guided tour of Rome and surrounds
Maximum group size: 8
For some of our guests, a few days in Rome is just not enough.
When we start selected Best of Italy guided small group tours, you have the option of adding three more nights so you can enjoy some of the fantastic offerings in and around Rome that many visitors miss out on.
Again, you will be fully-escorted and enjoy the company of a small group of fellow travellers on a great little escorted tour around Rome.
Day 1 – Rome: the eternal city
Guests will be arriving at different times and we will be on hand to assist when you check into our hotel and to help orient you. You will then have free time until 5:00pm, when all our guests will join us for welcome drinks and a chance to talk about your time in Rome. Later we will take you on you on a walk to familiarise you with the local area which will finish at a lovely traditional Italian restaurant for our first meal together, and an opportunity to get to know the others who will be sharing this tour with you.
Inclusions: Welcome drinks, orientation walk
Day 2: A day in Umbria in Orvieto
Today you will take the train for an hour long ride to Orvieto: a small city perched on a rock cliff in Umbria. Its Duomo, dating from 1290, has a mosaic facade and houses a marble Pietà sculpture. The Pozzo di San Patrizio is a 16th-century well shaft with a double spiral staircase. An underground cave network attests to the city’s Etruscan roots. Artefacts from this era, like ceramics and bronze items, are on view at the National Archaeological Museum. You'll ride the funicular to the top of the hill and visit the Duomo and Papal Palace on our walking tour, before visiting St Patrick's well. As the day comes to an end we'll return to Rome, resting our feet on the train as it winds its way back through the Italian countryside.
Inclusions: Transfer to the train station, return train transfer to Orvieto, return ticket for the Orvieto funicular, entry to the Duomo, Papal Palace and St Patrick's Well, guided tour of Orvieto
Day 3: Tivoli's amazing villas
A summer retreat for ancient Romans and the Renaissance rich, the hilltop town of Tivoli is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Villa Adriana, the sprawling estate of Emperor Hadrian, and the 16th-century Villa d'Este, a Renaissance villa famous for its landscaped gardens and lavish fountains.
Today you take private transport to Tivoli, where you will take a guided tour of Hadrian's Villa, before driving up into town to visit Villa d'Este, with it's amazing aqueduct-driven fountains, for a second guided tour before returning to Rome in the early evening. After stretching your legs, we'll head out for a final farewell dinner.
Inclusions: Private transport to Tivoli and return, Entry and guided tour of both Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este, Dinner
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Day 4: The brilliance of Bernini
Today you visit the Borghese Gallery: the perfect place for art lovers to admire art in a beautiful space without big crowds in Rome. The Galleria Borghese, or Borghese Gallery, features one of the world’s greatest private art collections assembled by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 17th century in his Roman garden villa. The collection is particularly rich in ancient Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art, with major works by Bernini, Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, Correggio, Rubens, and Canova. After your tour, you will wander the beautiful Borghese Gardens where the Romans come to escape the frenetic pace of the city. You'll follow the long straight paths to take in a great view across the Piazza del Popolo across to the Vatican. Then you will follow the top of the wall across to the top of the Spanish Steps. The tour officially end after this, however most guests will be staying to join our Best of Italy tour.
Inclusions: Transfer to the Borghese Gallery, Entry and tour of the Borghese Gallery
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