The Full Rome Private Tour, in 13 days / 12 nights, gives you the best opportunity to visit the Eternal City in it’s full.
Experience the warmth of locals, take pictures of Rome’s astonishing skyline from different belvedere points, taste the Roman cuisine and try to replay some recipes at home, and walk …………, yes, simply walk around to discover hidden corners, unusual fragrances, or great shopping deals.
During the Full Rome Private Tour, you can admire all those places you’ve always seen in pictures, movies, friends’ tales, social media images, etc.
Rome is not only history, or monuments, or arts, or beautiful churches: above all, a way of life on its own.
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We would like to introduce you our Full Rome Private Tour.
It is basically an “all seasons” trip, since you surely may think of Rome as Summer destinations as an alternative to the typical beach holidays.
Thanks to the Roman warm weather throughout the year, you can take this fantastic trip even in December or January, given that if you can spend 13 days in Italy, in Winter or Fall, probably you’re off in this period.
During the Full Rome Private Tour, you’ll spend thirteen days visiting some of the most famous Historical sites in the World, like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums and many more; as well as breathing the “Dolce Vita” atmosphere in Via Veneto.
Or losing yourself in a whirling shopping session in the Spanish Steps district, including fashionable streets like Via Condotti, Via del Corso or Via del Babuino, etc.
The Full Rome Private Tour focuses on history (we should say “the big History”), culture, art, monuments, unparalleled panoramas, fantastic food and that full sense of slow time passing, the typical Italian atmosphere (their way of life) are our Rome tour great attractiveness.
(Day 1) Welcome to Italy and to Rome! “The night lights of Rome” tour by DeLuxe coach, with dinner (or Dinner and mini-cruise aboard our boat along the Tiber river – in case of favorable weather conditions and service availability).
(Day 2) Imperial Rome: guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum; Afternoon Ostia Antica Excavations guided Tour.
(Day 3) Christian Rome: Full Day Vatican Tour.
(Day 4) Christian Rome: the Basilicas, the Appian Way and the Catacombs Full Day Tour.
(Day 5) The Baroque Rome Tour and afternoon Cooking Class with dinner.
(Day 6) Authentic “Romanesque” Heart: the Jewish Ghetto, the Tiberina Island and the “Trastevere” District.
(Day 7) Villa Borghese Park and Pincio Belvedere; afternoon at the Borghese the Gallery of Art and Via Veneto area.
(Day 8) Tivoli’s gems: Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) and Villa d’Este.
(Day 9) Underground Rome tour; Dinner with the Opera.
(Day 10) The “Great Beauty”: the Janiculum Hill Tour; afternoon: Rome Tour by legendary FIAT 500 (or by VESPA scooter).
(Day 11) Afternoon “Castelli Romani” (Roman Castles Hills) full day tour, with Wine Tasting session.
(Day 12): Leisure Day (or special tours on request).
(Day 13): Back Home day.
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Like all our tailor-made private tours, the Full Rome Private Tour has no fixed departure dates.
In this way, it’s easier for you to customize the tour according to your needs.
It’s the Eternal City. It’s Italy’s political and cultural heart. It’s Rome.
Welcome to the Full Rome Private Tour.
This big and warm “maternal” City invites you to discover the various capitals in one single place.
A private chauffeur will be waiting for you at the Airport and bring you to your chosen hotel.
Along the road, enjoy the streets, the squares, the monuments the driver will bring you through.
After checking in and freshening to regain energy after the flight, you’ll be ready for getting familiar with the beautiful Roman atmosphere, walking next to and amongst the monuments that have seen centuries go by, whilst you take in the “Dolce Vita” mood that the Romans enjoy.
For almost one thousand years, Rome was the superpower, the center of the ancient world and is credited with being the maker of civilization in Europe and beyond.
Soon, you’ll realize it’s dinner time.
My Tours in Rome will book one of the best typical Roman restaurants we have carefully hand-picked for you, not only for tonight, but also for your further lunch and dinner meals.
After dinner, you will enjoy a panoramic and fascinating Night Tour of Rome aboard a A/C DeLuxe Coach.
This tour will pass by some of the most famous and important monuments of the “Eternal City”: Castel Sant’Angelo, St. Peter’s Sq. and Basilica, Piazza Venezia, Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, the Theater of Marcellus, the Jewish Quarter, the Tiberine Island.
Our official private guide will give an insight into the city history and culture, emphasizing the global importance that still holds Rome.
You will stop and get off to admire the Trevi Fountain and the Navona Sq. at night.
At the end of the tour, the driver will bring you back to your hotel.
As an alternative to the Night Tour of Rome, you have an invitation for a dinner and mini-cruise along the Tiber river aboard our motor ship, if the service is available, especially in Spring and Summer (and, in general, whenever the river and the weather conditions allow it).
This is a gem: only in the Full Rome Private Tour you can live this experience.
On the Full Rome Private Tour second day, you’ll be the testimony of the Eternal City epic history, with a visit to the most famous sites of classical Rome.
Reach the hilltop of the Palatine, the city’s most ancient site (according to the Rome birth myth): the Imperial Palace is here.
Moreover, in front of you, an unparalleled show opens up: the Circus Maximus, the main sports arena of the past.
Here, in the 1950s and 1960s, this arena became one of the favourite sets for immortal Hollywood colossal movies, like “Ben Hur” and “Quo Vadis?”
In the nearby, you can admire one of the largest and best preserved classic monuments in the whole Rome: the Arch of Constantine.
