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Dark Heart of Rome - Facts, Legend & Mystery Walking Tour

1. Dark Heart of Rome - Facts, Legend & Mystery Walking Tour

When the sun sets in Rome another side to the city comes to life. This darker, more mysterious Rome is one where facts and legends are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye. On this 90-minute evening tour, you'll discover the sunset Rome known only to a select few! Your guide will bring the Eternal City’s most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life in a highly entertaining and informative tour. You will stroll along winding lanes in the city's historic center and hear ghostly tales that form part of a lesser-known history of Rome. Departing from Sant'Andrea Della Valle Church, you will walk in the shadows of sights such as the Campo de Fiori, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via del Governo Vecchio, Via Giulia, Piazza Farnese, and Castel Sant'Angelo. Prepare to be a little spooked, but expect to be highly entertained!

Rome: Colosseum Arena Floor & Local Trastevere Food Tour

2. Rome: Colosseum Arena Floor & Local Trastevere Food Tour

Colosseum Arena Floor Tickets Enjoy our skip-the-line tickets, you can effortlessly bypass what could otherwise be a painstakingly long queue. With these special tickets, you can swiftly pass through the Gate of Death (also known as the gladiator's gate) and step onto the Colosseum Arena Floor, precisely where the gladiators once battled. Take a moment to marvel at the awe-inspiring Roman amphitheater, a place where 60,000 Romans from all walks of life would gather to witness these epic fights to the death. It presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the sensations of fear and adrenaline that competitors must have experienced centuries ago. Guided Roman Forum Tour & Palatine Hill Just a stone's throw away from the Colosseum, your knowledgeable guide will lead you to an extraordinary journey into the depths of an ancient archaeological site, where the intricate workings of business and politics in the Roman Empire unfolded. This captivating site served as the bustling heart of ancient Rome, and as you explore its grounds, you'll encounter a multitude of remarkable Roman structures, such as the Senate House (Curia), the Temple of Julius Caesar, and the majestic Arch of Titus. Please note that depending on the assigned entry time for the Colosseum, your tour might enter the Roman Forum first and then visit the Colosseum. Following your Colosseum Tour our guide is happy to advise you how to best reach the meeting point for the 2nd tour. Trastevere Food Tour: Roman Salumeria e Formaggeria Commence your culinary adventure at a charming, family-owned delicatessen, where you'll have the pleasure of indulging in an array of delectable treats. Prepare your taste buds for a tantalizing experience as you savor the flavors of prosciutto, salame, an assortment of cheeses, and accompany them with delightful local wines. Roman Street Food Similar to cities worldwide, Rome boasts an incredible street food culture that is simply awe-inspiring. In the charming neighborhoods nestled close to the Tiber River, a must-try delicacy awaits: the delightful fried fish snack. Curiosity often arises regarding the widespread popularity of baccalà (cod fish) in Rome. Your knowledgeable guide will regale you with the captivating history behind this local dish, revealing its significance in the charming district of Trastevere. Dinner at an Authentic Roman Restaurant To culminate your memorable journey, prepare for a leisurely and gratifying sit-down dinner featuring the epitome of Roman pasta dishes. Indulge in the flavors and aromas of these delectable creations, while embracing the Italian tradition of pairing them with a fine selection of vino to enhance the experience. The Best Organic Gelato in Trastevere No food tour in Rome would be complete without indulging in the heavenly delight of gelato. Even if the weather is chilly, fear not, for the gelato you will sample tonight is guaranteed to warm your heart.

Renaissance&Gardens tour: Palazzo Farnese and more

3. Renaissance&Gardens tour: Palazzo Farnese and more

The tour depart from Civitavecchia port/area and after about an hour’s drive you will arrive to Palazzo Farnese. It is situated directly above the town of Caprarola, dominating its surroundings. Caprarola has always been an expression of Farnese’s power, the palace is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. You will be able to walk the spiral staircase called Scala Regia or the "Royal Stairs" and see the Piano dei Prelati floor, which leads to the broad terrace. You will be witness the wonderful frescoes of the winter suite, the famous "Room of the World Map" or “Sala del Mappamondo”, displaying the world as it was in 1574 when the frescoes were completed. Gaze at the depiction of the continents on one side of the wall, while the wall opposite the planisphere is devoted to the lands where Christianity and the church originated, Judea and Italy. The Royal Staircase is next and is already being hailed as a masterpiece of Vignola's, having been imitated several times throughout history. The most original aspect of the structure is its helicoidal structure, inspired by Bramante's great "snail" in the Vatican. The gardens of the villa are as impressive as the building itself, a significant example of a Renaissance Italian garden. They sit behind the palace and are divided into a winter garden and a summer garden. A walk through the chestnut woods leads to the "giardino segreto", or secret garden, with its 28 statues. After the experience in Caprarola you arrive after 25 minutes by car in Bagnaia. Villa Lante is one of the greatest masterpieces of the Italian sixteenth century (22 hectares). Its extraordinary peculiarity is the predominance of the garden over the architectural building: the residence is divided into two small buildings that are symmetrical to the central axis of the garden that dominates the entire composition through the water path. The water comes from a triumph of geometries designed by evergreen hedges and Peperino statues and follows a path that creates special pools and water features. At the end, we ready to go to the last beauty: the Monsters Park at Bomarzo. It is also called "Sacred Wood", and was designed by Prince Vicino Orsini and the great architect Pirro Ligorio in 1552. The park is unique and represents refined Italian style gardens that follow geometric and perspective rationality with embellishments such as wide terraces, fountains with water games and mannerist sculptures. You will also discover here eccentric wood blocks of peperino, emerging from the ground and sculpted into enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons, mythological subjects and exotic animals. At the end it's time to come back to the port.

