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Frequent flyers say that if you yield to tiredness and jetlag and go to sleep right after you arrive, catching up with the time difference is more difficult. Instead you synchronize faster if you stay up until night falls and go to bed at the time you usually do. Frequently I'm asked, by those who follow this frequent flyer advice, to meet them at Romeís airport and start touring right away. I always suggest to stop at their hotel first though, just to drop off the luggage. Rome's pretty safe, but safer is better! Another good reason to start touring immediately after you arrive is that, not only you start familiarizing with the new place with the help of a local, but also you maximize your time in case you arrive early in the morning and your room isn't ready until the afternoon!

In this page you'll find some suggestions about what kind of tour is best for you to combine with an arrival or departure transfer.

Transfer from the airport, seaport or railway station and start touring immediately.

Sightsee on your way to your ship, plane or to another Italian city.

Tour and transfer from/to the airports of Fiumicino or Ciampino
Tour and transfer from/to the seaport of Civitavecchia
Tour and transfer from/to other places in Italy
 
 
 
Rome: transfer + half-day tour
Half-day tour of Rome      
After meeting you at Rome's airport, you'll be driven to your hotel to drop your luggage and freshen up. About half an hour later, or longer if you wish, the tour will start. Mainly it'll be an orientation tour, covering some of the major highlights of the city, For those who arrive from another continent, I would suggest to skip St. Peter's and visit it together with the Sistine and the Vatican Museums another day. Better make make it a In-and-out of the car tour, just to stay awake. The Colosseum The Trevi Fountain Castel Sant'Angelo
Colosseum Trevi Fountain Castel Sant'Angelo
Short description of the itinerary:    

You'll be met at the airport upon arrival of aircraft as you'll specify. We cannot come and meet you in the baggage claim area, where the carrousels are, youíll have to exit that area to meet us. After collecting your luggage and clearing customs, you'll be routed to the public lounge where people wait for passengers to come out. Once in the public lounge youíll see your driver posting your name. You'll be driven to your hotel to drop your luggage and freshen up. Anytime within an hour after you arrive at the hotel the tour will start.

Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (drive), Quirinale Palace (drive), Trevi Fountain (visit), Via del Corso (drive), Piazza Venezia (stop), Capitol Hill (stop), Roman Forum, Colosseum (visit), Circus Maximus (stop), St. Peterís Basilica (optional visit), Spanish Steps (stop)

More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention while driving. Remember: you'll always see more than you'll be expecting to see!

More about the itinerary:

Depending on the location of your hotel, we could start from either one of the three sites and than continue with the others. Here follows a brief description of the sites.

St. Peterís in Vatican. Largest Catholic Church in the world, but also casket for numberless art treasures. The legend says that the first Christian emperor, Constantine, initiated the construction of the original basilica carrying personally twelve  chests full of stones, one for each Apostle. The church was entirely rebuilt between the 15th the 16th Century under the supervision of Michelangelo. Inaugurated in 1624, it is the celebration of the Baroque Style, housing some of the most beautiful masterpieces by Bernini, the second greatest architect and sculptor that ever worked in Rome, second only to Michelangelo.

The Colosseum parallels in fame St. Peterís Basilica and the Fountain of Trevi, but while St. Peterís represents Christian Rome and the Trevi Fountain represents the most frivolous and carefree aspect of the city, the Colosseum witnesses the grandeur of the Roman Empire, standing there sturdy and austere, receiving the multitudes that go pay their respect to it daily. Built nearly two thousand years ago stills stands there in spite of the fact that for hundreds of years the nobles have been subtracting marble from it to build their churches and their palaces and the people have been stealing the metal that was keeping the blocks of marble linked together, making us think that sometimes men create things that last longer and leave a bigger mark in history than they would have ever thought.