Now, let’s move on to visit the Ancient Rome largest venues, literally the World history epicentre at that time: the Roman Forum and the nearby Colosseum.
Our official English speaking guide will bring you inside these two iconic symbols, skipping the line, in order to make you live the life of that era, according to the latest archaeological discoveries.
The imposing Colosseum was started in 72 AD under the Emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Emperor Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign (81-96 AD).
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology.
Just west of the Colosseum is the Roman Forum (Italian: Foro Romano), a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings.
It was for centuries the center of Roman public life.
With this tour you will have a privileged priority entrance to the archaeological area, with no lines.
No doubt the Colosseum is an engineering marvel, as well as Rome’s most famous icon in the World, together with the St. Peter Basilica.
Thanks to our official guide, you will learn more about the events, the big decisions taken here and the role of these two places in the Roman Empire politics.
After a light lunch, you’ll continue to breathe the Rome’s ancient “grandeur”in the afternoon by visiting the excavations of Ostia Antica, just 30 min. from the City.
Ostia grew up to become the major sea port of the city. It was situated on the mouth of the Tiber river, the word Ostia meaning “mouth”.
The town’s growth started in the late Republic, but expanded rapidly under the Emperors Claudius and Trajan.
After Rome’s fall in 476 AD, the town was deserted, and all the buildings fell into ruins, which were in turn covered by sand and mud from the Tiber, preserving them.
The ancient town remained farmland until excavations took place in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and now most of the old town is uncovered, giving the visitor an idea of what life was like in an Ancient Roman commercial town during the height of the Empire.
In particular, you will visit The Forum, with its Capitolium. The Temple’s podium is still in place, as are the walls of the cellar where the cult statues were kept. You get an appreciation of how huge Roman temples were.
The Piazza of the Corporations, behind the theatre, preserves the offices of trade guilds of merchants from various parts of the world, each office identified by its mosaic floor.
Ostia is famous for the ancient apartment buildings that are very well preserved. The town’s population were poor dock workers living in large apartment buildings.
Finally, the very well preserved Theatre: today it is the venue of a full Summer program every year, with pop and classic concerts, theater and ballet shows.
Back to Rome, you’ll enjoy your dinner in one of our hand-picked typical Restaurants.
On the third day of the Full Rome Private Tour, crossing the symbolic-only border with Vatican City, you’ll enter the heart of the smallest kingdom in the World, and one of the most important States in Western history.
But first, thanks to our knowledge of these sites, My Tours in Rome offers the opportunity to visit the archaeological excavation below the Vatican: the Necropolis of the “Via Triumphalis”.
In fact, the Vatican was at first one of the cemeteries outside Rome.
Thanks to our official English speaking guide, as well as to walkaways and to multimedia educational apparatus, you will walk through burial chambers with sarcophagi, mosaics, statues and epigraphs describing the life of those who repose at the foot of the ancient hill.
Here you can visit the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle.
And here we are: just above the Necropolis, you’ll find yourself in one of the most sacred place of Christianity, the Holy See, whose main symbol is the St. Peter’s Basilica.
Our official guide will start the tour from the Basilica’s entrance: she will illustrate you one of the largest religious buildings in the World, as well as one of the Renaissance and Baroque finest examples.
This is not surprising: the truly greatest architects of those times contributed to its construction.
The immense interior spaces will amaze you and will create in you a sense of awe and reverence.
The art masterpieces you will find here are really extraordinary: the “Pieta” by Michelangelo, and the Bernini Altar to name a pair.
On either side of the main nave, there is a series of chapels where priests hold religious services.
The crypts below the Basilica include the Popes’ tombs and a reliquary, with antique vestments and other priceless religious insignia.
Once off the St. Peter’s Basilica, get ready: the Full Rome Private Tour is going to offer you a huge amount of art masterpieces along the corridors and halls in the Vatican Museums waiting for you.
From antiquity to the XX Century, the Museum exhibits works representing almost all human history stages, from ancient Greek statues, to Renaissance frescoes, up to the most modern oil paintings.
Their common element: the incomparable beauty and richness that make them so famous all over the World.
Among all the rooms and corridors, we firstly suggest the “Room of Raphael”: this wide room shows frescoes by the master and his school, including the famous “School of Athens”.
Plus, another fantastic spot to admire is the “Gallery of Maps”: located on the West side of the Belvedere Courtyard, it contains a series of painted topographical maps of Italy, based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti.
We’re sure that you’ll be astonished by all these masterpieces.
Yet, nothing compares to the grand finale: the real plot twist that you’ll never forget, the stunning Sistine Chapel.
Look up to the ceiling: the unparalleled genius of Michelangelo will kidnap you.
The Biblical Genesis episodes with such strong characters, their dramatic movements and the brilliant colours will challenge you and make you think.
It is a building that cannot be compared with any other place on Earth; so be sure to take plenty of time to enjoy it.
On the fourth day of the Full Rome Private Tour, you’ll explore the Christian Rome beyond the Vatican: while the latter represents the centre of the world Christianity, with the City most iconic images, the former has no less importance in the world history and in the Christian cult, and is well worth a visit.
This tour implies two extraordinary Basilicas: Saint Mary Major and Saint John Lateran with the Holy Stairs. Plus, you’ll visit the Catacombs, the Old Appian Way and the Capuchins Crypt and Museum.
The first stop will be on the Esquiline Hill where our guide will show you some of the treasures inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major).
The Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, located on the top of the Esquiline Hill, is one of the four patriarchal basilicas of Rome and is the only one to have retained its paleo-Christian structures.
A known tradition tells that the Virgin Mary herself inspired the construction of the Esquiline Hill.
Appearing in a dream to both the patrician John and Pope Liberius, She asked the building of a church in his honor, in a place that she would miraculously indicate.
On the morning of 5th August 364 A.D., the Esquiline Hill was covered with fresh snow.
The Pope traced the perimeter of the new church and John provided to fund it.
After the visit inside the Basilica with our Official expert guide, your private car will stop to the Holy Staircase (or “Scala Santa”).
It is a place of Catholic pilgrimage and it is part of a complex called the Holy Steps in the immediate vicinity of the St. John Lateran Basilica.
A pious medieval legend tells that it would be the same ladder Jesus Christ climbed, going up to the Pilate’s Palace.
It then would have been transported to Rome by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine I, in 326.
In fact, the whole “Scala Santa” (or Holy Staircase) complex is a late XVI century building, commissioned by Pope Sixtus V.
This building includes:
All around, you’ll see the Lateran Palace, where a large number of the Holy See offices have their venues.
Finally, you’ll visit the Saint John Lateran’s Basilica: while St. Peter’s Basilica is the most important Church in the World for the Catholics, Saint John in Lateran Basilica is the Cathedral of Rome, as well as the oldest amongst the four papal Basilicas.
Located on the Celio hill, the Basilica and the surrounding is a vast complex, including the Pontifical Lateran Palace, the Palace of the Canons, the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary and the Pontifical Lateran University.
Near the Lateran Palace, next to the Holy Staircase, there is the Triclinium Leoninum, while the square in front is embellished by the Lateran Obelisk, the largest one in Rome.
Another stop along the Full Rome Private Tour today itinerary: proceeding along the Ancient Appian Way, you will pass by the “Domine Quo Vadis?” Chapel before arriving to the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and first hiding places for the Christians.
A visit will be made to either the Catacombs of St. Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano, depending upon seasonal conditions.
These Catacombs are the Eternal City’s underground burial chambers: here, long winding passages unfold millennia of history among tombs and inventive handmade memorials.
This takes you to a time when Christianity was considered a simple cult whose members were executed as pagans, and buried as martyrs.
They are usually dug out of tufa, typical workable rock, and may also have multiple levels, with depths of up to thirty meters.
The most famous are the Christian ones, although there are some cases linked to other religions.
The catacombs are always placed outside the city, as the urban burial was forbidden by the Roman law for religious and hygiene reasons.
Your next stop is the San Clemente Basilica, where the sound of running water drove one clergyman to dig his way through the floor tiles.
What he discovered was the “wedding cake” – layers of history piled on top of each other so that visitors today climb down to a 4th Century church, the 2nd Century remains of a Mithraic temple and finally, an incredibly preserved 1st Century Roman street.
With ruins reaching 57 ft deep, it makes you wonder what lies beneath the rest of Rome.
The church we see today was built in the 12th Century and is connected to the Dominican convent.
The complex is of great importance because it is located on top of ancient underground buildings for two levels deep, the oldest of which dates to the 1st century A.D.
The two levels below the current basilica were rediscovered and excavated from 1857, thanks to Father Joseph Mullooly O.P., then prior of the monastery.
The three levels are, from top:
A fourth level under the previous traces includes the oldest Roman constructions.
The first two underground levels have been excavated and consolidated, and are now mostly easily walkable and open to public visits.
The wealth of architectural elements, art and history, including the most lifespan of the Christian era, makes it a unique monument in the history of Rome.
Your journey through the centuries, that only the Full Rome Private Tour offers you, ends with a bang at perhaps the most original and unbelievable site you’ll visit on any of our tours in any city – the Capuchins Crypt and Museum.
Here the remains of approx. 4,000 Capuchin monks collected between 1528 and 1870 from the old cemetery of the Capuchin order, literally rest in pieces.
Their remains have been used to decorate the underground crypt with vertebrae chandeliers, real-life skulls and crossbones, and robe-clad skeletons leering from the walls.
Morbid fascination? Respectful art?
You’ll be the judge of that.
The crypt is divided into five small chapels where there are also some wholly mummified monks bodies wearing the typical clothes of the Capuchin friars.
At the entrance of the crypt is written on a plaque:
“What you are, we were; what we are, you will.”
The choice to decorate the crypt with the bones, which may appear eerie and macabre, it is actually a way to exorcise death and emphasize how the body is not a soul container, and as such, once it has left the container can be reused in another way.
Recent changes in the Capuchin Crypt mean that our visits here just got better.
With the establishment of a Capuchin Museum, you now have access to the Caravaggio’s beautiful ‘St Francis in Meditation’, as well as a whole bounce of artefacts that offer an insight into the life of a Capuchin monk.
Much of what Rome has to offer is buried underground, and through this tour you can discover the underside of Rome.
Please note that not all the visited venues on this tour permit photography.
Also, please note that appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
It has been quite a long day with the Full Rome Private Tour, and you surely deserve a fantastic dinner in one of our selected restaurants.
After so much History, today the Full Rome Private Tour offers you one of Rome’s best artistic face for which it is so famous in the world: the Baroque style.
In the 17th and 18th Centuries, Rome was the Baroque capital: thanks to the Popes’ will, a bounce of great architects, like Bernini, Borromini, Maderno, Valadier totally refurbished the whole city with palaces, churches, fountains, new squares, etc.
