Roma Aeterna – Eternal Rome. We are proud to present Exploring Rome, a tour that has been carefully crafted to offer the ultimate experience of a city that has shaped the identity and history of Europe like no other. Consuls, emperors and popes have decided the continent’s destiny from here, and the rich heritage of Rome’s eventful history is inscribed in every street and stone, in the very fabric of the city, waiting to be discovered.
The rise of Rome is a fascinating tale. From its humble beginnings as a small settlement on the rocks overlooking the marshy ground around the River Tiber, the city came to dominate first Italy and then the entire Mediterranean. At the height of its empire, when it had become a true world power, Rome was a super-city controlling the lands from Scotland in the West to Iraq in the East, the only time this vast area was ever ruled by a single power. The wealth and might of those centuries led to the embellishment of the city with countless monuments and buildings, each telling its own story of Rome’s glory. They include elaborate forums, numerous great sanctuaries such as Augustus’s dignified Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace) and Hadrian’s sublime Pantheon, but also the Markets of Trajan, the vast Colosseum constructed by the Flavians and the great imperial bath complexes of Caracalla, to list but a few.
The loss of that empire was not the end of Rome’s role as a cultural beacon: the city’s central role in western Christendom perpetuated its significance, maintaining an emotional hold over later ages every bit as strong as the military dominance it had once exerted. As the home of the popes, Rome was transformed again with an array of magnificent churches ranging from late antique basilicas bedecked with glittering mosaics, to the delicate masterpieces of the Renaissance and the exuberance of the Baroque. The rediscovery of Rome’s ancient past and its incorporation into later styles have made the city an aesthetic feast for artists and travellers to this day, a place that lives and breathes history at every step and that houses many great treasures, some of which you will encounter in the magnificent Vatican and Capitoline Museums.
Today, Rome is a vibrant modern capital city, existing amongst the many layers of its long history, a fascinating mixture of the new, the old and the ancient. The city effortlessly combines these elements into a unique and stylish whole, a fascinating setting for never-ending discoveries, from the grandiose to the serene and from world-famous highlights to hidden secrets. On Exploring Rome, you will encounter all of that wealth and be inspired by it as so many generations before us have been.
Join us on our Exploring Rome tour and you will be immersed in the story of one of the world’s greatest cities, accompanied by our expert guide, an historical expert and connoisseur of Rome’s charms and glories. Rome will indeed be eternal, as exploring, admiring and enjoying it will be an unforgettable experience.
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Arrival and Departure Information
Arrival Airport – Rome (Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport)
Departure Airport – Rome (Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport)
Check in time at your hotel in Rome is after 14:00 so we recommend choosing a flight that arrives mid to late afternoon. Check out time from your hotel in Rome is 12:00. We will arrange local transfers from Rome Airport and to Rome Airport on the first and last day of the tour.
The cheapest way to book flights to join this tour in Italy is directly with the airline online.
If you prefer to book with a travel agent, we are happy to recommend specialists in a number of countries around the world, please contact our office for more details.
Travel insurance is a requirement of our booking conditions and we recommend you investigate the options thoroughly to make sure that your trip is properly covered. Please be advised some insurers may require you to take out a policy within 15-20 days of booking your holiday to receive all of their insurance benefits.
For UK Nationals, travel to the EU will change from 1 January 2021. Please check the current situation regarding visa requirements before you travel. You can find more information online here.