A Perfect Day In Rome: Private Full Day Guided Driving Tour
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Rome, Italy
- Product code: RM0001
“Rome wasn’t built in a day” is a popular saying and it’s impossible to visit all of Rome in only one day! But you may still get an overview of the highlights, and see some of Rome’s greatest attractions.
The “Rome in One Day Small Group Driving Tour” starts from the archaeological heart of the eternal city, the Amphiteatrum Flavium, better known as the Colosseum (or Coliseum), where thousands of cruel fights between beasts and slaves took place. We will then admire the majesty of the triumphal Arch of the Emperor Constantine.
Nearby is the Roman Forum, a journey into ancient roman history, from the early Seven Kings to the Late Roman Empire. Every man who ruled Rome left a reminder of himself in Rome’s main public square. From the Rome of the Emperors to the Rome of the Popes: we will take a walk in the heart of Baroque Rome. Starting from Trevi Fountain, the monumental celebration of the Virgin Aqueduct, we will cross the Galleria Colonna and visit the Piazza Colonna, taking its name from the Column erected in honour of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. After is the Piazza Montecitorio, built as a palace it is now the seat of Italian Parliament. Then the Piazza Sant’Ignazio, a beautiful rococo square and the Jesuit renaissance church with the illusionist dome by Andrea Pozzo. We will enter the Pantheon with its huge Ancient Roman dome and the grave of the great Italian artist Raphael. Then the church of St. Louis of France, with the famous canvases by Caravaggio and then to see the eclectic dome of Saint Ivo alla Sapienza by Borromini. Our morning tour will finish off with Piazza Navona and its famous fountain of the Four Rivers designed by Bernini for the Pope Innocent X Pamphilj.
After a break for lunch we will visit the Vatican Museums. We’ll enter the Pinecone Courtyard, crossing the collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, admiring the famous statue of Apollo, the Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso. Along with the statues of animals, the Coffins of St. Helen and St. Constance, the Galleries of Tapestries and the frescoed Maps of all Italy painted in 1585. Then Room painted by Raphael and his pupils, ending with the amazing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
Afterwards the tour will lead you to the highest temple of Christendom: St. Peter’s Basilica. More than a simple church the Basilica, originally built by Emperor Constantine over the tomb of the very first pope, the apostle Peter, was designed by the best Italian architects. Its construction took more than 150 years, and from a certain point of view is still a “work in progress”. The Pietà by Michelangelo, the Jubilee Gate, Bernini’s main altar, the staircase enlightened by eternal lamps leading to the tomb of Saint Peter designed by Carlo Maderno, the tombs of the Popes made by Bernini, Della Porta, Canova, Thorwaldsen and many others, Michelangelo’s amazing dome and more masterpieces will overwhelm you. Ending up with a quick view of Castle Sant’Angelo, and the secret wall connecting with the papal apartment, will give you the complete picture of the headquarter of Roman Catholic Church.