Ancient Rome Tour

Ancient Rome Tour

Starting off from Piazza Venezia, we can climb the steps that lead us to the top of Capitol Hill, one of the famous seven hills. It was the political and religious center of ancient Rome. It’s today the seat of the City Hall. The square was laid out by Michelangelo in 16th century.

A walk down the hill takes us to the Forum. It was the most important square of Ancient Rome used as daily market place and meeting-point. Around this square, the Romans constructed the most important buildings, temples and palaces as the Roman Senate where the senators met and decided the destiny of the known world.

We can walk along the Victory’s road in the Forum that allows us to see the most important sights and ends in front of the Colosseum. The symbol of the power of Roman Empire.

Cruises Tour

Cruises Tour

Are you coming to Rome on a Cruise?… and you have only one day to visit the city?
This tour is what you’re looking for!

I will take you on a fun and interesting tour of the highlights of Ancient, Renaissance Rome and Vatican.

Your shore excursion to Rome will start with pick up dockside at your cruise ship in Civitavecchia (1 hour and half from Rome), where a professional driver and a comfortable limo or minivan will be waiting for you and will lead you to Rome.

At the conclusion of your Rome guided day tour, the driver will take you back to your cruise ship, dockside, in Civitavecchia.

We will visit Vatican museums (Sistine Chapel), St. Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Forum.


Suggestions: dress code at the Vatican – no bareshoulders,skirts and shorts under the knees

Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery

This 16th century Villa, surrounded by a wonderful park, was built by Borghese family. The Borghese Gallery houses probably the collection you have heard most before coming to Rome. The great masterpieces are the works of Raphael, Caravaggio and Titian and the wonderful sculptures of Bernini like David, Apollo and Daphne and the most celebrated sculpture Paolina Bonaparte by the 18th century Italian artist Antonio Canova.

Please note: advanced booking required. Reservation is mandatory for entrance to this museum as the Galleria Borghese only allows entrance to a certain number of visitors at a time.

Capitoline Museums Tour

Capitoline Museums Tour

Visiting these museums will help you give face, form and expression to the gods and to the key personalities who inhabited the squares, temples and houses of the ancient city. You can see the splendid gilded bronze statue of Hercules, the formidable statue of Mars in full military dress, the Drunken Faun carved from ancient red marble, and dozens of other extraordinary sculptures.

Above all, you can admire the perfection of the original bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, with its minute attention to detail apparent in the emperor’s beard, veins and rather incredible sandals. You’ll come across the very famous remains of the colossal statue of the Emperor Constantine, his head, hand and foot all etched with their long history. The Dying Gaul will touch you with his pained expression and show of courage. The mosaics of the Doves and the Theatrical Masks are immortal symbols that all of us have seen in our school books.

As no doubt is the case with the legendary statue of the She-wolf, symbol of the city. The museum also houses the busts of Cicero, Julius Caesar, Nero, Homer, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The two buildings of the museum are linked trough a tunnel built by Mussolini that runs underneath the City Hall (former Roman Archives) from which you can enjoy an overwhelming view over the Forum valley with all its vestiges of ancient glory.

Not to be missed!!!

Downtown Rome Tour

Downtown Rome Tour

Plenty of surprises!!!!

We can start this walking tour from Trevi Fountain Rome’s “wish fountain”, where a small coin dropped into the Trevi’s waters assures your return to Rome and perhaps something more… then our tour continues along the side streets of Old Rome, the city’s historic center, passing near Colonna Square where in the middle you can see a 90 feet high second century a.d. Roman Column dedicated to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Just around the corner a narrow street will lead us to a wonderful church St. Ignacius with a moving cealing!!!!

We will pass then in front of the and we stop inside to marvel at the concrete dome the ancient Romans poured in the 2nd century AD and the light streaming in through the opening at its center. Seeing the Pantheon for the first time leaves even modern architects amazed at how the ancient Romans built it… and exactly in this square we will have a break for a delicious cappuccino… We will deserve it!!!!!… When open, one block away from Pantheon, we can even visit St. Louis of French church that keeps inside three wonderful paintings of Matthieu’s life by the famous Italian painter Caravaggio.

Our tour will end in piazza Campo de’ fiori, with its animated market. The colorful stalls of Campo de’ Fiori’s fruit and vegetable vendors displaying their bountiful produce will be a feast for your eyes. You may also want to pop into Campo de’ Fiori’s famous bakery (“forno”) to sample, stand-up, a slice of the exquisite thin crust Roman pizza fresh from the oven…. but… before leaving you, I will show you the spot where J. Caesar was killed.

