San Pietro in Vincoli

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Rome: San Clemente Underground & St. Peter in Chains Church

1. Rome: San Clemente Underground & St. Peter in Chains Church

Just a stone's throw from the Colosseum, you will find one of Rome's hidden gems, the 12th-century Basilica and the archeological site of San Clemente. Visit this incredible place and navigate three underground levels which uncover over 2,000 years of history. The Basilica reveals a sparkling gold mosaic in the central nave. What lies beneath the Basilica remained a secret until 1860 when a flood led an Irish Dominican Roman Catholic priest and archaeologist to discover the levels beneath.  Today, the excavations are still not complete but you can descend 100 feet underground. At the first level is a 4th-century Basilica, which was long forgotten after the construction of the 12th-century Basilica above. Further down are the remains of an ancient pagan Mithraic temple, complete with an altar. Past the temple are the ruins of ancient Roman homes. All of this is incredibly preserved and was painstakingly excavated. At the lowest level, discover the underground spring which caused the chaos that led to the underground discovery.  Visit the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, the Church of St. Peter in Chains. Here, you will find one of the most prized relics of the Catholic church, what are said to be the chains that bound St. Peter while he was a prisoner in Jerusalem. The chains are visible and located under the main altar of the church. Here, you will also see one of Michelangelo's most important sculptures, which was carved specifically for this space. A close look at this magnificent sculpture of Moses reveals two horns on his head. Your guide will reveal why. 

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Rome: City Sights Highlight Private Bike Tour

2. Rome: City Sights Highlight Private Bike Tour

Combine a tour of Rome's most famous attractions with visits to some lesser-known sights for an interesting way to see the best of the Eternal City. In the company of a local guide, cycle past monuments such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Circus Maximus in the comfort of an environmentally-friendly and easy-to-use e-bike or mountain bike. Admire the elegant shopping streets, animated squares such as Piazza Navona and Piazza Venezia, and beautiful churches of Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli and Saint Peter. Later, zip along Rome's most picturesque bridges to reach Tiber Island before admiring the Castel Sant'Angelo fortress.

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Classic & Imperial Rome Full Day Tour

3. Classic & Imperial Rome Full Day Tour

This full-day tour is a combination of the Classic Rome Tour and the Imperial Rome Tour, and includes visits to all of the important sites in the Eternal City. In the morning the tour begins at Piazza della Repubblica. Your local guide will take you on a pleasant stroll through the historical center, where you can admire the Trevi Fountain, Bernini’s Palazzo di Montecitorio, Piazza Navona, and other sites. The bus stops adjacent to Vatican City so that you can admire St. Peter's Square while listening to your guide’s commentary on the Basilica. You’ll then have the chance to explore this magnificent church on your own and admire masterpieces such as Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's bronze canopy before re-boarding the bus. You’ll stop at a local restaurant where you’ll enjoy a typical Italian lunch and a break before you head off with your guide for the afternoon tour. This part of the tour begins at Piazza Venezia and continues on to the Michelangelo-designed Piazza del Campidoglio. From here there are terrific views of the Roman Forum. You’ll then visit the Colosseum and tour the interior. This is the largest arena constructed in the Roman Empire. You’ll travel to the Circus Maximus by coach to see the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, before finally arriving at the Basilica San Pietro in Vincoli, where you’ll see the famous Moses statue by Michelangelo.

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Rome: Vatican & Imperial Rome Tour in Spanish

4. Rome: Vatican & Imperial Rome Tour in Spanish

Find out about the mysteries of the Vatican through a selection of classical sculpture galleries, tapestries and significant paintings collected in one of the most important museums in the world. Visit the famous Sistine Chapel with exclusive access to St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the whole Catholic Christian world, built on the tomb of the first pope in history, next to St. Peter's Square. You will also get to go inside the private chambers of former popes. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, where you'll see the sculpture of "Moses" by the famous artist Michelangelo, which was part of the Pope Julius II funerary monument. Then, take a big step into the past, reliving the magnetism and grandeur of the Roman Empire, and visit the Colosseum built by Emperor Vespasian in 80 AD, and inaugurated by his son Titus, with over 100 days of celebrations, during which more than 5,000 animals were killed in the sand. On the Via Sacra, walk through the Roman Forum - the political, religious and social center of the capital. Climb the Palatine, one of the central hills of Rome. The tour ends at the Palatine, one of the central hills of Rome.

