Many of the most beautiful things in the world are found tucked away and hidden, and your custom tailored tour of Rome and the Le Marche region brim with the often undiscovered. From the known monuments of ancient Rome to the hidden Renaissance hilltop town of Urbino, you will scour the forest for black and white truffles, linger in the overlooked majesty of opulent churches and wander along a meadow radiant with wildflowers in bloom. Reach into the wonders of Italy where you can touch the splendors...
Rome – Be Welcomed to the Eternal City with a Tour of Ancient Rome
Rome is a city that offers endless possibilities for discovery, whether in art, architecture, charm or within oneself. History and the splendors of former master artists are within reach around every corner. The hills around the city garner the aromas of chestnut and oak trees and the streets feel magical. You are taken back in time along cobblestone lanes that lead to lavish villas built to showcase the power of wealthy noble families. Your flight will land at Fiumicino Airport where your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim.
Once settled in the comforts of Parco Delle Nazioni, your guide will greet you in the lobby ready to escort you through the captivating monuments of Ancient Rome. You begin at the Imperial Forums, an area mostly built over during the reign of Mussolini in the 1930s. Excavations have since unearthed elements of Trajan’s Market, beneath the lingering outline of Trajan’s Column. The 2nd century AD monument contains intricate reliefs depicting Rome’s victories over the Dacians. A portion of the Temple of Minerva still stands near what was once the Foro di Nerva.
You will make your way along the Via dei Fori Imperiali for a view of the Colosseum which grows larger as you venture closer as the aroma of rich earth emanates from the ruins strewn along the edges of the roadway. The exterior walls of the Colosseum reach a height of more than 155 feet tall, and once featured large masts to help shade the upwards of 50,000 patrons that would fill the stadium seating. The Colosseum, along with the remaining columns of the Roman Forum, has become an icon of Rome, both past and present.
Rome – Enjoy a Painting Class before a Private Tour of the Vatican Museums
Rome – Visit the Historical Neighborhoods and Lavish Villas of Rome
Rome – Relish the Layers of Roman Art and History at Leisure
Pesaro – Visit Towns around Ascoli Piceno and Ancona en route to Pesaro
Pesaro – Delight in a Truffle Hunt and Visit the Villages around Urbino
Pesaro – Explore the Natural and Ancient Beauty of the Le Marche Region
Pesaro – Transfer to Rimini for your Flight Home
- Capture the colors and opulent figures of Piazza Navona with a private art lesson inside the elegant Baroque square
- Indulge in the variety of sweet and complex flavors of gelato during a gelato tour of Rome, followed by a chance to make your own flavor
- Learn steps to creating a perfect Roman pasta dish during a private pasta-making class inside a traditional neighborhood restaurant
- Discover the beauty and charms of the overlooked monuments of Rome, from Baroque churches to ancient ruins that peek through the contemporary streets
- Enjoy an excursion into the woods of Le Marche in search of the elusive black and white truffles
- Delight in a private wine tasting tour on a charming vineyard before connecting to the traditions Le Marche regional cuisine
- Wander through the stunning Renaissance architecture and artwork of Urbino
- Visit a medieval town on a hillside with connections to Ancient Rome, in view of blossoming springtime daffodils
Rome bustles with the activity of a capital city while the Le Marche region maintains a relaxed and steady pace between the bordering mountain peaks, vast meadows, and bright Adriatic coast. In discovering them both, you can experience the finest in Italy’s history and landscape during your 8-day tour best visited in spring. The culture of hilltop towns remains undisturbed as the pleasures of cuisine remain attached to local tradition. Whether you wander through the lavish villas of noble families in Rome or stroll along the quiet cobbled lanes that lead to a provincial Cathedral, you will connect to the precious gems of Italy’s heritage, evolving from pre-Roman tribes to medieval majesty.
Your journey will begin with your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer will escort you into the historical center where you will have an introductory tour of the ancient life and ruins of Rome. Witness the stones, pillars, and remaining ancient villas that once shaped an empire. The next day, you will venture to Piazza Navona for a private art class amidst the Baroque architecture and fountains in the public square. Follow your art class with a view of the work of masters inside the Vatican Museum.
Wake the next day for a private tour of the different neighborhoods of Rome, traversing quiet residential streets and traditional local markets. Meet a local chef who will teach you how to make proper pasta and another traditional Roman dish before you wander the artwork of the Villa Borghese. The next day is at your leisure to uncover the treasures of Rome as you desire, so you could follow the Baroque trail of stunning palaces and churches or venture to the preserved ancient city of Ostia Antica outside of Rome. You could also visit the lavish historic villas of Tivoli.
The next day, your private transfer will lead you away from Rome to travel eastward to the region of Le Marche. The hills of Lazio level to the fields of Le Marche, and in the distance, the peaks of Monti Sibillini connect to the Umbrian region. Visit the towns of Ascoli Piceno and Ancona en route to the seaside town of Pesaro. Continue the next day with a full day tour that begins with a truffle hunt, followed by a wine tasting.
For lunch, you will step into the kitchen to prepare regional dishes that highlight the local wine and truffles. Continue to Urbino to walk around the treasured Renaissance town that overlooks the plains of Le Marche. The next day, you will continue your exploration of the region as you traverse both towns and landscape at your preferred pace. See the remaining medieval tower at Cagli and enjoy the wild daffodils along the meadow beneath Monte Petrano, or you could also visit the Frasassi Caves. Conclude the next day as your private transfer will escort you north to Rimini for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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