It’s National Cruise Month, so we’re taking you on a 14-day virtual cruise to our top destinations, giving you the lowdown on everything you can do. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a history buff or a cocktail-enthusiast, we’ve got it covered. Today’s port of call is Rome…
Often regarded as the birthplace of Western civilization, Rome’s history is rich, astonishing, and vast – spanning more than two and a half thousand years, don’t you know. With its winding cobblestoned streets, lofty architecture and famously good food, Italy is just begging to be explored.
Is it possible to devour Rome in a day? Of course it is. Just jump on board the luxury private train – our new and exclusive way to discover the capital. Once in the city, the guided walking tour will cover all bases, from the Trevi Fountain, to the Pantheon and of course the mighty Colosseum. While ticking every box on a tourist’s to-do list, you’ll also make your way to the Vatican City and the world-famous St. Peter’s Square. Soak in the awe-inspiring atmosphere as you stand in the same place where Renaissance masters like Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael made history.
There are some landmarks that need no introduction, and Rome houses at least two of them. Spend a day exploring both the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum as you breathe in the atmosphere of monuments steeped in history. Take centre stage at the thrilling gladiatorial arena – widely considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering on earth. The Circus Maximus and Roman Forum are also sightseeing stops on this historical highlights tour, which will be sure to conjure up images of everything from the toga-touting days of Julius Caesar to Michelangelo wielding his paintbrush.
Arrive for this tour with a rumbling stomach, as it won’t be long before the delights of a typical Italian menu head your way. Amongst the picturesque setting of a rustic country house, plenty of Mediterranean treats will find their way onto your plate and into your glass. After a delicious banquet of sampling wine, bruschetta and olive oils, you’ll make your way to Tuscania – a romantic little corner of Italy where time has stood still. There’s no finer way to cap off the day than with a guided tour of the magical village, featuring monuments from as far back as the 8th century. It’s a storybook way to experience the Italian culture.
Spend the morning getting swept up in the rhythm of Rome, as exquisite monuments and architecture are top of your sightseeing list. Our tour guide will whisk you around the bustling piazzas and lead you to the awe-inspiring monument to Italy’s first king, Victor Emmanuel. The leafy Villa Borghese Park is a perfect spot to unwind lakeside, having first visited the Baths of Caracalla and the Pyramid of Caius Cestius. When the afternoon rolls in, relax at a street-side café and while away time like a true Roman – coffee in hand, soaking up the sun.
The hustle and bustle of Rome is one of its many charming qualities, and there’s nothing quite as Italian as the thought of two wheels zipping through cobblestoned streets. So we say, why not join in? With your tour guide leading the way, cycle through the Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo, and to the Spanish Steps. Don’t forget your coins either, as the route will take you to the world-famous Trevi Fountain where you can make a wish or two in the magical, cascading waters. You’ll also cover the Roman Forum and take a ride to the Colosseum – and remember, not even the gladiators were treated to these sights by bike!
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Author: Thomson Holidays
Published: September 24, 2015
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