The poet Horace said:
"you will see nothing in the world greater than Rome"
"When we talk about Ancient Rome its grandeur immediately comes to mind with the stunning Coliseum, the Roman Forum, political, administrative and religious centre of Ancient Rome, Palatine Hill, home to the Caesars Palace...Walking through the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, and the Coliseum, the glory of Roman civilization will comes to life with its refined entertaining spectacles, political intrigues,religious and triumphant celebrations. After seeing the Pantheon, an immense and powerful round temple with a perfect hemispherical dome, or the Caracalla Baths you will realize why Rome has played a vital role in world history and civilization. According to an ancient prophecy "As long as the Coliseum stands, Rome will stand. When the Coliseum collapses, Rome will collapse. When Rome collapses, the world will collapse."
The Holy See a sovereign state since 1929
that contains within its walls many of the world's greatest masterpieces of art.
Our tour will start at the Vatican Museum, whose world-renowned art collection was first established in 1500.In the astonishing Picture Gallery you will admire paintings by masters such as: Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo.... The ancient Statuary Collection is also home to Laocoon, a hellenistic Greek statue of unparalleled technical virtuosity. Its sublime depiction of human emotion became a source of inspiration for such great artists as Michelangelo. Speaking of Michelangelo, our tour continues to the Sistine Chapel, where his stunning frescoes with their colors, beauty and spiritual richness continue to transport visitors. Take in the grandeur and history of St. Peter's Basilica, home to the Pietà and soaring Dome by Michelangelo, with the exquisite Baldacchino (canopy) by Bernini, who also did the project of St. Peter Square with its perfectly arrayed colonnade.
DRESS CODE: No shorts or miniskirts, no sleeveless, no big bags or backpacks, no large umbrellas, small fordable one and small bags are ok
Preparing food is an art form
Discover the most hidden corners of Rome where you will taste the best and most delicious traditional food. I will introduce you to the Roman culinary tradition, wine culture and to the pleasures of delicacies.Visiting several characteristic Roman neighborhoods like Piazza Navona, Trastevere, the Jewish Ghetto and Campo de' Fiori, home to a famous street market, you will experience tastings of the best food from local producers, from a variety of very special food emporiums, and you will discover the secrets of their preparation. A variety of cheeses, pizza, prosciutto, artichokes prepared "Roman Style" or “alla Giudia”, deep fried (a Roman unique delicacy) and last but not least, gelato!You will be introduced to the origins and traditions of the Roman cuisine, to the food preparation, and the secrets of their recipes, so you can cook them correctly at home. You will get to know about food and wine pairing and how these work in harmony. At the end of this unforgettable tasting, you will understand why food plays such an important role in our lives.
Through Baroque – Renaissance Rome
Gorgeous masterpieces created by the most revolutionary Italian artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Borromini, Caravaggio can be seen during the tour.The walking tour starts on the Capitoline, one of the Seven Hills of Rome and the most important. In ancient Rome here stood the most important Temple of Rome, the Temple of Jupiter. The impressive square with its three magnificent palaces leads to the Cordonata, the wide staircase that we will descend. Both are Michelangelo's masterpieces.Walking through the city center, surprises await us around every corner: the Trevi Fountain; the Spanish Steps; the Church of St. Louis with three astonishingly translucent paintings of the life of St. Matthew by Caravaggio; Navona Square with monumental Baroque works by Bernini and Borromini; Campo dei Fiori, the most vibrant Roman square, which abuts three of the most magnificent Renaissance Palaces, the Cancelleria, the Farnese and the Spada with its famous perspective gallery by Borromini.
