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For locals, a day in Rome is savoring moments of La Dolce Vita, embracing its iconic squares and timeless monuments, delighting in local cuisine, and experiencing the essence of the Eternal City as the locals would experience it.
Our Tour Rome as Romans Do, available both as a Day Tour from Rome, and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia is a carefully crafted chauffeur-driven tour offering guests the opportunity to comfortably journey through Rome's beating heart rich in culture and history.
Without restrictive tourist-packed attractions and the frustration of securing elusive time slot tickets, you have the freedom to embrace the true spirit of the Eternal City and taste life at a leisurely pace as the Romans do.
Let the secrets of famous piazzas unfold before your eyes. Marvel at timeless monuments, and discover hidden gems that have bewitched Romans for centuries. Walk in the footsteps of emperors, artists, and visionaries, as you craft unforgettable memories that will forever weave the magic of Rome into your heart. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at a local trattoria in the vibrant Trastevere district considered the soul of Rome and dine as the locals have for generations. But save room for a mouthwatering gelato that will sweeten your memories of Rome forever.
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A prominent highlight of our Tour Rome as Romans Do is Colosseum Square.
Wander through this spacious square, where the remnants of glory and splendor whisper stories of ancient times. Feast your eyes upon the awe-inspiring Colosseum, once a stage where gladiators and heroes battled valiantly, and stand humbled in the presence of the towering Arch of Constantine, a testament to the triumphs of the great Emperor.
The Colosseum, built in 72 AD, emerged from the grounds once occupied by Emperor Nero's opulent Golden House, the Domus Aurea. Originally named the Flavian Amphitheater, this architectural marvel took shape under the guidance of Emperor Vespasian's family, providing a space for public spectacles.
Its renowned nickname, the Colosseum, arose from the towering Colossus of Nero, an ancient bronze statue depicting the emperor as the pagan sun god Apollo, standing proudly beside it.
As you stroll through Colosseum Square, take a moment to capture the essence of the Colosseum from various angles, ensuring you immortalize its unique beauty through the lens of your camera.
And don’t miss the nearby Arch of Constantine, an imposing triumphal arch crafted in the 4th century AD to celebrate the victories of Emperor Constantine. This significant ruler forever altered the course of history by legalizing Christianity, a faith once persecuted in Rome.
Your Rome tour continues with a short drive to the nearby Circus Maximus. Here, you'll discover a faint trace of the once magnificent Ancient Roman stadium that hosted thrilling chariot races, captivating both the Roman royalty and citizens.
Along the stadium's central dividing barrier, known as the spina, once stood the renowned Obelisco Flaminio, the obelisk that graces the center of Piazza del Popolo.
As you soak in the surroundings, Palatine Hill emerges majestically, serving as a stunning backdrop to the grandeur of the Circus Maximus.
Today, Circus Maximus has transformed into a beloved public park, cherished by locals and home to many festivals and concerts.
Nestled atop the majestic Aventine Hill, a hidden gem awaits those who seek enchantment in the heart of Rome. In ancient Roman times, Aventine Hill held great significance as one of the seven hills that formed the foundation of the city more than 2,700 years ago.
Even during the Roman Empire, Aventine Hill was a prominent residential area for some of the most influential and wealthy citizens of ancient Rome. The hill was known for its picturesque beauty and became a sought-after location for luxurious villas and grand estates.
Here, amidst the ancient splendor and verdant tranquility, lies the Garden of the Oranges, a verdant oasis that beckons travelers and locals to find solace within its lush embrace. As you wander along the pathway, the sprawling view of Rome unfurls before your eyes, casting a spell of awe and serenity.
Venture further and discover Piazza of the Knights of Malta, where a small unassuming keyhole unveils a mesmerizing glimpse into another world. Peering through this small portal, a masterpiece of perspective reveals itself: the iconic dome of St. Peter's Basilica, framed perfectly by meticulously trimmed hedges. Here, art, architecture, and a touch of mystery intertwine, evoking a sense of wonder that transcends time.
A visit to Aventine Hill, with its Garden of the Oranges and the enigmatic Key Hole, is an invitation to step into a realm where history, nature, and intrigue coalesce in harmonious symphony.
High above the bustling streets of Rome, another treasure awaits atop Janiculum Hill: one of the most magnificent panoramic views of Rome thanks to its lofty height.
Janiculum Hill, also called Gianicolo in Italian, has ancient origins and was settled by the Etruscans prior to Rome's foundation. Positioned strategically, it served as a bastion of defense, gazing with watchful eyes upon the meandering Tiber River and the sprawling landscape below. Legend whispers that the name Janiculum finds its origin in Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, reflecting its role as a gateway between Rome and the wider world.
