Lazio - Ancient and Renaissance

Roma, Tivoli, Cerveteri, Tarquinia, Bolsena Lake

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 proceed to Piazza Colonna, Colonna, which is named after the column of the Emperor Emperor Marco Aurelio, 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 Finally visit St. Peters externally externally and admirer admirer the colonnade colonnade by Bernini 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 century AD), proceeding proceeding we can admire the Roman Forum steeped steeped in history 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 - Tivoli

Morning: breakfast. Tivoli (ancient Tibur). Well worth the visit for its Villas: Hadrian's Villa the largest villa ever to have been owned by a Roman Emperor with a perimeter of 3km and occuping at least 120 hectares. It was built for the Emperor Hadrian between 118 AC and 133 AC. Afternoon Afternoon: visit of the beautiful beautiful Villa d’Este, d’Este, built in 1550 for Cardinal Cardinal Ippolito Ippolito II d’Este, d’Este, it is famous for its artistic artistic marvels in particular its impressive waterfalls. Villa Gregoriana who’s park, spreads from just underneath the acropolis, on top of which are two temples of the 3rd and 2nd century BC, in 1834 it was transformed by Pope Gregory XVI, after the deviation of the Aniene river, creating the Great Waterfall. The presence of archaeological findings of different periods, exceptional natural elements, caves and panoramic view gives this park great environmental, historical and artistic importance. Dinner in hotel.

Day V - Cerveteri - Tarquinia -

Morning: breakfast in hotel. Cerveteri, Tarquinia: visit these two splendid cities of Etruscan origins (the Etruscans were an ancient Italian civilization expert navigators and merchants, in the Tyrrhenian sea they competed with Phoenician and ancient Greeks, but in the end they were overruled by the Romans at the beginning of their expansion), with a thriving economy and therefore refined artisanship and a very cultured population for their period. The Etruscans lived in the area of Italy between the rivers Tiber and Arno (the area that today corresponds to northern Lazio region and southern Tuscany region). They were a population with a very strong cult of the dead, for this reason they left necropolis (cemeteries) that are nearly the size of cities. Visiting the museums of both cities allows us to admire the masterpieces of artisanship in terracotta, gold, silver and other metals found during excavations of the Necropolis. Afternoon: visit of the medieval castles S. Severa and Bracciano (the lake is ideal for those who wish to windsurf or sail). Dinner in hotel.

Day VI - Viterbo - Montefiascone

Morning: breakfast. Viterbo: the city and its surrounding area still preserve the typical aspect and characteristics of an Etruscan Etruscan habitat, habitat, each town and village village has the imprint imprint of the ancient ancient Italian Italian civilization civilization. Viterbo Viterbo is known as the papal city (in the 13th century for more than twenty years it was seat of the papacy). Not to miss are the walled boundary, the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo, the Papal Palace, the Priori Palace, the fountain of Piazza della Rocca by Vignola and naturally the national Etruscan museum. Afternoon: visit the characteristic city of Montefiascone famous even for its excellent wine “est est est “. Dinner in hotel .

Day VII - Bolsena Lake

We strongly advise you to stay another day to taste the gastronomical products typical of the region (why not try some of the fresh water fish) and, visit Bolsena lake, do water skiing, windsurf or just relax. Dinner in hotel.