Just outside Rome
Immersed in a very relaxing countryside the Appian Way, built in 313 BC and nicknamed by the ancient Romans "Queen of all roads" takes us back in time. We will explore it by walking on its original intact cobblestones, admiring the fascinating vestiges of the past, built along it. Ruins of mausoleums, monumental tombs, like the "Cecilia Metella" one, and richly decorated villas, like the "Quintili villa".Then we will visit the Catacombs, ancient Christian cemeteries dug underground through miles of tunnels, with multiple levels, where the early Christians buried their martyrs and loved ones.It will be a very interesting experience! It is also possible to visit the site where according to the tradition Christ appeared to Peter while he was leaving Rome during the persecutions, the famous spot known as "Domine Quo Vadis"
Starring: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. 1953
Apart from the two gorgeous protagonists Rome appears in all its splendor and makes you want to visit it. Experience the thrill of touring Rome in a vespa, admiring the famous sites of the storyline and follow all the beautiful locations: Coliseum, Capitoline Hill, Mouth of Truth, Castel Sant’Angelo, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Venetian Square, Teatro Marcello, Barberini Palace, Via Margutta, Trevi Fountain and the stunning Colonna Palace where Audrey, Princess Anne in the movie, meet the journalists Joe Bradley, Gregory Peck. The historical Colonna Palace, full of art pieces and richly decorated, where the Colonna noble family still lives is open to the public once a week, or on request also on other days.The tour can be done either on a Vespa with driver, or by car with driver, or on foot.
Off the beaten track
Just far enough outside the historic center of Rome, immersed in a very relaxing countryside, we will explore the Appian Way, walking on its original cobblestones, which are still intact from 312 BC. when the road was built. The Appian Way it is considered the first highway in the world, built with the intention of moving quickly the Roman military from the city to southern Italy port. Since the Roman Censor Appius Claudius decided to be buried next to the road he had commissioned, for Roman patricians it was a distinctive sign to have family tombs and also sumptuous villas along the Appian Way, nicknamed "Queen of all roads". during the walking tour we will admire all this beauty, and in the vast area of the park the remain of six aqueducts that once stretched across the countryside bringing water into Rome. At the height of the empire, when Rome's population was more than one million, more than a cubic meter of water was provided daily for each inhabitant.
Off the beaten track
Just far enough outside the historic center of Rome, immersed in a very relaxing countryside, we will explore the Appian Way, walking on its original cobblestones which are still intact from 312 BC. when the road was built. Nicknamed by the ancient Romans "Queen of all roads", the Appian Way is considered the first highway in the world, built with the intention of moving quickly the Roman military from Rome to southern Italy, Since the Roman Censor Appius Claudius decided to be buried next to the road he had commissioned, for Roman patricians it was a distinctive sign to have their family tombs and sumptuous villas along the Appian Way .Halfway between Rome, the Vatican and the town of Castelgandolfo, home to Pope's summer residence, there is the "Tenuta di Fiorano" the estate were we will visit the vineyards, and while we will get to know the history of the Ludovisi Boncompagni noble family, who gave birth to two Popes. We will taste their wines considered among the best in the region accompanied by an excellent local food.
Art and Handcraft
Rome, due to its amazing history, art and beauty is a true one - of - a kind place in the world. Beside all its beautiful sites it is also famous for unique artisan ateliers and boutiques.Owing to a very important artisan tradition, it is possible to find hand made shoes, bags, leather jackets, fine glasses, hand made jewelry, from the most classic design to a contemporary unique production. Mosaics and antiquities, musical instruments, modern art galleries, beautiful home textiles, perfumes and home essences that will be reminiscent of the "Eternal City" once back home.
Rome is also famous for its high fashion Ateliers, custom made dresses by very famous designers like: Gattinoni, Valentino, Balestra, Capucci... who made dresses for queens and famous stars, and last but not least there are talented young designers who offer very special creations. Of course we cannot forget men's fashion, from hand made shoes, silk ties, to custom made shirts and elegant suits.
Cincin! - Cheers!
The sunset makes Rome more special, the warm light over the monuments and buildings gives a unique beauty, and observing it from one of the beautiful terraces is something not to be missed. After cheers the tour will follow... Capitoline hill and its unique square designed by Michelangelo, Navona square enriched by the four rivers fountain a Bernini's work of art, piazza del Popolo, Rome's neoclassical living room, and the spectacular Trevi fountain where you can throw a coin and express the desire to return to the "Eternal City" and you wish will come true!
