Rome will fully immerse you in history and culture as you take in the ancient columns and lavish palaces as historical roads wind into the countryside to lead you to medieval villages along the Sabine Hills. Every day is an adventure and every adventure a discovery as you are brought face to face with catacombs and villas, cliff-carved churches and preserved stone homes filled with unspoiled regional traditions. During your custom tailored Italian tour you will indulge in the aromas of comforting...
Rome – Welcome to the Eternal City and Enjoy an Introductory Exploration
Rome is a city with intrigue around every corner, whether it be ancient stones or Baroque fountains. Church domes and bell towers create an elegant skyline with marbled palaces that once stood on the outskirts of the city center now hidden among the antique residential buildings. Gelaterias grace secluded piazzas and restaurants fill the streets with the aromas of fresh pasta with a tomato sauce that has simmered for hours. Upon your arrival, your private transfer will meet you at Rome Fiumicino Airport and escort you into the city. Once in the city center, you will settle into your hotel that overlooks the cobblestone streets between Moses Fountain and the Piazza Repubblica.
Your hotel was established in the late 19th century, making it nearly brand new in comparison to the décor of the city. Your guide will meet you in the lobby eager to be the first to show you the remarkable sites of Rome as you walk along the open neighborhoods. Make your way first to the Spanish Steps, a structure of elegant marble that connects the lower Piazza de Espana with the upper-level Trinita dei Monti. The church of Trinita dei Monti looms over the stairway with a grand façade erected in the 16th century. Frescoes crafted by Daniele da Volterra grace the interior, the most notable of which, Deposizione, fills the second chapel to the left of the main door. In the evening, university students and couples sit on the marbled stairway and linger in the soft tones of the street lamps to enjoy the vibrant life of Rome.
Rome – Uncover the Ancient Heart of Rome and the Wonders of the Vatican
Rome – Travel Beneath Rome on a Catacombs Tour and Tiber River Cruise
Rome – Visit Ancient Ostia Antica and the Elaborate Churches of Rome
Rome – Wander through the Medieval Town and Historical Villas of Tivoli
Casperia – Discover the Charming Countryside of Lazio en route to Casperia
Casperia – Reveal the Cultural and Village Gems of the Sabine Hills
Rome – Depart for Home
- Wander through the hidden labyrinth of the Colosseum’s hypogeum where gladiators once trained and waited for battle
- Stroll beneath the grounds of the ancient Roman highway during a tour of the remarkable catacombs
- Witness the former grandeur of the famous port at Ostia Antica, a once thriving maritime city connected to Roman trade
- Enjoy an evening on an antique tram accompanied by live music and a view of the Colosseum at night
- Relax with a quiet dinner on a Tiber River cruise in view of Rome’s treasured monuments
- Experience the opulence of Tivoli while visiting the wondrous estate of Emperor Hadrian’s Villa, which includes preserved Roman copies of ancient artworks
- Visit the medieval Hermitage of Saint Cataldo, which was built into a cliff along the Sabine Hills
- Bask in the local culture and quiet ambiance of the medieval towns built upon the Sabine Hills
- Delight in an olive oil tasting in the charming village of Casperia in a province known for its farming and olive oils
The splendor of Rome goes beyond the remains of the former empire and into the city towns and villages outside of the city, forgotten with time and overlooked by passersby. Your 8-day tour will take you through the olive orchards and hillsides of Lazio, as well as beneath the streets of the Eternal City for an immersive tour of impressive imperial monuments and traditional medieval streets. Your journey will begin with your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer will escort you into the historical heart of the city for an introductory tour of Rome’s open-air sites, including the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
The next day you will enjoy a private guided tour of Rome’s ancient heart, from the Roman Forum to the Colosseum, including a secluded view of the hypogeum. In the afternoon, you can traverse the halls and galleries of the Vatican Museums to witness the treasured art and artifacts collected by the Holy See over the centuries. After your tour, hop aboard an antique tram for an evening of small dishes, free-flowing wine, and live music with a shifting backdrop of the city’s famous monuments. Enter next into the preserved Appian Way Regional Park to traverse the ancient road and old catacombs of the former empire.
In the evening, you will board a river cruise to indulge in beautiful dinner while on the Tiber. Wake the following day for a fabulous tour of Ostia Antica, the former port city of Rome. Wander among the layers of the former city to find the majesty in the remaining art and architecture. Upon your return to Rome, you will visit a number of prestigious churches known for their history, mystery, and artistic allure. Venture next to the town of Tivoli to explore the medieval castle and marvelous villas, including the Renaissance estate of Villa d’Este and the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Villa. The next day, you will exit Rome and make your way by private transfer to the villages that dot the Lazio countryside.
Move next to the Civic Museum of Rieti to view the collection of Roman armor en route to the province of Farfa. Relax in the open air and serene panoramas of the hilltop villages before you reach Casperia. The next day, continue your discovery of the enchanting medieval towns and villages of the Sabine Hills with visits to Greccio, Cascata delle Marmore, and the town of Orvieto, located atop a steep cliff. Conclude with your return to Rome at your leisure with your private transfer ready to escort you to Fiumicino Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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