St. Peter’s Basilica

 


Sistine Chapel

 


Colosseum

 


Triumphal arches

 


Spanish Steps

 


Trevi Fountain

 


Santa Maria (Trastevere)

 
 

 

First Time Comers

 

The following itineraries are only some suggestions to learn the basics of this complex city that has almost 2,800 years of history and where the memories often are superimposed one upon an other.
Each tour in this section is designed for a length of around 3 hours, although some may be extended to 4.

Transportation can normally be a simple taxi ride from your hotel to the area where then we walk, and another taxi back to your hotel. For those tours where the use of a private car with driver is highly recommended, you will read a note at the end of the description.

 

  • Vatican Tour
    Cross the Vatican City entering from the Museum, see the masterpiece of the Sistine Chaple, the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica, walk through the famous square, back to the border with Italy.
     

  • Ancient Rome
    Back to the origin, we start from the iron age to arrive at the end of the Empire, crossing some of the most famous monuments of the ancient times.
     

  • Underground Rome
    Rome is full of breathtaking beauties on the surface, but is as well full of history and surprises underground.
     

  • Renaissance & Baroque
    The most beautiful examples of baroque art applied to architecture a town-planning will be admired in a relaxing walking tour in the heart of the city.
     

  • Cruise Travelers Excursion
    Should you dock at Civitavecchia in your Mediterranean cruise, this is the perfect choice for a totally customized “Rome in one day” tour.
     

  • Highlights of Rome
    I only have 3 or 4 hours and I want to see as much as possible to get the sense of the city!
     

  • Trastevere: the heart of Rome
    Especially charming in the summer season, this is the district of the everyday life, full of traditional trattorias and workshops, pizzerias, medieval alleys.

Vatican Tour

Description

We pass the gate to enter in the Vatican State and start our visit of one of the richest Museums of the western world not only for the number of artworks and unique masterpieces – Greek and Roman statues and busts, Flemish tapestries, paintings - but often also for the quality of their “containers”: rooms decorated with frescos and stuccos from the 1400 to present time, renaissance courtyards, views of the papal gardens.

We then admire the overwhelming beauty of the Sistine Chapel with all its frescoes from Pinturicchio to Michelangelo; we then enter in St. Peter’s Basilica where Roman memories, Christian relics, baroque artworks and European history survive close to one another. We’ll focus on the triumphant baroque art in the sculptures by Bernini.

We end up in St. Peter’s square, seat of so many important functions, to admire the baroque façade of the Basilica, the Egyptian obelisk, the fountains, Bernini’s gigantic colonnaded portico, the Apostolic Palace and the Via della Conciliazione.

This is a 3 hours walking tour. Reservation is strictly necessary

Facts

Tower of the four gates, Courtyard of the pine-cone, Octagonal courtyard, The Laocoon, Room of the Muses, the Torso, Greek Cross Room, Simonetti staircase, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Room of the Immaculate Conception, The Raphael Stanze, Sistine Chaple, Royal Staircase, Bronze Door, Holy Door, Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s gilded bronze Baldachin, the tomb of Peter, other masterpieces.

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Ancient Rome

Description

We start with the Colosseum, looking at the arena where many gladiators were killed, but some became rich and famous and where even some emperors fought against wild beasts. We will notice the detailed decorations of the Triumphal arches of Constantine and Titus, will step on the sacred street and walk on the triumphal road (the same where Julius Caesar marched with its army), will admire the majestic ruins of both temples and civil buildings that crowded the Roman Forum as well as the imposing ruins of the Imperial Palaces on the Palatine hill.


We will talk about the conquests of the Empire and the everyday life, religion and politics. We can end with a view from the Capitol Hill, the religious and political center of the city ( a tour by driven car may include also the Circus Maximus and the Marcellus Theater )

This is a 3 hours walking tour.
Reservation is strictly necessary

Facts

Arch of Constantine, Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum), Temple of Rome and Venus, Arch of Titus, Sacred road, Forum Margaritarium, Constantine’s Basilica, Regia, Temple of Antonino and Faustina, House of the Vestal Virgins, Temple of Julius Caesar, Basilica Aemilia, Comitium, Curia (the Senate), Arch of Septimius Severus, Tabularium, Mamertine Prison, Michelangelo’s Capitol square, bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius.

