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    Rome Tours

    All the following Rome city tours can be booked directly on-line on our web site or when you arrive in Rome.
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    Ancient and old Rome Tour

    1290620478_ancient-rome-tour.jpg Our three hour tour is offered every day, and covers all the well known sites of ancient and old Rome, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. While the city is breathtaking on its own, these sites are best seen with an experienced guide who can breathe life into its complex and fascinating history. Our professional and experienced guides are not only trained to educate you about history, politics and architecture, they are actors who give you a sense of the real life and times of Ancient and Old Rome (in all of its bestial, dark, and lustful glory) through theatrical and humorous presentations. For the three hours with us, you will play on the stage of ancient Rome--as Gladiator, Emperor, Slave, Vestal Virgin, Senator, Merchant, God/Goddess, Citizen of Rome! Please join us if you wish to live the experience.

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    Vatican City Tour

    1290621954_vatican-tour.jpg Our three hour tour is offered several times a week and covers St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican is one of the most interesting and breathtakingly beautiful sites in the world, but it can be a bit overwhelming to the average traveler. Our guides will take you to some of its major attractions, as well as to some lesser known spots, and give you a broad base for understanding the history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican. But don't think that the Vatican is all gold and pomp and stateliness--its history is full of dark tales of deceit and even lust! You will get a taste of it all: the nitty gritty and the high and mighty, the dirty politics and the ethereal beauty of Renaissance creation. A world of discovery awaits you, and we are excited to take you there.

    Please note that a dress code is enforced at St. Peter's, and visitors with exposed shoulders or knees (and this includes shorts) may not be admitted.

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    Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere

    1290622144_roma-trastevere.jpg Discover the real Rome on our newest three-hour walking tour. After you have seen the Colosseum and the Vatican, take a break from the crowds, escape the traffic and explore the backstreets of the historic center that most tourists do not even know exist. Join us on a leisurely stroll through the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere area, starting from Largo Argentina and the Senate House where Julius Caesar was murdered, then across Tiber Island to Campo de' Fiori, once the site of executions during the Inquisition, today, one of the city's most lively piazzas. On this tour you will get a chance to see the hidden ancient city below the modern street level, and as Rome was not built in a day, a little bit of every time period in between, from Medieval to Renaissance to Baroque. Our knowledgeable guide is a true Rome-ophile, eager to share her enthusiasm for these parts of the city and to entertain you with the legends and secrets of Rome's most authentic neighborhoods.

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    Catacombs and Roman Countryside

    1290622462_appia_antica_catacombe.jpg By bus and by foot, our guided tour will take you beyond the city walls: through the ancient tunnels of Rome's catacombs, along the rustic Appian Way, and under the arches of the aqueducts of antiquity. Enjoy a three hour tour that provides a unique perspective on ancient Rome, in an environment that you have never seen in the city center.

    Our bus will take you from the start of the Appian Way, and continue to the southern edge of ancient Rome. With our tourguide, you will make three stops along the way, giving you an opportunity to walk the ancient Roman countryside, explore the underground catacombs, and examine the masterful structure of Rome's remaining aqueducts.

    The Catacombs of San Sebastiano, Catacombs of San Callisto (location varies by season) and the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, along the Appian Way, Remains of Rome's Aqueducts.

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    Pompeii Shuttle Tour

    1290622801_pompeii_tour.jpg Our easy shuttle service brings you to Pompeii, where you will explore the mysteries of this ancient city yourself. Despite wars waged on its soils, despite assaults by earthquakes and a volcano nineteen centuries ago, Pompeii is still vibrant and accessible. Wander from mosaic to monument, temple to theatre, envision life in this legendary city.

    And just remember: all paths begin, and end, with beautiful frescoes depicting scenes from when the city of Pompeii was still pulsing with life. We make the trip fast and easy: a perfect service for the independent traveller. Price Includes round-trip shuttle ride (does not include entrance fees or a guided tour of Pompeii).

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    Fascist Rome: the urban planning of Mussolini

    1290623179_roma-fascista-tour.jpg Ambitious building projects from the 1920s to the 1940s are still visible around the city, and would have been even more widespread had the Fascist regime lasted longer. Fascist architecture appears here and there in the historical center of Rome, but it is most present south of the center in the Mussolini-conceived EUR district, and at the Foro Italico sports complex north of the city. This guided visit will take you to the buildings and urban spaces that best exemplify how architecture could transmit the ideology of Fascism. Many of these Mussolini-era structures were directly inspired by imperial Roman art and architecture, but modified (some more convincing than others) to be colder, more sterile, more totalitarian. For anyone with an interest in Rome's modern period or in comparative architecture, this unique tour is guaranteed to fascinate.

    Sights visited: EUR (the Square Colosseum, Via Cristoforo Colombo, other buildings), Foro Italico (Stadio dei Marmi, Obelisk, mosaics), Piazza Augusto Imperatore, Piazza Venezia, Via dei Fori Imperiali.

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    Bernini and the Baroque

    1290623792_piazza-navona.jpg While the Renaissance left its mark in Rome, it was truly the art and architecture of the 17th century that by and large defined the modern appearance of the Eternal City. The 1600s in Rome meant High Baroque, a period characterized by theatrical, florid, and fanciful creations, particularly in the sculpture of stone, whether in the detail of a church façade, a fountain, or a free-standing statue. The greatest exponent of the Roman Baroque was sculptor-architect-painter Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who left his curriculum vitae virtually strewn about the city, from his masterpieces in St Peter's basilica to his lesser known but equally impressive works on the opposite side of town. This special walking tour will take you through the highlights of the 17th century, concentrating mostly on Bernini, but no tour of the Baroque could ignore the work of Borromini, the tormented genius of an architect who created much, but who forever lived in the shadow of the more successful, more charismatic Bernini.

    Sights visited: Piazza Navona, Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, Palazzo Montecitorio, Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane, Piazza Barberini, Galleria Borghese, St Peter's, Ponte Sant'Angelo.

    The itinerary can also be modified to include such Late Baroque (18th century) sights as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.

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