If you have already seen the highlights of Rome
if you want to discover something new but still interesting and amazing, one of the most fascinating adventures is to descend into the city beneath the city, where you will find sites such as the Church of St. Clemente, or the Domus Aurea, Emperor Nero's home St. Clemente is the building that best represents the architectural palimpsest that is Rome. It contains the most varied historical stratification. Descending to the third level, we will find ourselves on an ancient Roman street, with houses dating from the second century A.D. along with a Mithraic Temple. Between the third and the top level, where the twelfth century church exists with its marvelous mosaics and the “schola cantorum” that provides us with a perfect idea of what an early Christian church looked like, there are ruins of a fourth century church displaying splendid frescoes. The Domus Aurea, Nero's "Golden Home" was not merely a palace, but a huge complex including a park and an artificial lake. Built on the Esquiline Hill, it embraced the entire area of the Coliseum, as well as the Palatine and part of the Roman Forum. It extended over one hundred acres.
Its Latin name, “Trans Tiberim,” means “across the Tiber.
”Our tour will start from the Janiculum hill, a terrace adorned like a scenographic backdrop by a gorgeous fountain and overlooking Rome.while descending the hill, admiring the beautiful scenery, and stepping into the perfectly proportioned Bramante's "Tempietto" one of the greatest Renaissance creations, you will realize about the beauty and the richness of Rome.walking through Trastevere then, a very popular and picturesque neighborhood, admiring the Villa Farnesina, an exquisite Renaissance villa, decorated by Raphael for the great banker Agostino Chigi, who used to entertain his guests in sumptuous style. Villa Farnesina was built in the area where in the first century B.C. Julius Caesar’s owned a property where he lodged Cleopatra. From here Cleopatra and her illegitimate son by Caesar, escaped by boat after Caesar’s murder. A visit to the early Christian church of St. Mary in Trastevere, is a must, the most important Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary decorated with gorgeous mosaics. And last but not least the Tiberina Island, a real jewel, will complete the tour of this charming district.
Veni, Vidi, Vici ” – ” I Came, I Saw, I Conquered”
The dictator for life Gaius Julius Caesar was stabbed on March 15th – 44 B.C.. The Ides of March in the Roman calendar. A day still celebrated and people leave flowers on the spot where the body of Caesar was cremated.We’ll go through the moments preceding the murder and show what is left from the building where he died, the Senate House of Pompeu's Theatre. Why did not happen in the Curia, the main seat of the Senate? Why the ruler of the Republic died without any guards protecting him? Along with the answers, and a certain amount of prophecies you will see: the funeral place, the Forum commissioned by Caesar, The Basilica Giulia and the Senate House; the "Domus Publica" (Regia), the house where Caesar lived as a Pontifex Maximus; the Sacred Way, where Caesar did the triumphal march after the conquest of Gaul. We’ll end at the Temple of the Divine Caesar, erected by his adopted son Octavian Augustus where Caesar’s pire was lit up as the official funeral was taking place.Here we all will be wondering: was Shakespeare right?
The Borghese Gallery is a treasure chest
That contains precious jewels of Italian art, from renaissance to the neoclassical period, such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Tiziano (Titian), Correggio, Canova.... beside ancient roman statuary.When the collection was started by Cardinal Scipione ( Scipio) Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul the V, in XVII century the master pieces of Caravaggio , Bernini etc. were modern art, alongside the works of classical roman art. Cardinal Scipio elected at age 26, become Secretary of the Papal State. The villa with its park and beautiful art collection was the perfect location to receive important guests. He had an immense passion for art and a great intuition in knowing how to recognize talents, such as Bernini. The Gallery contains the most important and spectacular Bernini's marbles, sculpted when the artist was between 19 and 25 years old
A large Roman archaeological complex 20 miles from Rome
the Hadrian Villa in the II century A.D. was the retreat of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who disliked the Palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome. During the later years of his reign he governed the Empire from the Villa attended by a large court who lived there permanently.A complex of 30 magnificent buildings covering an area of 250 acres, part of it still not excavated, was the greatest Roman example of an Alexandrian garden, recreating a sacred landscape.During the visit you will see some of the best preserved buildings like: the Canopus, Serapeus, the Maritime Theatre, the bath and more.After Hadrian the Villa was used by his successors and during the decline of the Roman Empire was partially ruined.In the XVI century the statues, reliefs and marbles where taken to decorate not only the nearby Villa D’Este, (Tivoli Gardens), but many beautiful renaissance residences in Rome.