"As long as the Colosseum will stand, Rome shall stand. But when the Colosseum will fall, Rome shall fall and with it shall fall the world " Byron

The Fountain of Trevi, we'll get there before of after a stop in Piazza Venezia to take a picture at the Monument to the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, and the balcony from which Mussolini used to harangue the crowds. Yes, the world known Trevi Fountain, Nicola Salvi, one of Bernini's disciples, designed it, but everybody goes there for the legend that says that if one throws a coin in it, he will surely return to Rome! By the way, should you be short of coins, itíll be my pleasure to provide themÖ itís my best investment!

But this is not all you'll see! Going from St. Peterís to the Colosseum for example you drive though half of Rome and you sure see a lot of things! I canít really promise it, because you may not be so lucky and take this tour in a day with a lot of traffic and/or with long waits to get into St. Peterís Basilica, but normally in four hours you fit in some more places like  the Capitol Hill or Michelangeloís Moses.

Please remember that basically you hire a driver/guide for 4 or 8 hours and you're free to change anything,

Rates per vehicle for this half-day tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 320 Ä;

minivan (4 persons) 340 Ä;

minivan (5/6 persons) 360 Ä;

minivan (7/8 persons) 380 Ä

These rates include:

Transfer from the airport

4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off at the hotel) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 
 
 
Tour and transfer from/to the seaport of Civitavecchia

Those who end their cruise at the port of Rome have the time to go on a full day tour, but if they want to spend their afternoon shopping or just resting, than they would probably prefer a half-day tour. Both possibilities are listed here. Those who arrived by plane the day before and did a half-day tour maybe want to visit the Vatican before they board their cruise ship in the afternoon. Those who instead started their cruise from Rome and have seen everything in the city, can go on one of the tours off the beaten path or go on a tour in the country, basically the same ones listed in the shore excursions page, but ending at their hotel in Rome instead of returning to the port.

Half-day tour of Rome to or from the seaport of Civitavecchia

Roma Cruise Terminal

Vatican tour to or from the seaport of Civitavecchia
Full-day tour of Rome from the port not including St. Peter's
Full-day tour of Rome from the port including St. Peter's
Full-day tour from the seaport of Civitavecchia
 
Etruscan tour to/from the seaport of Civitavecchia
Half-day tour from the seaport of Civitavecchia
Half-day tour from the seaport of Civitavecchia
 
 
Half-day tour of Rome to or from the seaport of Civitavecchia
Tour of Rome from the port port of Civitavecchia, or on the way to it. 4 hours plus transfer time
Mainly an orientation tour. It covers the major highlights of the city, St. Peter's, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. These sites are pretty far from one another, so you end up driving through the whole historical centre and consequently get acquainted with its layout. The tour can also be extended if 4 hours are not enough and you want to be taken somewhere nice for lunch, for example. Here's an idea of where this tour goes: The Colosseum The Trevi Fountain St. Peter's
Short description of the itinerary:    
You'll find the car, or minivan, right on the pier where the ship docks, parked as close as possible to the footbridge, with your name posted on its windshield. If parking close to the footbridge shouldn't be possible, I'll be standing there posting your name. You'll be driven to your hotel to drop your luggage and freshen up. Anytime within an hour after you arrive at the hotel the tour will start.

Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (drive), Quirinale Palace (drive), Trevi Fountain (visit), Via del Corso (drive), Piazza Venezia (stop), Capitol Hill (stop), Roman Forum, Colosseum (visit), Circus Maximus (stop), St. Peterís Basilica (optional visit), Spanish Steps (stop)

More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention while driving. Remember: you'll always see more than you'll be expecting to see!

More about the itinerary:

Depending on the location of your hotel, we could start from either one of the three sites and than continue with the others. Here follows a brief description of the sites.

St. Peterís in Vatican. Largest Catholic Church in the world, but also casket for numberless art treasures. The legend says that the first Christian emperor, Constantine, initiated the construction of the original basilica carrying personally twelve  chests full of stones, one for each Apostle. The church was entirely rebuilt between the 15th the 16th Century under the supervision of Michelangelo. Inaugurated in 1624, it is the celebration of the Baroque Style, housing some of the most beautiful masterpieces by Bernini, the second greatest architect and sculptor that ever worked in Rome, second only to Michelangelo.