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Underground Rome

Description

The magic atmosphere of the early empire can still be found in archeological sites placed just some 5 or 20 meters below the present street level. Temples of Christian, Greek and Mithraic religions can be seen together with civil buildings, walking in caves lit only by electric light. The mystery and evocative labyrinth of corridors and crypts of the underground cemeteries known as catacombs can be still walked down today (led by a guide!). Totally different ambiances and sepulchers are chosen and compared in this unusual itinerary.

The use of a private car with driver is highly recommended for this 3-hour tour.

Facts

Catacomb of Domitilla (or equivalent), excavation of Clement, the mithreum, the paleo-christian basilica and its medieval frescoes, the present basilica.

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Renaissance & Baroque

Description

Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square are the highlights of this tour. In the 3 centuries between the 1500 and the 1700 the papal state was very rich and Rome was the beacon of all art and culture of modern Europe: painters, architects and sculptors were gathering here together from all the western nations. We will “walk” through this second golden age of our history, passing by fountains and palaces, churches and squares, but also by high fashion boutiques and famous gelato shops.

This is a 3 hours walking tour.

Facts

Spanish Steps, Column to the Immaculate Conception, Virgin Aqueduct, Trevi Fountain, Galleria, Marcus Aurelius’ Honorary Column, Parliament of Italy, Augustus Sundial, Pantheon, Nero’s thermal Baths, Navona Square and Domitian Stadium, Fountain of the Four Rivers.

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Cruise Travelers Excursion

Description

A sedan, a minivan or a mini-coach will be waiting at the pier with the name of your party to welcome you at Civitavecchia port. The professional English-speaking driver will bring you smoothly to Rome where you will meet your professional Tour Guide: Mauro! We can go through the itinerary we have agreed in advance for the two of you, your family or your party, or, in 5 minutes, we may agree on any possible agenda for the day: from deep visits to a museum or an archaeological site to an overall sightseeing of the city highlights, secrets, history and curiosities with a nice lunch break in a restaurant that may fulfill your desires for the day. Then I will leave you in the caring hands of your driver that will bring you safe and sound at the pier in front of the entrance of your cruise ship.

Warning

Kindly remember that for the visit of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel reservation is necessary to skip the line at the entrance (I will take care of that upon your duly in advance request: a week at least). A proper attire is requested for the visit to the Vatican.

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Highlights of Rome

Description

If you are really short of time and want to see how the Eternal City developed through almost 3 millennia we may rush (as fast as Rome’s traffic will allow us) from the Palatine, where the story starts with the hut of the mythical founder Romulus (8th century bC) to the Palaces of the Emperors (2nd century AD) and the Circus Maximus, the medieval towers, the most famous baroque sites like Navona square and the Trevi Fountain, the post-unification town-planning and gigantic Vittoriano Monument, and finally we jump on the “west-bank” of the Tiber to have a glance at St. Peter’s Square. No entrances, no true visits, but a general orientation and overview of the whole history of the city. Fasten your seat belts!

The use of a private car with driver is necessary for this 3-hour tour.

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Trastevere: the heart of Rome

Description

In the early Empire this district was used to settle populations from the Middle East. Used also by the common people, this quarter of the regular folks never saw lavish public buildings, but still shows evidence of early Christian presences with the 4th century’s basilicas of Santa Cecilia, San Grisogono and Santa Maria.
In the early 1500 Prince Agostino Chigi – recently a very important clue in the quest of “Angels and Demons” – built here an unbeaten example of a Renaissance suburban villa frescoed inside by the great Raphael. We will start our walking tour from this recently restored Villa Chigi and then will enjoy a blend of today’s everyday life made out of little artisan workshops, typical trattorie, gelato-shops, narrow alleys, mosaics of the 9th century. Trastevere is an area with an atmosphere of its own where you want to get lost, until you are tired of walking and you want to seat at a table for a nice dinner, probably “al fresco” in a medieval alley.

This is a 3 hours walking tour.

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