Welcome to Rome

The history of Rome could truthfully be described as a history of Europe itself. We invite you to explore one of the continent’s oldest continuously occupied cities, cultural centre of one of the most influential empires the world has ever known and birthplace of western civilisation. Explore with us this unique treasure house of fine art, epicurean cuisine and stunning architecture, a place where fascinations of the past embrace delights of the present upon the banks of Julius Caesar’s own River Tiber.

Each day we’ll explore a fascinating part of Rome’s history, beginning with the treasures of Renaissance Rome that line the streets of this enchanting city, we’ll then discover the Coliseum and Palatine Hill before heading towards the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. Finally, we’ll head to the Borghese Galleria in search of some of the world’s most precious art and sculptures.

If living proof were ever needed of a timeless pact between beauty and eternity, it’s all here… in Bella Roma!

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Rome’s ancient history with a tour to the Coliseum and Palatine Hill
  • Be inspired by Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains on a guided city tour
  • Experience the grandeur and beauty of Vatican architecture and treasures
  • Climb the Spanish steps and throw a lucky coin into the legendary Trevi Fountain
  • Take the opportunity to partake in an Italian culinary tour and wine tasting
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  • Dates & Prices

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    March 13 - March 18, 2019 (6 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £999 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £599 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 849 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 449 GBP Contact us for availability

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    The front facade of the white Trevi Fountain
  • A view up the River Tiber with St Peter's Basilica in the background

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • Five nights accommodation at Hotel Aberdeen in Rome
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of a local tour guide
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Renaissance Rome tour
    • Ancient Rome tour
    • Vatican tour
    • Galleria Borgesa tour
    • Food tour (optional £75)
    The arches of the Coliseum

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Wednesday 13th March

We arrive in Rome and transfer to our hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure as we acquaint ourselves with the many charms of this eternal city.

Overnight in Rome.

Thursday 14th March

Today we explore the magnificent works of art and historic architecture which line the delightful streets of Rome, with the help of our local guide who will recount the story of how this city was built, layer upon layer from triumph, intrigue and tragedy, over countless centuries. Highlights will include a visit to Navona Square and one of Rome’s most iconic buildings, the Pantheon Built in 126AD. This iconic structure, with its splendid dome and oculus, remains the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, being also distinguished as one of the best-preserved of all the buildings bequeathed to us by the Ancient Romans.

Along the route of our guided walk through Rome’s palazzos we’ll be admiring the Spanish Steps leading up to the Trinita dei Monti which commands a spectacular position above Rome and feel the natural spring water as it cascades from the famed Trevi Fountain.

This afternoon we’ll have free time to explore one of Rome’s vast number of museums and art galleries, whilst some may prefer simply to enjoy ‘la dolce vita’ by sampling an irresistible Italian pizza and gelato.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Rome.

Friday 15th March

Today we discover more about Rome’s ancient past as our guide leads us to the iconic Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. This masterful feat of engineering was once capable of holding up to 80,000 spectators for gladiatorial games, spectacles, animal hunts and dramas and remains one of the most instantly identifiable constructions on the planet.

Just to the east of the Coliseum is the Roman Forum, a rectangular public space surrounded by the ruins of some of ancient Rome’s most important structures. Once the very heart of the ancient capital, this is the location where triumphal processions, elections and orations once took place, each a component part of the cultural fabric which was to influence the Mediterranean world and beyond for many centuries. We’ll also visit the centremost of Rome’s revered ‘seven hills’. The Palatine Hill is where many of ancient Rome’s most affluent citizens once resided and is consequently a site at which innumerable hidden treasures of antiquity are still being excavated.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Rome.

Saturday 16th March

Today we’ll visit the Vatican, home to popes since the dawn of Christianity, centre of the Catholic Church and the smallest independent nation state in the World. We’ll get a sense of the grandeur and beauty of St Peter’s Basilica as our guide takes us through the maze of architectural splendour which comprises this remarkable place. Our guide will take us through the Vatican Museums to experience the art treasures which have been collected by popes over the centuries. A highlight of this visit will be the Sistine Chapel, timeless gallery for Michelangelo’s painted masterpiece ceiling and end wall frescoes, as well as a number of other renowned paintings and sculptures.

The rest of the afternoon could be spent visiting the towering Mausoleum of Hadrian and his family, better known as the Castel Sant’Angelo or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the River Tiber to the Villa Borghese and gardens.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Rome.

Sunday 17th March

This morning we shall walk to the Galleria Borghese, located in the beautiful Park and Garden Villa Borghese. The Villa Borghese was constructed by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, a nephew of Pope Paul V on the early 17th century as a country villa on the edge of Rome. Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an enthusiastic collector of Caravaggio, who’s many works cover the interior of the gallery. Also included in the myriad of marble-cladded rooms are works by Raphael, Titian, Rubens and Barocci. We’ll have two hours to explore, view and describe the breathtaking masterpieces of the Renaissance in the gallery. Following this, why not enjoy a meander around the wonderful parkland surrounding the villa and find a nice spot for a long and lazy lunch.

The rest of the day can be enjoyed at leisure, further exploring Rome’s paved streets and cobbled alleys. You may wish to stroll around the Via Condotti, home to Rome’s most fashionable shopping district. The Via del Corso between the Piazza Venezia and Piazza del Popolo is lined with popular fashion outlets and department stores and the Via del Babuino near the Spanish Steps is renowned for its antique shops.

This evening there’ll be the chance to partake in a gastronomic extravaganza through Rome. Focusing upon high quality ingredients and gastronomic expertise, this food tour will include tastings of fresh mozzarella and ricotta di bufala, Genovese pesto, truffle cheese, tomatoes, artisan cheeses and wine. Following such delicious tasters we’ll then venture to a world-renowned pizzeria to sample their speciality creations. A visit to Italy could never be complete without sampling the local pasta, so we’ll also be trying three varieties with wine before visiting an authentic gelateria to ascend into a haven of flavour, here in the home of the world’s most authentic ice cream!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Rome.

Monday 18th March

Today we will have a bit of free time in the morning before we begin our journey home.

Breakfast included.

This tour includes a lot of walking around the city and time spent on your feet so a general level of fitness is required.

Single supplement is £175.

The hotel is conveniently located in central Rome.

For some of the tours we shall travel by underground metro to get to the start and end points of the tour.