Location: Rome and Tivoli, arrival and departure at Rome Fiumicino or Ciampiano Airport.
Tour Type: Classic with private transfers, walking tours, accompanied and customizable.
Activities: 5-day tour with private services, cultural and scenic visits.
Pace: Steady, not suitable for disabled or mobility-impaired people.
Best Season: Spring and Autumn.
At arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport, meeting with our guide who will remain at your disposal throughout your stay and transfer to the hotel.
Free time in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in Rome.
Dopo la colazione, tour di 4 ore in bus e a piedi attraverso i principali siti archeologici della Città Eterna ricchi di memorie storiche che sono stati a lungo simboli della gloria e dello splendore dell’antica Roma.
Questo tour, che attraversa molte delle aree monumentali e archeologiche più famose della città – come il colle Palatino, il Foro Romano e il Colosseo, vi permetterà di immaginare la grandezza e l’antico splendore degli edifici di Roma e di avere un’idea della vita quotidiana, delle credenze religiose e del ruolo degli spettacoli dei gladiatori nell’antica Roma.
Visita del colle Palatino, dei Fori Imperiali, dell’Arco di Costantino, delle Terme di Caracalla e del Colosseo.
Aperitivo in una tipica enoteca, e a seguire pranzo in ristorante.
Nel pomeriggio visita di Villa Torlonia (conosciuta anche come Villa Albani; fu costruita da Carlo Marchionni per il cardinale Alessandro Albani, nipote di Papa Clemente XI) e le sue collezioni.
Qui il cardinale raccolse una celebre collezione di scultura classica che fu ordinata da J. J. Winckelmann nel 1765. Le necessità finanziarie, le devastazioni napoleoniche, costrinsero gli Albani a vendere la loro villa ai Chigi, che alla fine la vendettero ai Torlonia (la famiglia più agiata della Roma del XIX secolo) ai quali la villa appartiene ancora.
Nel tardo pomeriggio visita esclusiva, previa autorizzazione, del Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini, un vero capolavoro dell’architettura barocca romana dell’inizio del XVII secolo. Commissionato all’inizio del XVII secolo dal cardinale Scipione Borghese all’architetto Vasanzio, il Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini fu costruito sulle rovine delle Terme dell’imperatore Costantino e si affaccia sull’incantevole Piazza del Quirinale.
L’imponente facciata è decorata da sarcofagi romani risalenti al I e II secolo d.C., impreziosita dal famoso affresco “Aurora” di Guido Reni (1575 – 1642), una delle maggiori opere del XVII secolo e da numerose pitture, sculture e affreschi della collezione Pallavicini.
Cena in una tipica pizzeria romana vicino al Pantheon. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Our morning will begin with a visit to the Borghese Gallery, which houses the most beautiful collection of painting and sculpture in Rome. The Borghese Gallery is home to the world’s largest private art collection. Villa Borghese was built just outside Rome in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese to be his second residence to house his collection of ancient sculptures. He was an extravagant patron of the arts and commissioned young Bernini to create sculptures that are now among his most famous works.
His heirs enriched the collection and changed the internal style of the villa to neoclassical. The park was built during the 18th century. In 1902, the property was sold to the Italian State. Don’t miss: artworks by Raphael, Bernini, Rubens, Canova, Lorenzo Lotto, Caravaggio, Jacopo Bassano, Titian, Domenichino, Antonello da Messina, and others.
Lunch at a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will continue with the visit of Rome: Trevi Fountain, which became famous with Fellini’s movie “La Dolce Vita”. You won’t find anywhere else in the world that celebrates the ever-changing and incredible power of water like Rome. The Trevi Fountain is a fantastic work of art that is much more than just a sculpture. This triumphant example of baroque art with its soft, natural lines and fantasy creatures embodies movement as the soul of the world. The fountain is a true wonder, a jewel of water and stone set among the historic center’s palaces of the city.
We will continue to stroll through the beating heart of Rome to appreciate the grand and noble palaces, exceptional squares, and magnificent fountains.
Walking through Rome’s most elegant shopping streets, passing by the ancient column of Marcus Aurelius, whose reliefs tell the episodes of the famous battle set in the movie “The Gladiator,” we will reach Piazza Navona, the most baroque of Roman squares, a masterpiece by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with the fountain of the four Rivers and Piazza della Rotonda where the best-preserved monument of antiquity is located, the Pantheon, dating back to the 2nd century BC built by Emperor Hadrian.
