Take in the sights of the Eternal City! In just three hours, you will see the highlights of Rome, covering The Coliseum, St. Peter’s Square, The Pantheon among many other highlights. There are few better ways of taking in the sights and sounds of Rome than with this whistle-stop excursion.
Start your tour at the huge amphitheatre that is The Coliseum, where fights between gladiators and beasts took placefor the pleasureof bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.
Upwards of 50,000 spectators would gather beneath the cool awnings to witness the cruel battles unfold. Many kinds of events took place in this grand arena, but we will leave the details to our guide!
Now pass through the Roman Forum – the ancient marketplace where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries with many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march and political campaign run in its surrounds. The rich archaeological history of the site now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year.
According toancient legend, Romulus founded Rome on this hill in 753 B.C. Following his actions, the Emperors built their opulent homes for the rest of civilisation to enjoy. As you traverse the area, you are walking inthe same footsteps of Roman Emperors who lived more than 2,000 years before you, bringing more than two millennia of history to life.
The Circo Massimo was the famed stage of the chariot race and the largest stadium of Ancient Rome, holding upwards of a quarter of Rome’s entire population. This makes it a truly breath-taking setting to take in.
The Mouth of Truth sits under the portico of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and, according to legend, should one tell a lie while their hand is in its mouth, the face will take a bite. Watch out!!
This elegant residential area is an oasis of gardens and churches, with the most divine view over the Tevere and a curious little keyhole that offers the strange experience of looking at a miniature version of St. Peter’s Dome.
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.
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Piazza Navona, one of the largest squares in the city. The space is incredibly popular among tourists for one primary reason: Bernini’s “Fountain of the Four Rivers.” Built to represent The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube and Rio de la Plata, the structure now sits amidst the artists who arrive to peddle their wares on a daily basis.
Next proceed to the Spanish Steps, one of the biggest tourist spots in the city. As you stand and admire the Church of Trinitàdei Monti, which sits at the top of a famous stairwell with the Fontana Della Barcaccia at its foot, you will wonder how they were ever able to complete it.
Hidden down the narrow backstreets of the city, Trevi Fountain is a secretive masterpiece, and perhaps the most spectacular fountain in Rome. Built at the end of one of the famed aqueducts that supplied the Roman empire with water, this iconic setting attracts many visitors if only for them to toss a coin into its waters to ensure their safe return to Rome at some stage in the future.
Next on the list is the marvellous Castel Sant’Angelo. Built in the first century, this was Emperor Hadrian’s mausoleum which now serves as a museum. Then, move onwards to the enchanting St. Peter’s Square: set within Vatican City in front of the famed St. Peter’s Basilica, the most iconic photos of this towering monument are always captured at night.
At the heart of the piazza lies an ancient Egyptian Obelisk, built in 1586. The square didn’t take its ultimate formuntil almost 100 years later thanks to the inspired design of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.It was he who introduced the Tuscan colonnades that now frame the surrounds.
Finally, ascend the second highest hill in all of Rome – Gianicolo – and admire the splendour of a sparkling skyline from this lofty outpost. Sitting on the western extremity of the city, there are few better vantage points from which to relish the domed edifices and beautiful bell-towers of this enchanting urban spectacle.
Sights at Janiculum Hill include the church of San Pietro – rumoured to be the location of St Peter’s crucifixion – as well as a small shrine known as Tempietto; otherwise understood to be the site of Peter’s death.
With an extra hour, visitors get to see the oldest part of the city and one that has been continuously settled since the 1st century BC. Now with a settlement of 15,000 Jews, there is a cultural vibrancy to the district. Campo de’ Fiori is one of the livelier squares of the medieval city, with its fruit and flower markets creating a colourful display among a picturesque space that gets particularly lively at night.
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Explore the Appian Way: this majestic cobblestone district built for the Roman troops. Surrounded by wonderful natural scenery and ancient remains, there are a number of hidden Christian Catacombs in the area that will intrigue the mind.
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Quirinale Hill: The highest hill in Rome, and housing the seat of Italy’s president. This was once the summer residence of the Pope, before becoming the official residence of the king.
Piazza dellaRepublica: A unique space with some interestingly shaped buildings, including the huge Fountain of the Naiads, alongside the Baths of Diocletian and the Church of Santa Maria degliAngeli.
Piazza Barberini: At the centre, find the Triton Fountain of Bernini. Barberini Palace also houses the respected Museum of Ancient Art.
Villa Borghese: A 17th Century residence to the Cardinal Scipione Borghese, today this park is one of Rome’s biggest, and best.
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– Driving tour of Rome