The Colosseum parallels in fame St. Peterís Basilica and the Fountain of Trevi, but while St. Peterís represents Christian Rome and the Trevi Fountain represents the most frivolous and carefree aspect of the city, the Colosseum witnesses the grandeur of the Roman Empire, standing there sturdy and austere, receiving the multitudes that go pay their respect to it daily. Built nearly two thousand years ago stills stands there in spite of the fact that for hundreds of years the nobles have been subtracting marble from it to build their churches and their palaces and the people have been stealing the metal that was keeping the blocks of marble linked together, making us think that sometimes men create things that last longer and leave a bigger mark in history than they would have ever thought.

"As long as the Colosseum will stand, Rome shall stand. But when the Colosseum will fall, Rome shall fall and with it shall fall the world " Byron

The Fountain of Trevi, we'll get there before of after a stop in Piazza Venezia to take a picture at the Monument to the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, and the balcony from which Mussolini used to harangue the crowds. Yes, the world known Trevi Fountain, Nicola Salvi, one of Bernini's disciples, designed it, but everybody goes there for the legend that says that if one throws a coin in it, he will surely return to Rome! By the way, should you be short of coins, itíll be my pleasure to provide themÖ itís my best investment!

But this is not all you'll see! Going from St. Peterís to the Colosseum for example you drive though half of Rome and you sure see a lot of things! I canít really promise it, because you may not be so lucky and take this tour in a day with a lot of traffic and/or with long waits to get into St. Peterís Basilica, but normally in four hours you fit in some more places like  the Capitol Hill or Michelangeloís Moses.

Please remember that basically you hire a driver/guide for 4 or 8 hours and you're free to change anything,

Rates per vehicle for this half-day tour:
Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/3 persons) 400 Ä;
minivan (4 persons) 420 Ä.
minivan (5/6 persons) 480 Ä;
minivan (7/8 persons) 550 Ä.

Extension charge 60 Euros per hour.

These rates include:

Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia

4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off at the hotel) plus transfer time, in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 
 
Full-day tour of Rome from the port not including St. Peter's
Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia and full day tour of Rome, not including St. Peter's

If  you have two days in Rome, this is  the perfect tour for your first day. Save the Vatican for the next day. This tour does takes you to all the most interesting sites of Rome. Besides the obvious Trevi Fountain, Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona we'll visit the Catacombs, drive on the old Appian Way and more. Of course I'll have a nice little place for you to have lunch at, when you get hungry!

Acqua Paola Castle Sant'Angelo Piazza Barberini
Castel Sant'Angelo

Short description of the itinerary:

You'll find the car, or minivan, right on the pier where the ship docks, parked as close as possible to the footbridge, with your name posted on its windshield. If parking close to the footbridge shouldn't be possible, I'll be standing there posting your name. You'll be driven to your hotel to drop your luggage and freshen up. Anytime within an hour after you arrive at the hotel the tour will start.

Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (drive), Spanish Steps (stop), Pincio Terrace (stop), Piazza del Popolo (stop), Tomb of Augustus (drive), Piazza Navona (stop), Pantheon and St. Mary' above Minerva (visit),  Via del Corso (drive), Trevi Fountain (stop), Four fountains crossing (drive), Quirinale Palace (drive), Piazza Venezia (stop), Capitol Hill and Roman Forum, (stop), Colosseum (visit), Catacombs (visit), Key Hole (curiousity), Aventine Hill and Circus Maximus (stop),

More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention while driving. Remember: you'll always see more than you'll be expecting to see!

