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Lecce: City Highlights Guided Tour by Bike

1. Lecce: City Highlights Guided Tour by Bike

Explore the splendid historical center of Lecce by bike. Pick up the time which is best for you, and dive into the sublime atmosphere so typical from southern Italy. During this visit, you will discover along with our guide the main gems of Lecce, such as the Piazza del Duomo or the Basilica di Santa Croce, as well as more hidden places but just as surprising. Travel into another time, in a 17th century borough full of narrow streets, surrounded by an architecture and a style of life which will leave you a lasting memory!

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

2. Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

Discover some of the most popular attractions in Rome on a guided walking tour of Vatican City. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with your guide, and admire the ornate interiors and the famed artworks housed here. Meet your guide close to the entrance to the Vatican Museums and follow them as you set out to explore the most interesting galleries within the museum. See the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Take in the ornate ceilings in each room and see the ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries that adorn the walls. Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the intricate fresco that covers the entire ceiling and walls. Painted by Michaelangelo between 1508 and 1512, the Sistine Chapel represents a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. The artist also expressed his frustration through hidden meanings in his work, which have since been uncovered and deciphered. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo's private jokes. Finally, head to St. Peter's Basilica for the final leg of your guided walking tour. The cathedral is one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture and holds the title of the biggest church in the world. Explore the interior of this magnificent structure with your guide and discover the many masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art that fill the cathedral. Admire the famous Pietà by Michelangelo and the elaborate St. Peter's Baldachin by Bernini. Your tour comes to an end outside the cathedral. From here, feel free to wander around Saint Peter's Square or visit the nearby Castel Sant'Angelo on your own. 

Dubrovnik: Old Town & City Walls Guided Tours Combo

3. Dubrovnik: Old Town & City Walls Guided Tours Combo

For those wanting to truly experience the best of Dubrovnik, this tour package combines 2 enjoyable walks. The first 1.5-h walk takes you through our beautiful Old Town, where you can discover how the city became one of the most prosperous and advanced of all the historic maritime republics. As you step through the gates of Dubrovnik’s old city walls, you will be taking a step back in time, losing yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this culturally influential city. Beginning near Pile Gate, the storied western entrance to the Old Town, your local guide will lead you to Dubrovnik’s most significant historical landmarks. Like the Franciscan Monastery, D’Onofrio’s Fountain, Orlando’s Column, and Rector’s Palace. Take in the beautiful sights, and listen as your guide shares mesmerizing stories and remarkable facts from over 1,400 years of Dubrovnik’s dramatic history, including the classical period of the Republic of Ragusa. This walk will give a thorough background on the essential role of Dubrovnik in the civilized world’s history. You will learn about the city’s impressive economic, social, and cultural achievements over the centuries and immerse yourself in the city’s electric atmosphere. The second walk takes you on an exploration of the walls and wars in Dubrovnik. For centuries, the city was protected by its leaders' diplomatic skills and the surrounding walls and fortifications. The leaders and defensive walls surrounding the city held firm in constant threats from enemies. Take a historic 2-hour walking tour focused on the defensive and political challenges faced by Dubrovnik, and its struggle to survive as a small independent republic. Go to the top of the fortifications and be guided around the mesmerizing walls. Take in the breathtaking views of Dubrovnik’s port and Old Town and visit landmarks vital to the political and defensive history of the city. Your guide will reveal places like the Revelin Fortress, Minceta Tower and Lovrijenac Fortress, which were crucial to the protection of Dubrovnik’s people and prosperity. You will have a background on the essential role Dubrovnik played in the world’s history.  Please note that the two tours run according to schedule, not necessarily one after the other. At the time of booking, you choose the time of the first tour. Tour Schedule 1. Discover the Old Town (1.5-hour tour) runs daily: April and October: 10 AM May, June, and September: 10 AM, 12 PM and 6 PM July: 10 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM August: 10 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, and 6 PM 2. Walls & Wars (2-hour tour) runs daily: April and October: 12 PM May, June, and September: 9:15 AM and 3:30 PM July: 9:15 AM and 6 PM August: 9:15 AM and 5:30 PM City walls entrance ticket not included!

Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Complete Tour

4. Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Complete Tour

Explore the city of Dubrovnik, or ‘King’s Landing’, and see the famous sights of Game of Thrones with a guide who also worked on the set of the TV show. Get an introduction about filming in all countries and problems with extras in different countries. Hear the stories about actors in real life before you go back to the bay of Blackwater and King's landing port. After exploring the locations of the scenes head towards the Red Keep or the Fort of St.Lawrence. Take photos of Lokrum Island and the city walls of Dubrovnik. See the spot where the purple wedding took place and learn facts about Joffrey in real life. After a 10-minute break, continue visiting all scenes from King's Landing. You will learn also learn facts about the history of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Recreate the walk of shame with the help of your guide and find out what the walk of shame should have looked like in the first place and take a photo on the Iron Throne. After some free time to rest and eat, take a 3-hour journey in a car to see all other locations outside Dubrovnik. Visit the King's Landing Gardens (Trsteno botanical garden), and King's Road (top of Srđ hill).

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Ticket & Guided Tour

5. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Ticket & Guided Tour

Discover the splendor of the Vatican Museums with a private English-speaking guide that has selected the very best of the Vatican’s collections. Gaze up at Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, visit St. Peter's Square, and uncover the artwork in St. Peter's Basilica Meet your guide outside the Vatican and save time with your fast-track access tickets. Head to the main sections of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. An unforgettable guided tour inside the splendid Vatican City which houses one of the largest collections of masterpieces in the world. See important works of art from the Egyptian period to the end of the Renaissance are kept. Pass by ancient statues such as the mythological 'Laocoön and His Sons' and the 'Apollo Belvedere.' Marvel at the magnificence of the Raphael Rooms which is adorned with his frescoes. Explore the Sistine Chapel's incredible mix of paintings by the most glorious artists, such as Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio that adorn walls. However, they are quite literally overshadowed by the masterpiece above by Michelangelo’s frescoes. Follow your seasoned guide as they explain the history and hidden meaning of the frescos. View the 'Creation of Adam' and the 'Day of Judgment' in a space that still serves as the Pope’s personal chapel. Finally, go to St. Peter’s Basilica where you can see the dome designed by Michelangelo and several world-renowned artworks as Michelangelo’s 'Pietà' and Bernini’s huge bronze sculpture 'Baldachin' which is above the main altar where the presumed tomb of St. Peter is located. End the tour outside Saint Peter’s Basilica, in the center of Saint Peter’s Square where an obelisk stands which was brought to Rome by the mad emperor Caligula. This large square is known above all for the “Urbi et Orbi” blessings pronounced by the Pope at Easter and Christmas.

Torreglia: Villa dei Vescovi

6. Torreglia: Villa dei Vescovi

Standing out on a knoll of the Euganean Hills, encircled by the lush, untainted greenery of the Veneto countryside, the Villa dei Vescovi is a highly significant villa that blazed a trail in this part of north-eastern Italy (and, indeed, far beyond) for a return to classical models, with echoes of the Roman Renaissance, thus anticipating Palladio’s widely copied aesthetic. The concept for the Villa dei Vescovi (“Bishops’ Villa”) was originated in the early 16th century by nobleman Alvise Cornaro at the behest of the Bishop of Padua, who wanted a venue for his intellectual circle that would tap the potential of the countryside as a catalyst for elevated thoughts and reflections, which were considered essential elements for governing well. Designed in compliance with these ideals by the Veronese architect Giovan Maria Falconetto to a rigidly geometric plan, the villa then benfitted from the input of Giulio Romano. It constitutes a refined experiment in Humanist culture, in which architecture, art and the landscape engage with each other in an ongoing game of visual references through the loggias and terraces, with a view to enhancing the wellbeing of those spending time there. As you approach the villa, a series of vineyards gives way to the verdant geometries of the walled garden, after which the beauty of the real landscape is once again reflected in the idealised panoramas of the loggias and the interiors, covered in their entirety with frescoes by the Flemish painter Lambert Sustris. The original vocation of the property, as a place with the ability to inspire and elevate the spirit, survives today: the invitation stills stands to immerse yourself in the Villa dei Vescovi, enjoying a day of creative otium or staying overnight in the guest accommodation, savouring the benefits of its heart-warming ambience.

