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• VISIT TO PRIVATE PALACES
• TOURS WITH DEPARTURE FROM ROME
The rates - on request.
Entrance tickets - at extra charge
Supplement for night service (after 19:00) and festive days - 20%
Car at disposal - at extra charge, car category - on request
Cancellation policy: less than 48 hours - 100%
Excursions and main points of interest
Indulge in Imperial Rome, traverse the city as you hit all the important sites related to the Roman Empire, including the Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus and Colosseum. Walk up to Capitoline Hill and learn about the space that Michelangelo designed.
Palatine Hill is the centermost of the famous seven hills of Rome. Located in between such attractions as the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum, evidence from archaeological digs demonstrates that the hill was inhabited as long ago as the tenth century BC. The hill has a strong link to Roman mythology. It is believed that on Palatine Hill, the twins Romulus and Remus were found in the Lupercal Cave by their four-legged shepherd mother, who raised them. Ultimately, this is where Romulus decided to build the city. Therefore, it was on this hill that the Roman Empire began.
Entrance ticket: Colloseum, Palatine Hill and Forum at EUR 12.000-14.00 (to pay on spot)
You will discover the entertainment in Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Circus Maximus, etc)
Public leisure and entertainment activities, each with its own monumental buildings specially designed to facilitate the activity, were very popular in Ancient Rome. There were several activities to keep the people of Rome content and to prevent uprisings, such as chariot races at the Circus Maximus, musical and theatrical performances, public executions, beast hunts, and gladiatorial combat. Rome's most famous amphitheatre, the Colosseum, could accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. There are also accounts of the arena being flooded to hold naval battles (called Naumachia) for the public to watch. These forms of entertainment, all of which were massive public spectacles, were a distinct and important part of ancient Roman culture. This tour will give you the opportunity to feel the passion of Romans.
The hidden city: Underground Rome
There is another Rome underneath the modern city, silent and humble, under its grandiose architecture. There are centuries of history buried in the subterranean layers beneath the churches and buildings. You will see unique mosaics and frescoes, closed Roman appartments, sculptures that refer to the ritual killing of a bull and to the constellations. Let yourself be catapulted into a remote and magical time.
An itinerary visit historical centre and the classic monuments of Rome, like the Trevi Fountain, La Colonna di Marco Aurelio, the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon, Palazzo Madama - seat of the senate and Piazza Navona.
Romantic tour for lovers of non-standard routes, for those who want to discover the real, non-touristic Rome with all the charm of its small squares, romantic corners, unexpected spectacular scenery. During the tour you will stop for tasting wine and traditional local products in small shops and cellars in the most characteristic areas of the city.
(Payment for tasting on the spot).
Rome by night
See the famous sights of the Eternal City on a Rome night tour. You'll cruise through the St Peter's Basilicacity by car, admiring landmarks like the Colosseum, and Castel Sant'Angelo beautifully illuminated in the dark.
To enhance your experience, you may booking a traditional Italian dinner at a local restaurant.
Baroque Rome tour
A stroll through the streets and alleys of the city centre to visit the most famous squares, fountains and palaces of the baroque art.
From the Spanish Steps leading to Trinita dei Monti to the spectacular Trevi Fountain, on to the amazing architecture of the Pantheon, the best conserved of the Ancient temples in Rome, and the lively atmosphere of Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful squares of Rome where in the center stands the huge Four Rivers Fountain, the Baroque masterpiece designed by the artist Bernini.
Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is located on the right bank of the Tiber, and is a funeral mausoleum amended several times in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance a short distance from the Vatican. It was named Castel Sant'Angelo after 590 AD when the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared on top of the building, signifying the end of the plague.
The most beautiful way to approach the Castel Sant'Angelo is to walk across the bridge Ponte Sant'Angelo with its white marble sculpture angels by Bernini.
During the tour you will discover the secrets of this magnificent monument begun by the Emperor Hadrian in 125, consisting of a cube base covered in marble with decorations made by heads of oxen. Inside, the space is illuminated by shafts of light damage on the staircase covered in marble that connects the entrance passage to the cell.
