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Rome Private Tours

CLASSICAL ROME
This tour will let you visit the classic monuments of Rome: a pleasant stroll from Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of Nayads to the historical centre, where you can admire the Trevi Fountain, the Column of Marco Aurelio, the Montecitorio Palace designed by Bernini, the Pantheon end Piazza Navona. Then by bus close to the Vatican City, where our guide will explain St. Peter Basilica, from the outside. You will have the time to visit the church inside and then rejoining the bus to the vicinity of your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 3 hours
 
IMPERIAL ROME
The symbol of Rome, the Colosseum, waits for you but not before having explored the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, recapping the history of Ancient Rome from the very beginning…You will explore the biggest archeological area in Europe while learning about the everyday life of the Romans of 2000 years ago!
Duration: 3 hours
Inclusions: private guide for 3 hours, entrance tickets at the Colosseum
 
VATICAN MUSEUM AND SISTINE CHAPEL
You will explore the highlights of the Vatican City, the smallest country in the world but definitely the richest in works of art! Our tour will include some of the most famous works in the extraordinary art collection of the Popes, the celebrated Sistine Chapel and the amazing frescoes, the Raphael’s chambers, the ancient crypt where the tomb of St. Peter is located and the Renaissance basilica of St. Peter, the most amazing church in the entire world.
Duration: 4 hours
Remarks: no shorts, no sleeveless shirts
Inclusions: private guide for 4 hours, reserved entrance tickets to the Vatican
 
AN ALTERNATIVE CHRISTIAN ROME
Not only St. Peter’s and the Catacombs can attract the Christian visitors… This walking tour includes two major basilicas, St. Mary Major’s and St. John’s, but also some minor churches which deserve the visit, especially San Clemente, with its amazing underground history, and St. Peter in Chains which sports a masterpiece by Michelangelo: the Moses! Following a “must sees” orientation tour including the Jewish quarter.
Duration: 4 hours
Inclusions: private guide for 4 hours
 
TRASTEVERE TOUR
Spend a morning in Rome’s most authentic quarter, the Trastevere district appreciating art and history; learn how this district became the favored by Rome’s artists. Our enjoyable walk will begin with Villa Farnesina, a 16th-century  villa known as an ideal example of Renaissance architecture. Here you’ll admire impressive frescoes and beautiful gardens. Inside Villa Farnesina you can marvel at the works of the architect and painter, Baldassarre Peruzzi along with frescoes by Raphael, including his famous depiction of the nymph Galatea. Walk the villa’s lovely formal gardens while you will be explained its history and art treasures.
You will then visit the studio of local artists who opened their in Trastevere. Have the opportunity to see their different artistic techniques such as water color paintings and glass etchings. After this interesting visit, step inside what is said to be Rome’s first Christian church, Santa Maria in Trastevere and view the noted 12th-century mosaics by Pietro Cavallini.
According to the legend this church was founded in the 3rd century, making it the first official Christian place of worship built in Rome.
Duration: 4 hours – Extensive walking
Remarks: This tour can be offered daily AM excluding Sundays and National holidays, PM also on Thursday and Saturday
Inclusions: Private guide for 4 hours (entrance fee at Villa Farnesina not included)
 
YOUR ROMAN HOLIDAY, ON A REAL VESPA!
Exactly like the above BUT… with a real vintage Vespa and with an experienced driver. Therefore you do not even need to be able to ride, you just have to open your eyes, enjoy the breeze and the sights and have fun!
Duration: 4 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 4 hours, Vespa rental
 
SPA, YESTERDAY AND TODAY
What is better than touring the city and then relaxing in a Wellness Centre? That’s exactly what this tour is offering you. And the SPA is not just a relax time, but is the last part of this Ancient Roman experience. Actually you will be visiting the ruins of two major bath complexes of the III and IV century BC, learning about the key role the “Thermae” used to have in Ancient Rome and how important was this ritual in the everyday life of a Roman citizen. After all, the Roman were those who invented the saying “a healthy mind in a healthy body”!
Duration: 4 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 4 hours, entrance fee at the Roman Baths
 
