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A day in Rome with car (1 or 2 people plus 1 children).
Rome Transfers &Tours is glad to let you explore the “eternal city” in one day, visiting its marvellous churches, majestic monuments and walking through the ancient alleys. Get also ready for mouth-watering Roman dishes!
You will live a memorable experience riding in a luxurious car. Our personal and highly qualified English speaking drivers will accompany you: we will take you up at 8 A.M at your hotel and you will come back around 4. P.M. This chauffeured tour is the perfect choice to give you the possibility to see the highlights and the secrets of Rome despite the little time at our disposal.
Starting your tour in Rome, you will pass by the only surviving example of Roman pyramids: Pyramid Cestia. This is a tomb made up of Carrara marble. It was built in honour of Caius Cestius, a magistrate and tribune of the pleb. Nowadays it is possible to visit it because of recent restoration work. Not only is this pyramid considered an architectural masterpiece, but it was also admired by Romantic writers such as Percy B. Shelley, who in one of his works quoted, “one keen pyramid with wedge sublime”.
Your visit will start with the Colosseum, or the Amphitheatre Flavius. This is an elliptical amphitheatre whose construction was started by the Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty and it was used for hunting simulations, gladiator fights and sporting events. Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, this iconic monument is on the top of Nero’s Golden House, the stunning private residence of Nero. It is in fact believed that the name “colosseum” itself derived from a colossal statue of Nero nearby. This is definitely a masterpiece of architecture and engineering.
Near the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, you will find the Arch of Constantine. This is a triumphal arch to celebrate the defeat of Maxentius by Constantine at the battle of Milvian Bridge. Continuing our tour, you will see the Circus Maximus, an ancient chariot racing stadium, which is currently a park. In its centre there used to be the Obelisco Flaminio, that is now in the centre of Piazza del Popolo.
We will stop over at Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), also called “the heart of Rome”. It is considered the most important of the seven hills in Rome, because it used to be the religious and political centre. Today it offers an amazing sight of the Roman Forum with its ancient ruins. From there you will also admire the Colosseum. Near the Capitoline Hill, there is the majestic Victor Immanuel II Monument also known as “the Altar of Nation”. It was built in honour of “father of the nation”, the first Italian king quoted above, as the equestrian statue at the centre of the monument suggests. It was realized in white marble from Botticino and decorated with Corinthian columns, reliefs and two fountains, which are allegorical representations of Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas. It has been given the name of “wedding cake” for its bright white colour.
Another marvellous monument you will visit is the Pantheon. This is a temple dedicated to the gods of ancient pagan Rome, which was built by the Emperor Hadrian to replace Marcus Agrippa’s Pantheon. As soon as you step into the monument, you will notice in the centre of the dome the oculus, an opening to the sky; this is an architectural device which allows the light to enter into the temple. Several Italian kings are buried there like Victor Emmanuel II and artists like Raphael.
THE TREVI FOUNTAIN
Another important symbol in Rome, that will take your breath away, is the Trevi Fountain. It has appeared in notable movies such as Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, with the famous scene where Anita Ekberg jumps in the fountain calling, “Marcello…Marcello”. There is also a popular legend about the Trevi Fountain, which attracts many tourists. It says that if you throw a coin from your right hand backwards into the fountain, you will return to Rome.
SPANISH STEPS / PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
Your next stop will be at the Spanish steps, an important tourist attraction. It was designed by the Italian artist Francesco de Sanctis.At its right corner, there is the house where the English poet John Keats lived and now is a museum dedicated to his memory. On the bottom of the stairs, you will find the famous Barcaccia Fountain, the work of Pietro Bernini and his son, Gian Lorenzo. The fountain has the shape of a sinking ship, referring to a legendary boat carried to that precise point during a massive flood of the Tiber River. The Spanish Steps connect the square and the Trinità Church above. In front of the church stands the Obelisco Sallustiano.
As soon as the visit is finished, you will have a lunch break.
The Vatican Museum, St Peter Basilica
After your lunch break, our driver will be glad to take you to visit the one of the most tourist magnets in Rome: the centre of the Roman Catholic church, the Vatican City state. You will start from the Vatican Museum, where you could admire plenty of masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Caravaggio and Titian. Visiting several astonishing galleries (such as Hall of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, the Pinacoteca) you will finally reach the last hall with the breath-taking Sistine Chapel and its great ceiling by Michelangelo, depicting scenes from the Genesis.
Then you will reach what has been defined as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”: the Saint Peter Basilica, or simply known as The papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. According to Christian tradition, the Basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter. The Basilica houses the Pietà, a wonderful work of marble representing dying Christ and Mary realized by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Under the dome of the Basilica, you will admire also St. Peter’s Baldachin, a Baroque bronze canopy designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
View of Roman Forum
Drive by Piazza Venezia
Saint Peter Basilica
Duration: One Day
Departure from: Rome
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