Fountains of Rome
(Car at disposal is required)
There is no place in the world that can boast so vast number of fountains like Rome. Astonishing marble works of art scattered around Rome, that make the Eternal City even more extraordinary. Exists an enduring and unique connection between Romans and their fountains, Italy's capital in fact was indicated by Ancient Romans as Regina Aquarum (the Queen of the water). For the Romans, water was a gift of Gods and each spring had a tutelary deity, Nymphs.
During the tour you will discover Trevi Fountain, Fountain of the Four Rivers, La Rotonda Fountain and many other little fountains, hidden corners and piazzas of this magnificent city.
Palazzo Barberini is a palace, facing the Piazza Barberini in Rione Trevi. In 1623 Mattei Barberini became Pope Urban VIII and decided to build a palace which both Borromini and Bernini later embellished with window frames and doorways.. The palace also houses the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica.
The gallery contains works dating from the 14th to 18th centuries, the majority coming from collections of Roman patrician families, acquisitions and legacies. The masterpieces are numerous, but while you're admiring the paintings hung on the walls, don't fail to look up at the ceilings, many of which were decorated by one of the masters of Roman baroque frescoes, Pietro da Cortona.
Caravaggio was probably the most influential painter after Michelangelo on Italian painting style as it transformed from the formal, neo-classical Renaissance into the more earthy, vibrant, and melodramatic baroque style. Extraordinarily prolific, despite his tragically early death at 39 and his long flight from the law, Caravaggio's startlingly original work changed the landscape of art forever. Uncover his dramatic life of violence and intrigue through the prism of the artistic legacy that he left to the Eternal City. You will retrace his steps through palaces and churches, and discover how the troubled life and art of this great genius have remained inextricably linked in the popular imagination of the city.
St. Peter's Basilica was until recently the largest church ever built and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world.
Vatican Museums – one of the largest museum complexes in the world. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. Located in the grand and magnificent Vatican Palaces, there are over 7 kilometres of galleries to be seen. The museum's 1300 rooms house some of the most famous artworks in the world by some of the most famous artists of all time including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Bernini, Botticelli, Raphael, Caravaggio, Giotto, and hundreds more. The Museums include several monumental works of art, such as the Sistine Chapel, the Chapel of Beato Angelico, the Raphael Rooms and Loggia and the Borgia Apartment.
Individual tourist visit is possible from 09:00 till 15:00.
National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
This nineteenth-century palace in Neo-Renaissance style, close to the Termini Train Station, houses one of the world's most important collections of Classical art.
On the four floors of the museum, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels document the evolution of the Roman artistic culture from the late Republican age through Late Antiquity (2nd c. BCE - 5th c. CE) along an exhibition path in which Ancient Roman history, myths and everyday life live anew. One room is also devoted to the mummy that was found in 1964 on the Via Cassia, inside a richly decorated sarcophagus with several artefacts in amber and pieces of jewellery also on display.
National Gallery of Modern Art
The Palazzo delle Belle Arti was designed by prominent Italian architect Cesare Bazzani. The museum displays about 1100 paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, of which it has the largest collection in Italy. The permanent exhibitions, housed in enormous halls, are very interesting and include works of art by renowned artists. Among the Italian artists represented are Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Manzù, Vittorio Matteo Corcos, and Giorgio Morandi. The museum also holds some works by foreign artists, among them Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Degas, Duchamp, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.
National Etruscan Museum
The Villa Giulia was built for pope Julius III, for whom it was named. The museum was founded in 1889 as part of the same nationalistic movement. The museum's most famous single treasure is the terracotta funerary monument, the almost life-size Bride and Groom (the so-called Sarcofago degli Sposi, or Sarcophagus of the Spouses), reclining as if they were at a dinner party.
The Criminology Museum
Operated by Italy's federal Prison Administration, this unique collection of prisons, torture, and criminal anthropology was open only to government officials from its founding in 1931 until 1994. Recognizing the public interest in incarceration, the Italian government reorganized the collection and opened it to the general public in 1994.
Rome of Federico Fellini
Immagine the great Italian film director, Federico Fellini, standing motionless in front of the extravagant Grand Hotel Plaza on Via del Corso. From an early age, Fellini was obsessed with the decadence of world-class hotels: Roman elite, wearing their furs and drinking spumante, captivated him.
