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 Tour 1
Classical Rome

TREVI FOUNTAIN,PANTHEON,NAVONA SQUARE AND ST PETER'S BASILICA
(WITH PAPAL BLESSING ON SUNDAYS)
Every morning(except March 25th) - Approx 3 hours

An itinerary by coach and on foot to visit the classic monuments of Rome

Crossing Piazza della Repubblica with the fountain of the Nayads, our local guide will take you on a pleasant stroll through the historical centre, where you can admire the Trevi Fountain, the Colonna of Marco Aurelio, Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon (visit inside), Palazzo Madama - seat of the senate, and Piazza Navona. Passing alongside Castel S. Angelo our coach will take you to the Basilica of St Peter*, (visit inside except when there are religious celebrations) where you can admire one of Michelangelo's magnificant works of art - "La Pietà". Return to or nearby your apartment. Entrance into churches requires appropriate attire (no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders)

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 9:00 am


COST :
€ 30,00

 Tour 2
Imperial Rome

PIAZZA VENEZIA, ROMAN FORUM, COLOSSEUM, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, BASILICA OF ST PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS
Every afternoon (except March 25th) - Approx 3 hours

Arriving at Piazza Venezia with its impressive monument dedicated to King Victor Emanuel II and the unknown soldier you then continue by foot to the famous Piazza del Campidiglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. Our coach will then continue to view the Circus Maximus and the Pyramid of Caius Cestius before arriving at the Basilica of St Paul outside the walls* (visit inside). The tour will be completed with a stop at the imposing Colosseum. Return to, or nearby your apartment. *N.B.: Entance into churches requires appropriate attire (no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders). It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes for visits.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 2:30 pm Nov. – Feb. or h. 3:00 pm Mar. - Ott.


COST :
€ 30,00

 Tour 3
Vatican Museums

VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL, GALLERY OF THE TAPESTRIES
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Every morning (except on Sunday and religious holidays) Approx 3 hours

The tour begins by passing through Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads and following the ancient Aurelian walls which once surrounded the ancient city. On route you will see the famous Borghese park and the northern gate of the ancient city leading into Piazza del Popolo where you will see an Egyptian obelisk dating back to the time of Ramses II. Eventually upon arrival at the Vatican Walls your guide will then lead you into the Vatican Museums* taking the beautiful Spiral staircase and continuing through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. Return to, or nearby, your apartment. *N.B.: Entance into churches requires appropriate attire (no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders). It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes for visits.


DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 9:00 am


COST :
€ 41,00

 Tour 4
Christian Rome

THE BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE AND SAINT JOHN IN LATERANO, THE ANCIENT APPIAN WAY AND THE CATACOMBES.
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Every afternoon except Christmas, New Year and Easter. Approx 3 hours

The first stop will be on the Esquiline Hill where our guide will show you the treasures of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, then continuing by coach to stop at the Holy Staircase, the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of San Giovanni*, the cathedral of Rome (visit inside). Then proceeding along the Ancient Appian Way, you will pass by the Chapel of "Domine Quo Vadis" before arriving at the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and first hiding places for the Christians. A visit will be made to either the Catacombs of S. Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano depending upon seasonal conditions. The tour will end with a spectatular view of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla. Return to, or nearby your apartment. *N.B.: Entance into churches requires appropriate attire (no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders). It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes for visits.


DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 2:30 am Nov.-Feb. or 3:00 pm Mar.-Ott.


COST :
€ 36,00

 Tour 5
Papal Audience

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Every Wednesday morning Approx 3/4 Hours

In order to arrive at the Vatican City it is necessary to journey through some of the most famous sites of the city. Starting with the Piazza della Republica with the Nayad Fountain then the beautiful Piazza Barberini with Bernini's lovely Baroque Tritone Fountain, we then drive along the famous Via Veneto before arriving at the ancient Aurelian Walls which you will follow, passing the impressive Borghese park and arriving at Piazza del Popolo the northern entrance into ancient Rome with its Egyptian obelisk which dates back to the time of Ramses II. Just before arriving at St Peter's square we will pass the massive Castel S. Angelo the ancient tomb of Emperor Hadrian. The Papal Audience* will take place in St Peter's Square, or in the St Peter's Basilica or in the Audience Hall; according to seasonal conditions and the number of pilgrims involved. Our local guide will advise you when and where to meet the bus at the end of the audience. Return to, or nearby your apartment. *N.B.: Entance into churches requires appropriate attire (no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders).


DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 08.00 am


COST :
€ 30,00

 Tour 5a
Papal Blessing at Castelgandolfo

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Sunday morning (when the Pope is in residence at Castelgandolfo) Approx 4 hours

During the summer months, this excursion permits us to leave the Capital and spend some time with The Pope at his summer residence. Leaving Rome we pass by the enormous ruins of the Terme di Caracalla before taking the Ancient Appian Way and passing the Chapel of "Domine Quo Vadis?". The tour will then proceed through the characteristic hills to the south of Rome, many of which are of volcanic origin. The area known as the `Colli Albani' houses many picturesque villages such as Frascati with the splendid Villa Aldobrandini, Nemi, Genzano and Ariccia. The Pope's summer residence is very near the volcanic lake of Albano and the Papal Blessing will take place in the square facing the Papal palace of Castelgandolfo. At the end of the blessing return to Rome and to, or nearby your apartment. *N.B.: It is not admitted to enter the Audience Hall in shorts, miniskirts or with uncovered shoulders.


DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 09.00 am


COST :
€ 35,00

 Tour 6
Roman Castles

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Tuesday and Saturday afternoons from 1st Aprll - 31th October Approx 4 hours

An opportunity to leave the metropolis and immerge yourself in the natural and artistic beauty of the small medieval villages outside Rome.

Leaving Rome we pass by the ruins of the baths of Caracalla before taking the Ancient Appian Way and the Chapel of "Domine Quo Vadis". This tour takes us along the `Road of the Lakes' passing through one of the hilly areas of volcanic origin which characterize the outskirts of Rome; the Colli Albani where small villages are becoming towns, Castelgandolfo where the Pope has his summer residence, Ariccia famous for its' large bridge with three arches, Rocca di Papa and Grottaferrata, both noted for their culture and gastronomic delicacies. Towards the northerly part of the Colli Albani, we eventually arrive at Frascati popular with visitors both for its beauty and considerable production of wine. Here we will stop for a taste of local products and to absorb the flavour of village life. Return to, or nearby your apartment.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 03.00 pm


COST :
€ 35,00

 Tour 7
Tivoli

VILLA ADRIANA, VILLA D'ESTE AND HIS FOUNTAINS
From 1st Mar. to 30th Sept. Every day except working Mondays - Afternoon § From 1st Oct. to 15th Nov. Every day except working Mondays - Mornings † From 16th Nov. to 28th Feb. Tue., Thur., Sat. and Sun. - Mornings † Tour lasts Approx 4 hours.

Following the ancient Via Tiburtina 30 Kms. east of Rome, this tour allows you to visit and compare two very splendid villas from two different ages. The Villa Adriana dating back to Roman Times and the Villa D'Este from the Renaissance period.

At the foot of the Tiburtini hills which dominate the vast quarries of travertine marble and are host to the springs bringing the sulfurous waters to the spa town of Bagni di Tivoli, you will first stop to visit the Villa Adriana. The ruins can only hint at the grandeur and beauty of this Villa which the Emperor Hadrian had built to remind of the monuments and sites he had admired during his travels in the East. We then continue to the Villa D'Este, one of the most beautiful residences of the Renaissance. The Villa's countless fountains,set in the heart of magnificent Italian style gardens, create a delightfully graceful symphony of carved stone, shade, sunlight and water. Return to, or nearby your apartment.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 09:00 am and 03:00 pm


COST :
€ 46,00

 Tour 9
Ancient Ostia

Every Wednesday and Firday Morning Tour lasts Approx 4 hours.

Situated amongst the cypress and mediterranean pine trees the ruins of the port of ancient Rome reveal more than any other monument in the capital, how everyday life must have been like in ancient times.

Leaving Rome and following the sea road, it takes about 30 minutes to reach Ostia, the Roman city of the Imperial age whose Latin name `Ostium' means `mouth of the river', being situated at the mouth of the Tiber river. Ostia was founded around the 4th century BC by King Anco Marzio and became the harbour of Rome around which a flourishing trade and business centre developed throughout the following centuries. Then, after the Barbarian invasions, when the port was abandoned and silted up, began the decline of Ostia. The archaeolgical excavations undertaken at the beginning of the last century have brought the ancient city back to light, a rare witness of 900 years of Roman civilization. During your walk through the ruins, your guide will gradually instruct you about the cultural and social life of this interesting commercial settlement. Your visit to Ostia Antica itself starts at `Via delle Tombe' which leads you to the `Porta Romana', one of the city's three gates. This is the beginning of the `Decumanus Maximus', the main thoroughfare that crosses the city from north east to south west. Then you will arrive at the `Terme di Nettuno' where you can admire the beautiful black and white mosaics representing Neptune and Amphitrite, the theatre built by Agrippa and the Forum which formed the centre of the city. Here you will discover the principle public buildings, `Il Capitolium' and the temple of Rome and Augustus, the Basilica and the large thermal baths. Near the forum square you will also find the House of Diana and the `Thermopolium' an ancient Roman bar with a marble counter and a fresco depicting the fruit and foodstuffs that were sold there. At the end of Via dei Dipinti, the Museo Ostiense displays some of the ancient sculptures and mosaics found among the ruins. After this fascinating stroll through the past you will return to, or nearby your apartment.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 09:00 am