Rome in a day

Rome in a day

Here a couple of suggestions. I have put together for those who have a limited time in Rome and want to see as much they can on a guided tour!

Option 1

Vatican museums (Sixtine Chapel) | St. Peter’s basilica | Pantheon | Trevi Fountain | Colosseum | Forum

Option 2

Trevi Fountain | Colonna Square | Pantheon | St. Louis Church and Caravaggio Paintings (closed on Thursdays) | Ghetto | Teatro di Marcello | Capitol Square | Forum | Colosseum

Appian Way and Catacombs

Appian Way and Catacombs

The most important of the Roman roads, it was built in 312 b.c. by Appius Claudius.

Running from Rome to southern Italy, the road is still paved with big blocks of basalt (grey volcanic stone) and in use today. It has also been used for the first few miles as pagan and christian burial grounds. The early Christians, for example, built along it their underground cemeteries (catacombs).

The tour starts near the San Sebastiano gate, one of the 18gates of the Roman city walls and still well preserved. Then, we visit the Saint Callistus Catacombs, which were an object of pilgrimage from the Middle Ages to modern times. Here the bones of Saint Peter and Saint Paul were kept during 3rd century persecution. The catacombs are a complicated network of galleries flanked by hundreds of tombs.

Returning to Via Appia, a little farther along the road, we find the Circus of Emperor Maxentius and the temple of Romulus (his son), both built in the 4th century a.c. Beyond them is one of the famous landmarks of the Roman Countryside, the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. It is a magnificent tomb of a patrician lady who died in the first century a.c. Then, we continue on foot (only pedestrians or bikes allowed). For the next mile the road is lined with cypresses and flanked by the ruins of ancient Roman tombs.

The landscape is wonderful…  Don’t come to Rome and miss the views that you will find here along this road… Come and discover it.

Vatican Mosaic Tour

Vatican Mosaic Tour

Have you ever marveled at a mosaic in a church and wondered “how do they do it?”

Prepare to find out! After our tour of Saint Peter‘s, we will tour the school where they created the mosaics on display in the basilica. This school opened in the 18th century and still makes the most important and beautiful mosaics adoring churches, convents, villas and private collections all over the world.

The mosaic artists use a secret technique invented by Venetian artists in the 17th century. We’ll visit their school and see the mosaic masters in progress – and even learn their trade secrets!

Jewish Catacomb Tour

Jewish Catacomb Tour

Jewish Catacombs – Vigna Randanini

Beneath the city streets that travellers walk on each day, dark labyrinths of underground tunnels transport travellers to a time when millions of people were buried underground.

The catacombs of Rome Vigna Randanini, which date back to the II century AD, were constructed as underground tombs by the Jewish community.

Explore with me this fascinating site, discoverd in 1859 below a private property.

All the tombs are decorated with Jewish faith subjects such as the Ark of the Covenant, the seven-branch candelabrum, the casket with the roll of the law, the fruit of the cedar, the sacred knife for circumcision, the pomegranade, the mandrake, the horn of meetings.

On many tombs inscriptions you will read the typical phrase: Rest in peace in Hebrew… ejn ijrhvnh hj koivmhsivς sou.

Open to the public by appointment.

Baths of Diocletian Tour

Baths of Diocletian Tour

Bathing played a major part in ancient Roman culture and society. Bathing was one of the most common daily activities in Roman culture, and was practiced across a wide variety of social classes. Though many contemporary cultures see bathing as a very private activity conducted in the home, bathing in Rome was a communal activity.

Once the largest ancient baths complex in the world, the Baths of Diocletian – or Terme di Diocleziano – was built between 298AD and 306AD in honour of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

Set out along the traditional model of a Roman baths complex, the Baths of Diocletian contained a frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm room) and caldarium (hot room or steam room) as well as additional large bathing chambers, gymnasiums and even a library. The baths themselves were a hugely impressive building project, particularly given how swiftly they were constructed. The majority of the water for the baths was supplied by the Acqua Marcia.

The key difference with other contemporary baths was simply a question of scale – it is believed that at their height the Baths of Diocletian could hold up to 3,000 people at a time.

After 30 years of restoration the Baths opened to the public in 2008 and became part of the National Museum of Rome. At present we will be able to visit some remaining parts of the remarkable structure. It will be  even possible to walk through a cloister garden projected by Michelangelo where nearly 400 works of art, including statues, sarcophagi and reliefs, are on display.

Look at this video with a gorgeous rendering about the old Bath:

Terme di Diocleziano | Ricostruzione Virtuale CAPWARE from Capware on Vimeo


Photo reference: Folegandros, Stilko, Antmoose / Anthony M, G.dallorto et al., Wikimedia Commons