Your flight arrives at Rome Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer will greet you and take you into the city. You will soon see that Rome is the result of a collection of wonders dating back nearly 3,000 years. Elegant bridges with statues designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini span the banks of the Tiber River while medieval architecture lines the narrow cobbled lanes overflowing with artisan leather shops, modern furniture boutiques, and charming cafes. Rome is steeped in inspiring architecture and captivating artistry with famous designers taking motivation from ancient methods used in making the Pantheon’s magnificent dome.
After taking time to settle into the comforts of your luxurious accommodations in the heart of the historical city center, your guide will greet you in the lobby to lead you through the splendor of the Eternal City. Your half-day walking tour will end at the preserved ancient spectacle of the Pantheon, which has stood in Rome for nearly 2,000 years. The structure was originally built in 27 BC over the site from which Romulus ascended into the heavens, and the current edifice was erected in 80 AD after a fire destroyed much of the original building.
Much of the grandeur of the antique architecture and the feats of Roman engineering prevail in the 16 incredible granite columns on the porch topped with Corinthian flare and the massive cupola crowning the entire former temple. The marble floors provide a touch of prestige amid the harmonious ambiance that comes from the immaculate symmetry of the structural design with the height of the gallery reaching the same measurements as the diameter of the dome at 142 feet.