Your Travel and Tours pictures

Your Travel and Tours pictures

Pictures of your tours

I am not a professional photographer but I do love taking pictures.

It’s my passion!

Aaron Siskind once said “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything”.

For this reason I will so glad to take pictures of you, family and friends during the tours with my camera.

I will  try to immortalize the best moments of your stay in Italy.

It will be like a little souvenir to bring home.

The service is complimentary.

Venice Tour  by boat

Venice Tour by boat

The better way to discover Venice is booking Venice Tour by  by boat. 

During this fascinating tour you will travel along  the Grand Canal with its beautiful palaces. You will see the church of Santa Maria della Salute, the famous Saint Mark Square and the bridge of the Sighs.

You will also explore the narrow canals that criss cross through the island, flanked by wonderful private palaces and gardens. Along the boat ride you will  see the façade of the Church SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where many of the Doges of Venice are buried, the Rialto Bridge, the Aman Hotel (where George Clooney’s wedding took place), The Church of Saint George, designed by Andrea Palladio and the island of Giudecca with its iconic building called the three Eyes.

You will admire the first Cathedral of Venice, Saint Peter’s church, then you will enter the imposing Water Gate to access the Arsenal where you will see  the famous Hands by Lorenzo Quinn.

By boat you’ll also sail out  in the open lagoon, passing by Murano, while enjoying the view of the Dolomites mountains in the distance.

Then, continuing your route of this fascinating labyrinth of canals you will stop at a famous Gondola Boatyard called The Squero of San Trovaso .

San Trovaso is the city’s longest continually operating squero, documented as far back as the late 1600s. Today it is owned by the city of Venice and operated by a co-op of specialized artisans who make new gondolas and refurbish old ones.

Tour length: 2 hours

You can combine this tour with Burano and Murano islands that are famous  for the Glass Blowing and Lace artworks.

Murano and Burano Tour

Murano and Burano Tour

We will start our Murano and Burano Tour on a private boat. As you sail through the lagoon, you will have great opportunities to take pictures of the spectacular surroundings.

The first stop will be at Murano, famous for its glass-making industry.  The local craftsmen use century-old techniques to create some of the most outstanding designs and works of art.

The museum of glasses is a must for anyone wishing to bone up on the art of glass making in Venice. It  has an extraordinary collection of decorated articles and glass produced between the 15th century and the present.

Then we will go to a Furnace for a visit to the work spaces and to watch the fascinating glass blowing by the Glass Masters.

They are the descendants of an unbroken line of artisans that reaches back to the beginning of the craft itself. In 1291, the Venetian Government ordered glass masters to move their furnaces to Murano for fire safety reasons. Since then, they became a kind of second aristocracy there  and the glass they made was traded far and wide. They refined the techniques for making all kinds of glass effects and Murano was the only quality glass for centuries.

We will go to take a look at the beautiful Church of Santi Maria e Donato. The richly-decorated interior has a lovely mosaic floor that was laid in 1141, around the same time  as the similar floor in Saint Marc Basilica in Venice.

The second stop will be at Burano.

Burano is famous for its brightly colored homes. These homes also attract artists from across the world.  Permission must be granted from the government before they can paint a house in a certain color.

Families used to paint their homes in bright colors to designate where their family’s quarters ended and a neighbor’s began, as well as to make their homes more visible from the Sea.

Burano is famous for the lace working art too.

Back in the 16th century, the women of Burano started stitching lace. Each women specialized in a single stitch, and since there are seven stitches in total, each piece would have to be passed from woman to woman to finish. That’s why one handmade lace centerpiece for a tablecloth takes about a month to do!

 

 

Capri Tour

Capri Tour

 

We will start our Capri tour from Marina Grande Sea Port  where we will board a bus to Anacapri. From here we will take the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro, where you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the Bay of Naples.

From there we will descend the slope by by chairlift. If we decide to walk (estimated 30 minutes), we will take a moment to visit the hermitage of Cetrella.

At Anacapri we have choice between two distinctive sights.

