The gardens of Italy’s Lazio region overflow with color, bringing an artistic representation of the landscape to life. Surround yourself with the aroma of roses and chestnut trees. Follow historic mosaic pathways meandering through the verdant grass. Listen to the music playing from a medieval fountain, powered by the water coursing through the long-established channels. Your custom tailored tour immerses you in the opulent gardens of Rome and the villas of nearby towns, accentuating the splendor...
Rome – In the Wonder of Rome
The Eternal City of Rome has a captivating atmosphere wrapped in ancient architectural ruins and the contemporary life along the cobblestone streets. Your private transfer meets you at Fiumicino Airport upon your arrival in the city. The splendor of Rome comes quickly into view, from the towering four stories of the Colosseum to the polished marble stairs of the Spanish Steps. You relax in the comforts of your luxurious hotel before your guide meets you in the lobby for an introductory tour. Cross over the Sant’Angelo Bridge, which was first erected in the 2nd century AD. The three piers at the heart of the bridge are from back to the original construction.
The ten angels crafted in the 17th-century line the bridge leading to the stunning edifice of Castel Sant’Angelo. The Tiber River travels beneath the bridge and winds along the edges of ancient Rome. Cobbled walkways border the riverbank, providing a garden-like route to couples, joggers, and strollers wishing to enjoy the riverside ambiance. The bridge frames the dramatic circular outline of Castel Sant’Angelo. Emperor Hadrian erected the structure as a mausoleum to himself in the 2nd century AD. Rome incorporated the castle inside the city walls and renovated the intended mausoleum as one of Rome’s most powerful fortresses. During your tour, you find the beauty of Rome as much in the verdant cypress and chestnut trees as you do in around the enchanting architecture of the historic city.
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Vatican City - Finding the Footsteps of Popes
Rome - Another Season to Bloom
- Wander along the footpaths of the Vatican Gardens to witness the opulence of the papacy in a spaced dedicated to tranquility
- Discover the unique Gardens of Ninfa, an oasis of 45 acres garnishing 1,300 different species of exotic plants growing over medieval ruins
- Stroll or bike through the fabulous gardens of the Villa Borghese, bordered by three museums and filled with sensational adornments
- Delight in the magnificent fountains of Villa d’Este in Tivoli, a renaissance palace home to an array of manicured shrubberies and enchanting waterworks
- Visit the summer palace of the popes in the charming hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, offering a gorgeous panorama of Lake Albano
- Traverse the paths of the Villa Medici on Pincian Hill in view of the iconic monuments of Rome
- Explore the lavish grounds of Hadrian’s Villa, known for the replica statuary and artifacts depicting the Roman emperor’s travels through the empire
- Relish the period garden design at the estate of Villa Lante, which embodies the ideals of symmetry
Rome is filled with secret gardens waiting for exploration. Your 8-day tour allows you to discover the depths of the colorful region of Lazio within the villas and palatial gardens. Follow along the footpaths made for popes and discover a former medieval town hidden by the lush growth of exotic plants. Whether basking in a slice of the country inside the bustling borders of Rome or visiting the countryside to relax in the serene parterres overlooking an azure lake, you will have an unforgettable experience of exploring a historic oasis.
Your verdant tour begins with your arrival in Rome at the Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer escorts you into the heart of the city to embark on an introductory tour of the city. Cross the Sant’Angelo Bridge for an open-air museum ambiance with a view of the Tiber River. The following day, your guide leads you through the Italianate gardens of Villa Lante and Villa Farnese. The former fortress used the green space as a place for its inhabitants to enjoy a piece of the outside world. Travel to the former monastery of Castello Ruspoli on day three to walk along the detailed parterres of the 17th-century garden.
In the afternoon, you have an in-depth visit to the Borghese Gardens, home to relaxing fountains and lake easily traversed by a rowboat. Next, you venture to the town of Tivoli to discover the wondrous villa of Roman Emperor Hadrian, followed by the magnificent waterworks of the Renaissance estate at Villa d’Este. The following day takes you the market town of Sermoneta to view the pastel colored homes rising out of the emerald forest. Beneath the town lies the medieval town of Ninfa, now covered with an oasis of exotic plants, numbering nearly 1,300 species in total. Your guide escorts you to the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, which is located on a crater rim view of Lake Albano.
The town is home to the papal summer palace, which your guide leads you through on an elaborate tour of the 17th-century estate. In the afternoon, you venture to Palazzo Chigi in the town of Ariccia to bask in the marvelous decor of the 16th-century Italianate design. The next day, you reach the pinnacle of garden opulence with a tour of the Vatican Gardens. Indulge in the scent of chestnut trees and view the unique monuments dedicated to patron saints. Continue your afternoon of grandeur at the Villa Medici located atop Pincian Hill at the heart of historic Rome. Your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to Fiumicino Airport where you trade in blossoms of the Eternal City for home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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- 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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