This tour provides an opportunity to see some of the most famous sights that have made Rome unique among the world’s cities. Our starting point is the very elegant Piazza Navona with its 17th-century baroque trimmings. The fountains and churches and residential palaces, the artists and caricaturists and the sidewalk cafes make this square the theatre of Rome.” We continue to the 1900-year-old Pantheon, a pagan temple built by Agrippa in 27 BC and redesigned by Emperor Hadrian in about 118. We pass the Castle St. Angelo, which later became the residence and fortress of the Popes, Hadrian’s Tomb, and then the statues of saints and popes at St. Peters’ square, designed by Bernini. The interesting visit inside St. Peter’s Basilica allows us to admire its many works of art, including the Pieta by sculptor Michelangelo when he was only 22-years old.
Rome is a rich and wondrous city and also full of secrets that hide many of her treasures. Walking has always been the way to discover those treasures, and so, today, we follow the age-old adage and we “do as the Romans do!“ With our expert guide we go off the beaten track to discover charming squares, beautiful fountains, ancient bridges, medieval quarters and architectural surprises. We stroll to the curious and picturesque Tiber island in the Tiber River, through the historic ghetto, and then, only minutes away, the unique Piazza Farnese to see the most splendid Renaissance palace in all Italy, one that Michelangelo himself decorated.
After several breaks and pauses for browsing, photography and refreshments, we walk down nearby via del Pellegrino, a street of artisans that follow centuries-old traditions. We soon come to one of Rome’s most impressive and beautiful squares, Piazza Navona…a square full of life, full of art.
The Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign state with one of the richest art collections in the world gathered by popes throughout the centuries. After visiting the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestry Gallery and the Geographical Map Gallery where we have glimpses of the exquisite gardens of the Pope, we reach the world renowned Sistine Chapel, built in 1473 by the order of Pope Sistus IV (hence the name) as a private chapel for the popes. This jewel was built in the precise dimensions of the Temple of Solomon as described in the Bible. It is still used for the papal elections. The visit is highlighted by the masterpieces of Michelangelo, who spent 4 grueling years painting the chapel ceiling with frescoes depicting scenes from the Old Testament including the incredible scene of the creation. On the altar wall we see the maturity of Michelangelo as a painter in his fresco of the Last Judgment started 22 years after he completed the ceiling.
A half-day tour to marvel at the glory and grandeur of the Eternal City. We drive through the Piazza Venezia with the overpowering white marble monument to King Victor Emmanuel II, nicknamed the “wedding cake” by the Romans because of its appearance. From this “modern” footstep in history, we start our journey into ancient times. We see the Roman Forum, the Trajan Market, visit the Coliseum and admire the Arches of Constantine and Titus.
We continue on our drive through the ages and pass the 1900-year-old Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximums. We pass through various epochs and stop at the Church of St. Peter in Chains to see Michelangelo’s incredible sculpture of Moses which is not to be missed!
Finally we pass into the 18th-century to admire the Trevi Fountain. There is a legend that throwing a coin into this majestic fountain ensures a return to Rome.
Discover imperial and early Christian Rome by peeling back layers and millenniums of history as you descend into the Eternal city’s underground burial chambers, its long winding catacombs and its crypts.
Go below and beyond to a time when Christianity was considered a simple cult whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs.
The one and only tour that takes you to crypts and catacombs from different historical eras, in diverse locations and with varying styles.
With Crypts & Catacombs, you will have the opportunity to visit the most interesting and mystifying sites of underground Rome, all together in one single tour.
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