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starting time:9:00 AM at Rome Hotel 7:30 AM at Civitavecchia
Due to frequent requests from our clients who couldn’t make up their minds between our Best of Rome Tour and Rome’s Enchanting Countryside Tour, we combined the best of both tours to create an exciting Rome and Countryside Tour.
Delight in the morning seeing Rome’s most notable squares and monuments, savor lunch in a medieval village in the countryside, and visit a formidable lake-side castle in the historic town of Bracciano. Whether your tour starts from your Rome hotel or from Civitavecchia Port, there’s no better way to enjoy the best of Rome and its enchanting countryside with Rome Chauffeur.
For 1-2 participants from Rome: 400 EUROS
For 3-4 participants from Rome: 420 EUROS
For 5-6 participants from Rome: 450 EUROS
For 7-8 participants from Rome: 500 EUROS
For 1-2 participants from Civitavecchia: 450 EUROS
For 3-4 participants from Civitavecchia: 500 EUROS
For 5-6 participants from Civitavecchia: 550 EUROS
For 7-8 participants from Civitavecchia: 600 EUROS
Your Rome and Countryside Tour begins with a morning exploring Rome’s top squares and monuments. A stop in Colosseum Square is a must as it’s surrounded by some of the city’s most impressive Ancient Roman monuments. The most recognized ancient Roman monument you will see is the Colosseum!
Originally named Flavian Amphitheater after the dynasty family of Emperors under whose leadership this ancient engineering wonder was constructed in 79 AD, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built in the world!
For four centuries the Colosseum accommodated an audience of 50,000-80,000 spectators that gathered to watch the arena where gladiatorial combats, animal hunts, re-enactments of famous battles, mock sea battles, theatrical dramas, and public executions were held.
Its common name, Colosseum, is believed to have originated from the colossal 30-meter-tall bronze statue of Emperor Nero (the Colossus of Nero) that was erected in the vestibule of the emperor’s Domus Aurea between 37-68 AD, which stood in the proximity of the amphitheater.
As you stroll through the Square to view the Colosseum from different angles, you can’t miss the famous Arch of Constantine. This victory arch was built in 315 AD to commemorate Emperor Constantine’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD.
Among Rome’s most famous ancient Roman temples is the Pantheon the ancient pagan temple dedicated to all gods. Built in 126 AD, the temple’s name combines the word Pan (all) and Theion (gods).
The Pantheon is not only one of the oldest and best-preserved ancient monuments in Rome, but it has also been in continuous use throughout history thanks to its conversion into a church in the 7th century dedicated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs.
Upon entering the monument, visitors are greeted by a vast round room whose walls and floor are adorned with fine marble. The monument is covered by an enormous coffered dome with an oculus at its apex that is open to the elements providing light and ventilation inside the monument. When it rains through the oculus, the water drains below the floor through an underground drainage system.
Some of history’s most illustrious figures are buried inside the Pantheon: Kings Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I, Queen Margherita, and the celebrated Renaissance artist Raphael.
* VISITING PANTHEON ON WEEKENDS requires visitors to book on line Time Slot Entrance Tickets in advance.
Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps are among Rome’s must-see squares.
Piazza Navona is quite a unique square as it was built on top of the 1st-century AD Roman Stadium of Emperor Domitian where competitive games (agone) were held. You will immediately notice the outline of the ancient stadium in the oblong shape of Piazza Navona that is ringed by the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and grand palazzi with inviting outdoor cafes and restaurants.
Piazza Navona boasts 3 remarkable fountains, fine examples of Baroque Roman architecture. The most significant fountain graces the center of the square: Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana del Quattro Fiumi). This magnificent fountain represents four major rivers of the known continents Renaissance Era: The Nile River (representing Africa), the Danube River (representing Europe), the Ganges River (representing Asia), and the Rio del la Plata River (representing the Americas). The fountain is topped with a copy of an Egyptian obelisk that bears the symbol of the Pamphili family.
The Trevi Fountain is the most famous Baroque fountain not only in Rome but in the world! Trevi Fountain has been featured in many classic films from La Dolce Vita to Three Coins In A Fountain. Crowds always gather around the gushing fountain and its nautical statues for the opportunity to throw a coin over their shoulder and wish for a return visit to the Eternal City of Rome.
The Spanish Steps is celebrated for its elegantly curved 18th-century stairway that connects the Baroque Fountain of the Old Boat created by Bernini’s father, Pietro Bernini, at the bottom of the square to the French church of Trinita dei Monti on top.
Following your morning tour in Rome, your chauffeur will take you on a journey to the Roman countryside filled with ancient and medieval wonders.
Your Rome and Countryside Tour continues with a leisurely journey from Rome to the bucolic countryside to your next destination, a hidden gem that suddenly appears out of nowhere: the medieval hamlet of Ceri (Borgo di Ceri in Italian) that rises out of a steep rock formation.
