Traveling in a small group, you’ll explore the Colosseum where gladiators fought, and the grandeur and treasures of the Vatican, including St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel.
You’ll start in ancient Rome, with a visit to the city’s iconic Colosseum. The Romans built amphitheaters all across their vast empire, but this is the largest and most important of them all. Its four levels of seats could hold 50,000 spectators for bloody gladiatorial combat and wild animal fights. At times the Colosseum was flooded and simulated sea battles were fought.
Stop at Trevi Fountain, currently under restoration. This massive Baroque extravaganza in stone was built in 1732 and features Neptune, god of the sea, surging forward in his shell-shaped chariot. You’ll walk to the Pantheon, where you can enter on your own and have free time for lunch. This is one of the best-preserved of all the ancient Roman structures, with the largest brick dome in the history of architecture.
In Vatican City admire the beauty of St. Peter’s Square, and view some of the treasures of the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica during your brief visit. The Vatican Museum is home to masterpieces spanning the centuries, marvel at the Sistine Chapel, topped by Michelangelo’s magnificent ceiling.