Rome was the director's raison d'etre, his only muse. He lived in Via Margutta,
No. 110, in the apartment he shared with the love of his life, the legendary Italian actress Giulietta Masina. Have a walk and order an espresso in Cafe Canova, imagine Fellini contemplating, from this very spot, the twin churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, built in the mid-17th century at the junction of the three roads.
Stay for lunch in his favourite restaurant - Trattoria Al Moro. Fellini was so entranced by the face of restaurant's previous owner, Mario Romagnoli, that he cast the man as Trimalcione in his 1969 film Satyricon. Discover the city of Felini and feel the real Dolce Vita.
Hidden in the heart of the city, Rome's Jewish Ghetto is one of the best attractions in Rome and also one of its least-known. As the oldest Jewish community in all of Europe, this beautiful, thriving neighborhood is as central to the history of the city as it is to the Jewish faith. Follow us into the Jewish Ghetto, Rome, to see how Jews have shaped the Eternal City. Jewish ghetto was established in 1555 in the Rione Sant'Angelo by Papa's bull. The bull also revoked all the rights of the Jewish community and imposed on Jews a variety of new restrictions such as prohibition on property ownership and practising medicine on Christians and compulsory Catholic sermons on the Jewish sabbath. Due to the three hundred plus years of isolation from the rest of the city, the Jews of the Roman Ghetto developed their own dialect, known as Giudeo-romanesco, which differs from the dialect of the rest of the city in its preservation of 16th-century dialectical forms and its liberal use of romanized Hebrew words.
Today, the district of the former Ghetto is the home of the Synagogue of Rome. There is one remaining piece of the Ghetto wall, which was built into the wall of one of the courtyards off the Piazza delle Cinque Scole.
The Capitoline Museum
The history of the museums can be traced to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronzes to the people of Rome and located them on the Capitoline Hill. Open to the public in 1734 under Clement XII, the Capitoline Museums are considered the first museum in the world, understood as a place where art could be enjoyed by all and not only by the owners. Their collection of classical sculpture is one of Italy's finest, including crowd-pleasers such as the iconic Lupa capitolina (Capitoline Wolf), a sculpture of Romulus and Remus under a wolf, and the Galata morente (Dying Gaul), a moving depiction of a dying Gaul warrior. There's also a formidable picture gallery with masterpieces by the likes of Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens and Caravaggio.
The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings,sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V. The Villa was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese himself, who used it as a villa suburbana, a party villa at the edge of Rome.
If you only have the time for one art gallery in Rome, choose it this one. Housing what's often referred to as the ‘queen of all private art collections', it boasts paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian, as well as some sensational sculptures by Bernini.
Booking is required.
With its cobblestone streets and medieval palazzi, the neighborhood of Trastevere is one of Rome's most evocative. Trastevere is named for its position ‘over the Tiber'. Separated from the heart of central Rome by the river, the area retained its narrow lanes and working-class population when the rest of Rome began its nineteenth-century expansion. Despite its being a major touristic destination, it has managed to preserve a strong local identity. During the tour you will visit Tiber island, Santa Cecilia Church, Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and Villa Farnesina.
Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome. Get an insider's view of the Eternal City and its Christian history. Visit the Basilica of Saint Clement, the Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Sancta Sanctorum chapel. And then go to visit The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican.
Icons of Rome
The Sancta Sanctorum chapel is a chapel entered from the Scala Sancta (holy staircase) of the Lateran Palace, Rome. The chapel contains a wooden reliquary box, which supposedly houses the bones of at least 13 saints (which is where the chapel derives the name "holy of holies", with the reliquary box representing the ark of the covenant in Solomon's temple) and an icon supposedly being painted half by Saint Luke, and half by an Angel.
The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven is a titular basilica in Rome, located on the highest summit of the Campidoglio. The shrine is known for housing relics belonging to Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, various minor relics from the Holy Sepulchre, the canonically crowned image of Santa Maria di Aracoeli on the high altar and the Santo Bambino of Aracoeli.
