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Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia is the hub of the city! It is close to many important tourist sites including the Roman Forum and the Capitol Hill. The piazza takes its name from Palazzo Venezia the oldest example of a Renaissance palazzo, which lies on the western side of the Piazza. The square in front of Palazzo Venezia linked the Via Papalis, from the Vatican to the Lateran, to the Via Lata, which led to the center of the city from Porta Flaminia (Flaminian Gate). This impressive building was constructed in the fifteenth century by Pope Paul II and used as a papal palace and in 1564 it was shared by the Venetian embassy.

On the South side dominating the whole piazza, stands the monument to King Victor Emmanuel II and Italian unification inaugurated in 1911. At the top of the stairs is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and open to the public. Officially known as the Altar of the Nation, it was constructed between 1885 and 1905. From this square, two stairways climb up the Capitoline Hill, to the left the Ara Coeli steps built between 1348 and 1358, steep and undecorated, while to the right there are the Capitoline steps, broad and decorated in marble, with the statues of the Dioscuri at the top. This wide stairway, called the Cordonata, leads up to the Piazza del Campidoglio. The decision to build on the flanks of the Capitoline hill the monument to Victor Emanuel II caused the destruction of the papal square in order to give life to a new political-moral center of the new country. The modern aspect of the square, after a process of demolition and reconstruction, reflects the ideology of grandeur and the wish to create the myth of the Third Rome on the ruins of the imperial and papal ones.

Via del Corso runs a straight course from Piazza del Popolo over a kilometer and a half and ends at the northern end of Piazza Venezia. The Corso takes its name from a horse race that finished in the piazza. It follows the route of the ancient Via Flaminia. On the western corner of the Corso and the piazza is Palazzo Bonaparte where Napoleon's mother lived after the French Empire fell in 1836.

To the east and completing the form of the piazza is a building constructed in a neo-gothic style, the Palazzo della Assicurazione Generale di Venezia which faced Michelangelo's workshop. In 1806 Napoleon ordered it to be the seat of the French administration and was later used as Mussolini's residence. Adjacent is the church of San Marco, the palazzo underwent many changes before reaching its present form and was used as a papal residence by several popes.

Pantheon

One of the most impressive architectural masterpieces of all times, the Pantheon current building was built by the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD as a temple dedicated to the twelve Olympian gods.

The present temple replaced two earlier ones; the first, built by Marcus Agrippa inscribed on the portico is M AGRIPPA L F COS TERTIUM FECIT, and destroyed in the great fire of 80 AD, and the second rebuilt by Domitian but burned due to lightening in 110 AD.

By 120 AD, Hadrian began designing a Pantheon reminiscent of Greek temples and far more elaborate than anything Rome had yet seen.

His plans called for a structure with three main parts: an entrance portico, a circular domed rotunda, and a connection between the two. The rotunda's internal geometry would create a perfect sphere, since the height of the rotunda to the top of its dome would match its diameter:

At its top, the dome would reveal the sky through a great circular opening, with a diameter of 27 feet (8.2m), as its only light source. Hadrian visualized himself enthroned directly under the Pantheon's oculus - a near-deity around whom not only the Roman empire revolved.

In the 7th century the emperor, made a gift of it to Pope Boniface IV who transformed it into a church dedicated to Mary and all the martyrs (now called S. Maria della Rotonda). and thus allowing to survive as the best preserved monument left over from antiquity.

Since the Renaissance the Pantheon has been used as a tomb. Among those buried there are the painters Raphael and Annibale Caracci, the architect Baldassare Peruzzi and two kings of Italy: Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I, as well as Vittorio Emanuele's Queen, Margherita.

Exterior

From the outside, with its portico of monolithic granite columns, the Pantheon almost resembles the facade of a Greek temple, and yet the interior, with the rotunda and the immense concrete dome, is a perfect example of Roman architectural space.

The interior of the Pantheon from the floor to the domed ceiling is 142'. The interior is conceived as a sphere inserted in a cylinder; the diameter and the height of the dome identical and the largest ever built until Brunelleschi's dome of the Duomo of Florence was completed in 1436.The opening at the top, the only source of light, is open and the little drains visible at the centre of the floor indicate that it actually rains into the building.