The most important painters and sculptors, like Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Maderno, Algardi, etc. embellished the city with statues, arches, paintings.
The tour begins in Largo Argentina and quickly you’ll reach two peculiar squares in Rome: Piazza Farnese and Campo de’ Fiori.
In the first one, you’ll visit Palazzo Spada: here the Council of State and the Spada Artworks Gallery have their venues.
In this palace, don’t miss the Borromini’s trompe-l’oeil masterpiece: a false perspective into the courtyard, where both a sequence of descending height columns, and the floor that rises, create the optical illusion of a 37 meters long tunnel (while it is only 8).
At the end of the gallery, in a garden lit by the sun, there is a sculpture that looks life-sized, when in fact it is only 60 cm high.
Campo de’ Fiori, instead, is home to a lively and colorful food market with a remarkable popular atmosphere.
Campo de’ Fiori is the only historic square in Rome where there is not a church.
Today, Campo de’ Fiori is one of the favorite night spots by both Italian and foreign youngers, thanks to many clubs and pubs.
Your next stop along today Full Rome Private Tour itinerary needs no introduction: Piazza Navona.
Here you can admire the Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers (the “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi”) in the center, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, brought here from the Circus of Maxentius, now disappeared.
The square as a whole deserves your attention: it is definitely one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the stadium open space.
Here, Ancient Romans went there to watch the agones (“games”), and hence it was known as “Circus Agonalis” (“competition arena”).
It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone, to navone and eventually to the current navona.
Piazza Navona has two other fountains.
At the southern end is the Fontana del Moro with a basin and four Tritons sculpted by Giacomo della Porta (1575) to which, in 1673, Bernini added a statue of a Moor, or African, wrestling with a dolphin.
At the northern end is the Fountain of Neptune (1574) also created by Giacomo della Porta.
The statue of Neptune, by Antonio Della Bitta, was added in 1878 to create a balance with La Fontana del Moro.
Our official chartered guide will give you all the information regarding the history and all the monuments in this square.
Following, Piazza della Rotonda holds the Pantheon, presently a Catholic Basilica (you’ll visit it inside), formerly a temple for the cult of Emperor Augustus.
Although the Pantheon has stood from antiquity, the area in front of it had over the centuries become choked with a maze of sheds and small shops that had grown up around its columns.
In the square center, there is a fountain, the Fontana del Pantheon, surmounted by an Egyptian obelisk.
This fountain is by Giacomo Della Porta, commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII in 1575, and the obelisk was added to it in 1711 under Pope Clement XI.
The fountain in Piazza della Rotonda was commissioned together with the one in the near Piazza Colonna, and two more in Piazza Navona.
Due to the slope of the piazza, the fountain is approached by five steps on the south side, and only two on the north.
Your next stop of the Full Rome Private Tour is the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous in the world.
The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
Most of it is made from Travertine stone, quarried near Tivoli, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of Rome.
In January 2013, the Italian fashion Company Fendi announced a sponsorship for a 20-month, 2.2 million Euro fountain restoration project. It has been the most thorough restoration in the fountain’s history.
Restoration works began in June 2014 and completed in November 2015.
The Trevi fountain reopened with an official ceremony on the November 3rd, 2015.
The project included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to improve the fountain nighttime illumination.
Don’t forget to throw a coin as a promise of return to Rome. Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.
Finally, you will admire the Spanish Steps, a monumental stairway of 135 steps.
In Piazza di Spagna, at the Steps base, there is the Early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia (“Fountain of the ugly Boat”), built in 1627–1629 and often credited to Pietro Bernini.
According to a legend, Pope Urban VIII had the fountain installed after he had been impressed by a boat brought here by a flood of the Tiber river.
In Piazza di Spagna, at the corner on the right as one begins to climb the steps, you’ll find the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821; it is now a museum dedicated to Keats and Shelley and to the English Romantic generation.
The 1953 film Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, made the Spanish Steps famous to the American audience.
When you say Italy, you say fantastic food. By definition.
When you say Rome, you talk about famous recipes the whole world appreciates.
How about to taste a real Italian dinner, cooked in a real home kitchen?
And what about preparing your dinner by yourself, with the help of a professional chef?
The Full Rome Private Tour offers you this opportunity.
It does not really have any importance on your skill level in the kitchen: you are here to have fun, and to learn something about a very important aspect of Italian culture.
A good idea is to start with the choice of ingredients: your chef will take you to visit a Market of Rome and will explain the ingredients to buy.
Let yourselves be guided through the stalls where farmers, bakers and butchers selling their fresh products.
Why don’t you ask the chef to teach you how to make homemade pasta: he will be very happy to teach you everything.
You will learn to select products by types, and to identify the best ingredients.
So you can amaze your friends and win them over with all the dishes you’ll prepare yourself once you return home.
Once shopping done, hurry up; everybody in the kitchen!
When the agreed menu, with a little help from the chef, is ready, the moment you sit down together to enjoy your creations and comment on them with the chef, is priceless.
In addition, you will learn the secrets to match Italian regional wines with various specialties.
It’s the funniest, authentic and real way to dine in Rome. It is an experience that only “real Romans” (and those who are friends of a chef!) can afford.
Today, thanks to the Full Rome Private Tour, it is also possible to you too, and then guess? …… it’s time to eat!
Today, the Full Rome Private Tour will bring you to another side of Rome: the Jewish Ghetto (where the Roman Jews still live) and “Trastevere”, a typical Roman district with its narrow streets and smells.