COST :
€ 46,00

 Tour 10
Illuminated Roma

COLOSSEUM, JANICULUM HILL, TREVI FOUNTAIN, VIA VENETO
Every evening - Approx 2 - 3 hours

Travelling down Via Cavour you will arrive at Imperial Forum and the Colosseum, then passing through Piazza Venezia you will see the Victor Emmanual Monument. We will continue towards the river Tiber passing the Circus Maximus and the Temple of Vesta before arriving at the Tiberina and passing alongside the Jewish quarter with the big bronze-roofed Synagogue. We will then start our ascent of the Janiculum Hill where we will stop to enjoy the most splendid view of the 'eternal city'. We then proceed towards the Basilica of St Peter, Castel Sant'Angelo and the ancient Ara Pacis to see these impressive monuments illuminated in all their glory. Arriving at Piazzale Flaminio you will see the famous Piazza del Popolo, the ancient northern entrance into Rome. Passing then through the beautiful park of Villa Borghese you will enter through the ancient Aurelian walls to arrive on to the legendary Via Veneto, the elegant street of the `Dolce Vita', you then complete the tour by visiting the Trevi Fountain where you will have the chance to throw a coin into the fountain ensuring your return to the Eternal City. Return to, or nearby your apartment.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 09:00 am


COST :
€ 32,00

 Tour 13
Assisi - Orvieto

Monday,Thursday, Saturday From 1st of April - to 31st October Full day

The real Italy, far away from the modern highways and large cities, where small ancient villages are waiting to be discovered in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. Assisi is an oasis of art and architecture and home of Saint Francis one of Italy’s most loved saints.

Leaving Rome in a northerly direction, you will cross the valley of the Tevere, before taking the Via Flaminia near the medieval village of Orte with it’s etruscan origins. You will pass typical medieval villages such as Spoleto, the ancient capital of the ‘Ducato Longobardo’, Trevi, Foligno, Spello, before arriving in Assisi at around 10.30-11.00 am. You will then start your walk with our guide through the narrow streets of the village to see the Church of Santa Chiara, the site where St Francis was born and then on to see the house where he spent the first years of his life. You will then proceed to see the Piazza del Comune (Town Hall square) with the Palazzo del Popolo (people’s palace) and the Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva. Then, near the ancient city walls you will see the Basilica of San Francesco which is internally decorated with frescoes from the 12th and 13th centuries. Now you will rejoin the coach and go to a typical restaurant situated in Santa Maria degli Angeli. After lunch you will then have the opportunity to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where there is the Porziuncola chapel and the site where St Francis died in 1226. The return journey will be via Perugia and Todi (approx 180 km) to arrive in Rome at around 5.30/6.00 pm and then return to, or nearby your apartment. *N.B.: It is not permitted to enter churches in shorts, miniskirts or with uncovered shoulders.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 07:30 am


COST :
€ 88,00

 Tour 14
Capri

Every day - Full day Approx 13 hours

In the gulf of Naples we find the Isle of Capri, the pearl of the mediterranean sea. Capri, situated in an emerald and turquoise sea, the Island of Dreams, has enchanted many people with the incomparable beauty of its rugged landscape, the mildness of its climate, the richness of its vegetation and its characteristic small white houses.

