Parking: Roma Parking – Via Abruzzi 3/A
Nearest undergournd station Barberini 300 m
Nearest railway station Termini – 1,25 Km
Nearest airport: Aeroporto “G.B. Pastine” – Ciampino – Distance from hotel: 15 Km
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Main tourist and cultural sights in the area:
Piazza di spagna
Fontana di trevi
Museo Nazionale Etrusco (Villa Giulia)
Istituto svizzero Villa Marain
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo – Caravaggio
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria
Bespoke excursions with private professional guides:
Christian Rome (around 3-4 hours)
As centre of Christianity, Rome offers the possibility of admiring plenty of very interesting churches.
On top of the traditional Basilicas – St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls -there are other churches that can be admired in this tour, such as the San Clemente Basilica, Santa Pudenziana and Santa Prassede with its wonderful mosaics.
Medieval Rome (around 3-4 hours)
Constantinople was designated capital of the Empire in the IV century, Rome lost its importance and during the Middle Ages it was almost uninhabited.
Despite this, today we can still admire architectural masterpieces and paintings from the VI century, like in the Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church.
The tour also includes a visit to Santa Sabina, where one of the first representations of the Crucifixion can be admired, and to the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, perhaps the first Christian church dedicated to Mary to be built in Rome
Renaissance Rome (around 3-4 hours)
The classic ideals of Renaissance inspired many artists, painters, and sculptors such as Michelangelo, Bramante and Raphael.
The tour will start by visiting the Bramante Tempietto in the San Pietro in Montorio Church, one of Bramante’s first masterpieces in Rome, a prime example of Renaissance architecture.
Descending towards Trastevere we will reach Villa Farnesina, the residence of Agostino Chigi built by Baldassare Peruzzi, which is decorated with wonderful frescoes by Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo and il Sodoma.
The tour ends with the Santa Maria della Pace Church, where the wonderful Bramante cloister and Raphael’s frescoes can be admired.
Caravaggio’s life and artistic adventure took place mainly in Rome. Here he reached fame, and here he was sentenced to death.
Despite the tragic events of the city of Rome and the several cases of looting of artworks carried out over the centuries, it is still possible to admire several paintings by this revolutionary artist. Some are kept in their original spots, inside churches. Some others, instead, are in museums and galleries. It is therefore possible to follow an itinerary discovering this artist from his beginnings to the end of his life, going through all his artistic and personal phases. The works held in Rome are in places that are very different from each other. If one wants, it is possible to visit all of them, by dividing the visit over two or more days, or by using up an entire day. However, it is advisable to select the Maestro’s most important works (which are still very numerous) and dedicate oneself to them especially.
Conversion on the Way to Damascus and Crucifixion of St. Peter (Santa Maria del Popolo)
Pilgrim’s Madonna (S. Agostino Church)
The Calling of St. Matthew, The Inspiration of St. Matthew, The Martyrdom of St. Matthew (S. Luigi de’ Francesi)
Boy With a Basket of Fruit, Saint Jerome Writing, John the Baptist, David and Goliath, Madonna and Child With St. Anne, Young Sick Bacchus (Borghese Gallery)
Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Penitent Magdalene, St. John the Baptist (Doria Pamphili Gallery)
Narcissus, Judith Beheading Holofernes (National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini)
The Fortune Teller, St. John the Baptist (Capitoline Museums)
Duration depending on customer requests:
1. Borghese Gallery, S. luigi de’ Francesi, S. Agostino around 4 hours
2. Doria Pamphili Gallery, Capitoline Museums, National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini around 3 hours
House of the Knights of Rhodes
Marco Bembo, bishop of Vicenza and nephew of Paul II restored the palazzo in the 15th century using part of a medieval convent, which, for its part, had been built by using the ruins of the Mars Temple. The Pope used to bless the faithful from the marvellous Loggia. The building is on the Augustus Forum.
Caius Cestius Mausoleum (Pyramid)
Caius Cestius was a praetor and a tribune of the plebs who died in 12 BC. His Mausoleum is the most original one in Rome, an impressive pyramid in white marble built within the Aurelian Walls. This incredible tomb of 2,000 years ago bears witness to the Egyptian style being taken up by the Romans.
Virgo Aqueduct, Aurelian Walls-Marcius Aqueducts, Republic’s Aqueducts
If you have never seen an aqueduct before, the ones mentioned above are the best preserved ones. Ars Longa will explain their construction techniques to you.
It was part of the luxurious Maecenas Villa, on the Esquiline hill. It was surrounded by large gardens and was discovered in 1874. By taking some steps, one can reach a vestibule and a large exedra-shaped hall. The underground structure, with its draining system and frescoes depicting gardens and landscapes, was probably used as a nymphaeum, but Maecenas used it as an Auditorium where he entertained his guests.
Auditorium of the VII Fire-Fighters Cohort
It was the barracks of the VII Fire-Fighters Cohort, built by Emperor Augustus. Discovered in 1865 at some 8 meters underground, it was originally a private dwelling which was later turned into fire-fighters barracks.
Insula Romana (Roman home) at the Caelium
The rooms visible under the Santi Giovanni e Paolo Basilica prove that several buildings were built at different times. In the III century, a portico with shops was added to the original homes of the II century; later it was all converted into a luxury home, with mosaics and frescoes. In the IV century the area was occupied by a Christian community.
Mithraeum of Hercules Ara Maxima
This is a spectacular Mithraeum placed under the Circus Maximus, the largest stadium in the Empire, where the Romans organised cart races. A Mithraeum is a small temple dedicated to the worship of the god Mitra, a pagan God born from a rock to save humanity, this being a religion that became widespread in the empire around the II century AD.
So called because of the amphorae (testae in Latin) that were used and broken in the inns near the Ripa Grande port, reduced to rubble and placed here. Excavation has revealed a series of grottoes, some of which have disclosed considerable information on the restaurants and inns in ancient Rome.
Colombarium of Pomponius Hylas
A Colombarium was a common burial area that became popular at the beginning of the empire. It consisted in a chamber with a row of niches where the cinerary urns were placed. Wealthy families used them for the ashes of their slaves or freedmen. The chamber decorated with mosaics contains the ashes of Pomponius Hylas and his wife, with the decorations consisting of stuccoes and fine paintings, dating probably from the Julio-Claudian era.
The Stadium of Domitian (under Piazza Navona)
Domitian in 86 AD had a Stadium built and organised a series of games in the Greek style, with physical trials, acting, poetry, and musical contests. The Stadium was stripped of its marbles by Costantius II in 667 and fell into ruin in the V century. It resurfaced in the Renaissance when the area was restored at the behest of the Popes.
Ludus Magnus (gladiators’ training school)
Residence and training school used by gladiators, its building was ordered by the emperor Domitian and equipped with an underground passage leading to the Colosseum.