Christmas is a magical time of year anyway, but even more so if you allow us to take you to the Vatican for a unique and overwhelming experience on Christmas Eve.
With our pickup service included in the rate, you will reach a meeting point and get on board a cozy Carrani Tours – Gray Line Rome motor coach to enjoy a sightseeing panoramic tour in the company of a professional local guide. He/she will be getting your bearings of the city, directing your attention to sights that are worthy directing to as well as illustrating the historical and cultural importance of some monuments or iconic spots. You’ll drive past Villa Borghese, an amazing huge public garden that is also famous for Galleria Borghese, a museum; you’ll take a glimpse of Via Veneto from your seats, an iconic street during the Sixties that was made immortal by Federico Fellini with his movie “La Dolce Vita”; proceed along the Lungotevere to admire Castel Sant'Angelo, that both history and opera buffs will find jaw-dropping (it originally served as mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and it is also the place where the “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini comes to its tragic end).
You will so reach the Vatican after this fantastic visual feast. Before the event, you’ve got another treat in store for you: a mouth-watering aperitivo-style meal near St. Peter’s.
After the delicious aperitivo, get ready for the real magic: Time to reach St. Peter’s Basilica! Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in St. Peter’s Square, embellished each year by marvelous decorations. A huge tree is erected near the famous Egyptian obelisk in the middle of the square as part of an essential tradition tracing back to John Paul II’s times. At the feet of the obelisk an enormous life-size nativity scene is set up, often crafted in a foreign country and brought to the Vatican as a gift. On the right side of the crib the Christmas tree (also coming each year from a different part of Europe) stands tall in all its magnificence and splendor. The inauguration at the beginning of December is such an important moment for the Romans, and the square lights up like never before during the previous eleven months! The tree and nativity scene usually remain on display until the end of the Christmas season (that’s 8th January).
Your local guide with take you there and share with you the anticipation to such a special event: Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica with Pope Francis!
Regardless of religion, the Vatican Christmas Mass is a memorable event as well as a unique occasion which is all about spreading messages of unity and peace. For those you are religious, see Pope Francis deliver the most-watched mass in the world, along with a congregation of 15,000-ish people, will be simply unforgettable!
- Rome centre panoramic bus tour
- Aperitif-style meal
- St Peter's Square
- Christmas Midnight Mass
- St. Peter’s Basilica