Leaving Rome in a southerly direction you take the "Highway of the Sun" crossing the fertile Roman countryside and the area known as "Castelli Romani". Approximately halfway along the highway you will be able to see the Abbey of Montecassino noted for its famous battle and complete destruction during the second World War. Arriving in Naples you will board the Jet boat for the 45 minute crossing to Marina Grande, the port of Capri. Here you will then board motorboats and enter the Blue Grotto (if weather and sea conditions permit). Minibuses are then used for a panoramic tour eventually arriving at Anacapri situated at 280 metres above sea level from where you will have a wonderful view of the bay of Naples. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will then have some free time to take unforgettable photographs and purchase local products before returning to Marina Grande to board the boat back to Naples. Entering the port of Naples , don't miss this opportunity to admire the splendid Maschio Angioino (a fortress of the 12th century), the Certosa of San Martino and the Royal Palace. After disembarking you will then take the coach for the return journey of approx 3 hours, back to Rome. Return to, or nearby your apartment. Useful information: During the journey from Rome to Naples, it will not always be possible to make a stop, but the boats for Capri have bar and restroom facilities. We would recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and especially comfortable shoes to assist you when boarding the boats. During high season there may be delays in boarding the boats and minibuses and we ask you to pay particular attention to your guide to avoid getting separated from your group. *N.B.: If the sea conditions are so bad as to not permit the boats to leave from Naples to Capri, it will be necessary to substitute this tour with the tour of Pompeii (tour 15) and the difference in price will be reimbursed.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 07:30 am


COST :
€ 125,00

 Tour 15
Naples and Pompeii

Every day - Full day Approx 13 hours

A journey to discover art, history, folklore and archaeology in one of the most typical part of southern Italy.

Leaving Rome in a southerly direction, we take the " Highway of the Sun" crossing the fertile Roman countryside known as the area of the `Castelli Romani'. Approximately halfway along the highway you will be able to see the Abbey of Montecassino, noted for its famous battle and complete destruction during the second World War. Arriving in Naples we will proceed towards the hill of Posillipo from where we can enjoy one of the most spectacular views over the Gulf of Naples and the volcano of Vesuvio. Descending towards the port of Mergellina and following the coastal road, we will arrive in the ancient fishing quarter of Santa Lucia and see the impressive Castel Dell'Ovo. (photograph stop). The city tour continues crossing the historical centre to see Piazza Del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco Di Paola,the San Carlo Opera House, the Gallery of Umberto I and the imposing Maschio Angioino. Upon leaving the city, we cross the fertile valley of Mount Vesuvius, passing the villages of Ercolano, Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata before finally arriving at Pompeii where we will first have a stop for lunch before visiting the excavations. After lunch we will continue with a local guide on foot for your archaeological journey through the ancient city for approx a 2 hours tour to see what was discovered approx 1700 years after Pompeii was covered by ashes during the eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. Through the remains and ruins of this ancient city, we can picture the everyday life of the Imperial Age and imagine the panic felt by the people in those last few minutes before the city was so disastrously buried. At the end of the visit to Pompeii we will then return to the coach for a journey of approx 3 hours back to Rome. During this excursion we will visit a Coral and Cameo factory where we will have the opportunity to inspect and purchase items of this ancient craft dating back to the greek period. *Useful information: : We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this excursion, and to wear sunglasses and sun hats in the summer months.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 07:30 am


COST :
€ 98,00

 Tour 17
Florence

Every day except Mondays from 1st Mar. to 15th Nov. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 16th Nov. to 28th Feb.Full Day Approx 15 hours

Florence; the cradle of the Renaissance period, where you breath art in the Medieval streets, the craftsmens' workshops and in the Renaissance Palaces. Here, the memories of the Medici family are united with the splendour of the works of the reknowned artists: Michelangelo, Leonardo and Botticelli.

Leaving Rome in a northerly direction and crossing the green valley of the Tevere, you will pass the slopes of the Apennines which are covered with olive groves and vineyards before seeing the famous valley of Chianti and finally arriving in Florence bordering the banks of the river Arno. The city tour will commence with a visit to the Academy Museum where you will see the magnificant David by Michelangelo and then, continuing on foot with your local guide to see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with the beautiful dome of Brunelleschi. Other treasures, the Baptistry and Giotto's Bell Tower will also be admired before arriving at Piazza della Signoria, the `heart' of Florence. Your included lunch will be served in a typical Florentine restaurant before continuing the afternoon promenade. After lunch, you will then continue to the Piazza Santa Croce where the church of the same name is situated and great artists like Michelangelo are buried. Then you will have the opportunity to visit one of the leather schools in order to admire one of the typical crafts of the city, here you will also have some free time to discover some of the other ancient crafts such as mosiacs and goldsmiths. Departure from Florence at approximately 5.00 pm for the return journey to Rome. Return to,or nearby your Hotel. *Useful information:We suggest that you wear comfortable shoes, and remember that it is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts or with uncovered shoulders.

DEPARTURE :
From Agency : h. 07:30 am


COST :
€ 120,00