Our car will pick you up at your ship and
take you to Rome. It is about a 1 hour drive. We'll
start the tour from the Piazza Venezia.
This is the central spot of the city that is dominated
by the gigantic marble monument in honor of
Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II. It was also
constructed as recognition for the reunification of
Italy. It has taken on the rather
sarcastic nickname, 'the wedding cake'. When you see
it, you'll understand why. Capitol Hill and the
Roman Forum can be seen after a short, ten minute drive.
From there, you'll behold the breathtaking
and glorious view to the Forum Romanum, the political
and religious center of ancient Rome. A short
walk from here will have you at the spectacular Piazza
del Campidoglio. It was commissioned by Pope
Paul III and designed by the incomparable genius, Michelangelo
Buonarroti. He also designed the
staircase ramp, facades and pavement decorations. The
Piazza was constructed to celebrate the return
to Rome of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. Since
the Jewish Ghetto is close by, we'll take the
opportunity to explore this area. There has been a Jewish
community in Rome since the 1300s. Then,
in the early 1500s, the Pope commanded that the Jewish
citizens reside only within the ghetto's
walled boundaries. Later, in the 19th
century, and once the Italian state had been established,
Jews were allowed to live anywhere.
After many improvised stops, you will arrive at the
spacious and beautiful Piazza Navona where
you will see some stunning fountains. The Fountain of
the Four Rivers was designed by Bernini.
Behind this fountain is the baroque Church of Santa
Agnese, designed by Borromini. It has been
told that these two brilliant and talented artists were
rivals. You'll then have lunch* in an
authentic Italian restaurant along the Appian Way.
This was the most important road of the Roman Legions.
Remarkably, it was completed in 312 BC,
thus allowing Roman soldiers and goods to move easily
On the way back, your driver-guide will help you to
form your own opinion about early
Christianity in Rome. The catacombs will then be our
next stop along the Via Appia. These
underground tunnels were used since the 2nd century
as places where the early Christians prayed in
secrecy and where they buried their dead. Underground
crypts, mausoleums, tombs, cemeteries and galleries
can be seen. The Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Coliseum
will be our next visits. A
visit to St. Peter's is available upon request.
We'll have you back to your ship at 5 PM.
This tour is for
a party of up to 14 people.
It includes private car transfers, and a fluent,
English speaking driver-guide.
Meals and site tickets are not included
in the price.
Please contact us for more information
and price estimates.