Colosseum Express Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

7. Colosseum Express Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

During this breathtaking tour you will be able to learn more about one of the most magnificent works of art in Italy, your tour guide will personally explain to you about its story and the Roman empire, and once this portion of the tour is over your tour guide will lead you outside where you can take your time taking a walk by your own and take pictures.

Dubrovnik: History and Game of Thrones Walking Tour

8. Dubrovnik: History and Game of Thrones Walking Tour

Take this tour to learn about the history of Dubrovnik and see the filming locations of scenes from the hit show, Game of Thrones. The first stop of this tour is Pile Bay. Have a beautiful view of Fort Lawrence which was depicted as the Red Keep in the show. From Pile Bay, head to the main entrance gate of the old town, Pile Gate. Used as a filming location for riots, this area was closed off to the public during its use. Fortunately, it's now open and you'll be able to walk through it as your guide tells you important details and historical facts about how it's changed over the centuries.  Enter the main street and walk past monuments in which your guide will explain their significance and origins. See the Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio Fountain, and St. Saviors Church. Get off the beaten track and see the hidden corners locals frequent and see the town from a different perspective.  Walk down a side street that hides many interesting stories from the past that will make you feel like you're living in the history of old Ragusa. Stumble upon Gothic Rector's Palace and gaze at what is arguably the most beautiful building in Dubrovnik with its Venetian details. Finally head to the location of one of the show's most iconic scenes. See the walk of shame steps that appear much smaller than they are in the show. Hear from your guide about details of filming and difficulties experienced to gain a much deeper knowledge of the show's production.

Venice: Vivaldi Music Concert in the Vivaldi Church

9. Venice: Vivaldi Music Concert in the Vivaldi Church

Pre-book your concert ticket and enjoy an evening of culture as you attend a performance of the Baroque Live Concert by the I Virtuosi Italiani ensemble at Vivaldi Church in Venice. Delight your ears with classical masterpieces in a beautiful setting. A dream come true, to experience the emotion of listening to Vivaldi's music in the places where it was composed it's sound, musical notes, the art of a great Baroque composer, but above all it's the energy of this place, Vivaldi's Church. Delight your ears as talented musicians play baroque music masterpieces, including Tomaso Albinoni's Symphony in G minor, Vivaldi's Concerto in D minor, and more (Bach, Haendel, Telemann, Tartini, Corelli, Geminiani, Bonporti). The concert is held in the church of Pietà, Santa Maria della Visitazione, also known as the church of Vivaldi, where Antonio Vivaldi spent forty years of his life and composed his magnificent works. It was also here where masters like Francesco Gasparini and Antonio Vivaldi trained the Daughters of the Choro to become virtuoso musicians renowned for their art all over Europe.

Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Charter with Driver

10. Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Charter with Driver

Discover the Appian Way Regional park on a golf cart! Duration: You can rent the golf cart for 2, 3, 4 hours. Please note: the golf cart can follow few routes inside the Park but is not possible to ride on the longest cobblestones stretches Description: you will rent the golf cart with our driver. You have to reserve at least for 2 hours in any case. More details: It is not possible to carry wheelchair on the golf cart, the passenger will be accompanied by the you can leave it in our tourist information office. You can not hire our golf cart on your own, but just with the driver.

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Our tour guide was excellent, her name was Christa. She was very knowledgeable but better she organised the group well, educated us a bit on paintings before we went in, she was funny and moved us well around the crowds, no stress. By far the best tour guide, I’ve ever experienced. To steal a advertising slogan, ask for her by name, I think where ever you go, she will make it exceptionally good.

Marzi was exceptional. She was very detailed in her description of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's. Her discussion on "The Ceiling", "The Last Judgement", and "The Sistine Chapel" was excellent. We really enjoyed the detailed discussion she provided. Good work!

the organizer Marco is really cooperative and friendly. the tour guide had a very in depth knowledge and he was able to communicate very well. his is English is also really good. Overall the tour is worth each penny.

Our guide Salomon from Crown Tours was outstanding. She was accommodating with regard to my mother and her walker. She was very knowledgeable and helpful

Amazing place, the paintings, the basilica, just wow. I'm not in the least bit religious but was in awe of it all.