From 1555 until 1870, the Roman Jews were segregated in a walled squared quarter (the ghetto, with its related Synagogue), with three gates that were locked at night. The fourth side was on a steep precipice on the Tiber river.
Behind the Synagogue, you’ll find Via Portico d’Ottavia which owes its name to the ruins of the ancient portico built in the 1st century B.C.
The area that the Romans today indicate as “ghetto” is roughly bounded by Via Arenula, Street of the Carpenters, Via de’ Funari, Via della Tribuna di Campitelli, Via del Portico d’Ottavia, and Lungotevere de’ Cenci.
The ghetto presence had a great influence on the typical Roman cuisine.
In particular, the fish broth (now back in vogue among culinary specialties and even considered a delicacy) stems from the proximity of the Roman ghetto with the most degraded area and dirtiest city, the fish market of Rome.
All Jewish women (the majority of the population in the ghetto was very poor) were going to pick up the Market waste: fish heads, bones and less noble.
The only way to use the waste was to cook them with water.
Thus was born one of the most popular dishes of Rome, and in particular of the ghetto: the fish stock, then a simple and poor recipe, and now one of the most popular dishes in the nearby restaurants.
In these restaurants and “trattorie”, you can also taste some further Jewish specialities, like Artichokes “alla Giudia” (that is, Jewish style – fried in hot olive oil), the “abbacchio” (lamb and potatoes), fried mixed offal, beef stew, “Pasta e Ceci” (Pasta with chickpeas), and so on.
According to the Full Rome Private Tour program, after touring the Ghetto, you will reach the Tiberina Island and, then, Trastevere, one of the most famous and ancient quarters of the city.
The Tiberina Island is the only urban island of the Tiber river, in the center of Rome.
It was called “inter duos pontes” (between the two bridges, in Classic Latin) since it is linked to the two banks of the Tiber, with the bridges Ponte Cestius and Ponte Fabricio.
It took over the shape of a ship, which is still visible today.
The bow is made of travertine blocks lining the ‘interior lava stone, and some decorations depicting Asclepius with his snake and a bull’s head, perhaps useful for the moorings.
In the middle, there was an obelisk, to depict a main mast.
The “Trastevere” quarter is located on the Tiber west bank (right), and south of the Vatican City.
It includes the river plain and the hill of the Janiculum.
Thanks to its partial isolation and its multicultural environment since the ancient Rome, the Trastevere inhabitants, called “Trasteverini”, were to form almost a population of its own.
The commoners were well known for their perseverance, pride and genuineness.
In addition, women are considered very beautiful, with very dark eyes and hair and handsome features.
Today, Trastevere still retains its character through the winding streets covered with cobblestones overlooked by medieval houses.
As you might already found out, the night is filled with people, both Italian and foreigners, thanks to the wealth of typical Roman restaurants, clubs and pubs for every price range.
It’s the last surviving pocket of imperial and medieval Rome, where you can find a strong local identity with its typical charme and monumental treasures, like Santa Maria in Trastevere and Santa Cecilia’s Church.
The Full Rome Private Tour has offered you an overview of the authentic Roman postcard: and “Roman” shares the semantics with “Romance”. Now, you know why…!
Today, the Full Rome Private Tour invites you to a walk in the largest City Garden, Villa Borghese, with its unparalleled Art Gallery, with a unique collection of masterpieces.
Extending from the top of the Piazza del Popolo on top of the lookout, to Via Veneto, Villa Borghese (Borghese Gardens), crowned in a kind of green canopy the city of Rome.
Despite the advance of urban development of the years and the vast changes that have occurred in Rome, Villa Borghese remained a nice green space, which softens the impact of a chaotic metropolis and compulsive.
Villa Borghese is literally a breath of fresh air for those who visit. There are museums, a theater, a zoo, a lake, an ice skating rink (in winter), spacious areas for rollerblading and skateboarding, numerous statues and fountains, a flora and very diverse fauna.
The park was originally a private vineyard, redesigned and expanded in 1605 to immense proportions for the nephew of Pope Paul V, Cardinal Scipione Borghese.
The home of the family, including the park, became the most luxurious and magnificent in the time Rome.
The art museum and the gallery inside the park was originally designed not only to house the collection of the cardinal works, but also to be a “villa of delights.”
Various architects, including the Dutch designer Jan Van Staten, known to Italians as Vasanzio, and garden designer Girolamo Rainaldi, who participated in its creation.
The park was divided into three sections, respectively wooded, art (statues, sculptures and Prospects), and wild and spontaneous.
The “secret garden” is a feature found in parks and gardens of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, when there was a renewed interest in all things ancient.
These enclosed spaces beautiful and reserved, often made near the construction of their owners, were reserved for the most privileged guests.
Villa Borghese had two “secret spaces”: the first is characterized by trees of bitter orange (Garden of Seville oranges), with a beautiful fountain adorned by an eagle.
The second “The Flower Garden”, is a well-kept garden from forms.
A third secret garden extends in front of the aviary, close to the Meridiana palace (the line of the sun), designed by Rainaldi.
The secret gardens are not the only beautiful sights of Villa Borghese.
The area of the plane trees, Piazza di Siena and the Muro Torto Gardens, as well as the Bio Park (Zoo), which was added later, make it a wonderful place to explore.
In the eighteenth century, after a major expansion and renovation project in the park, the Lake Garden was added to the area of the plane trees.
