When arriving in Rome, it is easy to imagine Caesar’s welcome with crowds of citizens holding close to the cobblestone streets waving a friendly hello. Your private transfer will greet you at baggage claim after your flight lands at Fiumicino Airport. You will quickly enter the historical center of Rome, filled with ancient ruins, Baroque palaces, and rococo fixtures. The city welcomes you a different grandeur that once received the emperors, but Rome remains fascinating, grand, and eternal.
After checking-in to your hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby eager to introduce you to the beauty of the streets and monuments. You will begin in the cobbled square crowned by the Pantheon, a relic of antiquity preserved for 2,000 years. The structure was rebuilt in the 1st century AD after a fire tore the original construction asunder. The edifice highlights the engineering mastery of Roman builders with a dome that reaches more than 140 feet above the marbled floor but contains no visible supports or suspensions as a nearly 30-foot hole in the dome allows natural light to fill the gallery.
A sense of harmony fills the former pagan temple and Christian chapel due to the elegant proportions; the diameter of the interior mirrors the height between the floor and the domed room. Your guide will point out the tomb of Renaissance painter Raphael, nestled between two niches. Artists and architects alike have found inspiration in the majesty of the Pantheon for two millennia. The structure continues to inspire visitors from around the world today, making it the perfect start to your tour of Rome.