Whether an artist or amateur archeologist, a lover of food or spirited adventurer, your custom tailored tour immerses you in the splendor of Rome, a city in which every step tells you another tale in time. The subterranean tunnels of the necropolis beneath the Vatican lead you to the tomb of St. Peter. The scent of roasted espresso emanates from charming cafes with tables set along cobblestone streets. Fountains crafted by Bernini come second only to palaces designed by Michelangelo. Ancient life...
Rome – A Roman Welcome
The glory of Rome emerges out of ancient roots and continues to spread across Western Civilization. Iconic ruins rise amidst the contemporary bustle of the streets and cafes. Baroque palaces and dramatic fountains add layers of luster to the captivating history inside the historic city center. Your private transfer meets you at Fiumicino Airport upon your arrival and escorts you to an opulently renovated palace in the heart of the city, filled with reminders of the hotel’s once decadent past. Antique furniture accentuates the gilded window frames and the polished marble floor. After settling into your hotel, you meet your private transfer in the lobby.
Rome’s prestigious past and vibrant present welcome you along the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways bordered by antique homes. Your walking tour leads you to Piazza Navona, originally a 1st-century AD athletic stadium, used for chariot races in the 15th century. Gorgeous baroque palaces surround the oval shaped piazza. A breeze brushes over the cobblestones and carries a refreshing mist off the fountains. An Egyptian obelisk ascends from the center of the Fountain of the Four Rivers, a work of art crafted by Bernini featuring the major rivers of the world represented in allegorical figures. The scent of creamy carbonara pasta emanates from the cafes at the edge of the square.
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- Venture deep into the foundations of St. Peter’s Basilica to witness the marvels of St. Peter’s tomb located in the necropolis beneath Vatican City
- Enjoy in-depth tours of Roman neighborhoods for a culturally immersive experience that has you living like a Roman
- Wander the preserved streets of Ancient Rome to witness the grand display of the Republic and Empire set in the ruins decorating the contemporary city
- Explore the artistic treasures of the Vatican during a private tour of the Vatican Museums, home to the Pope’s private apartments, ancient artifacts, and works crafted by master artists
- Discover classical artwork in one of the largest collections of Ancient Rome at the National Museum, spread across five locations
- Visit the former bustling port of Ostia Antica for a view into the life and times of a preserved Roman city
- Experience the grandeur of the private art collection in the Villa Borghese, gathered over time through the efforts of Cardinal Scipione Borghese
- Uncover the hidden gem of Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa inside the unassuming church of Santa Maria della Vittoria
- Relish the classic beauty and elaborate décor of an emperor when visiting Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli
Rome has withstood the tests of time for 3,000 years and continues to captivate people from around the world with its consistent relevance. Your 9-day tour of Rome embraces the historic opulence of the Empire, the grandeur of the Republic, the artistry of the Renaissance, and the detail of the baroque. Walk along the tranquil cobblestone streets lining the Tiber River and immerse yourself in the largest collection of classical Roman art in the world. Discover mosaic advertisements of the ancient world and stroll alongside elaborate replicas of Greek statuary sought by emperors. Rome embodies the thrills of the past, which have inspired the contemporary world.
The journey begins with your arrival at Fiumicino Airport where your private transfer greets you at baggage claim. Settle into your luxurious accommodations in the heart of the historic city center inside a former aristocratic palace. Meet your guide in the lobby for an introductory tour of Rome, taking you along the narrow pathways to visit the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Gesu Church, and the Church of San Ignazio. The ancient wonders of Rome fill the next day with the exciting image of the iconic imperial city. Explore the depths of the Colosseum and the first settlements around Palatine Hill. Wander the Roman Forum and explore the stunning piazza and museum of Capitoline Hill.
The following day, you have a fabulous tour of the Villa Borghese to see the stunning galleries exhibiting renaissance and baroque artwork before venturing to Piazza del Popolo and Santa Maria del Popolo. Visit the Spanish Steps and explore the unique Capuchin Crypt. Your guide leads you through the neighborhood of Trastevere for a cultural tour of the streets once on the outskirts of the historic city center. You make your way to Vatican City to begin the first of a two-day exploration of the captivating independent country. Step beneath the foundations of the Vatican to visit the remarkable necropolis before touring St. Peter’s Basilica and the dome. Next, you continue your tour of Vatican City with an encompassing view of the Vatican Museums.
In the afternoon, you wander through the historic grounds of Castel Sant’Angelo, erected as an imperial tomb but converted into a papal palace. Outside the main roads of Rome, you discover the charming town of Tivoli, which is still located in Rome’s metropolitan area. Follow in the footsteps of Roman aristocracy by visiting Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. The next day, you traverse the National Museum of Rome, which contains an inspiring collection of classical Roman artwork spread across five palaces. Follow your artistic sensibilities to the Church of Santa Maria Vittoria. Then, you have a half-day tour of the port city of Ostia Antica before returning to the historic center of Rome to view the magnificent, historical, and artistic churches of the city. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Fiumicino Airport for your flight home.
$2,515 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 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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