More than three thousand years of history has contributed making Rome into the most majestic and historically fascinating city in the world. There are more monuments and archeological ruins here that that to see them all could quite literally take your entire life and it has been said before that “To know Rome a lifetime is is not enough”. For this reason when you come to visit the Eternal city, for those with a very short time in the city, yet still interested in experiencing the best of Roman history, a private tour is often the best.
Our Private tours of Rome can begin at the cruise ship terminal or at your hotel where your local Roman guide will meet you to begin the day's itinerary. All of our guides are completely fluent in English and many have studied Roman history and culture at a university level.
Upon meeting your guide you will begin to tour Rome your full day tour, and though we do not always follow this order of sights visited and a few things we may customize depending on where you are staying in Rome (and how much time you have), very frequently our day will be something like this:
We shall begin on the ancient Capitoline Hill which has served, since the foundation of the city 2750 years ago, as a backdrop for clashes, celebrations and legends. Today, the hill is surmounted by historically overlapping buildings culminating in Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, Piazza Campidoglio, characterized by its splendid Architecture, meticulous details and extraordinary harmony.
The wonders of Ancient Rome
From the rear of the Capitoline Hill you can enjoy a spellbinding view of the valley of the Roman Forum, once the centre of ancient Rome, with its amazing array of temples, basilicas, colonnades and roads . From here, if you listen carefully, you can still hear the stirrings of crowds incited by Cicero, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and a thousand others. Then off to the Colosseum, the imposing monument built in just over 10 years (AD69 – 80) in a period at the height of the city's wealth and power. There you'll come to know about the construction techniques utilized and about the gladiators – who they were and why the games remained so popular for over three centuries. You'll discover an unexpectedly complex society and the multiform empire that gave life to it.
From here we will head to Piazza Venezia with its Monument to Victor Emmanuel which represents an important moment in our country's modern history. The Trevi Fountain, symbol of the “dolce vita”, will bewitch you with its melodic play of water and the many stories and legends inscribed its bas-reliefs.
Then to the Pantheon whose beauty and awe inspiring dimensions symbolize, without any doubt, the splendor of ancient Rome. It was designed by Hadrian , an eclectic and visionary emperor who sought to give depth and harmony to the city and to a multiethnic empire with different and often conflicting cultures, traditions and languages . Rome was at the time a city living at the height of its grandeur but all the while sowing the seeds of its unstoppable decline.
Piazza Navona will cast us into yet another time and city: the city of the popes and the heart of the Baroque; Bernini's world of ingenious ideas; the raising, after centuries, of the ancient obelisks abandoned in Roman circuses; the Fountain of the Four Rivers; the Church of Saint Agnes and the legendary rivalry between Borromini and Bernini, the two great architects/sculptors of the Baroque.
From there to Campo dei Fiori (Field of Flowers) where there exists, till this day, a small flower and fruit market. Here we will explore the contradictions of the Baroque age: Popes who patronized the arts while at the same time endorsing the ferocious trials of the Holy Inquisition. In 1600 Giordano Bruno, precursor to scientific research carried out by Galileo and Newton, was burnt alive in this very square for stating that the universe was endless and infinite. The church held this to be blasphemous for only God could be infinite.
From there we go to the splendid Saint Peter's Square, heart of Christianity and for centuries the destination of infinite pilgrimages. In AD 64 this area was the site of a circus used for horse racing. It was here around the same period that Saint Peter was crucified and buried during the cruel persecution instigated by Nero. And it is precisely around his tomb that the area came to acquire a new profile thanks to the thousand popes, architects, painters and to the faithful millions who day after day contributed to its present day magnificence.
The first church rose in the 4th century AD and was consecrated in the very presence of the emperor Constantine. The second church, begun in the Renaissance, is a rich story of the artists, popes, subsidies and wars that occurred throughout an entire century of construction which culminated in the raising of Michelangelo's dome after a series of failed projects.
Then off to the Janiculan Hill located to the rear of the Vatican and from which you can admire a spectacular view of the entire city – a wonderment of river, trees, domes and sky. On the other side of the Janiculan Hill is the quarter of Trastevere, famous for its narrow, quaint cobble stoned streets, the many restaurants, art galleries and the enchanting church of Santa Maria in Trastevere with its mosaics and rich history of medieval legends.
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