Trevi Fountain

The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district.

Designed in the 18th century by architect Nicola Salvi based his masterpiece on a design by Bernin and built over thirty years. Construction of the monumental baroque fountain was completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini,. Its location is the end of the course of the ancient aqueduct of the Acqua Virgo (19 BC), that supplied water to Rome .

This Aqua Virgo was carried over Rome's shortest aqueduct directly to the Baths of Agrippa and served Rome for more than four hundred years. The "coup de grace" for the urban life of late classical Rome came when the Goth besiegers broke the aqueducts. Medieval Romans were reduced to polluted wells and the dangerous water of the Tiber, which was also used as a sewer.

The Roman custom of building a handsome fountain at the endpoint of an aqueduct that brought water to Rome was revived in the 15th century, with the Renaissance. In 1453, Pope Nicholas V finished mending the Aqua Vergine aqueduct and built a simple basin, designed by the humanist architect Leon Battista Alberti, to herald the water's arrival.

The central figure of the fountain, in front of a large niche, is Pietro Bracci's Neptune riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses (hippocamp) Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One is calm and obedient, the other one restive symbolizing the fluctuating moods of the sea.

Flanking Neptune is a statue representing good health and fertility. Abundance spills water from her urn and Salubrity holds a cup from which a snake drinks. Above the sculptures are bas-reliefs illustrate the Roman origin of the aqueducts, one of them shows Agrippa, the girl after whom the aqueduct was named. The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water.

The backdrop for the fountain is the Palazzo Poli, given a new facade with a giant order of Corinthian pilasters that link the two main stories. In the center is superimposed a robustly modeled triumphal arch.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum), a marshy ground between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills became the central area around which ancient Rome developed, in which commerce, business, trading and the administration of justice, elections were held, the Senate assembled and triumphal processions took place. It lay roughly at the Centrex of a circle of hills upon which grew small villages. Their inhabitants used the valley as a burial ground. In the VII cent B.C., under the Etruscan king Tarquin the Elder, the stagnant water in the Forum was drained into the Tiber through a channel which was to become the great Sewer Cloaca Maxima, it was paved and became a real square at the Centrex of a town.

It was full of temples, basilicas and 3 triumphal arches used by emperors to commemorate their victories. The first one, constructed by Augustus, does not exist anymore the Arch of Titus, built in 81 A.D. commemorates the victory in the Jewish War and near the capitoline hill is the Arch of Septimius Severus built in 203 A.D. to commemorate the victory over the Parthians. The Curia was the location where the senate assembled.

The first Temple of Saturn was built in 497 BC and was used as a treasury and housed the banners of the legions and the senatorial decrees. Only three Corinthian columns remain of the Temple of the Dioscuri built in 5th century B.C. to and dedicated to the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux. Remains of several other temples and basilicas can be found at the forum romanum, among them the Basilica of Constantine & Maxentius, the Basilica Aemilia, the Temple of Romulus, the Temple of Vesta, House of the Vestal virgins and Basilica Julia built by Julius Caesar a court of civil jurisdiction where magistrates held tribunals.

The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina was built in 141 A.D. by emperor Antoninus to honor his deceased wife Faustina. The last monument built inside the Forum is the Column of Phocas. The outstanding building which rises next to it was the Basilica of Maxentius, started by that Emperor in the early IV century.

The forum was gradually surpassed by a number of large imperial fora forming a complex with the Forum Romanum: the Forum Julium, Forum Augustum, the Forum Transitorium and Trajan's Forum. During the Middle Ages, its monuments were for the most part buried under debris, and its location was designated the Campo Vaccinio

The buildings we see today in the Forum do not date back to the same period and were not discovered at the same time. The sacred Way was the most famous street in ancient Rome, along which victorious generals rode in triumphal procession proceeding to the Capitoline Hill to give thanks to Jupiter, the Great and Good.