Rome like a centre of catholic pilgrimage
People from all over world travel to one of the most holiest pilgrimage sites, St. Peter's Basilica. St. Peter's is now more of a tourist spot for pilgrims, rather than an actual praying site. Pilgrims who are interested in seeing the magnificent artworks and sculptures that are constructed inside the Basilica travel to St. Peter's. Despite being just a tourist spot, there are many Catholics and other ethnic groups that travel to this holy spot in search of a new light and new meaning for life. Catholics denote their time in trying to gather as much information as they can about their roots and where Christianity started from. Pilgrims travel to St. Peter's in hopes of experiencing continuity in the relation of the apostle to his successors, the Roman Popes.
During the tour you will discover holy places, meaning of ancient symbols, history on pilgrimage and many other.
Catacombs of Rome (Domitilla or San Sebastiano)
The Catacombs of Rome are ancient underground burial places under Rome. Though most famous for Christian burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together, people of all the Roman religions are buried in them, beginning in the 2nd century AD, mainly as a response to overcrowding and shortage of land.
Large and impressive Catacombs of Domitilla spread over 15 kilometres (9 miles) of underground caves. The Domitilla Catacombs are unique in that they are the oldest of Rome's underground burial networks, and the only ones to still contain bones. There are almost 150,000 bodies buried in the Catacombs of St. Domitilla. Included in their passages are a 2nd-century fresco of the Last Supper and other valuable artifacts.
Catacombs of San Sebastiano are the one of the smallest Christian cemeteries, that has always been one of the most accessible catacombs and is thus one of the least preserved. Within the right nave of the former basilica - rebuilt in 1933 above ancient remains - is it possible to see on the left the arches connecting with the middle nave of the present church, walled up in the 13th century, and the exterior of the apse of the Chapel of
Relics. Here are gathered some sarcophagi, both entire and fragmentary, discovered during the excavations. Restored crypt of S. Sebastiano has a table altar and a bust of Saint Sebastian attributed to Bernini.
Rome of Dan Brown’s "Angels & Demons"
Experience an incredible journey, at the end of which you will discover the Illuminati and their secrets. Inspired by the book, the tour takes you on a journey through the Eternal City as you search for messages from the secret society known as the Illuminati. You will visit Pantheon, Santa Maria del Popolo church, Saint Peter's Square, Santa Maria della Vittoria church, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant'Angelo.
Tour starts at 09:00
Visit to private palaces
Gallery Doria Pamphilj
The Palace and Gallery are named after the Pamphilj family. In 1601 the palace came into the hands of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, who decorated it with a number of paintings that would form the start of the art collection that is now on display in the palace. Through marriage the palace became owned by the Pamphilj family who to this day use it as a residence. Hidden behind the grimy grey exterior of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, this wonderful gallery boasts one of Rome's richest private art collections, with works by Raphael, Tintoretto, Brueghel, Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini and Velázquez. Masterpieces abound, but the undisputed star is Velázquez' portrait of an implacable Pope Innocent X, who grumbled that the depiction was "too real".
After being welcomed by the marquis in person, one can visit the rooms of beautiful Palazzo Patrizi. At present the palace is a diplomatic seat. The façade of Palazzo Patrizi was built in 1611, but there is uncertainty about the architect who designed it; at that time it belonged to Olimpia Aldobrandini, niece of Pope Clement VIII, whose stars and stripes decorate the windows. The collection of paintings was largely collected by the passion and the patronage of two treasurers of the Pope: Costanzo Patrizi (1589-1624) and Giovanni Battista Patrizi (1658-1727), who commissioned the construction of the family villa. Patrizi Palace houses a museum collection of over 800 important masterpieces of Italian art, a large collection of Roman statues dating from the third century BC, frescoes and murals that create an atmosphere of unmatched elegance.
Booking is required.
The Villa Ludovisi was a suburban villa in Rome, built in the 17th century. The villa passed to the ownership of the Boncompagni Ludovisi family, which in 1872 rented it to King Victor Emmanuel II. İn 1885, despite great protests among the intellectuals, its last owner, Don Rodolfo Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Piombino, faced serious financial troubles and decided to sell the property. The Villa was divided into building lots, and most of the them destroyed, the only one to remain being the Casino dell'Aurora. The painting of Guercino "Carro dell'Aurora che vince la Notte", in a little gallery on the ground floor of the building, gave the present name to the House. You will also admire the painting "Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto" by the Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio.
