The “Rome in One Day Driving Tour” starts from the archaeological heart of the eternal city, the Amphiteatrum Flavium, better known as the Colosseum (or Coliseum), where thousands of cruel fights between beasts and slaves took place. We will then admire the majesty of the triumphal Arch of the Emperor Constantine. Nearby is the Roman Forum, a journey into ancient Roman history, from the early Seven Kings to the Late Empire. Every man who ruled Rome left a reminder of himself in Rome’s main public square.
From the Rome of the Emperors to the Rome of the Popes, we will take a walk in the heart of Baroque Rome. Starting from Trevi fountain, the monumental celebration of the Virgin Aqueduct, we will cross the Galleria Colonna and visit the Piazza Colonna, taking its name from the Column erected in honour of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. After is the Piazza Montecitorio, built as a palace it is now the seat of Italian Parliament. Then the Piazza Sant’Ignazio, a beautiful rococo square and the Jesuit renaissance church with the illusionist dome by Andrea Pozzo. We will enter the Pantheon with its huge Ancient Roman dome and the grave of the great Italian artist Raphael. Then the church of St. Louis of France, with the famous canvases by Caravaggio and then to see the eclectic dome of Saint Ivo alla Sapienza by Borromini. Our morning tour will finish off with Piazza Navona and its famous fountain of the Four Rivers designed by Bernini for the Pope Innocent X Pamphilj.
After a break for lunch, we will visit the Vatican Museums. We’ll enter the Pinecone Courtyard, crossing the collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, admiring the famous statue of Apollo, the Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso. Along with the statues of animals, the Coffins of St. Helen and St. Constance, the Galleries of Tapestries and the frescoed Maps of all Italy painted in 1585. Then Rooms painted by Raphael and his pupils, ending with the amazing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
Afterwards, the tour will lead you to the highest temple of Christendom: St. Peter’s Basilica. More than a simple church the Basilica, originally built by Emperor Constantine over the tomb of the very first pope, the apostle Peter, was designed by the best Italian architects. Its construction took more than 150 years, and from a certain point of view is still a “work in progress”.
Monday to Saturday
At your hotel in Rome
Please ensure that when entering the Vatican, please ensure that you are covered up. It is advised that men wear trousers and long or short sleeve shirts/ t-shirts (no vest tops or shorts) and women cover their shoulders and their knees. The same applies for children too.
All bags must be screened by metal detectors and they can be visually inspected by security. Please do not bring any knives or sharp objects. Please do not bring suitcases or large bags.
The Grand Tour Europe Ltd
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