Rome’s history rises from the fountains, glints in the cathedral domes, and winds along the shores of the Tiber River. The Fountain of the Four Rivers that adorns the Piazza Navona and was erected in the 17th-century by request of Pope Innocent X with one of Bernini’s designs. The fountain depicts the famous rivers of the four explored continents up to that date, including the Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Rio de la Plata. Your flight lands at Rome Fiumicino Airport where your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim.
The city brims with people as they rush around the cobbled streets and Roman ruins. The past is tangible and offers a piece of Western Civilization’s beginnings. After settling into your luxurious hotel, your private guide will meet you at the hotel lobby eager to immerse you in the past. Your introductory tour of the city will lead you to the Roman Forum. The grand façade of the Colosseum rises above the broad walkways that separate the arena from the remaining grandeur of the ancient Roman center as columns still rise out of the hillside.
The Temple of Antoninus Pius was erected in the 2nd-century in honor of the deified empress Faustina; the temple was converted into a church in the 12th-century. At the end of your tour, indulge in your first Italian treat with a taste of gelato at a favorite gelateria which uses locally sourced ingredients and all natural taste for a bright, sweet desert, including the creamy pear and caramel flavor.