SACRED & PROFANE ROME
Our first stop will be the Colosseum, the majestic monument built by Emperor Vespasian and considered the symbol of the Eternal City. Inaugurated in AD 80, with its three superimposed classical orders (Doric, Ionic and Corinthian),the Colosseum represents a masterpiece of classical architecture: fights between men and beasts, gladiators’ contests, races and simulated naval battles took place in this arena. Driving then by the notable Theatre Marcello, and the “grandstands” of the Circus Maximus where the Romans would gather and bet on their favorite charioteers will reach the imposing ruins of the Terme di Caracalla, which were the most luxurious baths of ancient Rome. Will then proceed on to Navona Square, the old Domitian Stadium where will enjoy a genuine lunch at famous restaurant Tre Scalini (or similar). After lunch, our tour will cover some of the main highlights of the sacred Rome. First of all the sacred area of Largo Argentina, where the remains of four temples, dated back to the era of the Republic, where discovered in 1920s. Then the Pantheon. Built between AD 118-125, this is a marvel of Roman engineering with its huge dome hidden behind the classical portico. Lastly, passing by the Mausoleum of Augustus, will reach the Ara Pacis, altar of peace, celebrating the peace created throughout the Mediterranean by Emperor Augustus.
Duration: about 8 hours, including 1 hour for lunch
Remarks: this tour involves extensive walking on uneven ground and cobblestone
Inclusions: Private guide for 8 hours, private vehicle for 8 hours
 
PUBLIC & PRIVATE ROME
Morning will be devoted to the “Public Rome”: Palatine, Forum and Capitolium.
This tour will give you the chance to visit the most famous public sights of the Roman Empire: a short motor coach ride will transfer you to the historical heart of the city. Will enjoy a pleasant walk through the Palatine, the most relaxing and pleasant of the city’s ancient sites, and the impressive Roman Forum, religious, political and commercial center of Imperial times. The Palatine hill, is the place where, according to legend, Romolus and Remus were raised by a wolf in a cave and where traces of Iron Age huts have been found providing archeological support for the area’s legendary links with the founding of Rome. The “Roman Forum”, is the interesting ensemble of ancient ruins reflecting the 12 centuries of history which created Roman civilization. When excavations began in the 18th century, most of the Forum was buried under 3 meters (9 feet) of rubble, and was known as Campo Vaccino.
Our walk will end on the Capitolium, citadel of the ancient Rome and civil center of the modern one, allowing a breathtaking view of the Forum. Lunch will be at leisure. Afternoon will be devoted to the Private room: Insula and Domus. Will meet again at the footstep of the Capitolium to admire (from the outside) a beautiful example of “Insula”, the multi-storey houses where the poor Roman people inhabited. Will then drive to the Domus Aurea, a majestic example of Roman wealthy people’s mansions. The re-opening to the public of the Domus Aurea after approximately 15 years of restoration works has given back to the world one of the most important treasures of the Ancient Rome. After allegedly setting fire to Rome in AD 64, Nero decided to built himself an outrageous new palace. It occupied part of the Palatine and most of the Celian and Esquiline Hills – an area approximately 25 times the size of the Colosseum. Nero’s successors, anxious to distance themselves from the monster emperor, did their utmost to erase all traces of the palace: Vespasian drained the lake and built the Colosseum, Titus & Trajan each erected a complex of baths over the palace and Hadrian place the Temple of Venus and Rome over the vestibule. Rooms of one wing of the palace have survived showing delicate and fanciful paintings on the walls, the same sort of purely decorative faces, twining foliage and fantasy pavilion common in the villas of Pompeii.
Duration: about 8 hours, including 1 hour for lunch
Remarks: this tour involves extensive walking on uneven ground and cobblestone, Domus Aurea open from Wednesday to Monday from 9:00am to 7:45pm (Tuesday closed). Advance booking is compulsory.
Inclusions: Private guide for 8 hours, private vehicle for 8 hours
 
PALAZZO MASSIMO AND DIOCLETIAN BATHS’ MUSEUM
This tour will take us to discover two sites of the Roman National Museums and its archaeological collection. We start with Palazzo Massimo, a full immersion into the government, the mentality and the culture of the Emperors, a journey through the economic and political history of Rome. You will find the best art from late Republican and Imperial period as well as a large section of portraits, sculptures (including Greek originals of the 5th B.C.), frescoes and mosaics from Imperial residences, coins and medals. Furthermore an exhibit of gems and jewels including those from the funerary set of the Roman maiden known as the Mummy of Grottarossa. Will then cross the road to reach the Museum situated in the Thermal Baths built in the 3rd A.D. by the emperor Diocletian, the biggest of its time open to the public and accommodating up to 3 thousand people. The Museum presents the Epigraphy Section with over 300 inscriptions together with terracotta, bronze and marbles from the republican and Imperial periods, and the Prehistoric Section regarding late bronze and iron age (11th / 07th centuries B.C.).
Duration: about 4 hours
Remarks: Palazzo Massimo and Baths’ Museum open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 :00am to 7:45pm (closed on Mondays), Diocletian’s Baths are presently not available for visits. The only accessible section is the one of the Baths’ Museum
Inclusions: Private guide for 4 hours, private vehicle for 4 hours
 