Immediately on its right are the ruins of the Basilica Emilia (named after the Aemilia family), it was used for the administration of justice. Walking forwards the Sacred Way, stands the great Curia Iulia, seat of the Senate.

In front of it is the Lapis Niger, an area paved with black marble slabs which the Romans believed was the tomb of Romolus. Beyond the Curia rises the Arch of Septimus Severus.

The northern short side of the Forum was closed by the Rostra, the orators' platform to which the Romans had fixed the prows (rostra) of the enemy ships defeated at Antium (338 B.C.). Between the Rostra and the Tabularium (the state archive) rose the temples of Concord, of Vespasian and of Saturn linking the Forun to the Capitoline Hill.

On the south-east corner of the Forum stands the Basilica Julia, used for the administration of Justice. On this side of the Forum rise many bases of statues and an honorary column dedicated to the Emperor Foca in 608 B.C.

To the east of the Basilica Julia stand three columns belonging to the temple of the Dioscuri while in the centre of the Forum is the Temple of Caesar (29 B.C.) dedicated to the 'god' Julius Caesar. Immediately to the east of the temple of Caesar is the Regia which was held to have been the residence of the second king of Rome, Numa. Right in front it stands one of the most ancient and important sanctuaries of Rome, the temple of Vesta, and next to it the House of the Vestal Virgins.

At the north-west end of the Forum stands the Temple of Venus and Rome, erected by the Emperor Hadrian (135 A.D.). The southern short side of the Forum is closed by the Arch of Titus (around 81 A.D.)

Colosseum

The Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum (Coliseum), is probably the most famous monument in the world. It is the largest structure for entertainment ever built by the Romans for gladiator fights, hunting simulations involving ferocious and exotic animals and executions.

Built by the emperors Vespasian and his son Titus and given as a gift to the Roman citizens, the Colosseum was finished in 80AD and inaugurated with 100 days of games. 60-70,000 spectators could enter through 80 arches and after spending the entire day there, could leave in under 20 minutes. In warm weather the audience was protected from the sun by an large canopies maneuvered by sailors of the imperial fleet. The building was constructed with blocks of stone and brickwork. The arena itself was a huge wooden floor covered with sand while the subterranean underground passages consisted of a series of tunnels where the wild beasts and various equipment used during spectacles were held.

It became known as the colosseum because of an enormous bronze statue of Nero which in the second century A.D. was placed near by the monument. This elliptical colossal construction, with a height of 48 meters, has impressed and fascinated men of all Ages. It was with no doubt the most favourite place by the Romans, who came to prefer above all other entertainment the slaughter of men armed to kill and be killed for their amusement. The amphitheatre consisted of four floors. The first floor was 11,50 meters high adorned by half columns of the Doric order. The second floor, in the Ionic order, was 11,85meters high. The third floor, in the Corinthian order, was 11,60 meters high. The fourth floor consisted of a plain wall with projecting corbels which supported the bases of the masts to which on days of strong sun were attached the strips of giant awning which sheltered the spectators. Staircases and galleries led the crowd to the different tiers of seats.

The Colosseum remained in service for four and a half centuries prior to damage by lightening and earthquakes The last gladiatorial combat was recorded in 404AD, and the last hunt in 523AD. Nobody could afford the enormous expenses required to organize the events, and this made the function of the building obsolete. When the amphitheatre was closed, it was used for burials.

In the Middle Ages the Colosseum was transformed into a fortress and later used as a quarry of building material. Many palaces and churches and even parts of the Vatican were built with the stones of the Colosseum The iron clamps that held the blocks of travertine together were extracted and melted down for other purposes, leaving the holes that are visible throughout the structure.

Arch of Constatine

This impressive arch which stands next to the Colosseum is one of the largest arches built by the Romans. Constantine was the emperor who brought a semblance of peace to a Rome that had been fraught with civil war on and off for a hundred years. He gained power by defeating the emperor Maxentius in the famous battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 CE. The arch was built for Constantine by the Senate and people of Rome in 315 CE to commemorate his victory over Maxentius. The arch has three portals and is richly decorated with statues and carved reliefs. The four statues around the upper story were from a monument of Trajan's time and represent Dacian warriors against whom Trajan had fought a successful war. The panels between them come from monuments built for the emperor Marcus Aurelius, while the medallions (between the portals and the upper story) come from Hadrian's time (117-138). The reliefs that were executed expressly for the arch tell of episodes from the life of Constantine.

