Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rome - Oil and Wine Tour - 5d / 4n

Oil and Wine Tour – 5d / 4n 

Rome – 5 days – 4 nights

Day 1
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 car to hotel and check-in
Hotel 4* B/B in Central Rome – 4 nights
In the afternoon, meeting in the hotel lobby with the guide to start the tour.

Excursion proposed:
• Half day Classic Rome with private English speaking local guide – walking tour

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 fa-mous 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 cafés, 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

Full day tour
In the morning, after breakfast, meet the guide in the hotel lobby to start the tour.
Private vehicle at disposition for the tour with pick up and return to the hotel.

Half day Vatican Museum and S.Peter

Tour includes:

• private English speaking local guide
• entrance tickets with reservation to skip the line

This extensive tour will give you an excellent opportunity to see, feel and touch perhaps the most astonishing structure in the entire world. The Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign state with one of the richest art collections in the world acquired throughout the centuries by the Popes. The Vatican Museums are one of the biggest in the world, with more than 70.000 pieces of art. It is estimated that more than 16.000 people come to visit them every day. The museums are divided into different sections, with more than 5 miles of corridors in different artistic styles: the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestry Gallery and the Geographical Map Gallery, where you will also have glimpses of the Pope’s exquisite gardens. You will visit the world-renowned Sistine Chapel, completely decorated with frescos made by Michelangelo. Once a private chapel for the Popes, it is still used as the Conclave for Papal Elections. The visit includes the private room of Pope Giulio II, completely decorated by the painter Raffaello. The tour will continue inside the Basilica of St. Peter, the largest in the world, with its astonishing masterpieces of art such as the “Pietà” by Michelangelo

Free time for lunch, then half day Ancient Rome tour

Tour includes:
• private English speaking local guide
• 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 Romolus 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.

After the tour, return to hotel
Overnight in Rome

In the morning, after breakfast, meet with the guide in the hotel lobby to start the tour.
Harvest in the Roman Castle area – Full day tour with lunch.

Tour includes:• private English speaking local guide,
• private vehicle at disposition for the tour with pick up and return to the hotel,
• visit to a vineyard for harvest,
• lunch with local food of the area of Roman Castles.

The magical period from late August to mid-October (with variations that vary from year to year in relation to seasonal variations) the wineries open their vineyards offering guests the chance to visit the vines and harvest grapes. Equipped with special boots, scissors, and bucket (which will be supplied by the company). They will be led by the owners who will provide them with all the explanations of the harvest and the ancient legends concerning this particular time of year,. There’s also the possibility of offering the night harvest (see the beautiful charming colors of sunset without the heat of the sun).

After the tour, return to hotel
Overnight in Rome

In the morning, after breakfast, meet with the assistant in the hotel lobby to start the tour.
Wine and Oil tasting in the Roman Castle area

Tour includes:
• a private vehicle at disposition for the tour with pick up and return to the hotel,
• private English speaking assistant
• visit to a cellar and wine tasting
• lunch with local food
• After lunch, leaving for a oil farm in the Sabina area for a visit of the oil mill and oil tasting.
• Wine Tasting and lunch in the Roman Castle area.

Your guide, van and driver will meet you at the hotel to drive you south of Rome towards the Castelli Romani wine region. We will travel along the Appian Way enjoying the wonderful view of ancient Roman ruins caught in the middle of vineyards and olive trees. We will visit the village of Castel Gandolfo, summer residence of the Pope, and its famous lake. Finally we will reach the farm and start the tasting of the local wine products, visiting the vineyards and the farm cellar, and we will have lunch with local products. After lunch we’ll leave the farm, to reach the Sabina area for an oil tour.

• Oil tour and tasting in the Sabina area.

Visit to an oil mill, where we will observe closely how olive oil is produced in its various phases, from the collection, to pressing, processing until bottling. At the end of the visit, a variety of bruschettas with tastings of the different products will be offered to the guests.

After the tour, return to hotel
Overnight in Rome

Day 5
• Shopping tour – 3 hours

Tour includes:
• a private personal shopper
• private vehicle at disposition with pick up and return to hotel

A shopping expert will escort you to some of the most famous shops and ateliers in Rome, from fashion to objects and antiques, and will advise you in your purchases, helping you to choose the best for your needs.

After the tour, return to hotel to get the luggage
Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport by private vehicle.
English speaking assistant will help the clients in the airport

For info on the prices and further customizations, please write us at  info@aitmitaliaservices.com

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