CAPITOLINE MUSEUM
In the center of the cultural Roman patrimony we can visit three palaces built around the Piazza designed by Michelangelo. Reopened April 21st 2000 to celebrate the birth of Rome, they are the oldest public museums since 1471. An extraordinary visit through the ancient Tabularium (1st century b.C.) overlooking the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill: a new underground gallery across the Piazza will leads us to the Palazzo Nuovo, rich with ancient sculptures such as the Dying Gaul and the impressive Marforio. In the Palazzo Dei Conservatori we admire marvelous frescoes depicting the legends of Rome and ancient Bronzes such as the She-wolf, the Capitoline Brutus and the colossal head of Emperor Costantine. Palazzo Caffarelli, a new addition to the museum area, has a wonderful panoramic terrace and is ideal for a lovely break. The complex of the new Capitoline Museums include also a notable picture gallery containing paintings from the 15th/17th centuries by masters such as Titian, Caravaggio and Tintoretto.
Duration: about 4 hours
Remarks: Capitoline Museums open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 :00am to 8:00pm (closed on Mondays
Inclusions: Private guide for 4 hours, entrance fees to the Capitoline Museums are not included
 
WALKING TOUR OF THE SPANISH STEPS AREA
From Trinità dei Monti, looking down the square ( Spanish Square), you can see in front of you the famous via Condotti. Below to your left is the house in which Keats died, nowadays known as the Keats-Shelley memorial. Going down the steps will find the fountain of the Barcaccia designed by Piero Bernini; turn left towards “Palazzo di Spagna”, early 17th century residence of the Spanish Ambassador to the Vatican. In front of it stands a 19th Century column commemorating the dogma of the Immaculate Virgin. Pass to the right of the triangular building beyond the column, down Via Propaganda. This leads to a small Piazza with the Church of Sant’ Andrea delle Fratte on the left; go straight down, right at Via del Bufalo, turn left into Via Poli. This street crosses Via del Tritone and leads down to the Rome most famous feat of combined sculpture and plumbing, the Trevi Fountain, at its most spectacular when floodlit at night , and completely restored in the last 2 years. From Via delle Muratte to the right of Fountain, we reach Via del Corso: nearly 1,5 km (1 mile) in length, it is so called because the Romans used to race horses down it, until this became hazardous for pedestrians. Turn right and walk up along the Corso, a street with many shops. Continue walking for 6 blocks and turn right on the Via della Vite. Here, you enter one of the smartest shopping areas in the world and known as the Spanish Steps area. Most exclusive shops and hotels but there are still gateways through which you can glimpse beautiful courtyards, leisure way of life.
Shortly, after crossing Via Borgognona, which is the street housing the major Italian fashion designers houses, you can note on the left a most unusual sarcophagus-shaped fountain; then, reach Via Condotti, the smartest street of all: ahead of you is again Piazza di Spagna from where you started your walk.
Duration: 3 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 3 hours
 
TOUR OF THE BAROQUE ROME
This tour will take us to the most representative of the baroque Art monuments in Rome:
The “Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria”, masterpiece of Carlo Maderno with its sumptuous interior providing a beautiful setting for Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. The “ Church of Sant Ignatius”, decorated with an amazing fresco in “trompe l’oeil” by Andrea del Pozzo. Another typical building of Baroque art is the “Church of Jesus”, mother church of the Jesuits, built by architect Vignola in 1568. The interior, spacious and ideal for preaching, was lavishly decorated in the baroque style. The “Church of Sant Ivo”, a magnificent example of Baroque architecture by Borromini, summarizes in a genial synthesis, the whole problematic of the baroque. Finally, the famous “Navona Square”, marvelous square built on the site of an ancient Domitian’s stadium, retains its shape. A pleasant, pedestrian precinct adorned in the centre with the baroque masterpiece of Bernini, the Fountain of the four Rivers, each statue representing one of the four largest rivers of the earth.
Duration: 4 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 4 hours, private vehicle for 4 hours
 