 

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Visit Hidden Rome

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See Trastevere

Crossing the narrow streets leading to the ancient Jewish Ghetto we will appreciate the charm of a town quite foreign to the bustle of a capital city.

Take this small group tour ans discover the other side of the river.

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Great Monuments of Rome

To obtain a more definite knowledge of the birth of Rome than we can get from the traditional stories, we must study that famous group of hills which may be called the “cradle of the Roman people.”

 

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Rome in a day

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Private Walking Tour

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Departure : Daily on request
Duration : 8hrs

• Vatican Museum
• Piazza Navona
• Pantheon
• Trevi fountain
• Fori Imperiali
• Colosseum

The first place that we will visit on this tour the Vatican Museums, where our primary aim is to see and experience the museums' most famous objects of art. We'll stop by the octagonal courtyard which holds some of the greatest statues in the world and then take a walk through the many halls of the museums to reach the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. After a detailed explanation of the beautiful frescoes in these rooms by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, we'll exit the museums and take a look at the world's largest basilica. Walking through St. Peter's you'll see the highlights of this enormous church, and hear many anecdotes of popes, saints, and artists.

Lunch

After the lunch break we will stroll past some famous baroque fountains and piazzas of the city, such as and Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain while you'll learn about famous artists and popes of the time.

It'll be time to see to the ancient city center of Rome, the Great Forum, a beautiful and mysterious place where in front of ancient temples and basilicas we will recount to you the lives of some famous men from Cicero and J. Ceasar 's time. Then the great ancient symbol of Rome, the Colosseum , and to learn about the games, the gladiators and the emperors that filled this magnificent site.

 

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Rome in 2 Days

Private Walking Tour

This tour by car gives you the possibility to explore in a short time some of the most enchanting areas of the city. In each place we'll take the time necessary to soak up its beauty and to get an idea of the history, events and characters which forged it.

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Private Walking Tour

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Departure : Daily on request
Duration : 8 hrs x 2 days

 

•Arch of Constantine
•Colosseum
•Roman Forum
•Campidoglio
•Palatine Hill with the view on Circus Maximus, and visit of the recently reopened Augustus's house)
•Via Giulia : A street build by the volunteer of the Pope Giulio II in the XVI century that is a museum "en plein air". Via Giulia brings nearby Piazza Farnese
•Piazza Farnese
•Campo de' Fiori
•Piazza Navona
•Pantheon
•S. Eustachio : Ends with a coffee-break (or a coffee tasting) in the famous ad historical coffee St. Eustachio, one of the great coffee houses of Rome.

Day 2
•Vatican Museums
•Belvedere courtyard
•Sistine Chapel
•St Peter's Basilica
•Castel S. Angelo
•Via Cola di Rienzo
•Piazza del Popolo
•Pincio Terrace - with a wonderful panorama
•Spanish steps
•Trevi Fountain

Day 1 :

We begin at The Arch of Constantine , one of the most beautiful and mysterious monuments of antiquity, and continues to the Colosseum. Inside, you'll learn how it was built, the way games were carried out, who the gladiators were and so on. Next we're off to the heart of the ancient city, the great Roman Forum, to discover within the temples, the Senate and the basilicas, the customs , rituals and the significance of Roman life and key figures such as Cicero , J. Caesar and Augustus.

Once at Campidoglio we'll take a break and enjoy a good glass of wine in a bar which has one of the city's most beautiful panoramic views. Then we'll proceed to the Palantine Hill , a secret place of endless beauty where aristocratic families of the senate lived for centuries until the emperors built their own immense palaces which even today afford us breathtaking views of Circus Maximus and the Forum. This should take about 4 - 5 hours and finish in time for a hearty lunch in a restaurant suggested by the guide.

Lunch : Our guides have many good suggestions for restaurants in the area.