More about the itinerary:

If we don't need to go to St. Peter's, which requires more than one hour to visit, not counting the eventual line to get in, we can use the time to see other places in the city and the Catacombs. This itinerary evolves just like the one described "Full day tour of Rome, including St. Peter's" and what we do is replace St. Peter's with the Catacombs and other places of your choice, time permitting. Starting the tour from the city center we drive down the Via Sistina and stop to look at the famous Spanish Steps. We stop than at the Pincio Terrace and enjoy the beautiful panorama of Rome and the Vatican City. Driving down the hill, we arrive at Piazza del Popolo. Driving past the ruins of the Mausoleum of Augustus, we arrive in Piazza Navona. Next we visit the Pantheon and the Capitol Hill (Campidoglio) where, from the top of the hill you also see the ruins of the Roman Forum, the ancient centre of the city of Rome. After a stop in Piazza Venezia to take a picture at the Monument to the first King of Italy and Mussolini's balcony, finally arrive the Trevi Fountain, where you throw a coin in to make sure you return to Rome! Next we arrive at the Colosseum, certainly one of the must-see highlights of Rome. At this point we could take a brake and stop for lunch in a typical restaurant on the Appian Way or at a sidewalk cafeteria in the city. After lunch we visit the Catacombs and walk a little on the old cobblestones of the Appian Way. Returning to the city we'll stop to look at the Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill from the Aventine. If there will still be time left we can stop at to see the Moses by Michelangelo, or some of the sites mentioned above in case there will not be time to see the in the morning.

Naturally this is just a suggested itinerary, sites will not necessarily be visited in this order, a lot depends on where you'll be staying, we'll start from your hotel, and how you move around. In case you'll have already seen some of these sites, we could go to other places instead. We could go and see the view from the Janicolum Hill instead of the Pincio, the Moses instead of the Capitol and so on. I'll never be short of places to show you, we say here that it takes more than a lifeís time to see Rome.

Please remember that basically you hire a driver/guide for 4 or 8 hours and you're free to change anything,

Rates per vehicle for this full-day tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 580 Ä;

minivan (4 persons) 620 Ä;

minivan (5/6 persons) 650 Ä;

minivan (7/8 persons) 700 Ä

Extension charge 60 Euros per hour.

These rates include:

Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off at the hotel) plus transfer time, in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 
 
Full-day tour of Rome from the port including St. Peter's
Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia and full-day tour of Rome, including St. Peter's

If you only have one day to see Rome, this is your tour! In addition to the must-see highlights, St. Peter's, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum we will be able to include in the full-day tour places like the Forum, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and even stop for an authentic Italian lunch.

Depending on how the day evolves, we may even be able to include the Catacombs or the statue of Moses by Michelangelo and more.

Pantheon Roman Forum Piazza Navona
Pantheon Roman Forum Piazza Navona
Short description of the itinerary:

Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (drive), Spanish Steps (stop), Pincio Terrace (stop), Piazza del Popolo (stop), Tomb of Augustus (drive), Piazza Navona (stop), Pantheon (visit),  Via del Corso (drive), Trevi Fountain (stop), Four fountains crossing (drive), Quirinale Palace (drive), Piazza Venezia (stop), Capitol Hill and Roman Forum, (stop), Colosseum (visit), Circus Maximus (stop), St. Peterís Basilica (visit),

More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention while driving. Remember: you'll always see more than you'll be expecting to see!

More about the itinerary:

Supposing we start from the Via Veneto area, we drive down the Via Sistina and stop to look at the famous Spanish Steps. We continue than to the Pincio Terrace and enjoy the beautiful panorama of Rome and the Vatican City. Driving down the hill, we arrive at Piazza del Popolo. Driving past the ruins of the Mausoleum of Augustus, we arrive in Piazza Navona. Finally we arrive at St. Peterís Basilica. After visiting St. Peterís Basilica most people like to stop for lunch and I take them to a nice, typical, little restaurant nearby or, if they prefer, to a cafeteria for some pizza or sandwich. The afternoon is almost entirely dedicated to Ancient Rome. One canít miss the Pantheon, the best preserved of the Ancient Roman buildings. The Capitol Hill (Campidoglio) is normally the next stop. From the top of the hill you also see the incredible scenario of the Roman Forum, the ruins of the ancient centre of the city of Rome. Next we arrive at the Colosseum, certainly one of the must-see highlights of Rome.  After a stop in Piazza Venezia to take a picture at the Monument to the first King of Italy and Mussolini's balcony. Finally we arrive at the Trevi Fountain, where you throw a coin in to make sure you return to Rome! By the way, should you be short of coins, itíll be my pleasure to provide themÖ itís a great investment for me! Naturally this is just a suggested itinerary, it would be planned differently if you stayed in a hotel thatís in a different location rather than in Via Veneto or if you had been to some of these places already on your own or even simply for traffic reasons. There are hundreds of sites to see in Rome. We could go and see the view from the Janicolum Hill instead of the Pincio and the Moses instead of the Capitol. I'll never be short of places to show you, as we say here, it takes more than a lifeís time to see Rome.

