Tour Suggestions - Lazio

Whole Day Tours of Lazio:

 

 

    
Roman foro   Pantheon

 

Options are wide and various - we will make sure that your expectations are met by our English spoken driver.  Tell him what you wish to see and if you want to spend more time in one place than another, but we want to make sure to have enough time to see as much of Rome.    Along the way, the areas of interest he will explain to you, please ask questions and discuss with him.

 

Rome City Tour

 

• Your first stop - the Colosseum, it is probably the most famous landmark in Rome.  Built in the 1st century AD, this great arena could seat 45,000 spectators and was the largest Roman amphitheater in the world.   Your private driver will give a brief explanation and history, you will get a chance to go in and explore on your own.  more about the Colosseum »

 

• Trevi Fountain - (Following the Coliseum) via Aventine Hill and Piazza Venezia, where you'll stop to take a look at the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Mussolini's balcony.  Remember that at the Trevi fountain stop, make sure you have a couple of coins with you to throw in the fountain as legend has it that you will definitely return back to Rome.

 

• The Pantheon - widely praised for its feats of architecture and concept of space.   It is a magnificent ancient temple in Rome that was later converted into the church of Santa Maria ad Martyres.  more about the Pantheon »

 

• Piazza di Spagna, or Spanish Steps - spend a short time before heading to the Borghese Gardens to see the panorama of Rome and the Vatican from the Pincio Terrace

 

• Your final stop of the morning - the famous Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful in Rome.

 

 

Lunch time - Some point of the Tour you may wish to stop for something to eat.  Maybe a snack in Piazza Navona or some pizza in the cafeteria of the Vatican Museums, or a typical lunch in a little neighborhood restaurant (at your own cost).
 

After lunch your driver will take you to the Vatican city you may even wish to change the schedule and visit the Vatican in the morning, please feel the flexibility of discussing it with your driver.

 

    
Basilica of St Peters   Piazza Novona
St Peters
 
• Tour of the Vatican City -  The Vatican Museums are enormous, about 1,500 rooms, but you will only see the best parts on your way to the Sistine Chapel. Normally this visit includes the Cortile della Pigna, Belvedere, Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and Raphael's Rooms. Because of the way the traffic inside the Museums is regulated, at sometimes certain portions are closed off, so please note that the itinerary can change from time to time. Of course, you will end at the Sistine Chapel!

From the Sistine you'll go directly to St. Peter's Basilica, where you will see the Pietà by Michelangelo and other fantastic masterpieces by Bernini and Canova. After St. Peter's you may want to take some free time to take pictures of the square, shop for souvenirs and/or take a drink and relax.

Your driver will meet up with you again and return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm roman farewell!    more about Rome »

 

   
                         Colosseum
  Trevi fountain

 

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Private Tour with a qualified english speaking driver.  Transfers included

Tivoli Tour

At the foot of the Tiburtini hills, dominate the vast quarries of travertine marble and are host to the springs, bringing the sulfurous waters to the spa town of Bagni di Tivoli.

•  Our first stop is the Villa D'Este, one of the most beautiful residences of the Renaissance. The Villa's countless fountains, set in the heart of magnificent Italian style gardens, create a delightfully graceful symphony of carved stone, shade, sunlight and water.  Lunch

 

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• continue to visit Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) which is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian.  The ruins can only hint at the grandeur and beauty of this villa which the emperor Hadrian had built as a souvenir of the monuments and sites he had admired during his travels in the East.  It combines the best elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the form of an 'ideal city'.    The Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and important cultural and archaeological site. 
 

more about Tivoli »

more about Rome »

 

Your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm roman farewell!  

 

   
                         Statues lining the Canopus - Villa Adriana
  Huge monument left to the weather

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 Private Tour with a qualified english speaking driver.  Transfers included

Roman Catacombs

Your driver will meet you and then take you to the Roman Catacombs through the Appian Way.

 

•  The first stop will be on the Esquiline Hill where our guide will show you the treasure of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, then we will continue and   stop at the Holy Staircase, the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of San Giovanni,  which is the  Cathedral of Rome (visit inside).

 

Then proceeding along the Ancient Appian Way, we will pass by the Chapel of "Domine Quo Vadis" before arriving at the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and first hiding places for the Christians.

 

A visit will be made to either the Catacombs of S. Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano depending upon seasonal conditions.  The tour will end with a spectacular view of the Baths of the Emperor Caracalla.

 

Your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm roman farewell!    more about Rome »

 

 

   
                         Mosaics -Santa Maria Maggiore
  Basilica - Santa Maria Maggiore

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 Etruscan Tour

Your driver will meet you and then will drive you to the Archealogical area of the Etruia - Cerveteri and Tarquinia. - a whole day tour

 

•   our first stop - Cerveteri. There will be an official guide who will be waiting for us to take us on an 1½ hour walking tour through the fascinating necropolises of the Etruscan civilization.   more about Cerveteri »

 

• Next stop will be in Tarquinia, where your guide will explain the history, legends and ancient traditions of the most important Etruscan settlement in the region of Central Italy.   We'll then visit the Museo Nazionale Tarquinese where there is an interesting collection of Etruscan artifacts.

 

• Lunch will be available in a typical restaurant.  We'll then return to Rome

 

more about Tarquinia »

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                         Etruscan mounds - Cerveteri
  Tarquinia

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Private Tour with a qualified english speaking driver.  Transfers included

Castel Gandolfo-Popes Summer Residence

Your driver will meet you and then will drive you to Castel Gandolfo through the interesting Roman countryside.  Castel Gandolfo is a small Italian town in Lazio that occupies a height overlooking Lake Albano about 30 km south-east of Rome, on the Alban Hills.  It is best known as the summer residence of the Pope.

 

• The Popes Summer residence, (Residenza Papale in Italian) is a 17th century building designed by Carlo Maderno for Pope Urban VIII.  The papal palace, and the adjoining Villa Barberini that was added to the complex by Pius XI have enjoyed extraterritorial rights since the signature of the 1929 treaty with Italy.

 

The papal palace remained unused from 1870 until 1929.  Pope Pius XII (1958) and Paul VI (1978) died at Castel Gandolfo.   This small town lies on the border of the Albano lake.  The site of the papal palace, rebuilt on the ruins of the former castle, partly occupies the foundations of a summer residence of the Emperor Domitian that occupied 14 km² (5.4 square miles).
 

The baroque and renaissance style are mostly present in the Villa Barberini  which houses Bernini's masterpieces.   From a wide breath on the shores of the Albano lake to the fountain of the main square passing by the Palace.

 

Your driver will return you to your destination - hotel, station, airport or port of call - with a warm roman faewell!    more about Rome »

 

   
Pope Benedict XV!   Lake Albano

 

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