SEVEN HILLS OF ROME BY CAR TOUR: IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Duration
5hours
Inclusions
Tour Guide, Headsets
Language
English
Max Group Size
25 people
Transportation
Transportation from your hotel or lodging to the activity check in.
Yes
$
616
63
/ 2 People
Available:
Sep 30, 2020
Time:
9:30 AM
Through E
Response rate: 
94%
Response time:
several hours
Highlights
  • Colosseum ( no entrance )
  • Spanish Steps
  • St. Peter's Square
  • Piazza Navona
  • Capitoline Hill
Preview Description
This 5 hour private tour by car explores some of the most enchanting and fascinating areas of Rome with the most incredible views.
 
Description
Discover the infinite beauty of Rome and its fascinating culture with Through Eternity

This 5 hour car tour gives you the unique possibility to explore some of the most enchanting areas of the city in a short period of time. In each place we'll take the time necessary to soak up its beauty and to get an idea of the history, events and characters that left their mark on Rome over the centuries.

We will begin on the ancient Capitoline Hill. This jagged outcrop has served as the backdrop for battles, celebrations and legends since the city's foundation some 2,750 years ago. Today, the hill is surmounted by historically overlapping buildings from various eras, and culminates in Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio, a masterpiece of Renaissance design characterized by splendid architecture and extraordinary harmony.

From atop the Capitoline Hill we will enjoy a spellbinding view of the valley of the Roman Forum, once the center of ancient Rome, with its amazing array of temples, basilicas, colonnades and roads . If you listen carefully, you can still hear the stirrings of crowds incited by Cicero, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and the other great orators of the classical world. From there we will make our way to the Colosseum, an iconic and imposing monument that was built in just over 10 years at the height of the city's wealth and power. Together we'll learn about the construction techniques that made so remarkable an edifice possible, and uncover the history of the gladiators. Who were these men compelled to forge a precarious existence on the sands of the arena, and why did the games remain so popular for over three centuries? To answer these questions we will need to immerse ourselves in the unexpectedly complex society of ancient Rome, and the huge multicultural empire that animated it.

From here we will head to Piazza Venezia with its Monument to Victor Emmanuel which represents an important moment in our country's modern history. The Trevi Fountain, symbol of the “dolce vita”, will bewitch you with its melodic play of water and the many stories and legends inscribed in its bas-reliefs. Then to the Pantheon whose beauty and awe inspiring dimensions symbolize the full extent of ancient Rome's splendor. It was designed by Hadrian , an eclectic and visionary emperor who sought to give depth and harmony to the city and to a multi-ethnic empire with different and often conflicting cultures, traditions and languages . Rome was at the time a city living at the height of its grandeur, but all the while sowing the seeds of its own inexorable decline.

Piazza Navona will cast us into yet another time and city: the city of the popes and the heart of the Baroque; Bernini's world of ingenious ideas; the raising, after centuries, of the ancient obelisks abandoned in Roman circuses; the Fountain of the Four Rivers; the Church of Saint Agnes and the legendary rivalry between Borromini and Bernini, the two great architects/sculptors of the Baroque.

From there to Campo dei Fiori (Field of Flowers) where there exists, till this day, a small flower and fruit market. Here we will explore the contradictions of the Baroque age: Popes who patronized the arts while at the same time endorsing the ferocious trials of the Holy Inquisition. In 1600 Giordano Bruno, precursor to scientific research carried out by Galileo and Newton, was burnt alive in this very square for asserting the infinity of the universe.

We will continue our journey onwards to splendid St. Peter's Square, heart of Christianity and for centuries the destination of infinite pilgrimages. In 64 A.D. this area was the site of a circus used for horse racing. It was here around the same period that Saint Peter was crucified and buried during the cruel persecution instigated by Nero. And it is precisely around his tomb that the area came to acquire a new profile thanks to innumerable popes, architects and painters, and to the faithful millions who day after day contributed to its present day magnificence.

The first church rose in the 4th century AD and was consecrated in the very presence of the emperor Constantine. The second church, begun in the Renaissance, is a rich story of the artists, popes and wars that animated an entire century of construction which culminated in the raising of Michelangelo's dome after a series of failed projects.

Then off to the Janiculum Hill located to the rear of the Vatican, from which we will admire a spectacular view of the entire city – a wonderment of river, trees, domes and sky. On the other side of the Janiculan Hill is the quarter of Trastevere, famous for its narrow, quaint cobble stoned streets, many restaurants, art galleries and the enchanting church of Santa Maria in Trastevere with its mosaics and rich history of medieval legends.

