View of the Roman Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine, Italy

VIP Tour of Rome & Vatican City

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Rome, Naples, Ostia Antica, Tivoli...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

The glory of Rome knows no bounds; the city embodies 3,000 years of history, accentuating the opulence of ancient life, medieval tradition, baroque artistry, and contemporary views. Fountains adorned with intricate marble statues decorate piazzas. The scent of fresh pasta emanates from countless mouthwatering restaurants. The Colosseum towers over Rome’s past life on the edge of the city center, and the Sistine Chapel radiates the unique view of a master artist. You will be immersed in the glory...

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy your VIP status during a spectacular After-Hours tour of the Vatican Museum to linger in the wondrous artwork of the Sistine Chapel
  • Discover the overlooked baroque church of Saint Ignazio to find graceful frescoes forming a three-dimensional effect
  • Indulge in the traditional flavors of Rome with a private pasta making class
  • Witness the ancient streets of Pompeii during a private excursion to the historic city still covered in ash and pumice
  • Wander beneath the former arena floor of the Colosseum during a special tour of Rome’s ancient sites
  • Wander the medieval neighborhood of Trastevere for an in-depth look of contemporary Roman culture in the historic Roman architecture
  • Experience the grandeur of the gardens, art, and familial legacy of the Villa Borghese
  • Stroll along the main road of Rome’s iconic port city of Ostia Antica to see first-hand the preserved culture of ancient life
  • Relish the soft pizza dough between your fingers during your private pizza making class in Naples
  • Visit the main portal to the monastery of the Knights of Malta for an unforgettable view of Rome
  • Take a class on mosaic tile-work from an artisan craftsman in the heart of Rome’s historic art’s district 

Detailed Description

Experience the true marvels of Rome during your 9-day exclusive tour of the artwork, architecture, and culture of one of the most famous cities in the world. Relish private excursions to ancient monuments and delight in the exclusive exploration of the Vatican Museums during an exclusive after-hours tour. The splendor of Rome welcomes you, turning every moment into breathtaking memories. Your perfect adventure begins with your arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer escorts you into the heart of the ancient city in a luxurious hotel near the highlights of Rome’s spectacular monuments. Your guide meets you at the hotel eager to lead you on an introductory tour of Rome’s open-air museum atmosphere, from Piazza Navona to the Spanish Steps.

The next day, your guide immerses you in the ancient life of Rome after breakfast. Explore the secluded sections of the Colosseum and wander along the historic structures of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Explore the National Museum of Rome, which encompasses several antique buildings, including the Baths of Diocletian. In the afternoon, you have a walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto and the medieval neighborhood of Trastevere. You have the chance to learn the secrets to crafting mosaic tiles during a private demonstration by an artisan craftsman. You have a full day tour of Vatican City for an in-depth visit to the gardens, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the museums. The end of your tour is adorned with a private after-hours excursion through the galleries of the main museum, ending in the Sistine Chapel.

Then, you venture outside of Rome to the old port city of Ostia Antica to uncover the old passageways and gain insight into the daily life of a Roman city. The expansive gardens of the Borghese Villa are yours to explore, along with the lavish works decorating the villa’s interior. In the afternoon, your guide takes you on a historical tour of Rome’s distinctive churches before you embark on a private pasta-making class to learn the art of the Italian cuisine. Travel south to the Bay of Naples with your private transfer to visit the preserved city of Pompeii.

For lunch, you venture to Naples for a cooking demonstration on making Neapolitan pizza. The next day is at your leisure to indulge in the splendor of Rome at your leisure. Visit the collective towns of Castelli Romani outside of Rome or relax in the stunning gardens of the villas in Tivoli. In Rome, you can witness the baroque ceiling frescoes of Saint Ignazio Church. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel in the morning of your final day, ready to escort you to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$5,395 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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