Rome boasts one grand tourist attraction after another, but the Roman Forum and its neighbor, the Colosseum, stay with you forever. Truly most of these ancient archways, temples and aqueducts are little more than ruins, but the grandeur that was ancient Rome never fails to humble modern visitors. A very different but no less popular era of history resides within the Vatican City.
Italy’s capital offers an almost unbeatable mix of history, art, scenery, cuisine, and modern Italian life. Starting from the classical Roman styles to the modernist Fascist architecture, the buildings in Rome encompass the passage of time and cultures with immense beauty. The Santa Marria Maggiore basilica, Villa Borghesse, Palatino Hill, Pineto Regional Park, the Colosseum, and a number of other such historical and cultural artefacts form the crux of this brilliantly benumbing city.
The arrival is scheduled in the morning at Roma Fiumicino airport, where you will be welcomed our representative who will be with you during your entire stay. Then, you will be transferred by coach to the hotel where lunch will be served.
In the afternoon, you will go for a sightseeing tour of Rome, the Eternal City. Rome is the capital and largest city of Italy and the fourth-most populous city in the European Union. Throughout the years, Rome has also been the setting of many unforgettable movies like: Roman Holidays, with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, La Dolce Vita (The Good Life) by Federico Fellini and Three Coins in the Fountain. Rome has been the capital of one of the globe’s greatest civilizations ever, the Roman one.
This population has extended its cultural, religious and economical influence over the Western World for almost two and a half thousands of years. In addition, Rome hosts the Vatican City and it is also the capital of the Catholic religion.
You will be accompanied for a walk through the ruins of the magnificent ancient Rome where you will have the chance to visit: i Fori Imperiali (The Imperial Fora), a series of monumental ruins which represent the old center of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum, an elliptical amphitheatre symbol of the powerful Roman domination where gladiatorial shows and hunts of wild animals took place, the Arch of Constantine, a triumphal arch that was built by the first Christian emperor Constantine I to celebrate his victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, and the Capitoline Museums, Renaissance palaces which host many historical and archeological exhibits celebrating the Roman civilization. After the excursion, you will return to your preferred hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will meet with our representative who will take you on a sightseeing tour of the Christian part of Rome. You will be accompanied for a walk through the Vatican City where you will be able to visit: Saint Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic sites where the tomb of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and first Bishop of Rome, is located; the Vatican Museums, one of the best museums in the world which displays the vast collection of Renaissance treasures and classical sculptures of the Roman Catholic Church; and the Sistine Chapel, famous for its architecture and its frescos painted by some of the best Renaissance artists like Michelangelo whose Last Judgment on ceiling fully describes the genius of his works.
In the afternoon, after a short break for lunch you will be led to the famous Catacombs, ancient underground paths used by the early Christians of the 2nd century AD as burial, ceremonial and hiding places during the time of persecution.
After this quick visit, you will be guided to two of the four major papal churches of Rome: the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, which was originally founded by the emperor Constantine I who erected a memorial church on the burial place of Saint Paul; and St. John Lateran’s Basilica, the first cathedral of the Diocese of Rome and official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome who is the Pope. In the evening you will return to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will be taken on another sightseeing tour of Rome. You will be meeting with our representative who will take you for a walk through the historical center of the capital where you will be able to visit: Piazza Navona, the favourite location of many local artists and portraitists, the Pantheon, a stunning temple dedicated to the Roman pagan gods, the Trevi Fountain where you can throw a coin in the fountain and make your wish come true.
In the afternoon, after a short break for lunch you will be led to Tivoli, a cozy small town of Latin origins which is located at the falls of the Aniene river. Throughout the centuries Tivoli has been chosen by many noble and rich Roman families as their favourite holiday place. Many stunning and highly decorated villas dating back to the Ancient Roman and the Renaissance periods are located in this area. Where you will be able to visit the Villa d’Este, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture which is worldwide known for its impressive system of cascades, pools, water jets and fountains.
The villa was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, son of Alfonso I d’Este and Lucrezia Borgia and grandson of Pope Alexander VI, whose outstanding fantasy garden inspired many European landscape designers over the years. The villa has been recently declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. In the evening you will return to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will have the entire morning to say goodbye to Rome. You will definitely fall in love with its rich historical heritage and its cosmopolitan atmosphere which makes this timeless capital one of the most visited influential and beautiful cities in the world.
Rome is also one of the most outstanding fashion capitals of the world where some of the oldest Italian jewellery and clothing firms were founded. You can take a walk through via del Corso, the main shopping street in the heart of the historical center, enjoy the lovely breathtaking view of il Pincho in Villa Borghese, have a refreshing gelato at the Spanish Steps of Piazza di Spagna, go window shopping at the high fashion boutiques of via Condotti or have a delicious meal in some the typical trattorias of rione Trastevere, one of the most famous neighbourhoods of the Roman Good Life. In the afternoon you will get back to the hotel and then transferred by coach to the Roma Fiumicino airport for your departure.