The baroque church of St. Michael noted for for it’s marvelous XVII century hand painted ceramic tile floors. Every inch of the church’s floor is covered with. grand scene depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. A modest fee is required for entry.

Your other choice is the Villa San Michele, a house museum created by the 19th century Swedish writer and physician Axel Muthe, which boasts one of the island’s most panoramic views.

Afterwards we will take back a bus to Capri and stroll down the Via Camerelle, famous for its luxury shops and designer fashion boutiques which line the street. When you’ve had your fill of window shopping, continue along the Via Tragara until reaching the breathtaking scenic overlook facing the world-famous Faraglioni rock formations. After taking in their splendor. turn around and descend to the port by Funicular Train, then back to the mainland via hydrofoil.

Tour length: 7 ore

If you are staying in Sorrento or Naples and want to organize a Capri day trip, you can take the ferryboat to go to the island.

Another option is a private boat that take you to and from the island, which I can arrange. This allows you to enjoy a relaxed and flexible trip to island, visit the renowned Blue Grotto and swim in the waters of Mediterranean Sea.

I can also arrange trips to Capri from Rome.

Vatican Scavi Tour and St. Peter’s basilica

Vatican Scavi Tour and St. Peter’s basilica

The Vatican Scavi Tour that goes through the excavations below Saint Peter's basilica is one of the most exclusive tours of all Rome.

I have been an official guide of Vatican Scavi since 1996. You could blindfold me and I would be able to show you around with ease.

We will visit an Ancient Roman Necropolis, discovered by archeologists in 1939  and filled with the fresco-painted tombs of wealthy Roman families and an early Christian cemetery with the tomb of St. Peter's, the Apostle. This part of the tour will be with about 15 other people, though we will visit St. Peter's church on our own.

Saint Peter's basilica was built in 1506. It is the longest church in the world, filled with the most important Renaissance masterpieces like the Pietà by Michelangelo.

You can combine this tour with the Vatican Museums or Pope's audience on Wednesdays.

Tour length: 2 hours

Colosseum Tour

Colosseum Tour

The Colosseum tour starts 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 and decorated with testate of the emperor Marcus Aurelius (the same emperor that in the movie Gladiator with Russel Crowe was killed by his son Commodus)

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 and Titus Arch built to celebrate the Roman Empire victory over the Jews.

We can walk along the Victory’s road in the Forum, leading us to the Colosseum, the ancient world’s largest amphitheater. Even though centuries have gone by, you are no doubt familiar with the sights and sounds of the Colosseum. Gladiators, animals and spectacles entertained the thousands of Romans who gathered, free of charge.

Tour length: 2/3 hours

 

Sistine Chapel Tour

Sistine Chapel Tour

Sistine Chapel Tour

Our  Sistine chapel tour will focus on the most famous and grandiose religious monument hidden in the heart of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.

The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican museums that are among the most visited museums in the world.

Over 7 millions tourists flock to discover the splendor of these 12 museums annually. The museums are compromised of no less than five galleries and 1.400 rooms, inaugurated in 1771. They consist  of an extraordinary collection of works of art, mainly paintings and sculptures, collected over the centuries by the popes.

After visiting the Sistine Chapel , we will pass through a door (for tour guides only) that will get us directly to St. Peter's Basilica. The tickets, purchased for this tour,  will allow us to skip the lines. This will give us more time to enjoying exploring this memorable sight together.

Saint Peter is the largest basilica in the world. Construction began in 1506, but was not completed  until 1626. It contains wonderful masterpieces like the Pietà by Michelangelo or the canopy over the main altar by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Upon entering the church, you will overwhelmed by the beauty of its hundreds of giant mosaics and the atmosphere that reigns in this amazing house of worship.

Tour length: 2/3 hours.

 


Suggestions: Vatican dress code – no bare shoulders, skirts and shorts under the knees, no weapons ad no big bags or backpacks.

Rome Cruise Tour

Rome Cruise Tour

Rome Cruise 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, Fountain, Colosseum, Forum.


Suggestions: dress code at the Vatican - no bare shoulders, 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!!!