Please remember that basically you hire a driver/guide for 4 or 8 hours and you're free to change anything,

Rates per vehicle for this full-day tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 485 Ä;
minivan (4 persons) 505 Ä;
minivan (6/7 persons) 530 Ä.
minivan (7/8 persons) 600 Ä.

These rates include:

Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off at the hotel) plus transfer time, in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 
 
Full-day tour of Rome and the Vatican from the port
 

Lately I've been going to the Vatican in the afternoon and there's never been any line, but if you want to be sure you waste no time,

reservations for the Vatican Museums are available at 30 Euros per person.

Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia and full day tour of Rome and Vatican

Many people think the Sistine Chapel is the most important site to see in Rome and they have to visit it first, then visit everything else if there's time. I don't fully agree with that, I recommend to dedicate a separate half day to the visit of the Vatican to have one full day for Rome and enjoy it thoroughly. But if you only have one day and you really want to see the Sistine, here's the tour for you.

The Creation The Judgment
 

Short description of the itinerary:

Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (drive),  Via del Corso (drive), Trevi Fountain (stop), Four fountains crossing (drive), Quirinale Palace (drive), Piazza Venezia (stop), Colosseum (visit), Key Hole (curiosity), Aventine Hill and Circus Maximus (stop), Vatican (visit).

Possible inclusions: Spanish Steps (stop),  Piazza Navona (stop), Pantheon and St. Mary' above Minerva (visit),

More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention while driving. Remember: you'll always see more than you'll be expecting to see!

More about the itinerary:

This tour is obviously centered on the Vatican and, be prepared, that's a tough one. The tour, which includes obviously St. Peter's Basilica, takes about three hours. During this time you'll not have the chance to take a brake and sit down. There's no air-conditioning, except when you're in the Sistine and in the Gallery of Tapestries, and so it's hot. And it's crowded, which makes it even more hot. Do I sound like I don't want to take you there? Wrong! I do, but I would love you not to go it within a tour of Rome. I'm used to all this, but I know you'll be exhausted. Anyway, if you decide to pay the 30 Euros to book your entrance, we can go first thing in the morning and that's a little better. It's better because it's cooler, but also because at the end we can go and sit down and have some lunch, so you rest before you start touring again. I said the tour of the Vatican takes about three hours, but between getting there, getting in and getting out, almost four hours easily pass. Then you go for lunch which takes at least another hour. At this point there will not be much time left to see other sites. I said from the beginning that including the Vatican in a full day tour of Rome forces you to leave out of the tour other sites, but I can guarantee we can include at least the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. For the rest, it depends mostly on how you move around and how traffic moves around the day we'll do this tour.

Please remember that basically you hire a driver/guide for 4 or 8 hours and you're free to change anything,

Rates per vehicle for this full-day tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 620 Ä;
minivan (4 persons) 640 Ä;
minivan (6/7 persons) 670 Ä.
minivan (7/8 persons) 720 Ä.

These rates include:

Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off at the hotel) plus transfer time, in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

   
 
 
 
       
  The Colosseum The Trevi Fountain Castel Sant'Angelo
     
Short description of the itinerary:    

You'll be met at the

Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (drive), Quirinale Palace (drive), Trevi Fountain (visit), Via del Corso (drive), Piazza Venezia (stop), Capitol Hill (stop), Roman Forum, Colosseum (visit), Circus Maximus (stop), St. Peterís Basilica (optional visit), Spanish Steps (stop)

More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention while driving. Remember: you'll always see more than you'll be expecting to see!