TOUR OF RENAISSANCE MICHELANGELO IN ROME
This tour does not need any advertising and will take guests to discover the Michelangelo‘s masterpieces in Rome in different fields of art: Sculpture, with the Moses located in the magnificent Church of St. Peter‘s in Chain – The church is not only famous for its precious relics, but it is also the celebrated resting place of substantial parts of Michelangelo‘s Tomb of Julius II – The figure of Moses is one of the artist‘s greatest masterpieces: this majestic bearded figure is shown holding tablets of the Ten Commandments, and looks as if he may shatter them at any moment; the sense of power, both physical and spiritual, is overwhelming. Architecture, with the Capitol Square designed and partly laid out by the artist from 1536 onwards – It is framed by three palaces and a balustrade with statues of the Heavenly Twins or “Dioscuri“: copy of the late 2nd century equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is in the centre of this square (original statue was installed and restored by Michelangelo and it is now housed in the Capitoline Museums); we will then continue on to the Church of “Santa Maria sopra Minerva”, located nearby the Pantheon and where we will admire the Michelangelo’s celebrated “Redeemer” ( 1519 – 1521 ), the suffering figure of Christ taking up the Cross.
Duration: 3 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 3 hours, private vehicle for 3 hours
 
WALKING TOUR OF JEWISH ROME
This tour will take guests through the Jewish quarter of Rome: any itinerary of Jewish monuments and places of interest would touch every part of Rome, since so many traces of various periods of history have been left in virtually every part of the city. In the 16th century, there was a formation of a Jewish nucleus on the left side of the Tiber and it was at the same time that the Ponte Fabricio or Bridge of Four Heads also assumed the name of the Bridge of the Jews: the bridge was the passageway between the Jews who were living in the Trastevere area, and those who were living on the other side of the river. It was exactly here, in this area, that the Ghetto stood closed in by a wall. A map from 1577 shows 3 entrances gates, the principal one being between 2 squares into which the same wall had divided the “Piazza Giulia”. Of the other gates, one was near the Church of S. Angelo in Pescheria and the other in the vicinity of the Church of S. Gregorio. In this area stands also the Rome Synagogue, the imposing Temple dedicated to the Jewish, built in 1904 by architects Armanni and Costa to replace the old Israelite Temple which burnt up in 1903. Last, a visit to the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains to admire the majestic statue of Moses by Michelangelo’s, one of the many representation of Jewish subjects and topics contained in the churches of Rome, as well as the Statue of Lia and Rachel.
Duration: 3 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 3 hours
 
TOUR OF THE ROME SITES OF THE “TOSCA” OPERA
Tosca is a three-act melodrama by Giacomo Puccini, first performed on January 12, 1900.
The story takes place in Rome during the month of June 1800: Floria Tosca is a well known singer and she is in love with the painter Mario Cavaradossi. Angelotti, a revolutionary, who has escaped from Castle S. Angelo’s prison and from his persecutor Scarpia, is welcomed and hidden by Cavaradossi. Tosca, trying to protect Cavaradossi, reveals the hide-out of Angelotti to Scarpia: a proposal is made to Tosca by Scarpia, the painter will be safe if she gives in to him. Tosca pretends to accept and kills Scarpia, believing in the safety of her beloved. Mario Cavaradossi is executed and Tosca commits suicide by throwing herself from the tower of Castel S. Angelo. This tour will take guests through the main 3 sites where this Opera takes place: The Church of “Sant’Andrea della Valle”(where the painters Cavaradossi is painting and hiding the revolutionary Angelotti) the Palazzo Farnese (visit from the outside) where Scarpia had his offices and, finally, Castle S. Angelo, where Cavaradossi was put in prison and then executed and where Tosca throw herself from the tower.
Duration: 4 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 4 hours, private vehicle for 4 hours
 
CASTEL SANT’ANGELO
This is one of the most unusual monuments on the skyline of Rome. It was built by the Emperor Hadrian (135-39) as a mausoleum for himself and his successors and was then transformed by Aurelian into a fortified bridgehead on the far side of the Tiber (271), a function it maintained during the papacy. It was connected to the Vatican City by a covered passageway. In 1527, Clement VII sought refuge here during the Sack of Rome. Apart from the bastions at the corners added by Sangallo under orders from Pope Alexander VI, the outer walls retain their original square base. The cylindrical nucleus of travertine and peperino is Roman. Today it houses the Castel Sant’Angelo Museum.
Duration: 3 hours
Inclusions: Private guide for 3 hours