Thanks to this small fortified plateau's natural defensive protection, Ceri has been inhabited since ancient times when the Etruscans and Romans thrived in this region.
Frozen in time, Ceri invites visitors to experience an authentic medieval hamlet and enchants them with an atmosphere of bygone eras.
While in Ceri, don’t miss the charming Romanesque Church of the Madonna of Ceri which was built above an ancient Etruscan pagan temple dedicated to goddess Vesta. The interior of the small church is decorated with stunning frescoes from the 12th century depicting biblical stories.
Ceri also offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience and it’s a great location to enjoy a traditional Italian lunch. The family-owned restaurants in Ceri are among the most sought-after by discerning Italians for the fine local cuisine and quality ingredients that produce the tastiest dishes.
After lunch in Ceri, continue your scenic drive through the Roman countryside to your next destination: Bracciano, famous for its volcanic lake and well-preserved castle.
Lake Bracciano itself is a sight to behold, a pristine lake that lies within a dormant prehistoric volcanic crater. Overlooking the lake on top of Bracciano is the imposing castle, Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, also referred to as Bracciano Castle.
A glimpse of this formidable Medieval / Renaissance military fortress will transport you to distant times and enchant you with vestiges of feudal lords, noble families, princes, and kings. The castle is still the property of the Odescalchi family, and the castle's interior has been transformed into a historical museum open to the public to visit.
Make your way through the sumptuous rooms fit for Kings and Popes and admire medieval and Renaissance artwork, original furniture, weaponry, knightly armor, opulent ceilings, and exquisite frescoes providing you with a unique glimpse into the private quarters and lives of some of Italy’s most powerful historical figures.
When you step into the outdoor atrium, don't miss the opportunity to visit the large castle kitchen that prepared meals for everyone who lived in the castle: the noble family, domestic staff, military personnel, and skilled workers. Castle kitchens were always disconnected from the castle in case of kitchen fires.
Climb on top of the castle wall and stroll along the ramparts that were once patrolled by the castle guards. The top of the castle offers one of the best views of Lake Bracciano and the lush countryside.
Following your Bracciano Castle visit, you will relax on a journey back to your hotel in Rome or to your cruise ship in Civitavecchia.
We are grateful for your interest in our Rome and Countryside Tour and for choosing Rome Chauffeur for your Italy private tours and shore excursions. We look forward to meeting you and to helping you create unforgettable memories in Italy!
The listed price of the tour is per vehicle, not per person. Rome Chauffeur accepts online prepayment via PayPal or Credit Card at the time you confirm your tour or you may pay on the Date of Service in Euro funds at the end of the tour made directly to your Chauffeur. If at any time you need extra funds on the day of your tour, your chauffeur will be happy to help you locate an ATM machine.
Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to your Date of Service. Prepaid services canceled last minute less than 7 days or are No Show on the Date of Service are NOT Refundable.
Cancellations must be made in writing via E-Mail followed by an official cancellation confirmation E-Mail from our office in order for your cancellation to be valid. Cancellations are NOT accepted by Phone, Text, or through 3rd Party individuals such as hotel clerks, friends, or concierge services.
* CANCELLATION FOR PREPAID SERVICES: Only NET RATE will be issued on prepaid services. Net Rate is what we receive from your prepayment after PayPal / CC takes out their fees which they don't reimburse us in case of refunds. Therefore, we are only able to refund what we receive from you after PayPal/ CC takes out their fees.
Your Rome and Countryside Tour will start at 9:00 AM when you meet your English-speaking Rome Chauffeur at your hotel accommodation in Rome, and your tour will complete when you arrive back at approximately 5:00 PM. You will receive Meeting Point information in your Confirmation Voucher.
Your Rome and Countryside Shore Excursion will start at 7:30 AM when you meet your English-speaking Rome Chauffeur on the pier next to your ship, and your tour will complete when you arrive back in Civitavecchia at approximately 5:00 PM. You will receive Meeting Point information in your Confirmation Voucher.
Tickets to Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano are currently 10 Euros per person (Ticket Prices can change without advance notice)
* Private Tours of the Castle: Odescalchi Castle offers private tours in English with advance booking at 180 Euros INCLUDING entry tickets. Availability of English-speaking tour guides is limited, please inform us in advance so we can secure this tour. Advance NON-Refundable Prepayment is required to reserve the guided tour. The Castle does NOT issue refunds in case of cancellation.
Tour Chauffeurs are not licensed tour guides, therefore they are forbidden by law to accompany or guide guests to sightsee during the tour. In order to comply with local laws, drivers are required to stay with the vehicle while our guests sightsee. Your Chauffeur will take you as close as lawfully permitted to the attractions you visit to minimize walking distance.
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