Tour of Rome

Fotolia 71029036 XS 300x199Rome is one of Europe’s greatest cities. Rome is a “must-to-see”. Rome is an atmosphere. Magnificent and brutal at the same time, it is a summary of the western civilization whose evidences, from the oldest to do earliest, are showd everywhere as well as its frantic daily life.

The best way to experience Rome, especially as a first time visitor, is tracing the ways to the highlight but also leaving those tracks trodden by the tourists to fell the genuine atmosphere.

The appeal of the “ancient ruins”: to understand the greatness of the past.

The new imposing architectures and Symbols of the Christian ideas: to understand the power gained by the new religion. 

Churches, steeples, towers, often included in later buildings, are the medieval features which often pop on your side when strolling through downtown.

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The “myth” of Rome, its greatness and splendor, came back to life from the early XV century on, thank to the popes and are now showed by the basilicas, the several churches and the magnificent noble places.

Squares, fountains, mansions and over decorated churches are everywhere as evidences of the exuberance of the Baroque and Rococo Rome: a new art expression, synthesis of emotions.

In September, 1870 Rome became the capital of the new, unified Italy: a regular town plan was conceived to layout a metropolis which could compete with London or Paris.

A professional driver and an experienced tour guide and can make your approach to Rome’s history and cultural heritage easier and more meaningful, at your own pace, saving time.

Dr. Paolo Lenzi
Archaeologist, Professional tourist guide of Rome
www.romanpaths.it

Tour of Rome

This tour has been designed especially for our guests, those who arrive in Rome and would like to tour Rome. The purpose of this tour is to show you the best highlights of Rome, not only to those have never been to Rome before, but also to those guests who have been before to refresh their memories of Rome once again. The tour will start directly from your hotel or the place prefixed, after the our meet and greet.

image001Piazza Venezia. Vittoriano

Piazza Venezia is a popular square in Rome. It is situated at the foot of the Capitoline hill, where it crosses some of the most important streets in the center of the capital. Here, you can admire the “Vittoriano”(wedding cake), a large white monument dedicated to “Vittorio Emanuele II”, the first King of unified Italy. Facing this monument, you can also see the Palazzo Venezia with its tiny balcony where the Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini had his head quarter.



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The Noble Column of Trajan

From the Piazza Venezia, you can also admire the Foro Traiano with its beautiful “Colonna Traiana”, and the Roman Forum, which includes the Trajan’s Forum, markets, the Forum of Augustus and the Imperial Fora to the right, which includes the Forum of Julius Caesar, the Temple of Venus Genetrix, ect.



 

 

 

image003The Roman Forum

It originally was a drained area, turned into a center of political, social, civic and political activity. The Forum maintained an important role also in the Imperial period. It was expanded to include temples, markets and a senate house and law courts.

 

  

 

image005 300x224The Colosseum

This immense amphitheatre, whose imposing remains still allow us to admire its ancient splendor, was begun by Vespasian in 72 A.D. and completed by his son Titus in 80 A. D.

The tour inside the Colosseum is long about 45 minutes. We suggest you to buy the tickets for the Colosseum, days before to jump the long line at the entrance. If you can’t buy the tickets we can do it for you.



 

image007The Baths of Caracalla

After the Coliseum we reach the Caracalla Baths and have a tour around. The Baths of Caracalla or Antonine (named after the dynasty of the Antonini), are one of the most magnificent examples of imperial baths of Rome, which is still preserved for a large part of their structure and free of modern buildings. Were constructed by Emperor Caracalla on the Aventine between 212 and 217, as shown by the brick stamps, in an area near the Circus Maximus.

 

 

image010The catacombs

They originated about the middle of the second century and are part of a cemeterial complex. In it were buried tens of martyrs, popes and very many Christians. Tickets can be bought on spot to visit inside with enabled guides.

 


 

image013The Circus Maximus

The enormous elliptical Circus Maximus(664 meters long x 123 wide) runs along the base of the Palatine hill, filling the space between the Palatine hill and the Aventine hill.

 

 

image018The Capitoline Hill

The Campidoglio also called Monte Capitoline (Mons Capitolinus) is one of the seven hills on which Rome was founded. According to legend, the first settlement on the hill was founded by the god Saturn, where the Greeks were received headed by Hercules. The Campidoglio had been inhabited since the Bronze Age, as evidenced by some pottery discovered at the foot of it.

 

 

image019 300x199The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain at the junction of three roads (tre vie)marks the terminal point of the “modern” Acqua Vergine, the revived Aqua Virgo, one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome.

 


image021 268x300The Spanish Steps

Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps is one of the most famous squares of Rome. Takes its name from the palace of Spain, Embassy of the Iberia to the Holy See. The purpose of the imposing staircase of travertine was to link the Borbonic Spanish Embassy to the Church of Trinita dei Monti, overlooking the square.

 

 





 

image023The Piazza del Popolo

The origin of the name of the square is uncertain: there is an etymology which derives the “people” from the Latin populus (poplar), based on the tradition that there was in the area, a grove of poplar trees relevant to the tomb of Nero. However, the Pope Paschal II built a chapel near the walls, at the expense of the Roman people, on which was later built the present church of Santa Maria del Popolo. Thus the square is called piazza del popolo.

  


image024The Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the most famous squares of Rome. Its shape is that of an ancient stadium, and was built in monumental style by the order of Pope Innocent X (Giovanni Battista Pamphili) and carried out by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center of the square, which is the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile and the Rio de la Plata, the four corners of the Earth. Piazza Navona is in a sense the pride of Baroque Rome, with architectural and sculptural masters.

 

  



image025The Pantheon

The name comes from two Greek words: pan, “everything” and theon “divine” originally, the Pantheon was a small temple dedicated to the Roman gods. Built between 27 and 25 BC by the consul Agrippa, Prefect of the Emperor Augustus, the present building is the result of subsequent, heavy restructuring by emperor Hadrian.

At the beginning of the seventh century, the Pantheon was converted into a Christian basilica called Santa Maria della Rotonda, or St. Mary of Martyrs, which allowed him to survive almost intact to pillage made ​​to the buildings of classical Rome by the popes.

The Pantheon is the Roman monument that has the largest number of firsts: it is the best preserved, has the largest masonry dome in the history of architecture, is considered the forerunner of all modern places of worship, and it is the work, the most copied and imitated


Below are our base rates for the tour of Rome:

Duration   3 PAX    4 – 6 PAX    7 -8 PAX    S CLASS 
Fullday ( 8hrs )   € 220,00   € 250,00   € 280,00   € 380,00
Halfday ( 4hrs )   € 120,00   € 140,00   € 160,00   € 280,00

 

Guide available for this tour:

Rome tour guide available by the hour

Price for this guide: € 50,00 per hour

Always dress respectfully when visiting religious monuments; local custom requires covering knees and shoulders.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Walking is very limited unlike bus tour where you have to walk most of the day following your guide.

Entrance to the Colosseum is 12 €

Entrance to the Catacombs is 6 €.

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