Booking is required (min 10 pax).
Palazzo Colonna in Paliano
Paliano stands at the top of a hill in a central position between Monte Scalambra and the Lepini Mountains; the town is dominated by a fortress and its name is strictly associated with a branch of the Colonna family, the Dukes of Paliano. The Palace is closed for visitors and opens its doors only with special permission.
Booking in required (min 10 pax).
After the visit you will have the possibility to stay for lunch in restaurant 1 * Michelin.
Tours with departure from Rome
Tivoli (Villa Adriana)
6, 7 or 9 hours
The Emperor Hadrian built this country villa for himself and his court, and it bears unique testimony to the grandeur and architectural and decorative characteristics of the period. Today it exists as an immense park, extending over 80 hectares and dotted with several Roman ruins as well as spas and houses from the 1700s and all set in an environment charged with ancient fascination.
The grounds also contain the "Teatro Marittimo", an artificial island which was a private residence of the Emperor as well as other interesting locations such as "Canopo", a huge rectangular pool encircled by sculptures which recall the Serapeo. Excavations, still in course, have brought to light an intricate system of roads which lead to the imperial residence.
During the tour you will have a stop for wine local product tasting or/and lunch.
Villa d'Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.
The garden is generally considered within the larger – and altogether extraordinary - context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art and history which includes the important ruins of ancient villas such as the Villa Adriana, as well as a zone rich in caves and waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water - including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city - evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves.
6, 7 or 9 hours
The so-called Roman Castles is a group of comunes in the province of Rome. They are located at short distance, at the feet of the Alban Hills, in the territory corresponding to the Old Latium.Visit Castelli Romani area celebrated for landscapes beloved by poets, painters and writers of the 19th century Romantic Era, to see the Pope's Summer Palace perched on the slopes of an extinct volcano whose crater holds a superb lake. Visit charming Castelgandolfo where the Pope meets pilgrims in summer and then Nemi with its medieval castle overlooking a smaller enchanting lake where Emperors Caligula and Nero used to orchestrate refined sumptuous banquets and feasts on luxuriously rigged rafts to entertain and surprise visiting foreign dignitaries. This famed area is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Italy and is the bronze-age cradle of the Latin peoples and language who later were to found Rome on the banks of the Tiber river. You can have a stop for lunch in picturesque restaurant near lake or in restaurant that was highly appreciated by artists of renaissance.
Ostia Antica was the the harbour city of ancient Rome, which is approximately 30 km to the northeast. Ostia is Rome's best preserved seaport, but, due to silting and a drop in sea level, the site now lies 3 km from the sea. Ancient Ostia is commonly referred to as "The Better Pompeii" due to the astonishing preservation of its buildings. You will stroll through ancient taverns, baths, apartments, groceries and theaters – and their present condition so strikingly exceeds that of the Roman Forum, Imperial Forum and Pompeii, that it seems a misnomer to call them "ruins".
Anagni – Fumone – Alatri
Anagni is known as the "City of Popes" because several Popes were born there. The beautiful cathedral and the crypt are a demonstration of a relevant period of Christian history and a an essential historical memory of Italian History of Arts and of the events of that time. The real treasure of the cathedral is the crypt, known as "the Sistine of "200", located beneath the sanctuary. The crypt is entirely covered with frescoes made by three anonymous "masters" dated to early 1200, in an excellent state of preservation, representing subjects with plastic and expressive schemes which preceded the development of the painting of Cimabue and Giotto.
Fumone, a small town in the province of Frosinone, has been known for its role as a fortress since ancient times, protecting the community against all possible dangers. Strategically located between the mountains of Ernici and Lepini, its highest point is 793m above sea level, from which the whole valley of Sacco and the Via Latina, which once connected Rome to Naples, can be seen. Since 1990 the Marquesses Fabio and Stefano de Paolis, heirs to the castle owners, have opened the doors of the Fumone fortress to visitors. The castle is not only architecturally beautiful and well-preserved, but it is also a place of historical and religious significance because of the connection with Celestine V.