In the same years they were built the fake Roman ruins of the Temple of Faustina, the Temple of Diana, and the clock building (Casino dell’Orologio) and was established Piazza di Siena.
In the nineteenth century Luigi Canina enriched Villa Borghese, redesigning the entrance near Piazza del Popolo.
From this input, along Villa Borghese to the right, you arrive at the Pincio belvedere
The Pincio (or Pincian hill) (Pincian Hill) is one of the many hills of Rome, and is located north of the Quirinal, to the Campus Martius.
Several villas and gardens occupy the hill.
From Piazzale Napoleone I, on the hill, there is a broad viewpoint, where you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Piazza del Popolo and the Prati district, which lies on those who, up to the 800, were the Prati di Castello.
In the Full Rome Private Tour, you too couldn’t miss to walk along Via Veneto, the most popular, stylish and expensive streets in Rome.
The street is named after the Battle of Vittorio Veneto (1918), a decisive victory of the Italian World War.
In the 50’s and 60’s, Via Veneto has gained international fame as the center of the sweet life ( “the sweet life”), when its bars and restaurants attracted Hollywood stars and jet-setters, like Audrey Hepburn, Anita Ekberg, Anna Magnani, Gary Cooper, Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, Jean Cocteau and Coco Chanel.
The film “La Dolce Vita” by Federico Fellini in 1969, immortalized the lifestyle hyperactive Via Veneto, especially at night, with lights and heavy traffic horns made of luxury cars, international stars, bodyguards, paparazzi and locals in search of some “stars” dust.
In the Dolce Vita movie, the protagonist was in the midst of an existential struggle between two ways of life having: that of journalist (characterized by a brilliant life, always in the spotlight, made of parties, beautiful women, luxury cars, clubs, etc. …: la Dolce Vita, in fact), and that of the writer (who implied a more secluded life, reflexive, away from the limelight, more private and intimate).
Some of the most popular bars of the Roma, such as the Café de Paris, Doney and Harry’s Bar, as well as the most exclusive five-star hotels, such as the Regina Hotel Baglioni, the Excelsior Hotel, etc., known haunts for celebrities in Rome, are in via Veneto.
The US Embassy, housed in the Palazzo Margherita, is located along the same way in the lower part towards Piazza Barberini.
Today, the Full Rome Private Tour will make you visit some real gems outside Rome, in an intense but fulfilling tour.
The first stop is Villa d’Este in Tivoli, an Italian Renaissance masterpiece with an unforgettable garden, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The villa was built by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia (Ferrara 1509 – Rome 1572), on a site which has previously been home to an ancient Roman aristocratic building.
The last private owner of the villa was the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After the assassination of Archduke in Sarajevo, June 28th, 1914, Italy bought the building.
In 1918, after World War I, a major restoration work started, and then both the Villa and the Garden were opened to the public.
Another series of restorations was later executed after World War II to repair the damage caused by some drops bombs on the complex.
In 2014, Villa d’Este was the tenth most visited Italian site, with approx 452,000 visitors.
While the interiors are particularly interesting, the Villa’s real strength is outside: the spectacular garden is the Pirro Ligorio’s genius result.
You will see terraces and slopes, with a central longitudinal axis and five major transverse axes, masterfully connecting the different garden slopes.
It follows a typical architectural pattern of the Roman cities.
Thanks to the original design, the beautiful landscape, the garden plans, the beautiful fountains, lush trees and plants of various species, made the Villa d’Este garden one of the most beautiful and famous among the existing ones in Europe, a model for many others in later times.
The whole project was very challenging for Ligorio. The biggest problem was water supply for the fountains.
For this reason, he built a piping system and a long tunnel, about 600 meters, under the city of Tivoli, which adduced water directly from the Aniene River up to a tank: the course was of 300 liters per second.
All fountains were then fed without use of any mechanical device, but only by exploiting the natural pressure and the principle of communicating vessels.
The result is only partly visible today, but the numbers are startling: 35,000 sq. mt. of gardens, 250 jets, 60 pools of water, 255 waterfalls, 100 tanks, 50 fountains, 20 exedras and terraces, 300 gates, 30,000 plants with seasonal rotation, 150 secular plants tall, 15,000 plants and perennial ornamental trees, 9,000 sq. mt. of roads, walkways and ramps.
Forget now these figures and focus on your next stop in Tivoli, another historical masterpiece during the Full Rome Private Tour: the Hadrian’s Villa.
Villa Adriana was an Imperial suburban residence built in the II century.
Emperor Hadrian (76-138 A.D.) commissioned it near Tivoli (ancient Tibur), today metropolitan city of Rome Capital.
By progressive stages in the first half of the II century, the rich building complex extended over a large area, about 120 ha, rich in water sources at 17 Roman miles from Rome.
The Emperor conceived his Villa for different aims: residential, representation and service.
Moreover, the building magnificence and articulation reflected the Emperor’s innovative ideas in the architectural field.
Villa Ariana still remains one of the greatest historical heritage, and a testimony of the Romans’ great capacity in buildings construction.
The villa was built in three stages in the period 121-137 A.D.
It was a real city, with an area of about 300 hectares, and a division into four main parts.
The area we now recognize as relevant to the villa does not encompass the entire surface area of the original Hadrian Villa.
Villa Adriana was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1999.
We believe you agree with us: how much beauty does the Full Rome Private Tour offers to our participants.
Day 9: Underground Rome tour; Dinner with the Opera.
