A UNIQUE POSTCARD FROM ROME
An excursion designed especially for passengers who have already seen Rome’s most famous sites and want to discover the less-well-known face of the eternal city: first by coach, and then on foot, we explore the atmospheric, hidden corners that fill in some of the gaps in our picture of Italy’s endlessly fascinating capital.
What we will see
- The Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus
- The keyhole at the Villa del Priorato di Malta
- Santa Maria in Trastevere
- Jewish Ghetto, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona
- Santa Maria della Pace and Santa Maria dell’Anima
- The Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
- The Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna
What we will do
- From the port of Civitiavecchia, we make our way to the capital of Italy for a sightseeing tour of Rome, on which we visit some of the less-well-known sites in the imperious “eternal city”.
- From the comfort of our coach, we see the Baths of Caracalla – the grandest thermal bath complex of the imperial age, not to mention one of the best-preserved in all the Empire – and the Circus Maximus, which was used in ancient times for various sporting spectacles but which is most famous for its chariot races.
- At the Aventine Hill, we leave the coach briefly to visit a little-known attraction, the keyhole at the Villa del Priorato di Malta. As we peer through a hole in the gate, we are treated to a splendid view of the dome of St. Peter’s at the end of a long, tree-lined boulevard.
- Here, we visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, which was probably the first official Christian place of worship to be built in Rome. The interior includes some splendid mosaics from the 12th and 13th centuries.
- Our guide then leads us on foot through the Jewish Ghetto which, between the years 1555 and 1870, was the only part of Rome where Jews were permitted to live. Today, it is a popular, lively area where fascinating monuments stand side-by-side with sophisticated restaurants.
- We pass through the Campo dei Fiori – which hosts a local market during the day, but becomes a bustling social hub in the evening – before emerging into Piazza Navona, with its opulent baroque buildings and splendid fountains.
- We admire the baroque church of Santa Maria della Pace, and the Gothic Santa Maria dell’Anima, before taking some free time for lunch, which we can enjoy wherever we fancy.
- After lunch, our guided walking tour continues with a visit to the Pantheon, originally a temple dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian and all the Roman gods, and we visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, which offers a rare example of Gothic art in Rome.
- We end our walk with paying homage to the celebrated Trevi Fountain, where visitors gather from all over the world to throw the customary coin into the water, and the equally famous Piazza di Spagna with its monumental “Spanish Steps”.
What you need to know
- The transfer to Rome takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- The guide will join the excursion group once we reach Rome.
- This excursion involves about 2 hours of walking. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with lmited mobility.
- We recommend that you book early as only a limited number of places are available.
- Due to new security control procedures many tourist sites may have long queues, even for pre-booked groups.