Visit the smallest country on earth in this virtual experience of the Vatican City and the surrounding area. Learn how the Vatican Hill went from being a graveyard to the center of Catholicism, as you discover many iconic locations, from St Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom, and the renowned Sistine Chapel from the architecturally stunning St Peter’s square. View the official residence of the Pope, and the window from which he gives his Sunday blessings. Then stroll down the beautiful Road of the Conciliation, towards the impressive, Saint Angel Castle, which has been a safe-haven for Popes for hundreds of years.
This is a private live virtual tour. Our professional, local guide will be showing you Rome’s most fascinating sights in real time, directly from the streets of Rome. You will be connected via video call and you can then explore the city together. With your experienced guide you will see more than just the Rome of today, you’ll also get a glimpse back in time because each tour is complemented with an excellent selection of multimedia. You will be shown historic photographs and videos to help with explanations, stories and the historical context of Rome's incredible and turbulent past. You can’t get any closer to history without a time machine!
The entire tour is designed to be as interactive as you desire. You can ask questions, you can request to go back and look at something again, you have all the freedom and participation of a private walking tour, all from the comfort of your own home.
The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour. Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Rome time!
We begin the tour in the beautiful St. Peter's Square, with a stunning view of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines, discover why the Basilica holds such a unique position in the Christian world.
See the official residence of the Pope, as your local guide points out the beautiful Sistine Chapel, one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
Next, we will walk you through the stunning colonnade, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and on to the 'passetto' (small passage) - a secret escape route, used by the Pontifex, which led to the safety of the Saint Angel Castle.
Learn the secrets of the Saint Angel Castle, initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. Later used by the Popes, your guide will explain the history of this fascinating building, once the tallest building in Rome.
- For groups of 1-6 people: free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance.
- For groups of 7+ people: free cancellation up to up to 7 days ahead. From 6 days in advance to 48 hours in advance, a 50% fee will apply.
- Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead or no-shows result in no refund.
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