Rome and Naples - The Grandeur of Ancient Rome
Present day Rome and Naples are covered with archeological sites and ruins that together form a picture of what urban life was like in the ancient world. We will outline the history of the Roman people from the arrival of Aeneas, through Romulus, through the rise of the Roman Republic. Once we see that estimable republic collapse in corruption and civil war, we turn to Imperial Rome as the center of Western Civilization from 27 BC through the fifth century (and, in fact, for a thousand years more as what we now call the Byzantine Empire). This story is not completely told in Rome itself, for Naples is home to the two sites (Pompeii and Herculaneum) where life in the Roman empire is best preserved.
This tour is open to anyone interested in an intellectually challenging tour of Ancient Rome and Naples.
Dates: TBA (please contact us)
Rome and Lazio
We'll meet you at the airport and travel by bus to our hotel in the heart of home. You'll have a few hours to settle in and lunch nearby on your own (we'll supply recommendations). Once everyone is arrived, we'll have an orientation in the lobby of the hotel. We'll take a walking tour in the afternoon, visiting Michelangelo's steps and Piazza Campodoglio for an overlook of the Roman Forum. Then we'll descend into the insole excavation a brief tour before returning to the hotel. In the evening we'll have a welcome dinner at Di Tirambo Trattoria in Campo di Fiori (included). (Hotel: EXE della Torre Argentina, Corso Vittorio Emanuale II).
At 8:30 am, following a light breakfast in our hotel, we'll walk to Piazza Venezia and visit the Trajan Column and Forum, the Forums of Augustus and Caesar, and visit the Mamertine Prison. We'll make a detailed tour of the Roman Forum, including the Arches of Titus and Constantine. Lunch on your own near Colosseum (we recommend Hostaria Isidoro). In the afternoon we'll visit the Colosseum, Domus Aurea, and San Clemente, before walking back to the hotel for a rest. Dinner (included) at Ristorante Lattina in the Jewish Quarter and overnight at EXE della Torre Argentina, Corso Vittorio Emanuale II.
At 8:30 am we'll depart by bus to visit the Baths of Caracella, then visit the Circus Maximus, Palatine View, Tempio di Vesta, Tempio della Fortuna Virile, Theatre of Marcellus, and the Isola Tirburina overlook. From there we'll go by bus to Castel Sant'Angelo where we'll have lunch (on your own). After lunch we'll go by foot across Ponte Sant'Angelo, crossing the fascinating Via Coronati to Piazza Navona. Then we'll visit Sant'Agnese, St. Ives, St. Maria della Pace, and pause for an espresso in Piazza Navona (considered the best in Italy). We'll walk from there back to the hotel discussing Pasquinade, the Theater of Pompey, Campo de Fiori, and the Palazzo Farnese. Dinner (included) at the wonderful restaurant La Pollorola in Campo di Fiori and overnight at EXE della Torre Argentina.
After a light breakfast in the hotel, we'll take the 830am bus across Ponte Vitt. Emmanuelle and walk up Via Conciliazione to Piazza San Pietro, discussing Bernini. We'll spend the morning exploring "St. Peter's" Bascilica, viewing Michelangelo's Pieta, and with time to visit the dome. Lunch on your own around Piazza San Pietro (suggested: Insalata Ricca) followed by an afternoon visit to the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. We'll drive back to the hotel, and you'll have dinner on your own near the hotel. Overnight at EXE della Torre Argentina.
We'll spend the morning exploring the Christian Catacombs, followed by a visit to the Spanish steps and Keats' house. Lunch on your own in the vicinity of the Spanish steps. We'll then walk to the Pantheon, and along via del Corso, discussing the Aurelius Column, Augustan sundial, and the Trevi fountain, finally returning on foot to the hotel. After a rest we'll head up to Trastevere for an early evening walk. Dinner (included) in Trastevere (Trattoria da Lucia). After dinner you can return to the hotel on your own or take an optional walk up Gianicolo Hill above Trastevere for a stunning night view of Rome (weather permitting). Overnight at EXE della Torre Argentina.
We'll depart from Rome by bus for Tivoli at 830, where we'll visit Villa D'Este and have lunch (on your own, we'll have recommendations). Afternoon visit to Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana) and dinner at a restaurant specializing in local cuisine (included). Overnight in Victoria Terme Hotel, Tivoli.
Naples and Campania
At 8 am we'll drive south for a visit to Pompeii, then to Herculaneum for lunch on your own and a visit to the most complete of the destroyed Roman cities. We'll have dinner at a local restaurant (included) and spend the night in Naples. Hotel Decumani – Hotel de Charme, Via San Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli, 15.
We'll meet at 9am for a morning walk through the old quarter (Spaccanapoli), enjoying the lively, exciting street life of this unique area. Lunch on your own in the old city center – we'll have a number of recommendations. In the afternoon we'll visit the Naples Archaeological Museum, the best archeological museum in Italy. We'll make an afternoon or night visit to the church and catacombs of Saint Gennaro and underground Naples. Dinner at a favorite Neapolitan restaurant and overnight in Naples. Hotel Decumani – Hotel de Charme.
At 830am we'll take a drive out to the magnificent Royal Palace and grounds of Caserta. Lunch on your own at Caserta, and in the afternoon we'll visit the stunning Capodimonte Museum. Dinner on your own and overnight in Naples. Hotel Decumani – Hotel de Charme.
We'll take a morning drive along the Bay of Naples to the Amalfi coast where we'll visit the stunning landscape and lovely towns in the uncrowded season. Lunch on your own in Amalfi. In the afternoon we'll visit the Greek temples at the Paestrum Archaeological site by car, followed by dinner on your own and overnight in Naples. Hotel Decumani – Hotel de Charme.
We can choose between morning drives to visit Capri or the Phlegraean (Burning) Fields in the mysterious Bay of Baiae, cave of the Sibyl. The afternoon will be free in historic old Naples, followed by our farewell dinner (included) at our favorite Neapolitan restaurant. Overnight in Naples. Hotel Decumani – Hotel de Charme.
Goodbye for now! In the morning, we'll drive you to Naples International Airport for your flight home.
Cost: €2950 euros ($3290) in double or twin occupancy in a group of at least 14 people.
Tour Cost Includes:
- Bed and Breakfast accommodation on 2-person sharing basis.
- Eleven breakfasts and six other meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- Entrance fees for all activities mentioned in this itinerary, and only these.
- An English-speaking guide to be with you during all activities mentioned in this itinerary and responsible for you and available 24/7 during the tour.
- All presentations will be in English.
- Air-conditioned chauffeur-driven bus where indicated by the words “bus” or “drive” throughout the tour.
- All applicable government taxes, service charges, and paperwork.
Tour Cost Does not Include:
- Airfare to Rome Fiumicino Airport and from Naples International Airport.
- Passport applications and fees. Passports are required for entrance into Italy. Citizens of some countries may need a visa to enter Italy. (more info here link plz).
- Tavel or health insurance. We recommend both. (same link as on other itineraries)
- Single supplement charge equaling 30% of the full tour cost. Our hotels charge us 80-90% of the price of a double room for a single room, so if you're traveling alone this supplementary fee will apply. We think it's unfortunate, but there's nothing we can do about it. Best to bring someone you're comfortable sharing a bed with.
- Any activities described as “optional”, and all meals or beverages not specified as included.
- Expenses of a personal nature (shopping, snacks, internet cafes, etc.)