An exclusive and luxurious mode of transportation, the speedy Roma Express takes you in style through the marvelous countryside to Rome. Upon arrival, you will board a comfortable coach for a superb introduction to the city's major attractions. See Colle Oppio, a hill overlooking the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and continue on to The Church of St. Peter in Chains, believed to contain the saint's prison chains. Inside you can admire Michelangelo's statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. Another must-see is the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built in Rome. It was originally called the Flavian Amphitheater to honor the Royal Family Flavia, who built it. Construction started under the Emperor Vespasian in 72 A.D. and was finished during the reign of the Emperor Titus. Enter the site where Romans enjoyed spectacular shows of gladiatorial combats, fights with wild beasts and bloody games. The amphitheater once held as many as 50,000 people, who would watch the gruesome games, while slaves and criminals were killed for entertainment. The tour continues in the Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial centre of ancient Rome. Walk through the Sacred Way, along which victorious generals marched in triumph to the Curia. Also, see the altar where the body of Julius Caesar was cremated and from which Marc Anthony made his famous speech. Navona Square, one of Rome's most famous and centrally located, offers a perfect setting for lunch on your own. Afterwards, it's on to St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica, begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such masters as Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled masterpiece. Admire the astonishing beauty of Michelangelo's most famous sculpture, the marble Pietà, and the marvelous bronze canopy over the high altar by Bernini. Everywhere you turn, the sights are amazing.
Please note: In case St. Peter's Basilica may be closed during religious celebrations, guides will give commentary from outside. Guests will be required to wear suitable attire covering the knees and shoulders for the visit inside the Basilica. No shorts, sleeveless tops or other revealing clothing will be permitted.