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What's the difference between a "Driver-Guide" and a Licensed Guide:

 

 

- A "Driver-Guide" is a professional driver, who gives you the main historical information and tips from the vehicle but does not take you inside Museums, Churches and Sights.

 

- A "Licensed Guide" is a professional Guide, with a degree in Art History, who passed a specific test to get the "Degree of Guide" and who can enter Museums, Churches, Sights inside or escort you walking in the city, explaining you historical info deeply.  

 

 

 

                                                             Attraction Prices

 

 

 

 

Colosseum:             Euro  12.00 Adults + Euro 2 their prepurchase fee

                                 Kids under 18 yrs are free;

 

 

Catacombs:             Euro    8.00 Adults;

                                Euro    5.00 kids;

 

 

Vatican Museum:    Euro  21.00 Adults with prepurchase;

                                Euro  13.00 Kids up to 18 yrs with   "   "

  

 

Pisa Leaning Tow:  Euro  18.00 Adults & Kids;

                              Kids under 8 yrs are not admitted;

 

 

Florence Accad:       Euro  16.00 Adults with prepurchase and Exhibit inside;

                                 Euro  8.00 Kids       "       "       "                           

                                 

 

Pompeii:                    Euro  15.00 Adults + Euro 1.50 with prepurchase;

                                   Kids under 18 yrs are free;

 

Hercolaneum:            Euro  11.00 Adults;

                                   Kids under 18 yrs are free.         

  

  

  

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Vatican Museum:

 

 DRESS CODE:

Women have to cover their shoulders and men wear long pants while visiting St. Peter's Basilica inside!

 
 

 

 

Food and drink

It is not permitted to enter the Museums with alcoholic drinks. It is obligatory to leave alcoholic drink in the cloakroom before entering the Museums, these drinks must then be collected, on the same day, at the end of the visit. Visitors are allowed to leave food and drink in the cloakroom, on the condition that this is collected before closing hours. Uncollected food and drink will be destroyed at the end of the day.

Bags, backpacks, umbrellas

The cloakroom staff will accept from the visitors their bags and personal belongings (irrispective of the form, material or dimension of th object), with the exception of clothing items, hats, portable umbrellas.

 
  • It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroomsuitcases, backpacks and containers with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15.
  • It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroombags and bagpacks which are cumbersome, except those small-sized, that carried on shoulder, don't jut out by 15 cm from the body's shape in its highest point.
  • It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroomany umbrella with a spike tip, umbrellas of medium and large size, walking sticks (except those required by disabled visitors to facilitate their movement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signage of any kind (except signs used by official guides for their identification).
  • It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroomknives, scissors, any tools thai could be harmful to other persons ora damage works of art in the Museums.
  • It is not possible to deposit in the cloakroom, fiirearms of any kind or other dangerous objects. It is strictly forbidden to enter the Museums with any kind of weapon.
 

Access to the Museums by armed visitors is not permitted. Non exception to this rule is made for visitors holding a firearm permit, or if the weapon forms part of a uniform (police, military or others).

Museum surveillance

It is forbidden to touch works of art. The works of the Vatican Museums are subject to a costant television monitoring by the surveillance of the Museums and by an electronic alarm system.

Microphones

The use of microphones with amplifier is forbidden. The use of head-sets  for all guided tour groups of 11 or more people is obligatory.

Required clothing

Access to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter's Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, no hats allowed).

Photography

Works of art and surroundings may be photographed. Permission must be given by the Management of the Museum for the use of tripods and other professional equipment. It is forbidden to use flashlight photography inside the Museums. No photography or filming is permitted in the Sistine Chapel. The surveillance is authorized to collect any kind of photography made inside the Sistine Chapel.

Drawing permission

Permission must be sought from the Management of the Museums in order to make pencil drawings and sketches in the Museums. The use of laser pointers is forbidden.

Mobile phones

The use of mobile phones is allowed, except in the Sistine Chapel. Anyway it is not recommended in order to guarantee the visitors a better fruiton of the works of art .

