Rome at Christmas - The Eternal City
The monuments of Rome stand as an omnipresent testament to a past Empire that stretched from Scotland to Syria. Let us introduce you to this exquisite, intimate city in delightful detail and at its most beautiful - over Christmas. Experience one of the most charismatic and engaging of the great cities of the world in all its festive glory...
- A Christmas morning walk through the Field of Mars
- Hear the Pope’s annual St. Peter’s Basilica address
- See Michelangelo’s masterwork during a private visit
- Explore the great Ostia Antica archaeological site
- Visit the Villa Borghese to tour exquisite collections
This morning we depart from London for Italy’s vibrant capital city of Rome and, upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel where we unwind for the remainder of the day.
A full and captivating day awaits us. We start today at the Colosseum for a special guided visit to this iconic monument of spectacle and blood. We will explore the extensive underground service passages and ascend to the upper levels of the mighty Flavian amphitheatre. The morning will finish at the other end of Roman history, with the extraordinary excavations at the church of San Clemente. We have lunch before an afternoon walk through the Roman Forum and the Imperial Fora, the great administrative centre of Rome from Republic to Empire, and our visits end at Trajan’s Column.
We begin today at the Vatican Museum, where we enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of this vast Papal collection of antiquities and art. In the afternoon, after lunch, there will be an opportunity to explore St. Peter’s Basilica independently, before returning to the Vatican Museum for our special private visit to the Sistine Chapel. In contrast to this morning, the empty, eerie, echoing Vatican palace provides the perfect tranquil background, from which to view the insistent masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo.
This morning we take a trip to the Villa Borghese to visit the Galleria Borghese, you will be taken on a tour of the exquisite collections of one of Rome’s great families, including Bernini’s wonderful Apollo and Danae. For a change of scene we proceed to southern Rome to the Montemartini Museum, where an innovative display of finds from Republican and Imperial Rome has been displayed. After lunch, we shall finish the day at the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, where we find the famous ‘non-Catholic’ cemetery with the graves of Keats and Shelly.
Today is Christmas Day and we wake up to a leisurely morning where explore the sites of the Field of Mars. We walk through the Largo di Torre Argentina and the Theater of Pompey before stopping for coffee. The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure, reveling in the festive spirit.
This morning we leave our hotel and take a drive to Ostia Antica - an impressive archaeological site - that we will explore in depth alongside our expert guide. Here, we can admire magnificent frescoes and mosaics, and the well-preserved ancient buildings.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager - Diana Blumberg
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - Most meals included (with wine)
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
- Hotels - 5 nights in a comfortable hotel in the centre of the Eternal City.
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