The Eternal City
Take a tour of Rome’s most interesting attractions. A guided tour will take you to famous squares, monuments, fountains and works of art. Take a guided tour through the Eternal City, let yourself be inspired by the pretty cobbled lanes and explore some of the world-famous sites.
Start the day with a guided tour through the Colosseum – probably the biggest amphitheatre built by the Romans. The tour guide brings 2000 years of ancient history to life and tells stories of tremendous battles between man and beast that were organised for the citizens of Rome. The amphitheatre is still one of the most important architectural masterpieces in the world. It was ordered by Emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and opened in AD 80 by his son and successor Titus.
The Forum Romanum
Next, follow in the footsteps of the Roman emperors by taking a walk through the Forum Romanum. You will learn how the Forum was once the centre of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Find out more about the history of the Temple of Antonius.
Continuing on, you will come to the Temple of Hadrian, which is now located in a more recent building in the Piazza di Pietra. See the course of the original Roman street beneath the ground in the square. Visit the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all gods which was ordered by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC. Admire the breath-taking entrance and awe-inspiring interior.
The Vatican Museums
Let yourself be captivated by the Vatican’s magnificent art treasures. Experience a plethora of Roman art from 3 art movements: Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval. What’s more, you’ll see ancient Roman sculptures, mosaics and handicrafts. Along the way, your guide will tell you about more than 2,000 years of ancient Roman history. At a time when Italian art was conquering the world, the Vatican employed only the best Renaissance and Baroque architects to design the surroundings. It is thus no surprise that the popes amassed one of the largest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings – a feast for the eyes of art lovers.
The guided tour continues on to the Sistine Chapel, where the conclave is held. While you are entering, you will see a work of art that can relate nine scenes of a story. These are Michelangelo’s legendary ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, the Pope’s private place of prayer. Apart from its holy nature, the biggest attraction of the Sistine Chapel is the incredible frescoes created solely by Michelangelo. Gaze up to Heaven to look at the ceiling fresco The Creation of Adam and see The Last Judgement on the rear wall.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Italy and endlessly spectacular, and located at the reputed burial site of St. Peter. St. Peter’s Basilica is the central sanctuary of the Roman Catholic Church. The basilica has room for 20,000 people. The Pope holds all his masses here, even though San Pietro is not the Pope’s official headquarters.
Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum.
With its fountains, colours, building façades and street artists, this square offers you countless examples of Roman beauty. and I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
The guided tour moves on to the Piazza Navona, one of the characteristic squares of Baroque Rome. Explore this jewel in the middle of the city, with Bernini’s famous Fountain of the Four Rivers triumphant in its centre. Con le sue fontane, colori, facciate ed artisti di strada, questa piazza offre innumerevoli occasioni di bellezza romana.
The Castel Sant’Angelo and Ponte Sant’Angelo
The Castel Sant’Angelo and Ponte Sant’Angelo can be seen from the outside. The bridge is considered one of Rome’s most beautiful ancient bridges. Hadrian had it built in 136 to access his mausoleum over the Tiber. Decoration of the Ponte Sant’Angelo with 10 statues was initially done in the 16th century under Pope Clement VII. One of the best sculptors, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, created the 10 angels that still grace the Ponte Sant’Angelo (Bridge of Angels) today.
Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps
With their 138 steps, the Spanish Steps and their charming balustrades lead up to the Trinita dei Monti church. At the foot of these steps is the upmarket fashion mile, the Via Condotti, in which not just top Italian designers showcase their latest creations. A fountain is in the middle of the Piazza di Spagna. Pietro Bernini, father of the famous sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, completed the Fontana della Barcaccia in 1629. A beautiful Baroque fountain with the original shape of a boat.
The monumental Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s visitor magnets. The Fontana di Trevi became world-famous after featuring in a scene in Fellini’s 1960 film “La Dolce Vita” when the leading actors Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Eckberg bathed in the fountain at night. According to a Roman tradition, you make a wish to return to Rome if you throw a coin into the fountain.
So “Arrivederci Roma”, before going back.
A Incidentally, the fountain owes its name to the fact that three streets converged in ancient Rome: “tre vie” – meaning three streets – later became “Trevi”.