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Rome Highlights Tour by Electric Bike

5. Rome Highlights Tour by Electric Bike

Navigate the "7 Hills of Rome" by electric bike and marvel at iconic monuments, such as the Trevi Fountain. Cycle to Piazza Barberini on Quirinal Hill, and discover the site of the Baths of Diocletian at the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Go to the basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli before getting a look at the Colosseum from the outside. Enjoy panoramic views from the Giardino degli Aranci on Aventine Hill. Encounter relics of the Roman Empire, such as Trajan's Column and the Theatre of Marcellus. Explore the old Jewish Ghetto, historic Trastevere and medieval market at Campo dei Fiori. Get an amazing view from the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola and much more.

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Rome: Ancient Rome Walking Tour

6. Rome: Ancient Rome Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Ancient Rome on this walking tour. Start with a visit to the St. Peter in Chain’s Basilica where you can admire the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Continue to the Colosseum and discover its brutal history from your expert guide. Next, admire the ruins of the Roman Forum, the political, religious and social center of Ancient Rome, where you will find several temples and statues. Afterward, head to the Imperial Forums, the ruins of the squares built by some of Rome's greatest emperors. Complete your tour with a trip to Capitol Square which was designed by Michelangelo during the Renaissance. Finish your tour in Piazza Venezia.

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Rome: Private Tour from Civitavecchia Port

7. Rome: Private Tour from Civitavecchia Port

Ready yourself for this exclusive port-to-port excursion, filled with fascinating history, world-renowned architecture, and priceless art in the beautiful city of Rome. Discover the glorious churches, quaint cobbled streets, the ever-flowing fountains and statues. Visit the impressive St Peter’s Square behind the walls of the Vatican City, the residence of the Pope and the seat of the Catholic Church. Home of the Sistine Chapel, arguably Michelangelo’s finest work, and the Basilica. Continue at your own pace to the Trevi Fountain, a truly monumental masterpiece. Don’t forget to throw your coin in. Find the most important and famous names of Italian and international style in Piazza Di Spagna. Marvel at the colourful square exhibits and the beautiful bell towers of the church and monastery. Discover Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world and the unique Pantheon. Your tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Colosseum, the most famous monument in the world and an icon of Rome. Be engulfed in the rich history of the city.

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Rome: Private Monti District Walking Tour

8. Rome: Private Monti District Walking Tour

The Monti district of Rome is today one of the most renowned districts of the city center. It was previously the poorest part of Rome, and was known as the ancient "Subura". It became an important religious center in the Middle Ages with the construction of many important churches, some of which were constantly renovated during the centuries. There you will find one of the four major churches of Rome, the Saint Mary Major. The Saint Mary Major features incredible mosaics and works of art from famous artists of the Renaissance and Baroque ages, including Michelangelo and Bernini. You will learn about the incredible mosaics of the 13th and 14th centuries, and will also admire the mysterious Moses by Michelangelo.

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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitol Square Historical Tour

9. Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitol Square Historical Tour

Visit the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains and admire the Moses by Michelangelo at the tomb of Pope Julius II. Relive the magnetism and grandeur of the Roman Empire as your guide takes you inside the Colosseum. From there, walk through the Via Sacra in the Roman Forum - the political, religious and social center of the empire. Complete your visit by climbing up to Capitol Square, which has been the location of the city council since ancient times. Go down the famous steps of the Capitol and end your tour in Piazza Venezia.

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What people are saying about San Pietro in Vincoli

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Good tour, bad organization

The guided tour is great the poor organization, we were 10 minutes before and there was no one, we had to search around the coliseum go up down etc at the end after half an hour they called me (always turn on the mv in case it happens) you do not go up to the top the colosseum or the viewpoint in the forum.

Our guide Francesca “chased” me and my daughter all over Rome in a very good mood. It was a lot of fun and was super informative. We discovered a lot of great corners, some of which we visited again in the following days, e.g. B. to have dinner in a quaint restaurant in a small alley.

Simply great

We were picked up from the hotel as promised (great service). In the morning as well as afternoon we had excellent guides that deserve praise! Coliseum and petersdome without having to wait. Lunch in a typical Italian restaurant. Highly recommendable and big praise to the guides.

The Roman lasagna is very impressive

We happened to get a private tour :) and the guide took the time to answer all questions. The journey through the layers of Roman "lasagna" in the Basilica of San Clemente was very impressive! Worth seeing and recommendable

The tour was amazing! Our guide Manuel was very pleasant and very kind! He showed us amazing places and took us photos! You should try this experience in Rome!!