Today, the Full Rome Private Tour has scheduled another great experience for you: from Trastevere you’ll arrive to an old church that hides the remains of three very ancient temples.
The church of San Nicola in Carcere (St. Nicholas in Prison) is unique in the world.
Even at a distance you will see that there are six imposing columns of an ancient Roman temple built into the side walls of the church.
What sets these ruins apart from any other ruins in Rome, is that they are Republican-era columns, not Imperial, and therefore probably the most ancient ruins existing in Rome.
From the crypt under the altar, you will go down to the underground level and arrive in the spaces — at the time open to the sky — between the three temples.
You are on the beaten path of the Romans who, for centuries, passed this way on their daily comings and goings to the vegetable and cattle market, a few steps away.
Your next hidden Rome stop is the square in front of the Pantheon, called Piazza della Rotonda.
From here you’ll walk to the close-by Piazza di Pietra (Square of Stone), where you can admire the Hadrian Temple.
The Temple of Hadrian was built and dedicated to the deified Emperor Hadrian by his adoptive son and successor Antoninus Pius, in 145 A.D. and now incorporated into a later building in the Square.
Here you’ll visit the St. Maria in via Lata church, where you will enter the underground area.
It is claimed that St. Paul spent two years here in the crypt, under the church, whilst under arrest, waiting for his trial.
The first Christian place of worship here was a 5th-century oratory (a chapel with welfare centre) in the Roman building, beneath the present church.
This was built within the remains of a large Roman warehouse, some 250 meters long.
Here you will also discover an ancient Roman well that is a clear sign of the presence of pristine waters.
According to the legend, water appeared thanks to the prayers of St. Paul, while he was imprisoned here.
Our official guide will show you some very well preserved and rare frescoes.
The final stop is the Trevi Fountain, that you might already visited in the previous tour.
But you’re not here for it (well, you may still throw a coin into the water as a promise of return to Rome!).
In 1999, just few meters from the fountain, while building a new movie theater (the former Sala Trevi, named after actor and comedian Alberto Sordi), workers found an ancient Roman “domus”.
The following excavations brought to light a block (insula, in Latin) made of two separate buildings.
This housing complex, aimed for an intensive residence use, was subsequently transformed, around the mid-IV century, in a luxurious manor house (domus, in Latin).
As part of the city administrative division set by Emperor Augustus, the ancient street was named Vicus Caprarius was included in the “regio VII, Via Lata”.
The Vicus Caprarius site was known as the “City of Water”, due precisely to water flow from the subsoil, seeping through the ancient walls in brickwork.
After A.D. 123, part of the building was transformed into a large reservoir, with capacity estimated at 150,000 liters, to be identified with a distribution tank of the Virgo water.
Thanks to the Full Rome Private Tour, tonight you have an invitation for a night at the Opera, with Dinner.
Taste the Italian traditional cuisine while listening to some of the most famous Opera Arias interpreted by our professional singers from the Rome Opera House.
This is a true “Gala Dinner with live music”: our program includes some of the most famous Arias from “La Traviata”, “Rigoletto”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Turandot”, “Norma”, and so many other masterpieces.
Moreover, you will taste the best Italian food from our Chef’s menu, to satisfy the demand of an international public.
So, get ready to enjoy an exclusive and romantic soiree a l’Opera, a cultural voyage within taste and Music: an usual classic for the Full Rome Private Tour.
Today, the Full Rome Private Tour drives you to the so-called Eighth Hill of Rome,
The Janiculum is one of the highest hills of Rome, although not included into the historical seven hills forming the oldest nucleus of the “Eternal City”.
But the Janiculum hill is famous for offering one of the most astonishing views of Rome: you will stand on a terrace with breathtaking views of churches, palaces and monuments, in the midst of which stands the Tiber river with her curves.
The Janiculum name comes from the ancient times belief that here was the god Janus center of worship.
Due to its elevated position and the incredible view of the whole city, the Janiculum became an area rich in sacred groves and buildings connected with the cult.
The Janiculum Walk will bring you to two major avenues coasting Villa Aurelia, which gather in the Garibaldi Sq., to continue in the same road that goes down towards the church of St. Onofrio.
One of the most famous place on the Janiculum hill is the monumental fountain, better known to all as the “Fontanone” (Big Fountain), immortalized by the recently Oscar awarded movie “La Grande Bellezza” (The Great Beauty).
Fed by the “Paola water”, the fountain is located at the end of the aqueduct built by Pope Paul V Borghese (hence the name) to provide water supply to the Trastevere district, the Vatican with its gardens, and St. Peter’s Square fountains.
The water was brought from Lake Bracciano, and in ancient times it was served to put the mills of Rome in motion.
An arm was detached aqueduct to bring water to the Vatican and to the fountains of the gardens, and to those of St. Peter’s Square.
The beautiful fountain was built by Flaminio Ponzio, in cooperation with Giovanni Fontana, between 1610 and 1612.
The monumental façade of the Fontanone, animated by angels, monsters and dragons, consists of five arches and six granite columns, four of which come from the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Other marbles were taken from the temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva in the Roman Forum.
His vast basin is the work of Carlo Fontana.
The Full Rome Private Tour further stop is the “Giardino degli Aranci” (the Garden of Orange trees) is the name used to describe the Savelli Park large about 7,800 m², located on the Aventine Hill, which offers another fantastic view of the city.
The garden, whose name comes from the typical bitter orange trees, extends on the area of the ancient fortress built by the Savelli family, between 1285 and 1287, near the Santa Sabina basilica.