Rome: Settings of the Opera Tosca Walking Private Tour

4. Rome: Settings of the Opera Tosca Walking Private Tour

Tosca is the most famous opera of Puccini and is set entirely in Rome. It is a story about the love and jealousy between Tosca, a young girl of the Roman aristocracy, and Cavaradossi, a famous painter of the time. Visit the actual sites where the drama takes place. Admire the beauty of central Rome as you "travel" through the main acts of the opera. Begin the tour at the Roman ruins of Largo Argentina and visit the church of Sant'Andrea Della Valle, one of the greatest expressions of 16th-century art. Here you will admire the frescoes by Domenichino and Lanfranchi, as well as the first baroque dome of the city. Discover the location of the jealous outburst of Tosca. Walk through the very popular Campo de'Fiori as you get to the second stop of the tour, Piazza Farnese. This is one of the most fascinating squares of central Rome and is where the second act of the opera is set. Here, learn about the history and mysteries of the beautiful Palazzo Farnese, one of the jewels of Renaissance Rome, and of the two twin fountains in the square. Stroll across Piazza Navona with your guide and marvel at Rome's most beautiful monument, the Pantheon. End your tour at the very famous Castel Sant'Angelo, by the Tiber river and close to the Vatican. Discover the long history of this fort, from its original function as the mausoleum of Emperor Adrian, to its role as a hiding place for archives and treasures of the Vatican. It is here that Puccini sets the tragic, last act of his opera.

Caprarola: Private Villa Farnese Guided Tour with Entry

5. Caprarola: Private Villa Farnese Guided Tour with Entry

Villa Farnese in Caprarola is one of the best examples of late Renaissance mansionin Italy: it is an imposing pentagonal fortress, while the interior is decorated with splendid frescoes and grotesques from the 16th century. You will admire the architectural masterpiece designed by Vignola, great architect of the Italian Renaissance and also author of the frescoes that embellish the majestic Scala Regia, the great staircase used by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese to reach the apartments on the main floor. Enjoy then the splendid decorations of the state rooms and reception hall, the echo that resounds in the Sala degli Angeli (Hall of the Angels) and the impressive Italian Renaissance garden, enriched by statues, fountains, chestnut woods and cypress trees. The tour will end in the Renaissance gardens of the Villa, called Orti Farnesiani like the gardens of the Farnese family on the Palatine Hill in Rome!

From Rome: Private Tour to Orvieto and Caprarola with Lunch

6. From Rome: Private Tour to Orvieto and Caprarola with Lunch

The day's program spreads out in this way: at 8:00 a.m. the driver will meet you at the place you have indicated to meet and welcome you before departing in comfort to Caprarola. The road to this location is extra-urban and you will get to see the Latium countryside and its landscapes. Upon reaching Caprarola you will find yourself in the presence of the imposing Villa Farnese. This sumptuous mansion, built by the noble family that gives it its name, is one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture and has a peculiar pentagonal shape positioned above the town's built-up area. The interior is a veritable treasure trove with impressive artistic works that will leave you totally speechless, opening up a world of colors, images and glimpses that you do not expect. The guide's passion for this important monument will frame an interesting visit that will stimulate your curiosity. At the end of the visit, we will drive up for the second stop of the day, that is, to Civita di Bagnoregio or otherwise known as "the dying town." This hamlet in the municipality of Bagnoregio is located on high ground in the middle of a valley of gullies, which gives it a special evocative quality. It can be reached by a footbridge that connects the town to the parking lot. It is nicknamed the "dying town" as the weathering erosion is causing the decay of the village and the hills where it sits on. With your guide you will have the opportunity to take a walk through the alleys of Civita before settling down at the restaurant for lunch. With our energy restored and our stomachs full, we set off again on the last leg of this journey through upper Lazio and southern Umbria, reaching Orvieto. This fascinating city contains an incredibly rich underground of tunnels, caves, wells and Etruscan remains and a series of artistic works, the most important and famous of which is the Duomo. Of this rich heritage, together with your guide you will walk through the city streets to capture the atmosphere and colors and then visit two important pieces of this heritage, both underground: The Well of the Quarry and St. Patrick's Well (the latter we are sure will leave you speechless). At the end of the visits you will have some free time to continue freely visiting Orvieto before getting back into your car and returning to Rome

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This was our second tour in Rome. We took another tour with the Rob as our guide and he mentioned this one at the end so we booked ot hoping to get him again. When we got to the church we were so excited to see Rob as our guide. This gives you insight into the darker side of Rome and how some of the common sites' histories are different that being holy and sacred etc. We loved learning a little extra about Rome we wouldn't have known otherwise. Also, again, Rob made the tour amazing! We love him!

This was an excellent tour learning about the untold dark history of Rome. Our guide Rob made the tour fun and informative. He is excellent and very entertaining and superb storyteller. One of the tours you can take. Highly recommend it.

The walk through the dark side of Rome was spectacular. The guide Alice from city wonders made the experience very pleasant and interesting. We loved it and highly recommend it.

Interesting tour, loved hearing the side of history less spoken of. Great guide - very entertaining and informative! Definitely a recommended tour

Excellent guide, very knowledgeable. A great way to see a difference side of Rome at night!