Located in the heart of Ciociaria, Alatri is one of the most fascinating art cities, offering countless sights to visit. Alatri is universally known as the "city of the Cyclops" thanks to the exceptionally well preserved polygonal walls of the Acropolis, a true symbol of the "megalithic cities", shrouded in mysteries and legends.
The town in the province of Lazio is an excellent destination for a trip outside the usual patterns. you will discover the wonders of the Shrine of the Sacred Cave. Hidden, like a precious gem, between the rock walls of Mount Taleo near Subiaco, in the hinterland of Lazio, the Sanctuary of Sacro Speco overlooking the valley below. For almost a thousand years, this natural treasure and architectural preserves the mysteries of Benedictine spirituality and is a place of pilgrimage by the faithful and not. The "cave" alludes to the cave, which is still available, where the Young St. Benedict of Norcia spent three years of life as a hermit in the early sixth century. It was after that period of spiritual recollection that the saint founded the first monastic communities along the valley of the river Aniene, giving way to Western monasticism.
Palestrina is an ancient city in Lazio. Praeneste was chiefly famed for its Temple of Fortuna Primigenia connected with the oracle known as the Praenestine lots. You will visit the ancient temple of Fortuna, built during the II century, that will offer us also an impressive view to the Valley. The highest point of the Temple houses an ancient palace from the 17th Century: Palazzo Barberini. Inside you will admire an impressive collection of ancient roman art, including the worldwide famous Nilotic Mosaic. Palestrina has other important attractions: the small church of St. Rosalia, where once was a beautiful statue carved by Michelangelo; the large cathedral and the archaeological area on the rear; the house of the famous composer Pierluigi Da Palestrina inventor of the polyphonic music and the diocesan museum, and other interesting places.
On request – lunch in a restaurant 1* Michelin.
Viterbo, Villa Lante and Villa Farnese
Viterbo, a charming and tranquil town about an hour north of Rome, has one of the best preserved medieval historic centers in central Italy. Perhaps the most common reason for visiting Viterbo however, is as much religious as it is historical. In the 13th century Viterbo became an important centre for the Catholic Church with the establishment of the Palace of the Popes,Palazzo dei Papi. In 1268 the longest papal conclave in history took place inside the palace. The cardinals spent two years and eight months trying to elect a new Pope.
Villa Lante is a wonderfully symmetrical Renaissance park built on gently sloping hills. It boasts lovely fountains, perfectly tended gardens, and casini (little villas) filled with frescoes and painted vaults. This jewel of Mannerist art and architecture will delight you with its serenity and impress you with its feats of engineering.
You will visit also Villa Farnese, also known as Villa Caprarola. The villa is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. Ornament is used sparingly to achieve proportion and harmony. Thus while the villa dominates the surroundings, its severe design also complements the site. This particular style, known today as Mannerism, was a reaction to the ornate earlier High Renaissance designs of twenty years earlier.
Ancient Etruria, lake Bracciano and castle Orsini
7 hours(Time for lunch need to be added)
The Etruscan civilization is the modern name given to a powerful, wealthy and refined civilization of ancient Italy in the area corresponding roughly to Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Lazio. As distinguished by its unique language, this civilization endured from before the time of the earliest Etruscan inscriptions (c. 700 BC) until its assimilation into the Roman Republic, beginning in the late 4th century BC with the Roman–Etruscan Wars.
You will visit Valley of Cerveteri which conserves about 2000 Etruscan tombs among the most famous in the world can be found. You'll enter the Necropolis where you'll find the most important typologies of tombs from the IX to the II century B.C.
You will continue the tour by visiting lake Bracciano and castle Orsini. Lake Bracciano is a volcanic lake surrounded by volcanic hills, and one mountain to the north called Rocca Romana. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Bracciano are the delight of sailors (small boats only, up to four people), wind surfers, canoeists, pedalò, anglers or those wanting to swim and sunbathe with no noisy motorboats.
Castello Orsini-Odescalchi is a castle in Bracciano, on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano. It was built in the 15th century, and combines the functions of a military defence structure and a civilian residence of the feudal lords of the period, the Orsini and Borgia, both papal families. As one of the largest and best-maintained castles in Italy, it also houses a museum.