the following Silversea Civitavecchia call dates: Silver Wind on April 29, 2018, and Silver Whisper on July 18, 2018. The tour sequence may vary.