Take to the Eternal City on foot and discover what picturesque scenes await as your guide leads you through one of the most romantic cityscapes on earth.
Stepping back from the bustle of urban existence to enjoy the lesser-known secrets of this magical space, dive deep into history and unearth stories of a bygone era. From the Piazza del Popolo to the Coliseum, these are once-in-a-lifetime experiences to share with loved-ones.
Then, bring the night to a close ina typically Italian fashion; with a beautiful meal to the backdrop of world-famous monuments.Magnifico!
Begin the tour with the Piazza del Popolo – an elegant space in the northern quarters of the ancient city with a striking Egyptian Obelisk at its centre; there are few locations more emblematic of this grandiose city. Once a place of public execution, the last took place in 1826.
The square was designed to a neoclassical style by Giuseppe Valadier and is enshrined within the massive Aurelian walls, with the Northern Gate sitting opposite the impressive Twin Churches.
The Ara PacisAugustae is a delicately adorned marble altarthat now sits within the Museum of the Ara Pacis, having relocated from the Campus Martius. Once an ancient flood plain of the Tiber, Campus Martiusresulted in the original Ara Pacis becoming buried under 4m of silt deposits.
Now, the altar rests in its new home on the banks of the River Tiber and is an iconic depiction of Roman life that was finished in 9 BC.
The famed Navona square – an oval construction revered for Bernini’s ‘Fountain of the Four Rivers’ – it is also the ancient setting for the stadium of Domitian. Completed in 86 AD by Emperor Domitian, the amphitheatre was home to any number of dramatic festivals and sporting events.
When the city market arrived in Piazza Navona from Campidoglio in the 15th century, the piazza became a heralded example of Baroque Roman architecture with a number of intricate sculptures that define the space; including that of Bernini’s fountain, which also supports the Obelisk of Domitian.
Constructed by Emperor Hadrian between 118 and 125 AD, The Pantheon is the ultimate ode to the gods. Magnificent during the daytime, the façade sparklesat night once illuminated, turning into one of the most entrancing spots in the city.
Once a temple, now a church, the building has maintained its religious significance throughout the centuries. As the original Pantheon burnt down, the construction date of the present building has remained a mysterious secret throughout the millennia.
The tour continues into the Piazza Venezia, whose imposing marble monument to Vittoria Emanuele II becomes ever more dramatic once day has folded into night.Dedicated to the ‘Unknown Soldier’ (MiliteIgnoto), the monument strives to preserve memories of the sacrificed soldiers lost throughout the ages, never to be identified.
Once home to the embassy of the Republic of Venice, the piazza is the central hub of the city where several roads intersect, reflecting its true heritage having been built by the Venetian Cardinal – Pietro Barbo.
Beyond the Piazza lies the Roman Forum – or the ancient marketplace – where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries with many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march or political campaign run in its surrounds.
The rich archaeological history of the site now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year.
There are few more recognisable edifices than that of the Coliseum: the largest amphitheatre ever built, the structure marks the centre of the city and neighbours the impressive Roman Forum.
Dating back to AD 72, the amphitheatre held crowds of up to 80,000 locals baying for blood during gladiatorial spectacles, as man fought beast to the delight of thousands. Perhaps the most striking of engineering feats in the entire country, the Coliseum is the purest form of empirical power on display throughout Italy.
As if you haven’t had your fill of Italian delights, the tour ends in a typical Italian restaurant where guests can indulge in the finest of local cuisine. Enjoy a starter, main course and dessert to round off the perfect evening.
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– Dinner in a typical Italian restaurant – First Course, Main Course & water