Monday, November 26, 2012

"MEET THE ROMANS" tour - 7d/6n

"MEET THE ROMANS" tour - 7d/6n
 
“MEET THE ROMANS” Tour
Rome – 7 days/6 nights
This 7 days tour, specifically designed for students of Roman History who wish to deepen their knowledge supported by experts in the field, archaeologists and expert guides, is a detailed description step by step of the life of the population that gave rise to history, and will take you to experience firsthand the places where they lived, enjoyed themselves, fought and died. A tour at the end of which you will no longer need to read books about it, because all you need to know will be explained to you, and you will live it on your own skin!
Day 1 – Arrival + Classic Rome Half Day Tour
Arrival at Fiumicino airport
English speaking assistant will wait for the clients with a nominal sign inside the customs area to help the clients.
Transfer with private transportation to hotel and check-in
Hotel 4* B/B in Central Rome – 6 nights
1 double standard room for 2 adults per room
In the afternoon, meeting in the hotel lobby with the guide to start the tour.
 
Half day tour – Classic Rome
 
Tour includes:
private transportation at disposition for half day
private English speaking local guide – walking tour
vox headsets
 
This walking tour has been designed to cover some of the most intere-sting sites of Rome, such as the Trevi Fountain.
This baroque fountain, designed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi, became famous in Federico Fellini’s movie “La Dolce Vita”. It is also known for the legend of the three coins: throw three coins and make three wishes… It is believed that this act will ensure your return to the Eternal City. Originally a Roman stadium, Piazza Navona still retains its oval race-track shape. Embellished in Renaissance times with spectacular fountains and churches, followed by later additions of art galleries, outdoor restaurants and caf├ęs, this piazza has become the animated centre of Rome’s day and night life. A square full of life and art. A place to admire and to relax. We move on and make our way through the alleys until we arrive to the Pantheon, one of the greatest and best preserved monuments of ancient Rome. Built by Agrippa in 27 B. C, the monument is a great example of architecture. Originally a Pagan Temple, it was turned into a Church in 609 by Pope Bonifacio IV. Our walk continues to Piazza Colonna where we admire the marble column built by the Roman Senate in memory of the Emperor Marco Aurelio. Then we proceed to the Spanish Steps, the hour glass-shaped square that is one of the most popular spots in the city, built in 1726 by Francesco De Sanctis. From the top of the stairs you will admire an unforgettable view of the Eternal City. At the end of the tour you will have free time for shopping in the famous streets surrounding Piazza di Spagna.
After the tour, return to hotel.
Overnight in Rome.
Day 2 – Half Day Tour
In the morning, after breakfast, meet the guide in the hotel lobby to start the tour.
Half day tour Colosseum and Imperial Forums
 
 
Tour includes:
private transportation at disposition for the tour with pick up and return to the hotel.
private English speaking local guide
vox headsets.
entrance tickets for Colosseum and Imperial Forums with reservation to skip the line
The journey into ancient times starts by walking into the largest amphitheatre in the ancient world, the Colosseum. During the visit we will see where gladiators and fierce animals challenged each other unto death for the pleasure of the Emperors and the cheering audiences. We’ll take a walk through what was then the centre and heart of Ancient Rome, the Forum, visiting the Senate House, where the destiny of Rome and most of the Western world was decided. Then we’ll reach the Arch of Titus, which commemorates the Emperor’s victory over Jerusalem in 72 A.D and finally admire the Arch of Constantine, commemorating the conversion of pagan Rome to Christianity. We will visit the Imperial Palaces on top of the palatine Hill, one of the historical seven hills, where Romulus founded the ancient city of Rome. To complete this journey through ancient Roman times, we’ll drive by the famous Circus Maximum and the Theater of Marcello (a forerunner of the Coliseum). Our tour ends in Piazza Venezia to admire the huge marble monument dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel II, built at the turn of the last century.
Free time for lunch, then free afternoon.
After the tour, return to hotel.
Overnight in Rome
 
Day 3 – Full Day Tour
In the morning, after breakfast, meet with the guide in the hotel lobby to start the tour.
Full day Ancient Ostia
Tour includes:
private transportation at disposition for the tour with pick up and return to the hotel
private local English speaking guide
entrance tickets for Ostia Antica with reservation to skip the line
vox headsets
 
By visiting Ostia, the most ancient colony of the Roman Empire, you can feel the atmosphere of life in the time of the Roman Emperors. Surrounded by the Mediterranean pine forest, rich in ruins unique in the world, Ostia was founded in the fourth century BC and it soon became a very important place of business. It was one of the main port of the Roman Empire. The ruins of the city will give us a perfect idea on how the Ancient Romans lived, the spa of Neptune with its famous mosaics, the Theater, the Forum, the House of Diana and the ancient Roman tavern, the “Termopolium”. Along the main street you can look at the remains of ancient storefronts, the only two surviving examples of public toilets in the world as well as extraordinary examples of the Ancient Roman apartment blocks, the “insulae”, dating back to the fourth century B.C. The tour will end with the visit of the medieval town and its castle, through narrow and picturesque alleyways where time seems to stand still.
After the tour, return to hotel
Overnight in Rome
Day 4 – Full Day Tour
In the morning, after breakfast, meet with the assistant in the hotel lobby to start the tour.
Catacombs and Ancient Appia / Villa dei Quintili
 