More about the itinerary:

 

Rates per vehicle for this half-day tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 320 Ä;

minivan (4 persons) 340 Ä;

minivan (5/6 persons) 360 Ä;

minivan (7/8 persons) 380 Ä

These rates include:

Transfer from the airport

4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off at the hotel) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 
 
 
       
  The Colosseum The Trevi Fountain Castel Sant'Angelo
     
Short description of the itinerary:    

You'll be met at the

Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (drive), Quirinale Palace (drive), Trevi Fountain (visit), Via del Corso (drive), Piazza Venezia (stop), Capitol Hill (stop), Roman Forum, Colosseum (visit), Circus Maximus (stop), St. Peterís Basilica (optional visit), Spanish Steps (stop)

More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention while driving. Remember: you'll always see more than you'll be expecting to see!

More about the itinerary:

 

Rates per vehicle for this half-day tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 320 Ä;

minivan (4 persons) 340 Ä;

minivan (5/6 persons) 360 Ä;

minivan (7/8 persons) 380 Ä

These rates include:

Transfer from the airport

4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off at the hotel) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is also a very good way for a tourist to make the best use his time, always very limited! I actually recommend going on a tour the day you arrive, but the tour should not be too exacting or it could have devastating effects! I am against a tour of a tour of the Vatican Museums right after landing in Rome (do you know of  Stendhal's syndrome) and I am instead in favor of a light introductory tour, which would also help the tourist a lot for the rest of his stay. Another consideration to make is that, arriving early in the morning, the room might not be ready yet and one would have to wait in the lobby getting bored.  

Certainly not the best way to start a vacation! Many of my clients start their ship cruise from Rome, I meet them at the airport and take them on an orientation tour of the city before I transfer them to the port. Others arrive to Rome the day before their cruise starts and spend one night in a hotel. In this case, they ask for a transfer from the airport and a half-day tour the first day plus a half-day tour and transfer to the port the following day. Amongst those who hire me, numerous people are already familiar with the city of Rome, so instead of the usual introductory tour, I take them to areas unfortunately neglected by most tourists, like Ostia Antica and the Etruscan area north of Rome, or better-known places like Tivoli and the Roman Castles. A transfer can also turn to be a great tour. The countryside between Rome and Florence is one of the most beautiful in the world and you can surely enjoy it doing the trip by private car. Tourists often forget they come all the way here to enjoy this place and for many people ďfast is bestĒ, they say - It only takes a couple of hour to go to Florence from Rome by train. Ė Not considering that they have be at the train station at least half an hour prior to trainís departure and that, once arrived they have to find a taxi to take them to their hotel.

 

By car, we cover that distance in three hours but a common objection is that I charge more than the train. I agree, for two or three people it would be a lot more expensive, but how about a larger group of people? It is very common for me to have a group of six people: families with the grandparents, three couples etcetera, and I do not think the trip by train would be any cheaper for them. Considering the taxis in both cities (often you can't find a taxi big enough for six and you have to use two taxis) and first-class train tickets (you donít want to travel second class) I think Iím pretty competitive. This could be a point, but it is not the point. The point is that you could make of a transfer day a tour day! You travel to Florence by train, but during your stay you'll certainly want to spend one of the days of your stay to see the famous countryside, say visiting Sienna and San Gimignano. You can venture on your own in a rented car, take a bus tour, or hire a local driving guide, right? !

