The following it’s just an example of a possible itinerary:
Once in Rome, our first stop will be at the Coliseum. This is also the meeting point with your private Guide. It’s the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire. Our visit to the Colosseo will help you to understand the structure, the materials used for the building and the on goings of a show in this unique ancient stadium. You will be able to rebuild the Monument in your mind’s eye and to understand the meaning of the “ludi” (“games”) in the Ancient Roman Culture. From the top of the Colosseum enjoy the view of the famous Constantine’s Arch.
Afterwards we will drive to the incredible Piazza Venezia. Dominating the square there is the impressive white marble Victor Emanuel’s Monument, one of the symbols of Rome, better known with the name of “Wedding cake”. From Piazza Venezia you can access, through the Cordonata, a flat staircase designed by Michelangelo, to the Capitoline Hill, the most beautiful of the Seven Hills of Rome. Once at the top you are in Piazza del Campidoglio. It’s the City Hall square of today. Projected by Michelangelo, the square offers an amazing view of the entire ancient Roman Forum. It was the centre of the economical, political, and social ancient Rome life. Your guide will take you from Rome’s primitive origins to the magnificent Imperial monuments standing on it. Very few sites are as simultaneously educational and breathtaking. The exploration continues with a driving across the city in order to visit the majestic Pantheon and a short walking tour to Navona Square which corresponds to the real leaving room of Rome.
After lunch, that you can enjoy according to your tastes in a picturesque Cafeteria or in a typical Roman “trattoria” (small homemade food restaurant), we will take a driving tour across the city to explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square.
In the Vatican Museums, which were once Papal Palaces, your Guide will comment about the extraordinary treasures collected by the Popes in there housed and the masterpieces of the greatest Italian artists who worked in, such as Perugino, Raphael and Michelangelo. Admire amazing ancient Greek and Roman sculpture collections made of colossal statues like the Laocoon group, the Apollo del Belvedere and the Venus of Cnidos, busts of the Roman emperors and refined ancient mosaics showing mythological subjects. Moving on to the splendidly decorated Raphael’s rooms, we reach the Sistine Chapel where you will be astonished by the marvellous frescoes made by Michelangelo like The Last Judgment and the Adam’s Creation.
Finally we will emerge in the impressive Saint Peter’s Square. Here we feel the sensation to be warmly embraced by its colonnade, evidence of the architectural genius of G.L. Bernini. Then we take a deep breath before entering Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Lost in such magnificence, our eyes will be captured by one of the most beautiful works that the human mind could ever conceive: Michelangelo’s Pietà.
After such an exciting and interesting day you will enjoy a relaxing ride back to the pier.