A second stop will be in Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, the popular center of the city, and Piazza Farnese with its twin fountains formed by two marble basins from the Baths of Caracalla, in perfect harmony with Palazzo Farnese which houses the largest private palace in the city, completed respecting Michelangelo’s design. Then, Palazzo Madama (Italian Senate) Piazza di Pietra dominated by the colonnade of the Temple of Hadrian, Palazzo and Piazza Montecitorio (Egyptian Obelisk of Psammetico II), Piazza Colonna (Antonina column, Chigi Palace), Via Condotti and its shop windows, Piazza di Spagna (Barcaccia fountain).
At the end of the visit, we will stop at the oldest café in Rome for an espresso or an excellent gelato.
In the morning, departure by bus to Tivoli.
At the foot of the Tiburtini hills, which overlook the vast travertine quarries and host the sources that bring the sulphurous waters to the thermal city of Bagni di Tivoli, we will stop first to visit Villa Adriana. The ruins can only hint at the grandeur and beauty of this villa that Emperor Hadrian built as a memorial to the monuments and sites he had admired during his travels in the East.
Lunch at a restaurant in Tivoli
We then continue towards Villa D’Este, one of the most beautiful Renaissance residences.
The countless fountains of the Villa, located in the heart of magnificent Italian gardens, create a delightful symphony of carved stone, shade, sunlight and water.
Return to the hotel in Rome in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, check-out and bus transfer to the colorful and lively Trastevere district: literally translated, the word “Trastevere” comes from the Latin “trans Tiberim”, meaning “beyond the Tiber River”. We will visit Santa Maria in Trastevere (wonderful 12th and 13th century mosaics), Villa La Farnesina, one of the first Renaissance retreats and, with Raphael’s frescoes, one of the best decorated.
A microcosm that encapsulates epochs, peoples, and lifestyles: a fascinating complex of medieval streets and houses, both aristocratic and common, that interweave with each other. The sun-kissed cobblestone streets covered in ivy; laundry hanging out to dry, street vendors, artists, and the delicious aroma of freshly baked pizza characterize Trastevere.
We will stop at a typical Osteria to taste local products accompanied by a good wine.
Depending on the departure flight, transfer to Rome airport.
VATICAN CITY, St. Peter’s Basilica, Museums & Gardens.
No visit to Rome would be complete without a visit to the most important church in all of Christendom, the Sistine Chapel, and the exceptional museums of Vatican City. St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world, with Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s bronze baldachin, and numerous papal funerary monuments, is itself a gigantic museum. The Vatican Museums, constructed over centuries through the artistic, dynastic, and religious ambitions of the popes, have now grown into an unparalleled museum complex of scope and importance.
The supreme examples of Italian High Renaissance painting, the Sistine Chapel, the most famous chapel in the world, which has been completely restored in the last twenty years of the last century, is a great attraction for every visitor to Rome. Here the gifted genius, Michelangelo, spent 9 years to enchant us with the eternal paintings of the Genesis Episodes and the glorious Universal Judgment. In this chapel, the cardinals vote for the new pope, and white or black smoke announces to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square the outcome of the vote.
When it is white, the new Pope has been chosen. Admire the frescoed ceilings and walls of Raphael’s rooms in the apartment of Pope Julius II, painted by him and his pupils. You will also have the rare opportunity to visit the wonderful Vatican Gardens and upon request, we can also provide tickets to attend the Papal Audience held by the Pope on Wednesday mornings in St. Peter’s Square.
Enogastronomic and Cultural Tour of the Castelli Romani
The hilly region of Castelli Romani south of Rome owes its name to the fact that each city boasts at least one great noble residence. The small region of the Colli Albani, with a vast historical and cultural heritage, is well known for its splendid landscape with its volcanic lakes and enchanting hills covered in olive groves, vineyards, and woods.
The cities of this region are historically linked to Rome, and it is from here that the legendary founders of the city departed in the 8th century BC, as it is in this region that the Roman aristocracy, after the conquest of the area in the 4th century BC, built luxurious villas in the republican and imperial ages. In the medieval period, the cities were equipped with castles, monasteries, and defensive walls, to return to being a vacation destination starting from the Renaissance era when famous architects and artists built wonderful country residences.
This region, favored by ample sunshine and moderate temperatures, boasts one of the best natural conditions for wine production. The wine road of the Castelli Romani is known for seven major wine-growing areas: “Colli Albani”, “Colli Lanuvini”, “Frascati”, “Marino”, “Montecompatri”, “Velletri”, and “Zagarolo”, some of which are famous worldwide.
You will be able to taste various wines and local products during stops at local farms.