The garden, as it is today, was built in 1932 by Raffaele De Vico, with the aim to create a public park, with free access to the view from the side of the hill.
The garden is named because of the many bitter orange trees you can admire here.
Do you want to have a truly amazing experience you can live during the Full Rome Private Tour?
Discover the charm of Rome aboard a colorful vintage cars, the legendary tiny Fiat 500 classic car, or the famous Vespa scooter.
Surely, it is the most romantic tour Rome.
The tour leader will guide you through narrow alleys and hidden squares of the Eternal City and will present to the magic of Rome.
During the tour, you will stop for a glass of Prosecco DOC, or a cappuccino, or a rich Italian “gelato” (ice cream).
You’ll feel like a movie star, while onlookers and tourists will have hundreds of photos of you, on board the cute FIAT 500 or the Vespa scooter.
During this exciting tour, your tour leader will stop, not only in the most famous places in Rome, including the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza San Pietro, Fontana di Trevi, the panoramic view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill, but also in a lot of really unusual places that are off the typical tourist paths.
Admire the so called “Armani Pyramid”, the 4th biggest ancient pyramid in the world and let the ghost of a general of Julius Caesar greet you.
Unveil the origin of the legend of Santa depicted on a fresco in an ancient church of 13th century.
Enjoy a creamy cappuccino, or a real Italian “espresso”, in a coffee bar buried under a hill of 25 million of broken ancient Roman vases.
Dare to touch the devil’s stone kept in an ancient church.
Whizz around in your colourful car through the tiny streets of Trastevere, the most pictoresque area of Rome, and feel like James Bond-007 in the car chase of his last movie “Spectre”.
Be equipped properly to take many pictures and selfies.
At the end of the tour, your tour leader will drop you off at the hotel or, if you prefer, wherever you believe more convenient to you.
Today, the Full Rome Private Tour makes you visit the Castelli Romani hills: located a short distance outside of Rome, it is a hilly area South-East of Rome surrounding two incredible lakes in the two volcanic lakes craters: Lake Nemi and Lake Albano.
Once a favorite destination for clean air, today visitors look for a more enjoying atmosphere and events.
For instance, in Ariccia, the successful “fraschette”, a place where you can taste local food specialities, including excellent wine, at a very reasonable price, has become a symbol and a source of national notoriety.
The Grape Festival in Marino and the Flower Festival in Genzano, or other events, attract more and more visitors from the world, to the Castelli Romani.
Agriculture is focused on wine production since ancient age.
Some of the wines from this area are very popular throughout the World: the “Frascati D.O.C.” and “Marino D.O.C.” are considered two of the five best wines of Lazio, and highly appreciated in the World.
On this trip in the Full Rome Private Tour, you’ll visit a famous wine estate in the area: here you can taste and buy bottles of this famous wine.
Your last stop is in some beautiful hill towns such as Genzano di Roma and Nemi, where you will have the chance to sample some of the artisan foods and local wines, while enjoying the fresh air and breathtaking views.
During our informative walk, you will also discover the many local myths and secrets of this area, including the mystery of Lake Nemi, the temple of Diana, and the truth about Caligula’s ships, as well as beautiful historic elements like the XIV century palaces and pre-Roman and Roman ruins.
Finally, Castel Gandolfo, one of the nicest town in Italy, where Popes, until Benedict XVI, used to retreat themselves in the Apostolic Palace, to escape the summer heat of Rome.
Thanks to its panorama and artistic attractions, Castelgandolfo has been awarded with a prize as one of Italy’s most scenic towns.
This placid town is packed with historic sites, including the St. Thomas of Villanova Church, designed by Baroque master, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
At last, in the Full Rome Private Tour, today you can dedicate a whole day to yourselves.
Please, feel free to contact us for further suggestions to spend your leisure time in Rome.
For instance, if you are an art lovers, you can fulfill your passion, visiting some of the unrivalled Museums, like the four venuses of the Museo Nazionale Romano (National Museum of Ancient Rome), or the Borghese Gallery, or the National Museum of Ancient Arts.
Finally, you can visit a temporary exhibition that may take place in Rome during your visit (in most cases, in venues that you couldn’t visit otherwise).
For all the Museums and Exhibitions tickets are not included in the initial Full Rome Private Tour price.
Don’t hesitate to ask us: we have plenty of ideas for you to live the City in an original way.
If you prefer, our shopping consultants are at your disposal to drive you to the best deals in the most fashionable streets: what a fantastic occasion to buy souvenirs or fashion items to remind your Full Rome Private Tour.
You are now at the end of the Full Rome Private Tour.
Today you will sadly leave Italy: a private transfer will bring you from the Hotel to the International Airport where your flight will take off.
All the sights, sounds, fragrances, tastes and experiences of the past week will flood over you.
Anytime you’ll remember your Full Rome Private Tour, you’ll smile thinking to all the marvelous places you visited and the extraordinary people you met.
The natural consequence is that you’ll start planning for an inevitable new Italy tour.
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For the customized Full Rome Private Tour package, as outlined in the Itinerary Details section, the price depends upon the chosen accommodation:
5-star Hotel: From Euro 300 per person, per night
4-star Hotel: From Euro 230 per person, per night
3-star Hotel: From Euro 150 per person, per night
The price may change upon your final hotel choices, travel dates, and other customized preferences.
For groups larger than 15 people wishing to participate in our Full Rome Private Tour, please contact our dedicated team.
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