 

Well, you can save a day of your time and the money of the excursion by driving to Florence and sightseeing the countryside on the way there: for example visiting Sienna and San Gimignano! There are many beautiful places you could stop to see on the way to Florence: you could make just a short stop in Orvieto, which is just off the motorway, visit its incredible Cathedral, walk its quaint narrow streets and eventually have lunch in a typical restaurant or you could extend the trip to include the equally interesting Todi and Assisi. If you end your cruise in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, you can add to your transfer a half or full day sightseeing tour in the countryside visiting places that are way off the usual route of the common tourist and enjoy the day as a Roman would in one of his "gite fuori porta" literally that translates into "a day outside the city gates" a day trip in the country which obviously includes a great lunch in a country "trattoria" (family style restaurant) or picnic. And naturally the local wines add taste to the day

 

 

I don't sell bus tour tickets, I take people on private tours. This means that he who hires me can design his own tour. What counts for me is the number of hours and the mileage. My prices are in fact based on an hourly rate. Most of the people who hire me though, are first time visitors and therefore I design these itineraries to give them an idea of what there is to see here and the time it takes to see the sites.

I like to be friends with my clients, and friends all have advice to give. So if you ask me to take you on a tours of the Vatican just as you step off the plane, I will say to you that it's not a good idea. Those who've never been there before don't know how tiring, physically and mentally, that tour is.

I am in favor of a light introductory tour, which would also help the tourist a lot for the rest of his stay. Not only you'll see the attractions of Rome, but you'll get acquainted with the city. I'll tell you where you can find a good restaurant near your hotel and things like that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Welcome to Rome" orientation tour

"Welcome to Rome" orientation tour. 4 hours

       
     

Short description of the itinerary for the excursion to Tivoli, 4 hours:

We meet at your hotel in Rome at the time you like and drive to Tivoli. In Tivoli we'll visit Hadrian's Villa first (optional) and then we drive up the town and visit Villa D'Este. At the end of the tour you'll be driven back to your hotel.

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We will be driving on the motorway towards Tivoli and reach it within 45 minutes.  Before driving up to the city, we'll visit the ruins of the famous residence of the Emperor Hadrian: Hadrian's Villa. The villa was the Emperor's "ideal city", a retreat from the chaos of Rome and the classical buildings in it reproduced the best elements of the material cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Tivoli is in fact the place where the ancient Romans quarried the Travertine marble which was used in the construction of the famous buildings like the Colosseum. Between the visits to the two Villas it will be possible to make a stop at local restaurant for a typical lunch. After visiting Villa D'Este we will visit Villa D'Este, built in the 16th Century for the Cardinal Ippolito D'Este (son of the famous Lucrezia Borgia) who had it built for himself when he became the governor of Tivoli. became the governor of Tivoli. The beautiful building is world known for its astounding garden which is decorated by hundreds of artistic water fountains. Time permitting we will stop to look at the marble quarries at the foot of the hill on the way back to the hotel.

You may want to skip Hadrian's Villa, it's not an easy place to visit, you have to walk a lot, an instead stroll down the streets of medieval Tivoli.

 

Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 290 Ä;
minivan (4 persons) 310 Ä;
minivan (5/6 persons) 350 Ä;
minivan (7/8 persons) 370 Ä.

Driving time:
Rome to Tivoli: 45'

Tivoli/Rome: 45'

These rates include:

4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

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Tour to Castelgandolfo and Nemi, the Roman Castles

Excursion to Castelgandolfo and Nemi. Wine tasting tour. 4 hours

This excursion takes you to a beautiful area south east of Rome known for the wine, the food and the good air. The area is so beautiful that one of the towns, Castelgandolfo, has been the Pope's Summer Residence since the sixteen hundreds. You go to visit charming little medieval hilltop towns and enjoy them as well as you'll enjoy the scenery driving from one to another, You can also stop for lunch at some nice restaurant with outstanding view, food and wine. Wine tasting at one of the local wineries can be arranged. Castelgandolfo Nemi Papal Palace
 

Short description of the itinerary for the excursion to the Roman Castles, 4 hours:

We meet at your hotel in Rome at the time you like and drive to the hilltop towns south east of Rome. We will visit the towns of: Grottaferrata, Frascati, Marino, Castelgandolfo and Nemi and then return to your hotel.

