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The Illuminati

In the year 1600, in the Rome. Baroque theatre of political intrigues and inquisition trials was born one of the most influential secret society in history: The Illuminati. Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Galileo Galilei, the twin heads of the society, scattered throughout the Eternal City clues and enigmas which, once solved, would lead Illuminati adepts to a hidden lair, Four Altars of Science, representing the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, and a mysterious text from John Milton are the key clues that, once decoded, will enable you to experience the Path of Illumination step by step. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable visit to some of the most beautiful places in the Eternal City, to breathe the air of intrigue, mystery and revelation

Castel Sant' Angelo

Via della Conciliazione leads to Castel Sant'Angelo, the fortress of the popes built in the Middle Ages above the remains of the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian (2nd century AD). An 18th-century bronze statue of archangel Michael sheathing a sword surmounts the tomb, in reference to an old tradition that during the plague of 590 an angel appeared on the top of the mausoleum, sheathing his sword as a sign of the end of the plague. This event gave the name to the castle. When the Emperor Aurelian built the new walls of Rome in 271, the Mausoleum was incorporated into the walls as a defensive rampart and renamed Mole Adrians. For centuries it was used as a fortress and a refuge for the popes; in 1277 it was linked to the Vatican by a covered passage called the Passetto di Borgo and endowed with a moat, drawbridges and cannons. The structure, built on the right bank of the Tiber, was connected to the other side by the Bridge of the Angels with the statues by the Bernini school that in the past announced to pilgrims on their way to visit the tomb of St. Peter, that the goal of their journey was near. In the past the castle was famous for its terrible dungeons, described by Benvenuto Cellini who made an adventurous escape from them. It was also a place of public executions, as recalled by the opera Tosca, that sees its tragic ending here. Walking through the 58 rooms the National Museum of the Castel Sant'Angelo today is a journey through its 1800 years of history, and the many terraces offer extraordinary views of the city.

 

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PhotoSleuth Tours

Trastevere
Off the Beaten Path

Become a PhotoSleuth in Rome.

Are you an intrepid explorer with a keen eye and adventurous spirit searching for photographic opportunities?

Create or re-create your own story told in images.

•Discover parts of Rome less traveled by tourists.
•Hear interesting tales and stories
•Take better photos
•Turn your photos into exciting stories.
•Have fun !

Our English- speaking photographers have in-depth local knowledge and a passion to explore.

So bring your walking shoes and be prepared to discover the mysteries of the city. Bring your camera and learn how to have more fun with your camera.

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Roman Crypt

Rome Catacombs, Secrets & Legend Tours

Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini were given free access to the massive collections of the Popes to study and develop their ideals of artistic beauty from pagan antiquities. Galileo took his inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman studies of the stars and universe and the controversial studies of Copernicus. Dan Brown has re-examined the facts through his point of view allowed us to see Rome in a slightly different light.

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Rome Catacombs

Angels & Demons Tour

Official Tour with transfers

Experience an incredible journey, at the end of which you will discover the Illuminati and their secrets.

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$75.00pp

In the path of the Illuminati

Duration: 4 hrs

Cost: $75.00 pp

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Unravel Rome's secrets on the 'Angels and Demons' morning tour, inspired by the novel by Dan Brown. You'll take an incredible journey into the heart of the Eternal City to decode the secret messages of the Illuminati, one of the most influential secret societies in history.

Not just for fans of Dan Brown's famous novel Angels and Demons follows the Path of Illumination, solving puzzles and enigmas, discover the Altars of Science and decode the secret messages hidden in Bernini's sculptures and Galileo texts.

Your tour guide will take you to the enigmatic sights mentioned in the novel, some of the most beautiful piazzas in Rome, as well as lesser known sites where pagan symbolism and Christianity intermingle and reveal a disturbing ancient truth. You'll discover a hidden passage unused for centuries, and learn the secrets of the Illuminati and the Four Altars of Science, representing the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.

As you search for the secrets scattered throughout Rome by the twin heads of the Illuminati, Bernini and Galileo, you’ll visit some of Rome's most beautiful sites to breathe the air of intrigue, mystery and revelation.

Highlights on the morning tour include:

St Maria del Popolo Church
St Peter's Square
St Maria della Vittoria Church
Pantheon
Piazza Navona
Castel Sant’Angelo
Church of Illumination to glimpse the notorious secret passage connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant' Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo at Night

Ghost & Mystery Tour

Private or Group Walking Tour

When the sun sets on Rome, another side of the city comes to life, an older and more mysterious Rome where fact & legend are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye.

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$25.00pp

Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour of Rome

Duration: 1 1/2hrs

Cost: $25.00 pp

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Tour the dark heart of Rome on a night-time Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour. When the sun sets over Rome, another side of the city comes to life – an older and more mysterious city where fact and legend are intertwined, stimulating the imagination as much as the eye. Discover a Rome known only to a few on this nocturnal stroll through the city's ghostly and curious sites.

Your guide will bring the Eternal City's most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life in a highly entertaining and informative tour that is unlike any other. This hour-long stroll through Rome’s dark heart takes you along winding lanes in the city's historic center to discover fascinating legends and mysteries, ghostly tales and curiosities that form part of a lesser-known history of Rome that any passer-by would easily miss. The tour wanders through the areas surrounding Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Farnese including Via Giulia, Via del Governo Vecchio and Castel Sant'Angelo.

San Clement Catacomb

Crypts & Catacombs

Private or Escorted Group Tour

The one and only tour that takes you to Crypts and Catacombs from different historical eras, in diverse locations and with varying styles

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$72.00pp

The Underside of Rome

Duration: 3hrs

Cost: $72.00 pp

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Go below and beyond to a time when Christianity was considered a simple cult whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs. Much of what Rome has to offer is buried underground, and through this tour, our guests can discover the underside of Rome through three select sites walking tour.

Avoid the queues and crowds with an exclusive private tour of the very small Capuchin Crypt and Catacombs. Limited to just 24 people, this small group tour of underground Rome offers a personalized experience.

Plus, by pre-booking this tour you'll skip the lines and crowds at the Capuchin Crypt.

The Catacombs of the early Christians, underground fountains and crypts filled with literally thousands of bones are just a few of the wonders awaiting you on this incredible experience. You will see the most interesting and mystifying sites of Rome's underground sights on this tour. Highlights include:

The Capuchin Crypt: chapels decorated entirely by human bones – this tour skips the line and you can enjoy a private, exclusive viewing of the chapels.

Domitilla Catacombs: ancient Christian burial ground.
Church of San Clemente: built over an ancient 4th-century church, which in turn was built over an older Roman house containing Christian artifacts and a pagan temple.

As you descend into the Eternal City's subterranean burial chambers, winding catacombs and ancient crypts, you'll discover the secrets of imperial and early Christian Rome.

Appian Way Tomb

Appian Way & Catacombs

Private or Escorted Group Tour

Journey along Rome's ancient Appian Way to take a guided walking tour through the Catacombs. You'll travel by coach to the southern edge of ancient Rome and gain a unique perspective on the city and its history.

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$64.00pp

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Duration: 3hrs

Cost: $64.00 pp

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Combining coach and travel on foot, your morning guided tour takes you beyond the city walls and along the rustic Appian Way. You will make three stops along the way, giving you an opportunity to take a walk in the Roman countryside, explore the underground Catacombs, and examine the masterful construction of Rome's remaining ancient aqueducts.

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