Obelisks of Rome Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Vatican Ticket

Obelisks of Rome Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Vatican Ticket
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$410.59
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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This is a fully private and exclusive tour of ancient Rome with a focus on ancient Egyptian and Roman obelisks, Pope Sixtus V, and the Vatican Museums. A fascinating and challenging experience, Obelisks of Rome visits each of Rome's thirteen Egyptian obelisks which were christianized with new emblems and inscriptions by Pope Sixtus V in the mid-to-late 16th century. Egyptian obelisks are some of the oldest monuments in Rome, so what can we learn from them? Time spent with your local expert guide is approximately 2.5 hours. After your fully private tour experience, you will be given priority access, skip-the-line tickets into the majestic Vatican Museums for the self-guided portion. Recommended time inside the Vatican Museums c. 2 hours.

This privately guided walking tour to the Egyptian obelisks of Rome is a unique way to experience our beautiful city! Point to point movement across the historic centre of Rome, as Pope Sixtus V's town planning initiative intended when he relocated the main obelisks to sites in front of churches, is precisely how this tour is conducted. Each obelisk has a tale to tell, and learning about each one is a great way to understand a great deal about the history of Rome. The location of each obelisk, in the most picturesque parts of the city, makes this tour very special.

Many beautiful places in Rome are visited, including Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese Gardens, Spanish Steps, Piazza dell'Esquilino and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza del Quirinale, Villa Celimontana park, Baths of Diocletian, Pantheon, Piazza della Minerva, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Palazzo Montecitorio, Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, Basilica of St. Peter and St. Peter's Square, and of course all the magnificent views, sights, and sounds of historic and modern Rome!  

You won't see the Obelisk of Axum which stood between the United Nations FAO building and Circus Maximus until 2002, when it was struck by a bolt of lightning. It has since been returned to Ethiopia. You will, however, enjoy the very best of Rome from a most unusual perspective. At the end of your tour you'll be directed to the Vatican Museums entrance for skip-the-line priority access. Therein you'll experience some of the most remarkable works of art ever created at first hand.

This is a fully private and exclusive tour of ancient Rome with a focus on ancient Egyptian and Roman obelisks, Pope Sixtus V, and the Vatican Museums. A fascinating and challenging experience, Obelisks of Rome visits each of Rome's thirteen Egyptian obelisks which were christianized with new emblems and inscriptions by Pope Sixtus V in the mid-to-late 16th century. Egyptian obelisks are some of the oldest monuments in Rome, so what can we learn from them? Time spent with your local expert guide is approximately 2.5 hours. After your fully private tour experience, you will be given priority access, skip-the-line tickets into the majestic Vatican Museums for the self-guided portion. Recommended time inside the Vatican Museums c. 2 hours.