Highlights of Rome
We will begin the tour by visiting Saint Peter’s Basilica, located in the Vatican. This is Italy’s largest and most spectacular church. Built in Renaissance times, it contains many lavish, spectacular interior works of art, including three of Italy’s most celebrated masterpieces: Michelangelo’s Pieta, Bernini’s 29m-high baldachin over the papal altar, and the Sistine Chapel.
We will then proceed to the stunning Spanish steps, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti. The steps were built to link the Trinita dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the king of France, with the Spanish square down below. The long triangular Spanish square is named after the Spanish Ambassador to the Holy Sea.
No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the famous Trevi Fountain. Located in the Roman Quuirinale district, it is one of the most stunning water features in the world. The Trevi Fountain is one of the oldest water sources in Rome. Roughly 3000 euros is thrown into it every day, as people follow the tradition of throwing a coin over their shoulders. The money is collected for charity and it is a crime to steal the coins from the fountain.
Climb to the top of the famous Capitolin Hill. These steps were designed by Michelangelo to observe the superb panorama of the Roman Forum and the Rostrum that stands upon it. It is a platform from where Roman leader Julius Caesar addressed the city’s people.
Take a stride through Piazza Navona, a marvel spread over three Baroque fountains by Berninin. From there, it’s a short walk to the Pantheon, a classic Roman temple built by Agrippa in 27BC. Tour the cast Coliseum and imagine its prime day 2,000 years ago when there were approximately 50,000 spectators, gladiators and animals packed into caged below the arena fighting to the death. Explore this well-renowned structure, today standing with original wall sections at their full height and exposed brick-faced concrete – the largest amphitheatre ever built. Conclude with one of the most important commemorative monuments, the highest and best-preserved arch of triumph in Rome, the Arch of Constantine, located in the valley of the Coliseum. It represents Maxentius’ victory in the battle at the Milvian Bridge in 312 CE.