We will end our journey on the other bank of the river up on the Aventine Hill, a silent retreat lost in time located in the centre of the city. At the heart of this ancient location is the Christian church of Saint Sabina, which was constructed over a pre-existing Temple of Juno. Here lived, among others, Domenico Guzman, founder of the Dominican order, who brought with him from Spain an orange tree - the memory of which can be found in the adjacent cloister. And in the Garden of Oranges we can take in yet another breath of the infinite beauty of the city, which by now will feel closer, friendlier and richer from all the places and stories experienced.
 
Places Visited
  • Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful baroque sites in Rome. It was built at the exact place where the Domiziano Stadium was situated.
Piazza Navona Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful baroque sites in Rome. It was built at the exact place where the Domiziano Stadium was situated. This magnificent square has ... moremore than three magnificent fountains. The Piazza Navona is located in the historic center of Rome, west to the Pantheon. The square is one of the liveliest and most visited squares of Rome, with many outdoor cafes, restaurants and nightclubs in the surrounding areas.

There are several structures that can be found at Piazza Navona namely:

Domitian’s Stadium: this is the stadium that occupied this site before Piazza Navona was built. The stadium was built by Emperor Domitian in 86 AD and although you cannot see it today the Piazza Navona took its oval shape from this structure.

Fountain of the Four Rivers: Its fountains are among the major attractions of Piazza Navona. The central fountain, called Fontana dei Quattro Fium (Fountain of the Four Rivers), is the largest and most attractive. The fountain features four figures, each representing a river from a different continent – rivers Rio de la Plata, Ganges, Nile and Danube. The statues are at the base of a rock supporting an obelisk, originally located at the Massenzio Circus, near the Appian Way.

The Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone: the church was commissioned in 1652 by Pope Innocent X. The facade of the church was designed by Borromini and it was completed in 1670.

Neptune Fountain and Moor Fountain: these are two other outstanding fountains in the Piazza Navona. The first is the Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) on the northern side of the piazza and Fontana del Moro (Moor Fountain) on the southern side. The Neptune Fountain was built in 1576 by Giacomo della Porta. During the 19th century, the statues of Neptune surrounded by sea nymphs were added. The Moor Fountain was also built by Giacomo della Porta; and it has a central statue of a Moor holding a dolphin designed by Bernini which was added in the 17thcentury. The Fontana del Moro was vandalized on the 3rd of September 2011. The man who damaged the fountain was captured on the security cameras.

The Piazza Navona has hosted several events and festivals. Between 1650 and late 19th century, The Piazza Navona could be flooded during the summer season and was used for aquatic games and staged marine battles. Piazza Navona is a cool place to hang around and this is true for Rome's local residents as well as tourists. It also features beautiful sculptural and architectural creations. There are many artists who gather in the square to paint and there are also several entertainers and vendors who sell souvenirs. The nightlife at the Piazza Navona is also lively as there are many nightclubs in the surrounding areas of the square. In Christmas the Piazza hosts a charming Christmas market. The Piazza Navona is a square full of life and worth a visit. There are lots of people, artists sharing their talents and lots of places to enjoy meals and have fun.
Type:
Attraction, Historic
The entire Vatican State is acknowledged as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1984. The main tourist attractions in the Vatican are: St. Peter's basilica, St. Peter's Square, The ... moreVatican Museums and the Vatican gardens. The entrance to the Basilica and Square are free of charge. Please note that visitors are asked to dress appropriately when entering the church.

There are five entrances to Vatican City; Many Visitors start their Vatican tour at St Peter's square. The best way to get to the Vatican from Rome's historical center is through Ponte St. Angelo. The entrance to the Vatican Museums is on Viale Vaticano.

According to Catholic tradition, St. Peter was martyred in Rome in the first century AD. In The Statue depicting St. Peter him in St Peter's square you can notice that he is holding a set of keys- the keys to the kingdom of heaven. The keys to the kingdom of heaven have become the emblem of the Holy See (the Vatican). In the Roman Catholic Church it is believed that salvation and heaven are only possible through the one true Church- the Roman Catholic Church. With a billion members all over the world, the Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination.
Type:
Attraction, Cultural, Historic
Rates
Minimum Guests:
2 people
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Type
Price
2 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
616
63
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Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Custom policy
  • Cancellations made 30 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 8 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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