Discover the Eternal City at your leisure as you spend two nights in
Italy’s timeless capital. History, art and architecture abound, from Greek
sculpture to Roman ruins. Marvel at the grandeur of the Vatican, where St.
Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel await. Stroll through the ancient ruins
of the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Take time to walk up the Spanish Steps,
toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome, or just spend a
relaxing afternoon at a quiet outdoor café. Many attractions are within walking
distance of your centrally located hotel.
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Spend today exploring the city on your own. You can step out
of Italy while you're still in Rome with a visit to the Vatican, an independent
state. The Vatican museums are filled with magnificent art that goes far beyond
such well-known pieces as the Pieta and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling.
An optional guided visit can be booked the day before at our hospitality desk.
NOTE: Italian museums are closed on Mondays. Vatican museums are closed on Sundays, since they are in Vatican State.
Day 2 - Independent Exploration of Rome
Today's opportunities are endless. You might visit the
Forum, the political and commercial center of ancient Rome when the empire was
at its greatest power. Various emperors constructed the temples, monuments and
other buildings here over a period of nine centuries. Today you can still see
the Curia where the Roman Senate met. Take a walk up the Palatine Hill, where
tradition says the first settlers of Rome built their huts under the direction
of Romulus, and which was later the home of Caligula, Nero, Tiberius and
Domitian. Tour Rome's famous Catacombs, located in tunnels carved out of rock
along the Via Appia (“Appian Way”). Or spend an idyllic afternoon in the
gardens of the Villa Borghese, one of Europe's most elegant parks. And by all
means, do as the Romans do—sip espresso, savor Italian wine and, even in the
middle of the rush of modern European life, take the time to enjoy la dolce
vita. After a full day of independent exploration, retire to your hotel or
perhaps enjoy one of Rome's fine restaurants.
An optional walking tour of Ancient Rome is available today.
Highlights include the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitolio, Marcello
Theater and the Jewish Ghetto. This two-hour program may be booked with your
VBT hotel representative upon arrival in Rome (it may not be booked in advance
of travel). The approximate price is 30 euro per person and includes the
services of our local English-speaking guide.
Day 3 - Rome Extension concludes / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast* you will transfer to the Rome airport
(approximately 40-60 minutes depending upon traffic) for your departing
flight. Please ensure you are waiting in the hotel reception area at the
*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures,
breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk
to verify the times that breakfast is served.
**Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer
time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are
finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you
extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to
the airport will be at your own expense.