Vatican City Day Trip from Florence by High-Speed Train: (6 Hours)
Your day trip will begin at Florence's train station, Santa Maria Novella. Hop aboard the 1.5-hour, high-speed train to Rome and then, after a short subway ride to Vatican City, join up with your guide.
Avoid the crowds and head straight inside the Vatican Museums with your skip-the-line pass. Begin by gazing up at Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel, as well as his famous fresco, The Last Judgment. Learn about the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere sculptures as you pass through the Museo Pio-Clementino, admire the intricate designs in the Gallery of Tapestries and see ancient topographies of Italy in the Gallery of Maps.
Afterward, make your way inside the enormous structure of St. Peter’s Basilica with your guide. Take note of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s baldachin altar and Michelangelo’s stunning La Pietà. When you’ve finished exploring, enjoy 1.5 hours of leisure time before your next tour begins.
Imperial Rome Day Trip from Florence: (6 Hours)
Your afternoon tour will begin at the Arch of Constantine in Ancient Rome. Skip the line to see where the gladiators fought at the Colosseum, and explore the amphitheater with your guide, hearing stories of battles between beast and man amidst cheering Roman crowds.
Then check out the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum and take a stroll around Palatine Hill. Your guide will discuss the religious rituals in the House of Vestals and behind-the-scenes scandals and politics in the Senate House.
After exploring the forum your tour will conclude, as you make your way back to Rome Tiburtina station. Your 8pm train from Rome will return to you Florence.