San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 16, 2012
Each spring, multitudes descend on Rome and the Vatican for the most important Christian celebrations of the year, including Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. As Holy Week approaches, and fast on its heels high-season for travel to Italy, the team at Viator.com – the leading resource for researching and booking more than 9,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries – has suggestions for beating the crowds and making the most of a holiday in Rome and beyond, any time of year.
Set the Stage
After touch-down in Rome, travelers can shake off the jetlag with some sunshine and explore the city at their own pace during the Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour, with 17 stops throughout central Rome. Travelers can expend some energy after a long transatlantic flight with the Rome City Bike Tour, including four hours cycling with a local guide with stops at top sights including the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
Crowds at St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums are inevitable during Holy Week and high season, but with a bit of planning – and Viator’s Skip the Line tours – travelers will find it’s possible to avoid much of the chaos.
- The Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's, limited to 20 people, gets past the long lines and straight to the masterpieces. An early morning upgraded departure gets savvy travelers inside before the doors open to the public.
- Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets let travelers bypass the crowds for their tickets, but explore independently at their own pace. Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day is the only tour that includes all of Rome’s major basilicas (as well as the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s) including Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Paul and St. John Lateran.
- Travelers hoping to guarantee their access to a Papal audience while in Italy can secure their spot with Viator with the Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican or at the Pope’s summer residence with the Papal Blessing at Castelgandolfo Day Trip from Rome.
So Much More Italy to See
With so much to experience in Rome and beyond, booking activities in advance can help make the difference between a mediocre vacation and an amazing trip. From uncovering the ancient classics: Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour and Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour; to spending the day exploring outside of Rome: Pompeii Day Trip from Rome, Perugia and Assisi Day Trip from Rome and Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Rome – Viator features the best things to do in (and from) Rome, with high quality, great service and best prices – guaranteed.
For additional inspiration for Easter, spring and summer vacations, as well as the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news, visit the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 9,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator– the Latin word for traveler – offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as more than 300,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, local language sites for European, Latin American and Asian markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.