Pushchairs

Pushchairs are permitted in the Museums.

 

 

 

 

TIPS ON TICKETS PURCHASE AND GUIDED TOURS

 

 

In Rome, if you want to enter the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum inside, these are the only tkts to prepurchase: 

Colosseum: To visit it the 2 best options are:
Prepurchase the tkts with a specific entrance time from 09.30 to 11.30 a.m. or the individual ones or the ones escorted by a guide entering the "Stern" Gate (you will find both options in the official Colosseum site, that you will find in our site's home page, on the left, in the "Suggested Links" space). You will have to personally prepurchase them (Euro 12+2) each person (kids up to 18 are free) and if you want to visit it inside with the guide, we can book her for you, for a private tour, with addtl cost of Euro 120 for her (You will need to provide us a list with all the names of people in your party to show it at the entrance).
With both options, you will only have to line for the security controls but you will avoid the long lines with people without a ticket or the one with regular prepurchased tkts without entrance time;

The Vatican tkts prepurchase, will allow you to skip the line so that's a must. The regular tkts to visit the museum and the Sistine Chapel without an audioguide or their guided tour cost Euro 21 each adult (Euro 17+4 prepurchase fee) and kids from 8 to 18 pay Euro 13 each (available since 60 days in advance). The correct ones to prepurchase are the "Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip the Line tkts".

You will arrive in Rome around 09.30 a.m. and the Colosseum will be our first stop.
Even if you prepurchase the tkts, you will have to line for 20 mnts appx before entering it, due to the security controls.
To visit it will have to spend 1.30 hr appx (line and visit).

Then will see the other highlights in Rome (Circus Maximus, Roman Forum from outside, Venice Square, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. You will have time for lunch and at 02.00 p.m. will arrive at the Vatican Museum where you will have 2 hrs to visit it. At 04.00 p.m. will have to leave Rome in order to be at Civitavecchia at 05.00 / 05.15 p.m.).


After visiting the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel, you can enter St. Peter's Basilica (free), avoiding line, passing through a special door in the Sistine Chapel that your driver will tell you where it is.

If you take the audioguides, at the end of the Basilica visit, will have to drive back to the museum entrance to deliver them so it is a waste of time and if you take their group tours, in those 2 hrs you will only see the museum and Sistine Chapel so you will not have time to visit St. Peter's Basilica.

I suggest you then, to hire for addtl Euro 150 total plus tkts , one of the licensed guides we cooperate with, who within those 2 hrs, will show you the museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a private tour just for your party or to visit them on your own.

Colosseum and Vatican museum tkts plus the Academia Gallery in Florence (noon or 12.15 / 12.30 p.m. entrances), can be prepurchased through their official sites that you will find in our site's home page, on the left, in the "Suggested Links" space.

Academia Gallery tkts cost Euro 12+4 prepurchase fee each adult if there is a temporary exhibit inside, otherwise Euro 12 and kids up to 18 pay a reduced fee (Remember to bring their documents to show at the entrance since they want to check their age).

  Regarding the "Leaning Tower" in Pisa, if you want to climb it, will have to prepurchase the tkts, since 19 days in advance, for a 09.15 or 09.30 a.m. entrance (if your ship docks at Livorno Port), or 10.15 or 10.30 a.m. (if your ship docks at La Spezia Port). Euro 18 each adult and kid. Kids under 8 yrs cannot climb it.

Official links in our site's home page, on the left, in the "Suggested Links" space.



For all these mentioned tkts you will receive an on line voucher that will have to print and bring the tour day in order to be exchanged into the real tkts at the entrance.

Pompeii tkts (Euro 15 each adult and kids up to 18 yrs free), can be prepurchased finding the link in our site's home page, on the left in the "Suggested Links" space, paying a reservation fee to the tkt company of extra Euro 1.50 or will be bought at the site avoiding long lines since we stop there in the afternoon and they can also be paid by credit card.

All the tkts once bought cannot be refunded!