Rome is a city that highlights its past as it also maintains its contemporary culture. Artistic riches fill museums and line the streets in the form of fountains, ruins, and elegant palaces. Cafes fill with locals as they enjoy an afternoon espresso under the shade of the broad umbrellas. Byzantine churches contain elaborate mosaics and Renaissance frescoes dazzle passersby in museums and inside grandiose private homes. You will arrive at Fiumicino Airport, and your private transfer will greet you at baggage claim. Settle into your luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city before you meet your guide in the lobby.
The city bursts to life around you filled with the glories of the past and the thriving lifestyle of contemporary Rome. The city contains a Mediterranean Rhythm as people indulge in the sweetness of life, from the brioche to the pasta. Your guide will lead you on a remarkable introduction to the city to take in the classic beauty of the architecture and piazzas, from the Spanish Steps to the Piazza Navona. The end of your tour brings you across the flowing Tiber River to the Castel Sant’Angelo.
The structure was originally built under the guidance of Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd-century AD, but the threat of Germanic raiders soon had the powers of Rome turning the mausoleum into a defensive stronghold. Popes used covered passages to connect the castle to the Vatican Palace in the 13th-century. Four large bastions adorn the castle’s corners to look out to the streets to add another layer of protection to the grounds. The castle now contains 58 rooms, some of which include elaborate murals and models that depict the evolution of the castle through its more than 1,500 years of existence.