Bare Bones Rome

The dome of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican
The dome of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican
Porta Maggiore with the ancient aqueduct
Porta Maggiore with the ancient aqueduct
Temple of Hadrian in Rome
Temple of Hadrian in Rome
Porta Maggiore with the ancient aqueduct
Porta Maggiore with the ancient aqueduct
Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
Inside Colosseum view at sunset
Inside Colosseum view at sunset
Fountain of the Four Rivers
Fountain of the Four Rivers
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

On this tour, you will not only visit Rome’s iconic monuments, such as the Vatican, Colosseum and Pantheon, but explore gems unknown even to most locals, such as ancient ruins hidden under the Papal Basilicas. You will also visit the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian and get to walk down the Appian Way.

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

In the early evening, our guide takes us on a tour of the Campus Martius, including the Pantheon, Temple of Hadrian and Piazza Navona.

Hotel: Hotel Albergo Santa Chiara

Day 2

We start at the Colosseum and enjoy its interiors, which once held 50,000 spectators, before seeing the Arch of Constantine. In the afternoon, we will visit the imperial palaces on the Palatine as well as the magnificent Roman Forum and Imperial Fora.

Hotel: Hotel Albergo Santa Chiara
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3

We start with a private visit to the little-known Porta Asinaria, an imposing 3rd century gateway, complete with massive ballista towers and guardrooms. Next, we continue to the excavations under the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran. A short walk takes us to the Porta Maggiore, for the important remains of two aqueducts and the wonderful Tomb of Eurysaces the baker. We end the day with a visit to another Papal Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore, and its excavations.

Hotel: Hotel Albergo Santa Chiara
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4

Today we explore sites outside the city, starting with a visit to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian and on to the Circus of Maxentius. Finally, we venture down the Appian Way to see the impressive tomb of Caecilia Metella and the Villa Capo di Bove.

Hotel: Hotel Albergo Santa Chiara
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 5

We end the tour with the incomparable Vatican Museums, home to a staggering collection of artworks, and culminating with an exploration of the Sistine Chapel.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Local Guide
  2. Return flights from London & airport transfers
  3. Accommodation at the Hotel Albergo Santa Chiara
  4. All breakfasts
  5. Entries to all sites & museums
  6. All taxes

Travel Information

For full information about Passport validity and Visa requirements as well as Health and Vaccination information please click here.

Delivering the same level of expertise and insight into the working world of archaeology that you would expect from a full Andante Travels tour, our Bare Bones range is that bit more customisable.

Shorter duration
5–6 days, rather than our full 7–16 day tours.

Stay in a centrally located hotel
Enabling a greater understanding and appreciation of your destination.

Dining flexibility
Breakfast is included and an optional dinner package can be added in most destinations, but we do not include lunches and dinners as standard. Your expert Local Guide will be able to provide you with top suggestions and recommendations for meals.

Flying flexibility
Flights and transfers are included on all tours. If you would like to extend your tour, we can also arrange this for you. Please contact us for more details.

Expert knowledge
All of our tours are led by experienced Local Guides, who offer the level of insight, knowledge and expertise you can expect from an Andante Travels tour.

Free time and flexibility
Generally, there will be one free afternoon plus evenings at leisure, enabling you to get the most out of your destination. You can also tailor your holiday with optional packages and upgrades.

Travel like a local
Some of our tours include travel aboard local ferries or trains.

Pre and post-tour extensions
We are happy to provide you with extra options, such as extending the trip or upgrading where possible.

With a greater amount of free time and choice around lunch and dinner we have made the decision to use our experienced local guides to run these tours. Not only will they give you the level of insight and expertise into the sites that you visit, as demanded on an Andante tour but they will give you the best insight into what to do in your free time. Being a local they know the cities, the best or quietest place to eat, where to get the local delicacy you are after or just to share with you their love for their city. For added reassurance these local guides have been personally chosen by us and have the Andante ‘seal of approval’.

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2020 Tour Details

Sat 7th Nov - Wed 11th Nov

Available

£1,075

inc.

sgl supp: £140

BRO20A

Led By: Kate Melissa Parkinson

Guide Lecturer

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