From a terrace on top of Janiculum Hill, take in the breathtaking panorama that captures the essence of Rome's eternal allure. The view is a symphony of contrasts appreciated by both visitors and locals. Ornate church domes rise majestically, vying for your attention in a symphony of architectural marvels. Amidst the many domes, the iconic dome of the Pantheon emerges, a beacon of Rome's indomitable spirit and boundless beauty.
Time intertwines as ancient monuments intermingle harmoniously with modern structures, creating a captivating tableau that tells the story of Rome's rich history.
Trastevere, a spirited district with its winding alleys and timeless charm captures the essence of Rome's soul and holds a cherished spot in the hearts of Romans. It's a place where the old and the new harmoniously intertwine, where a sense of nostalgia lingers in the air.
Meander along narrow alleys, adorned with colorful weathered façades and cascading vines. Trastevere isn't just about its old-world charm; it's a place where the heartbeat of Roman life thrives. Discover the lively Piazza Santa Maria, a bustling square pulsating with energy. Here, the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere stands proudly, its golden mosaics illuminating the spirit of this ancient quarter.
No visit to Trastevere is complete without indulging in its culinary delights. Relax for a delectable lunch at a local trattoria and savor the flavors of traditional Roman cuisine, prepared with love and expertise passed down through generations.
As you step into Saint Peter’s Square, you almost immediately feel the embrace of the majestic colonnades that, as expressed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, "are the maternal arms of the Church". This masterpiece elliptical forecourt was designed to accommodate the greatest number of people who could attend the Pope’s blessings.
The centerpiece of the square is the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, instantly capturing your attention. Designed by Michelangelo, its impressive dome soars majestically into the sky, showcasing the brilliance of Renaissance architecture. This iconic basilica, the largest church globally, holds immense religious significance as the burial place of St. Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.
In the heart of the square stands an awe-inspiring Egyptian obelisk, a towering symbol of ancient power and spiritual enlightenment. Originally brought from Heliopolis during the reign of Emperor Caligula, the obelisk serves as a testament to the rich historical tapestry of Rome.
St. Peter's Square boasts twin fountains, each with a captivating tale. The northern fountain, crafted by Carlo Maderno in 1613 after restoring the Aqua Traiana aqueduct (now Acqua Paola), complements the south's fountain designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and commissioned by Pope Clement X and completed in 1677.
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary atmosphere as you leisurely stroll through the square, taking in its mesmerizing ambiance.
Step into the vibrant energy of Piazza della Rotonda, where the captivating Pantheon and a remarkable baroque fountain steal the show. Adorned with a towering 20-foot Egyptian obelisk, intricately crafted by Pharaoh Ramses II for the Temple of Ra in Heliopolis, the fountain emanates an undeniable grandeur that will leave you awestruck.
Take a moment to pause and be captivated by the magnificence of the Pantheon, an architectural marvel that proudly reigns supreme in the square. Its majestic presence effortlessly captures attention and evokes a profound sense of wonder.
Enjoy a leisurely exploration of the square, embraced by pastel-colored historical palazzi. Meander around the Pantheon, discover local shops, treat yourself to a delectable gelato from a nearby gelateria, and immerse yourself in the irresistible charm that has made Piazza della Rotonda a cherished square for generations of local Romans.
Piazza Navona, a lively square with a unique oblong shape, derives its name from the ancient word for games, 'agones,' as it was built upon the remains of Emperor Domitian's 1st-century AD sports stadium.
The magnificent centerpiece is the Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi), the 17th-century fountain by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This elaborate fountain represents the four major rivers of the four known continents of that time: Nile (Africa), Danube (Europe), Ganges (Asia), and Rio de la Plata (America). Above the fountain is an ancient Egyptian obelisk commissioned by Pope Innocent X offering height and dominance to this magnificent fountain.
Today, the square's charm is further enhanced by colorful paintings exhibited by local artists, street performers, and the surrounding historic buildings that encircle the square, creating a vibrant space cherished by both locals and visitors alike.
As you approach the timeless masterpiece of Trevi Fountain, the melodious symphony of cascading water lures you closer, enchanting your senses and beckoning you into its mystical realm. Built in the 18th century, this architectural gem derived its name from the "tre vie" (three roads) that once converged at the site.
The fountain features magnificent statues that exude grandeur and symbolize the everlasting bond between Rome and the vastness of the sea. At its center stands Oceanus, a mythical Titan God, positioned beneath a triumphal arch, his chariot gracefully pulled by sea horses and accompanied by Tritons. Flowing from the ancient Aqua Virgo aqueduct, constructed in 19 BC, the water that nourishes Trevi Fountain has provided refreshment to countless Romans over the centuries, carrying with it a rich sense of history and vitality.
