When in Rome, the entire world melts away. Enchanting frescoes decorate ancient church walls. Sculptures adorn villa gardens. The scent of espresso lingers in the morning air, and the aroma of freshly made pasta drifts through the streets in the afternoon. Your custom tailored 2020-2021 tour encompasses the brilliance of Rome, from the iconic museums to the secluded hideaways locals prefer. Visit the countryside escape of popes and wander the preserved boulevard of ancient Rome’s once bustling...
Rome – Entering the Eternal City
Rome is a city of intrigue and enchantment, filled with thousands of years of history and brimming with contemporary luxuries embodied in the flavorful cuisine. Your flight lands at Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer awaits your arrival. Once in the heart of the city, you have settled into the beauty of the central Rome and the charming tree-lined boulevard outside your hotel. Your room feels like a palatial apartment, embellished with baroque artwork and lavish vases, framing your view of the city’s rooftops.
Your guide meets you in the lobby, eager to escort you on an all-encompassing introductory tour of the city, taking in the fabulous baroque piazzas and the detailed fountains for which the city is known. Your tour ends at the rushing water of the Trevi Fountain. The famous 18th-century fountain was crafted under the patronage of Pope Clement XII and built against the rear wall of a historic palace. The statues depict the sea god Oceanus towering above his horses and shells. The water cascades over the rocks, swirling beneath the gazing figures of the basin. You grab a coin, turn your back to the fountain, and throw the coin over your left shoulder. You hear the splash, which indicates you are destined to return.
Rome – Bringing Ancient Rome to Life
Vatican City – A Church’s Wealth
Ostia Antica – As the Romans Have Done
Tivoli – Once in the Villa
Lago di Albano – In the Crater Lake
Rome – A Guiding Church Light
Rome – A Roman Ending
- Embark on a journey into antiquity with a special cooking class dedicated to reproducing traditional dishes of ancient Rome
- Wander the grounds of emperors and Roman nobility at the opulent villas of Antiquity
- Witness the grandeur of Vatican City embodied in the marvelous architecture and artwork on display in the museum's galleries and inside St. Peter’s Basilica
- Witness the layers of Roman history and the wealth of the former empire when touring the cobblestone streets of the port city of Ostia Antica
- Place your hand inside the Mouth of Truth at the famous church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
- Enjoy the cherished flavors of refreshing gelato on a gelato tour of Rome
- Relax along the charming shores and elegant streets of Lago di Albano, a crater-lake resort town frequented by Popes
Grand palaces and graceful gardens welcome you to Rome during your 8-day tour of the Eternal City. Museums display artifacts from civilizations once connected by one of the Western World’s greatest empires. From popes to kings, emperors to artists, you will witness the multitudes of Rome embodied in the architecture of the Colosseum and the paintings of the Sistine Chapel. Your discovery of the best of Rome begins when your flight lands at Fiumicino Airport. Once inside the city, your guide leads you on an exceptional introductory tour of the meandering streets.
Witness the lively ambiance of the Spanish Steps and the beauty of Piazza Navona. The next day, your guide meets you in the morning ready to show you the wonder of the ancient city. Visit Palatine Hill and wander through the stadium seating of the Colosseum. In the evening, you partake in a unique cooking class recreating the traditional dishes of ancient Rome. Then, your guide immerses you in the splendor of Vatican City on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the fascinating museums depicting the church’s expansive history.
Outside of Rome, you visit the cobbled streets of the ancient port city of Ostia Antica. The preserved city provides a different perspective on the lifestyle of Roman citizens during the height and decline of the empire. Your private transfer leads you to the stunning town of Tivoli, home to villas built for Roman emperors, which maintain their lavish décor manicured gardens. In the evening, you embark on a cooking class to learn the cultural cuisine of a contemporary Roman household, which produces more familiar dishes.
Then, you travel to the verdant crater of Lago di Albano, home to medieval villages overlooking the azure water. Explore the towns and enjoy the slower pace of life for which the countryside is known. The following day is at your leisure to indulge in the comforts of open Roman piazzas or wander along the streets to discover the overlooked splendor of the Eternal City, from the Borghese Museum to the Greek Orthodox Abbey of Grottaferrata. On your final day, your private transfer meets when you are ready and escorts you to Rome’s international airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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