Your tour manager will pick you up on Sunday at your hotel at 9:30 AM. This memorable and amazing tour includes a visit to the main cathedrals of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Holy Staircase and San Giovanni in Laterano. In each area, your guide will discuss its importance, thus saving time and energy for you, all from the comfort of
your private car. Our next stop will be the site of the Catacombs on the Appian Way. You will explore these underground tunnels that form a complex labyrinth. This was where early Christians created cemeteries that included tombs, galleries, family crypts and niches. You will learn how these communities grew into the powerful Roman Catholic Church and its devout followers. This is more than a tourist site or an archeological trip, but a pilgrimage of faith to witness the strength of the convictions of the newly converted Christians. Another stop will be at Aventine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. Here, you will learn about
the tradition of the 'Key Hole'. Your tour will continue on the other site of Tiber River, driving towards world renown St. Peter's Square. This is considered to be the cradle of Christendom. Your turn will come for your Papal Blessing, a once in a lifetime experience! Your tour guide will show you how to take your place under on the balcony of the Apostolic Palace.
At 12:00 PM, Pope Benedictus XVI will appear at the window of his private apartment, and after a brief speech, he will bless the audience. Your knowledgeable escort will then lead you into St. Peter's Basilica to admire the countless treasures and vibrant masterpiece. They will come to life as they are explained and described in one of the most spectacular settings. Michelangelo's Pietà, Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Canopy and the
Tombs of the Popes are just a few creations that will take your breath away. This itinerary provides you the opportunity to learn from an insider's perspective. We'd like to
inform our guests that in the summer, from July to September, the Pope resides in Castel Gandolfo. Therefore, the ceremony takes place in the square in front of his residence.

The tour can be modified and adapted to every demand!
     
  Participants information

tour category: Van and English speaking driver-guide

tour availability : Sunday only

tour duration : 4 hours

pick up time: at 9:00am

participants meeting place
: hotel lobby

tour cost: per party of up to 6 people: Euros 240

licensed guide: none

Lunch time: none

entrance tickets: Catacombs - Euros 5,00 each

attire : no shorts, no miniskirts, no uncovered shoulders


 
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