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Introduction

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.”
  Giotto di Bondone - Renaissance painter

Rome is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe, and its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Ever since the Renaissance period (14th century), the papal state pursued a coherent architectural and urban programme aimed at making the city the artistic and cultural centre of the world. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects left their mark by creating masterpieces throughout the city.

A beautiful mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring architecture, incredible food, vibrant street life, fabulous gardens and monuments and thousands of years of history to experience, Rome has much to recommend itself. Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the most romantic, fashionable and charismatic cities to be found anywhere in the world.

All roads lead to Rome, as does the main railway system, which makes day trips from the capital an easy option. Within easy reach is Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli (40km east) and the well-preserved Roman site at Ostia Antica (26km southwest), a former ancient port. Further afield, and accessible by car, are the notable Benedictine monasteries of Subiaco and Montecassino.

 

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Excursions in Rome

The following excursions can be pre-booked for clients staying in Rome.

Private excursions can be tailored to suit individual requirements and interests on request.

Private excursions: Price (per person) •

  • 4-hour city tour by private car inclusive of English-speaking driver £99
  • 6-hour city tour by private car inclusive of English-speaking driver £145
  • 8-hour city tour by private car inclusive of English-speaking driver £190
  • 3-hour private walking tour with English speaking guide £147
  • 6-hour private walking tour with English speaking guide £278

• Based on 2 people travelling. Reduced rates apply for larger parties. Single supplement on request. Entrance fees to sites payable locally.

Guides are highly recommended for all those wishing to gain more than just a superficial impression of their destination. The expert guides are enthusiastic, extremely knowledgeable and provide fascinating insights into the past and present of their home town or archaeological site.

The excursions listed below are public tours.

Regular excursions: Price (per person)•

  • 3-hour tour of Classical Rome including Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and St Peter’s Basilica (Daily) £38
  • 3-hour tour of Imperial Rome including Roman Forum, Coliseum, Capitol and St Paul’s (outside the walls) (Daily) £49
  • 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums and Basilica including Sistine Chapel (Daily excluding Sunday’s) £54
  • 4-hour tour of Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa D’Este (Daily excluding Wednesdays) £60

Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage sites: Explore the historic centre of Rome and the Properties of the Holy See and San Paolo Fuori le Mura; visit the Renaissance Villa Adriana and Villa D'Este (Tivoli); discover the Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia.

Did you know? Rome's Colosseum, built in 70 A.D., is the largest amphitheatre in the world. The Pantheon, built in 27 B.C., is the only monument belonging to ancient Rome that still remains intact. The Vatican museums - the world's largest museum complex, have hundreds of galleries full of masterpieces collected by successive popes, of which 90 are buried inside St Peter’s Basilica.

The Sistine Chapel: Painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, the chapel is a work of high Renaissance art. The complex design demonstrates Michelangelo's great skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure.

The Treasures of Rome: The Trevi Fountain, St Peter's Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant' Angelo, the Mouth of Truth, the Baths of Caracalla, Villa Borghese – an endless list of treasures to be seen!

Markets: There are several good outdoor markets, flea markets, and places to buy antiques in Rome. Porta Portese (Trastevere), which opens on Sundays from 7am until 1pm, is the most important flea market in Rome selling almost everything.

Ostia Antica: The ancient port of Rome, Ostia Antica was abandoned when the Tiber changed course centuries ago. As well as the theatre, necropolis, temples and fountains, there are fascinating remains of warehouses, apartment blocks, bathhouses and taverns.

Shopping: One of the most popular shopping areas is the Via del Corso and the streets that radiate from it. Alternatively, Via Cola di Rienzo in the Prati neighbourhood, north of the Vatican has a similar assortment of stores but far fewer tourists.

Catacombs: Visit the fascinating if macabre catacombs. Hundreds of kilometres of the oldest and longest underground burial tunnels in the world can be found beneath the city of Rome and its outskirts. The oldest tunnels date back to the first century.

Superstition: Toss a coin over your left shoulder in to the Trevi Fountain to ensure you return to Rome in the future. Or, according to the iconic 1950s film ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’, toss two coins in the fountain and you will find romance and eventually marriage. It’s a tradition that is fun and also beneficial to the city’s poor as the coins are collected and used to fund an inner-city supermarket that feeds the city’s poorest citizens.

 

Transport

The city of Rome is served by two international airports.

Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci airport), on the southwest coast, is connected by rail to the centre of Rome and receives scheduled airlines. There is also a regular bus service and taxi rank.

Ciampino, located 16km southeast of Rome, is used by charter airlines. A bus service links Ciampino to the centre of Rome.

 

Rome Pass: Save money and time by purchasing the OMNIA card - a tourist pass covering all the top attractions in Rome and The Vatican City. Free entry to museums and discounted prices for many other attractions and public transport.

 

Holiday Tip

Avoid premium restaurant prices in Rome by heading to the district of Trastevere. Here you can eat very well at a reasonable fee surrounded by local people.

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