After the lunch break we'll begin our stroll through the Renaissance and Baroque era, crossing through the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Saint'Eustachio, Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. We'll also see some jewels of Ancient Rome such as the Pantheon.

 

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The tour begins at the Vatican Museums with an in depth and dynamic appraisal of its masterpieces. In the " Court of the Pigna " and in the " Belvedere Courtyard " we'll stop to admire the perfection of two of the most famous statues of ancient times - the Laocoon and the Apollo. We'll try to understand why the latter is considered "the highest ideal of art of all the works of antiquity." In the many wings of the Museums we will stop by the works of art that deserve our attention, until will reach the frescoes of the Raphael rooms, a perfect example of how colours, space and ideas can generate a unique and unforgettable emotion.

Then off to the Sistine Chapel where through a detailed account of his life and torments, you'll be given the key to understanding and enjoying the beauty and complexity of Michelangelo's images.

After lunch in a good restaurant suggested by the guide, we'll visit Saint Peter's Basilica and Bernini's immense colonnade. While under the dome, we'll recount stories and legends about the popes and artists who gave rise to some of the world's greatest churches.

After a short stroll along the streets of Borgo Pio - the only medieval area of the city - we arrive at Castel Sant'Angelo, an impressive fortress situated on the river where 2000 years of art and history were blended. In fact, this imposing monument, erected in the second century as a mausoleum for the ashes of the Emperor Hadrian , was transformed into a fortified castle in the middle ages. Later, during the Renaissance, it became both luxurious papal residence and complex war machine.

Lunch

After lunch we'll pass the beautiful shops of Italian dresses and shoes, and with a lot of ice cream shops, delicatessen shops and so on Via Cola di Rienzo on our way to Piazza del Popolo – with the twin churches, and the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in which you can find Caravaggio paintings, Pincio Terrace – with a wonderful panorama, Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain

 

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Classical Rome Tours

Escorted Groups Tours

Explore Rome's classical attractions on a morning tour that combines a little walking with relaxed sightseeing by coach.

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Classic Rome and Optional Rome Option

Duration: 3 -6 hrs

Cost: $47.00 pp

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Explore Rome's classical attractions on a morning tour that combines a little walking with relaxed sightseeing by coach. This half-day tour is the perfect introduction to Rome’s famous classical sights: the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and St Peter's Basilica.

You also have the option to indulge in an authentic Italian lunch (drinks not included) at a restaurant near Stazione Termini or the Vatican, and take the Imperial Rome tour in the afternoon.

Our morning tour of Classical Rome begins with a pleasant stroll through Rome's historical center with your local guide. Along the way, you'll admire such sights as Piazza della Repubblica, Fountain of the Naiads, the Trevi Fountain, Column of Marcus Aurelius, Bernini's Palazzo di Montecitorio, the Pantheon (visit inside), Palazzo Madama and Piazza Navona.

You'll also pass the riverside Castel Sant'Angelo to reach the Basilica of St Peter, which you'll visit except when religious celebrations are taking place. Don't miss Michelangelo's magnificent Pieta, to the right of the main entrance.

If you take the Imperial Rome tour in the afternoon, you'll also visit:

•Piazza del Campidoglio, re-designed by Michelangelo, with fantastic views over the Roman Forum
•Circus Maximus and Pyramid of Caius Cestius
•Basilica of St Paul, the largest patriarchal basilica in Rome after St Peter's, built over the burial place of St Paul the Apostle

Vatican Tour + Christian Rome with Catacombs

Duration: 3hrs

Cost: $75.00 pp

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Take a morning or afternoon tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel – and jump the queue by booking ahead. You'll enjoy a mini coach tour of Rome en route to the Vatican and see Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel frescoes, without wasting time waiting in line.

To start your morning tour of the Vatican Museums, you'll take a coach tour across Rome. Your city tour includes a live commentary and offers a brief introduction to Rome as you travel by bus to Vatican City. Highlights en route include Piazza della Repubblica, following the ancient Aurelian Walls, the famous Villa Borghese gardens and the northern gate of Rome leading into Piazza del Popolo.

Upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums. You'll see the beautiful spiral stairway and continue through the Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Geographical Maps, before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

After your tour, you also have the option to indulge in an Italian lunch (drinks not included) before taking a guided tour of Christian Rome in the afternoon. Highlights include the Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint John in Lateran, and traveling along the ancient Appian Way to see Rome's Catacombs.

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Best of Rome

Half Day Group Walking Tour

See the very best of Rome and its most famous squares, monuments, fountains and artworks. Stroll through Rome's picturesque cobblestone alleyways and discover some of the world's most famous sites, including the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

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Escorted Group Tour

Duration: 3 1/2hrs

Cost: $52.00 pp

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You'll travel through time and admire Rome's must-see art and architecture, all in a single afternoon!

The walking tour begins in Piazza del Popolo, which traditionally marks the northern "door to Rome". The piazza's church Santa Maria del Popolo was often the first church that visitors would see upon entering Rome's city's gates.

You'll then proceed to the Spanish Steps, with their lively atmosphere and stunning views down into the winding alleys of the heart of the historic center. Next you will encounter one of Rome's most dramatic monuments, the beautiful Trevi Fountain.

Your stroll through Rome continues with a stop at Piazza Colonna, which contains the column erected by Marcus Aurelius and is considered by Romans to be the very center of the city. Stop at the Pantheon, with its impressive concrete dome and open oculus, which never fails to impress. Nearby you will explore Piazza Navona, with Bernini's famous "Fountain of the Four Rivers" triumphantly marking its center.

Next, a visit to Campo de' Fiori gives you a taste of one of the liveliest and famous traditional Roman piazzas. After stops at the Fountain of the Turtles, Teatro Marcello (the "Little Colosseum") and the Capitoline hill, you will cap off the tour with a grand finish and coffee stop at the Caffarelli Terrace, with splendid views over the historic center of Rome.

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Best of Rome

Full Day by Car

This tour by car gives you the possibility to explore in a short time some of the most enchanting areas of the city. In each place we'll take the time necessary to soak up its beauty and to get an idea of the history, events and characters which forged it.

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Full Day Highlights

•Capitoline Hill
•Colosseum
•Piazza Venezia
•Pantheon
•Piazza Navona
•Campo dei Fiori
•Saint Peter's Square
•Aventine Hill

Full Day Itinerary

We shall begin on the ancient Capitoline Hill which has served, since the foundation of the city 2750 years ago, as a backdrop for clashes, celebrations and legends. Today, the hill is surmounted by historically overlapping buildings culminating in Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, Piazza Campidoglio , characterised by its splendid architecture , meticulous details and extraordinary harmony. From the rear of the Capitoline Hill you can enjoy a spellbinding view of the valley of the Roman Forum , once the centre of ancient Rome, with its amazing array of temples, basilicas, colonnades and roads.

From here, if you listen carefully, you can still hear the stirrings of crowds incited by Cicero, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and a thousand others. Then off to the Colosseum , the imposing monument built in just over 10 years (AD69 to 80) in a period at the height of the city's wealth and power. There you'll come to know about the construction techniques utilized and about the gladiators , who they were and why the games remained so popular for over three centuries. You'll discover an unexpectedly complex society and the multiform empire that gave life to it.

From here we will head to Piazza Venezia with its Monument to Victor Emmanuel which represents an important moment in our country's modern history. The Trevi Fountain , symbol of the dolce vita, will bewitch you with its melodic play of water and the many stories and legends inscribed its bas-reliefs.

Then to the Pantheon whose beauty and awe inspiring dimensions symbolize, without any doubt, the splendour of ancient Rome. It was designed by Hadrian , an eclectic and visionary emperor who sought to give depth and harmony to the city and to a multiethnic empire with different and often conflicting cultures, traditions and languages . Rome was at the time a city living at the height of its grandeur but all the while sowing the seeds of its unstoppable decline.

