Roman Fountains and Squares with Aperitif
The excitement begins as you and your group are picked up from Civitavecchia and transferred to the Pantheon, the world's best preserved ancient Roman building. Your licensed guide will share all about its 2,000 year old journey from a building consecrated to all the gods to today's use as an active Roman Catholic Basilica. It is renowned for its Oculus, or opening, in the unsupported concrete dome's center permitting both sun and rain inside the building.
Continue through Rome's historic center to Piazza Navona, built on the ruins of the Emperor Domitian's stadium and lined with Baroque palaces and lavish cafes. Pause for a photo with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and be sure to throw a coin over your left shoulder into the iconic Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to Rome!
Next, you will head to Campo di Fiori, a colorful food market by day that transforms into a sizzling hotspot at night. In nearby Piazza Farnese you will find Michelangelo's French Embassy as well as ancient Roman water basins serving as fountains originally from the Imperial Baths Of Caracalla. Cross over the Tiber River to the medieval world of Trastevere that was home to a thriving Jewish community until the Middle Ages.
Conclude your tour in square of Santa Maria in Trastevere, where you will discover the burial place of a few Popes plus some of the area's best wood carvings and Byzantine mosaic art. During your journey, you will stop at a local restaurant for a delicious meal with an appetizer and water or wine. This 6.5 hour cultural tour is the perfect introduction to Rome's historical city center for first timers! Tour order may vary between visits and is dependent upon local conditions. Book now.