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.
The Vatican palace contains some of the world’s greatest art treasures. The extensive buildings and interior courts cover an area of 12.5 acres. As well as the remarkable Greek and Roman sculpture museums, the gallery of paintings, the library, the Egyptian and Etruscan collections, etc. The palace contains the famous Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo‘s frescoes and the Stanze decorated by Raphael.
Over 30.000 people visit the Sistine Chapel every day; it is the exclusive goal of almost every tour group that enters the palace. The Vatican City lies on the right bank of the Tiber River. Since 1929, the Vatican is an independent country with an area of 107.5 acres and a resident population of 550.
Saint Peter‘s is the largest basilica in the world. Construction began in 1506 but was completed only in 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’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of its hundreds of giant mosaics and the atmosphere that reigns in this amazing house of worship.
Suggestions:Vatican dress code – no bareshoulders, skirts and shorts under the knees.
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
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.
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.
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!
We will start the Jewish Rome Tour crossing an ancient Roman bridge connecting the charming Tiber Island to the left bank where Rome’s main Jewish Synagogue is situated; it was completed in 1904 in the area that was once Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, the small enclave where the Roman Jews were confined to live from 1555 to 1870. When open, we can visit the main Synagogue and the small Jewish Museum.
We will walk through the remaining areas of the former Jewish Ghetto and down the old lanes of first century b.c. Portico d’Ottavia, a Roman library transformed into a church where the Jews were forced to attend mass.
At the end, we’ll stop at the Kosher Bakery to taste the famous Pizza Giudia or if it is the right season we can eat the delicious jewish artichokes…
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:
Get a real taste of local culture by dining with a local family in their home, which means you can enjoy an intimate setting and relaxed vibe.
Enjoy memorable experiences you won’t find in any restaurant. The host cooks with her personality serving up customized menus.
Not only will you enjoy home-cooking at its best and get to taste local delicacies but you’ll also have a unique chance to experience the local culture and to get to know the people by sharing a meal in a family home.
The host, Mrs. Allegra, English mother tongue, will be happy to cook and share with you her Roman recipies and secrets, welcoming you in her appartment, plenty of Art masterpieces, located on the top floor of a Art Deco building in the Ghetto Area. From her windows you will see the island of the Tiber and the Synagogue.