Piazza Navona will cast us into yet another time and city: the city of the popes and the heart of the Baroque; Bernini's world of ingenious ideas ; the raising, after centuries, of the ancient obelisks abandoned in Roman circuses; the Fountain of the Four Rivers ; the Church of Saint Agnes and the legendary rivalry between Borromini and Bernini, the two great architects/sculptors of the Baroque. From there to Campo dei Fiori (Field of Flowers) where there exists, till this day, a small flower and fruit market.

Here we will explore the contradictions of the Baroque age: Popes who patronized the arts while at the same time endorsing the ferocious trials of the Holy Inquisition . In 1600 Giordano Bruno , precursor to scientific research carried out by Galileo and Newton , was burnt alive in this very square for stating that the universe was endless and infinite. The church held this to be blasphemous for only God could be infinite.

From there we go to the splendid Saint Peter's Square , heart of Christianity and for centuries the destination of infinite pilgrimages. In AD 64 this area was the site of a circus used for horse racing. It was here around the same period that Saint Peter was crucified and buried during the cruel persecution instigated by Nero . And it is precisely around his tomb that the area came to acquire a new profile thanks to the thousand popes, architects, painters and to the faithful millions who day after day contributed to its present day magnificence. The first church rose in the 4 th century AD and was consecrated in the very presence of the emperor Constantine . The second church, begun in the Renaissance, is a rich story of the artists, popes, subsidies and wars that occurred throughout an entire century of construction which culminated in the raising of Michelangelo's dome after a series of failed projects. Then off to the Janiculan Hill located to the rear of the Vatican and from which you can admire a spectacular view of the entire city , a wonderment of river, trees, domes and sky. On the other side of the Janiculan Hill is the quarter of Trastevere , famous for its narrow, quaint cobble stoned streets, the many restaurants, art galleries and the enchanting church of Santa Maria in Trastevere with its mosaics and rich history of medieval legends.

We will end our journey on the other bank of the river up on the Aventine Hill, a silent retreat lost in time located in the centre of the city. At the heart of this ancient location is the Christian church of Saint Sabina which was constructed over a pre-existing Temple of Juno . Here lived, among others, Domenico Guzman, founder of the Dominican order , who brought with him from Spain an orange tree - the memory of which can be found in the adjacent cloister.

And in the Garden of Oranges we can take in yet another breath of infinite beauty of the entire city which by now will feel closer, friendlier and richer from all the places and stories experienced.

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Shore Excursions

We offer several itineraries especially for cruise passengers - experiences designed to offer all the best of Rome and surrounding areas through full-day shore excursions. Each itineraries begin with a private car waiting for you as you disembark at the Port of Civitavecchia, returning at the end of the day.

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Private Tour

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All tours includes private transfer and full day walking tour with our private Rome guide.

Civitavecchia - Rome: Our private car will take you to the heart of Rome where they will meet their personal guide for a day of touring the essential sights of the Eternal City. In normal traffic, the journey takes approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Once in Rome, you may choose from among our many private itineraries that offer in-depth looks at the various artistic and historical treasures in the city. -

Essence of Rome: This one-day private walking tour is a wonderful way to experience all of the city's main attractions. Inside the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, they will be overwhelmed by the awe inspiring creations of Michelangelo and other masters. Your clients will explore the ruins of the largest ancient empire as our guide takes them inside the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum, bringing to life the sights and sounds that filled them more than two millennia ago. We end the day with a twilight tour around such splendid sights as Trevi Fountain and a Bernini masterpiece, the "Four Rivers" fountain in Piazza Navona. The day includes breaks for lunch, etc. -

Civitavecchia - Ostia: Just outside of Rome and along the coast of the Tyrrhenian sea lies the ancient port city of Ostia Antica. A private luxury car will pick your clients up from the port of Civitavecchia and take them on the roughly hour and a half journey to this beautiful archaeological park that holds many secrets of early Roman civilization and is a perfect way for those already familiar with Rome to spend their day away from their cruise ship. -

Civitavecchia - Tivoli: Beautiful gardens, splendid villas, unparalleled artistic and architectural grandeur- all of this lies just two hours away from the port of Civitavecchia in the striking ancient city of Tivoli. This day-trip is a perfect shore excursion for those interested in the rich history and natural beauty that lies outside of Rome

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