Rome - Medieval Castles and Villas

Rome, Santa Severa, Bracciano, Bomarzo, Bagnaia, Caprarola

Day I - Rome

Arrive and check in to your hotel. Afternoon: The visit of the Eternal City starts with the Trevi Fountain, commenced in 1732 and terminated in 1762, we then proceed to Piazza Colonna, which is named after the column of the Emperor Marco Aurelio, here you will be able to admire the Italian government buildings; Palazzo Chigi (Government), Palazzo Montecitorio (House of commons) and Palazzo Madama (House of the Senate). From here we arrive in Piazza della Rotonda from where you can see the Pantheon built for Emperor Adriano in the 2nd century a. c. From here we arrive in Piazza Navona with the magnificent fountain of the four rivers by Bernini. The tour terminates with the Ara Pacis, alter dedicated to peace by the Emperor Augusto in 9 b.c. Dinner in hotel.

Day II - Rome

After breakfast visit of St. Peter’s Basilica, the world largest, with a surface area of 15.000 square meters. Inside the Basilica you will be able to admire many works of art such as the Pietà by Michelangelo and the bronze Baldachin of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Visit the Crypt where the rests of St. Peter, of Pope John Paul II and numerous other Popes can be found. Finally visit St. Peters externally and admirer the colonnade by Bernini. Afternoon: Visit of the Vatican museum where you will be able to admirer the gallery of tapestries, gallery of the candelabra, of the maps and the Immaculate Conception Room. We proceed to the famous School of Athens, the rooms Raffaello painted between 1508 to 1520. The tour finishes in the Sistine Chapel with its frescos of the Genesis and the Last Judgement, opera of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Dinner in hotel. .

Day III - Rome

After breakfast visit of the world’s largest archaeological area. The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Whose construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and was completed under his successor and son Titus in 80 AD. In front of the Colosseum stands the Arch of Costantine (in 315 AD), followed by the Arch of Titus (1st century AD), proceeding we can admire the Roman Forum steeped in history and after this we climb up the Capitoline Hill. From this famous Hill, where the municipality of Rome has it headquarters, we can admire the beautiful Square in the shape of a Trapeze designed by Michelangelo. Not to be missed is the view of the Ara Coeli church. On the opposite side of the Hill is Piazza Venezia, home of Europe’s largest monument : the monument to the unknown soldier also called the Vittoriano. Afternoon free, for who wishes, visit of one of Rome’s many museums; of particular interest is the Capitoline Museums. Dinner in hotel.

Day IV - Santa Severa - Bracciano

After breakfast, transfer and visit of the hamlet and Castle of Santa Severa (50km north of Rome on the Via Aurelia) it is remembered remembered by the Greek name Pyrgoi (Towers), (Towers), it has a unique medieval medieval atmosphere atmosphere. The beauty of the sea that encircles it contributes to the magic of this place. Afternoon: visit of Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano with its beautiful lake, where VIPs from all over the world compete to book it for their wedding location. Dinner in hotel.

Day V - Bomarzo - Bagnaia

Morning: breakfast. Visit of the “Monster Park” the only one of it kind. The park is the work of the Architect Pirro Ligorio, that designed and oversaw its realization in 1547, commission by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini. All the works and figures figures in the park are a labyrinth labyrinth of symbols symbols with antique antique and modern themes that go from Renaissance Renaissance literature literature to Greek and Roman mythology. Prince Orsini called the park “sacred forest” and he dedicated it to his wife Giulia Farnese. Afternoon:Visit Villa Lante at Bagnaia that in 2011 was voted “the most beautiful park of Italy”; it was supposedly created by Vignola. The beautiful fountain “ Fontana dei Mori” is the work of Giambologna. Dinner in hotel.

Day VI - Caprarola

Morning: breakfast. Visit Palazzo Farnese whose constructed started in 1530 (by the wish of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese the old, then elected Pope with the name Paolo III) the construction ceased in 1546 for the death of Antonio da Sangallo who had been commissioned to build it. Cardinal Alessandro Farnese the young, commissioned Vignola to finish it in 1547. The best painters and architects of the time worked on its interior. The visit is worth the while only to see the frescos. Outside the Villa you can visit the “Farnesiani market garden”, a splendid example of a late Renaissance garden. Afternoon: relax on the beach of the local lake Vico. Dinner in hotel.