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They call this area the Roman Castles since these towns originated from the castles the Roman nobles built on the most suitable hill in their property. Over the years the people built their homes outside the castles so to be protected by it and finally they built walls around the city for more protection. When better times came, in the Renaissance, those castles were made into villas and the nobles spent their summers there in better climate than Rome. The location and the climate were ideal for cultivating grape vines and the area has always been known for producing wonderful white wines. The wines are usually named after the town where they are produced and, to my advice, the most famous is the wine produced in the town of Frascati. The area has beautiful hills and lakes and the little towns have a special quaint atmosphere. The first one of the towns we reach is Grottaferrata, there we can visit the Abbey founded in the 10th Century by St. Nilo. Later we proceed driving on the beautiful "Via dei Laghi" (the road of the lakes) to Nemi. The road climbs the hills between the woods of the Alban Hills and offers breath taking panoramas of the towns and the lakes. Nemi is a lovely little town overlooking the homonymous lake and known for producing special strawberries. Finally we'll reach Castelgandolfo which is the most charming of the small towns in the area. It will be possible to make a stop at local restaurant for a typical lunch. Castelgandolfo was chosen in the 17th Century by Pope Urban VIII Barberini to be the Summer Residence of the Popes, so that's where still today the Pope spends there the months of July and August. The Papal Residence cannot be visited, but the Palace can be seen from the outside. In Castelgandolfo are also shops that represent the local wineries, so you can go wine tasting. The area is also well known for its food and willingly you could have a nice lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. Wine tasting can also be arranged at one of the local wineries.
 

Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 290 Ä;
minivan (4 persons) 310 Ä;
minivan (5/6 persons) 350 Ä;
minivan (7/8 persons) 370 Ä.

Driving time:
Rome/Grottaferrata: 30'

Grottaferrata to Nemi: 30'

Nemi to Castelgandolfo: 30'

Castelgandolfo/Rome: 30'

These rates include:

4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

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Tour of the ruins of Ostia Antica

Excursion to Ostia Antica. 4 hours

Not on Mondays !
This is a tour that will take you to one of the most interesting places outside of Rome: the excavations of Ostia. You'll go back in history to the days of the splendor of the Roman Empire in Ostia. Very similar to Pompeii, Ostia is yet different. In Ostia you can really see how the Romans lived and worked, in Pompeii you can see how they vacationed! Ostia is not nearly as well known as Pompeii and you can stroll through it almost alone, away from the masses of loud tourists. Ostia, the public latrine Ostia,  fish shops Ostia, village gate
 

Short description of the itinerary for the shore excursion to Roman Castles and Ostia, 9 hours:

We meet at your hotel in Rome at the time you like and drive to Ostia via the oldest motorway in Italy. We'll be there in half an hour and tour the excavations. If time allows it we can stroll around the old walled in village or stop to visit St. Paul's Outside the Walls, or do both. Finally we'll return to your hotel.

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Located at the mouth of the Tiber river, only a half-hour drive from Rome, the visit of Ostia is like the visit of Tivoli and the Roman Castles: a relaxing trip. Ostia Antica (Ancient Ostia) was founded Ostia in the seventh century B.C., as a military fort, called Castrum, that guarded the river mouth against sea borne invasions. Ostia later gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. According to ancient sources it was the oldest Roman colony. Ostia is easily comparable to Pompeii: you walk through the ruins of a city that was abandoned in the fifth century A.D.. It is in fact a magical alternative to the crowded, and far from Rome, Pompeii as well as it is complementary to it. Ostia was for one thousand and five hundred years a ghost town, covered by marshy swamp and infested with malaria. In the early nineteen hundreds, the Italian Government ordered the first systematic archaeological excavations, and to this day, with every unearthed stone, they add to our knowledge and understanding of a city that once stood next to Rome in grandeur.
 

Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 290 Ä;
minivan (4 persons) 310 Ä;
minivan (5/6 persons) 350 Ä;
minivan (7/8 persons) 370 Ä.

Driving time:
Rome/Ostia: 30'

Ostia/Rome: 30'

 

These rates include:

9 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

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