Legend has it that tossing a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain ensures your return to the Eternal City. Partaking in this delightful tradition, your hopes and dreams blend with the shimmering ripples, carried away to intertwine with the wishes of countless others.
As you bask in the magnificence of Trevi Fountain, you can’t help but be transported to cinematic moments that have graced the silver screen. From the iconic scene in "La Dolce Vita," where Anita Ekberg playfully wades through the fountain's waters, to the romantic escapades of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday," this enchanting landmark has been immortalized in classic movies, etching itself into the hearts of movie lovers worldwide. It’s no wonder the Trevi Fountain holds such a special place in the hearts of local Romans.
The famous Spanish Steps will greet you with its elegant 18th-century winding stairway that connects the square below to the French church of Trinita dei Monti above. The Spanish Steps earned its name after the Spanish Embassy that was located there in 1647 before it was later transformed into the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.
At the square's base, you'll discover the "Fontana della Barcaccio" (The Fountain of the Old Boat) a stunning Baroque masterpiece attributed to Pietro Bernini, father of the renowned sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, paying homage to the wine-carrying boats of Ripetta's port.
As you gaze upon the Spanish Steps, let your eyes wander to the right, where the Keats-Shelley Memorial House stands, an eternal tribute to poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Within this palazzo, John Keats lived and found his eternal resting place in 1821, his bedroom serving as a sacred shrine to his extraordinary talent.
And as you ascend the Spanish Steps, immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of architectural splendor and historical significance that has made this iconic landmark a beloved gathering place for generations of local Romans.
As our day of exploration on the captivating Tour Rome as Romans Do draws to a close, bid farewell to these iconic sites in Rome, deeply revered by generations of locals. Your personal driver will take you back to your Rome hotel or to your awaiting cruise ship in Civitavecchia.
This Rome tour concludes at approximately 4 PM with the arrival at your hotel in Rome.
If you are on a Rome Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, your arrival at the cruise port will be approximately 5:15-5:30 PM.
Thank you for choosing Stefano's RomeCabs for your private Rome Tours and shore excursions from Civitavecchia. It has been our utmost pleasure to curate a memorable experience for you. We look forward to accompanying you on the path to discovering the captivating beauty of Italy.
Payment for this Tour Rome like Romans Do can be made in EUROS directly to your driver on the Date of Tour, or prepaid in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online upon request.
Cancellations can be made at least 7 days in advance (and a REDUCED NET RATE Refund for prepaid services) so we can recuperate the loss and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day.
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Tour Rome as Romans Do Tour is a chauffeur-driven tour with a Private Driver who is not a Licensed Tour Guide. Only licensed Tour Guides may accompany or guide you at the sites you visit.
Italy has strict laws and regulations in place to protect licensed tour guides, this makes it unlawful for Tour Drivers to act as tour guides and accompany guests to sightsee away from the vehicle. In order to comply with Italy’s laws, Tour Drivers may not guide guests to sightsee and will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you sightsee.
On this Tour Rome as Romans Do Tour by car, you will SELF TOUR the attractions you visit away from the vehicle, unaccompanied by your private driver. This tour does NOT include a tour guide.
Rome traffic can be quite chaotic and requires the driver's full attention, please refrain from distracting your driver while s/he is driving as your safety inside the moving vehicle is always our top priority.
Your private driver will stop as close to the sites as possible in accordance with traffic and Municipality laws and regulations.
Your private driver will meet you inside the lobby of your hotel or in areas permitted by hotels.
For Apartments or B&Bs without a lobby, your driver will meet you outside the main entrance of your Pick Up Address.
* If your hotel or accommodation is on a street or in an area restricted to vehicle traffic, your driver will park as close as lawfully possible and meet you on foot at your Address, and accompany you to your parked vehicle.
The port of Civitavecchia (the port of Rome) is one of the major Mediterranean ports where cruise lines stop for Shore Excursions. Your private driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Ship inside Civitavecchia Port at your scheduled pick-up time holding a sign with the NAME in your reservation.
Please do NOT leave the ship area, and do NOT take a shuttle bus outside the port.
Look for your private driver in the same area as ALL drivers will be waiting for their clients. Once you meet your driver, your Rome shore excursion will begin with a leisure drive from Civitavecchia to Rome.
The area around the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you. Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists around the fountain. They may offer you roses, but if you choose to accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip to them.
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