Tour includes:
pick-up from the Hotel. A private transportation will be available during the excursion
private English speaking local guide
vox headsets
entrance tickets for the following sites: Catacombs of S’ Sebastian, the area of Massenzio circus’s, the area of Cecilia Metella’s Mausoleum and Castle, and Villa dei Quintili.
A relaxing and educational tour along the path of the Appia Antica, immersed in the green and far from city traffic. Here you can find a large number of marks and monuments telling the story of Rome’s Republican period and of the Empire. Among the most famous, the Porta San Sebastiano and the Aurelian Walls, the Tomb of Geta, the Tomb of Priscilla, the area of the Imperial Palace and Circus of Maxentius, the large round Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, above the Basilica of Praetextatus. The numerous churches along the Appian Way date back from Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque times. Among them the Churchof St. Maryin Palmis, better known as Chiesa del Domine Quo Vadis. Medieval towers and fortifications are also found along the way, often built on the ruins of ancient Roman monuments, such as the castle built by the Counts of Tusculum around the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. Finally the gothic ruin of the Church of St. Nicholas.
Free time for lunch
 
This is a villa of the second century AD, founded by two Roman consuls, Sextus Quintilius Condiano and his brother Sextus Quintilius Valerius Maximus, covers at least 24 hectares. In 182 Emperor Commodus, also known as ”the Gladiator Emperor”, after having sentenced the Quintili brothers of death for conspiracy, subtracted them the villa, embellished it with constructions, expanding it until it became the largest and richest house in the suburbs, on which he left the imprint of his obsession with fighting into the arena: Commodus was in fact the only Roman emperor to combat in the Colosseum. Inside the villa, the area known as the “Maritime Theatre”, proved to be an arena used for training, fighting and where the emperor was performing for a selected audience. And it was the master of the gladiators Narcissus, Emperor’s personal trainer, who murdered Commodus in 192 in the bathroom, still visible today along with other huge rooms, with still intact walls and a breathtaking view, a green landscape with streams, slopes and plenty of water carried up by the two ancient aqueducts Claudius and Anio Novus.
After the tour, return to hotel - Overnight in Rome
Day 5 – Full Day Tour
Departure to Pompeii by private transportation with English speaking driver.
Meet the guide on site and start the visit to Pompeii Archaeological Site.
 
Tour includes:
pick-up from the Hotel. A private transportation will be available during the excursion
private local English speaking tour guide.
vox headsets.
entrance tickets for Pompeii with reservation to skip the line.
 
Discovery tour of the archaeological excavations of Pompei where has been brought to light the ancient Roman city destroyed tragically following an eruption of the nearby volcano Vesuvius, occurred in 79. The most famous Italian site, due to the rapidity with which the ashes of the volcano fell on the ancient Roman colony, still sees intact ruins that have gone unchanged for centuries.
 
After the tour, return to hotel
Overnight in Rome
Day 6 – Half Day Tour
Baths of Caracalla
Tour includes:
private transportation at disposition with pick up and return to hotel
private local English speaking guide
vox headsets
entrance tickets for Baths of Caracalla with reservation to skip the line
 
Ancient Romans considered the spa as a daily meeting place, where one could either make business or conspire against Emperors or Senate rivals. Wrapped in the peaceful atmosphere of the monument, you will plunge into the past and get an idea of how the different sections of the spa worked, how the Romans spent their time and social space and about the role of the baths in the daily life of Ancient Rome. During the visit you will discover the real dimensions of pomp and grandeur of the baths, which were truly accessible to every walks of life. Besides the reconstruction of the architectural complex, you will also discover the rituals and habits of bathing and how they contributed to encode one of the most distinctive elements of ancient Roman society.
 
After the tour, free afternoon
Return to hotel
Overnight in Rome
Day 7 – Departure
Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport by private transportation.
English speaking assistant will help the clients in the airport
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Price includes:
  • 6 nights in 4* Hotel in Rome.
  • Daily full breakfast.
  • A full program of touring and sightseeing, including entrances tickets for Colosseum and Imperial Forums, Ostia Antica, Catacombs of S. Sebastian, the area of Massenzio Circus, the area of Cecilia Metella’s Mausoleum and Castle, Villa dei Quintili, Baths of Caracalla and Pompeii.
  • Private transportation throughout with a qualified driver.
  • 3 full day time guides and 3 half day time guides.
  • VAT.
 
Price doesn’t include:
  • All lunches and dinners if not mentioned above.
  • All the other voices not included above.
  • Hotel city tax to pay directly from the clients on the spot.
 
For payment by wire transfer: add bank charges at the total price.
Prices are in euros.
Prices may vary according to a rising of fuel costs.
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