The unique town of Tivoli
Rich of art, ancient roman ruins, history and beautiful landscapes. Today is a world heritage town, with its gorgeous patrimony which includes very important sites, such as: the Hadrian Villa, the Gregorian Villa with its famous waterfalls, andVilla D'Este a Renaissance masterpiece that was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, Governor of Tivoli, grandson of Pope Alexander VI Borgia, and son of Lucretia Borgia. After the disappointment of a failed bid for the papacy, Cardinal Ippolito come to the idea of realizing a villa with a park in the hanging cliff of the “Valle Gaudente”. The extraordinary project by the architect Pirro Ligorio brought back to life here the splendor of the courts in the 16th century and revived the magnificence of the Hadrian Villa. The garden planning and water features were imitated and had an enormous influence in the next two centuries on European landscape design.Tivoli Gardens with its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs and grottoes is also the perfect spot in a hot Roman summer day.
The resort area of "Castelli Romani", Roman Castles is located south of Rome, made up of 16 small towns reclined on the Alban hills, rich in art and culinary traditions: Lariano famous for bread and mushrooms, Nepi for strawberries, Ariccia for roast suckling pig, Rocca di Papa for chestnuts. The area is also rich in summer villas of noble Roman families such as the Chigi, Aldobrandini ... and for the beautiful Papal summer residence overlooking Lake Albano. We will visit the splendid Apostolic Palace and its gardens. Since 2016 the complex which also includes an astronomical observatory, and a farm has been open to the public! Next we will taste delicious local food in a restaurant overlooking the lake enjoying the splendid panorama and after we will visit Ariccia with its beautiful Villa Chigi.
“Nunc est bibendum” Now we taste!
Lazio Region for its volcanic soil, microclimate and geographical position is the perfect place for olive tree and vines production. In the town of Tivoli we will visit the Tivoli Gardens, masterpiece of the Italian architectural landscape, or the ruins of the Hadrian Villa, later in the day after a drive to the Castelli Romani resort area, (Roman Castles), famous for the Pope’s and Roman nobility summer homes, you will discover a very special wine estate owned by a well known Roman noble family. The property of 90 hectares, of witch about 64 to vineyards is where we will start the visit, you will learn about the terroir (soil, vine, climate, human factor) where the typical local vines such as: Sangiovese, Malvasia, Cesanese, have the perfect terroir. Right after in the cellar located in an ancient seventeenth building, you will get to know all about the secrets of the wine making process and finally the tasting: the wine color, the scent and the flavor!
Ostia Antica gateway to Rome
Once a cosmopolitan harbor city, that welcomed the merchants who traded in precious objects, fabrics, spices... Its main streets lined with shops are still there intact, like a full range of other buildings, including a bakery a laundry, and a restaurant. The Forum area is also visible with its Curia ( Senate House) and the Temple of Jupiter, as well as a residential district and spa complex. A variety of temples, like the synagogue and the temple of Cibele and Mithras, have also been discovered.The Roman theatre, still in use today, is magnificent and faces the square of the Corporation, decorated with mosaics representing ancient advertising of different goods.About 1 hour distance from Rome
Spend a day in the Tuscan countryside!
Visiting Montalcino and one of the best Brunello vineyards.Our day trip from Rome will take us to the very famous Val d' Orcia, Unesco world Heritage Site, a gentle land broken by picturesque Medieval and Renaissance towns and villages, full of history, art and traditions. We will visit Sant’ Antimo Abbey a “Travertine Miracle” according to the legend founded by Charlemagne, proceed for the visit of Montalcino and to a vineyard for the Brunello wine tasting, one of the most prestigious Italian wines. More types of wine will be served pairing the food during the three courses Tuscan lunch. This relaxing day will be the occasion to appreciate and learn more about Tuscany and its amazing wine history.