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The Trevi Fountain is the largest and most famous fountain of Rome, though not the oldest. A fountain was first built in 19 B.C. by Marco Vipsanio Agrippa in order to bring water through an aqueduct to the thermal baths near the Pantheon. According one legend, the aqueduct was named “Virgin Water” in honor of a little girl who told thirsty soldiers of Agrippa where to find a source of water previously undiscovered.

In 1453, Pope Nicholas V ordered Battista Alberti to construct a fountain in the “Trejo” neighborhood (which later became Trevi). With this new fountain, Romans got used to spring water instead of water from the Tiber River. Over the years, there were more changes and some renovations.

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The Trevi Fountain that we know today was not built until 1735 by Nicolo Salvi under the orders of Pope Clement XII, the construction process lasting for 23 years. The decorations were actually realized by several of Bernini’s assistants. On the left we see Agrippa who presents the first aqueduct project to the Roman Emperor Augustus. On the right we see the meeting between Augustus soldiers and the virgin who showed them the spring. In the middle under the vault of his palace, Neptune stands on an oyster carriage pulled by two flying horses which are pulled by tritons.

A popular legend claims that if you throw a coin in the fountain while facing away from it, you will undoubtedly return to the Eternal City. Another legend refers to Trevi as the lovers’ fountain and claims that if couples drink from its water, they will stay faithful. Unfortunately, the water that feeds the Trevi Fountain is no longer safe for consumption.

A theory says that the famous custom of throwing coin in the fountain started when Ancient Greeks had to pay for their final trip. Another theory says it was a payment in order to come back to the Eternal City and if the coin sank, it meant the payment was accepted. Nowadays, around one million Euros are thrown into the fountain each year. Because this custom attracted thieves, City Hall decided to collect coins every morning and give the resulting money to charity organizations.

Private Borghese Gallery tour

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From: $53.73

 

TOUR DURATION

3 Hours

START TIME

08:30 AM & 02:30PM

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Borghese Gallery entrance, more details at booking

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Meet your private guide at the entrance of Galleria Borghese 30 minutes prior to the entrance time of the gallery.

 

Drawn from the collection assembled by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the Borghese Gallery includes major works by Raphael, Rubens, Titan, Caravaggio, Bernini, Antonello da Messina and Canova. This collection is housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, which was built between 1607 and 1613, with further extensions and improvements being implemented in the following years. The villa, along with its impressive collection, was eventually purchased by the state in 1902.

 

The stunning architecture and decoration of the gallery create the perfect setting for the magnificent paintings and sculptures within. The villa’s large and lush gardens, maintained in the naturalistic English manner, are also worth visiting as they house a number of smaller villas turned museums and various monuments.

 

At the end of your visit, exit at the gates near the Via Veneto from where you can return to your hotel or continue sightseeing at leisure.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal

– Skip the line – reservation and entrance fees at Borghese Gallery

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Villa Borghese

– Borghese Gallery

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Entrance of Galleria Borghese

Duration:

3 hours

Return details:

Exit of Galleria Borghese

Private Vatican Museums & St.Peter’s Basilica

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From: $75.00

TOUR DURATION

4 Hours

START TIME

09:00 AM & 02:00 PM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

MEETING POINT

Vatican MuseumS entrance, more details at booking

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Meet your private guide at the designated meeting point just outside the Vatican Museums. From there, your half day private tour of the Vatican will begin in the galleries of the Vatican Museums, home to the most celebrated art collection in Europe.

 

This collection includes artifacts, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics from antique to modern times that originate from all over the world. Throughout the centuries, Popes started to collect objects from ancient Egypt, ancient Rome and the Etruscan civilization, as well as from the first churches and basilicas ever built –a task which they pursue to this day. Some highlights from the Vatican collection include artworks by Giotto, Raphael, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian and Bellini. The tour will take you throughout the various rooms and hallways that compose the Vatican Museums until you eventually arrive in the last room: the spectacular Sistine Chapel, extreme expression of Michelangelo’s genius.

 

Last but not least, you will visit the largest sanctuary of Christianity, St. Peter’s Basilica, where proportions seem to have been forgotten in an amazing triumph of marble, bronze and mosaic works. Many artists and architects worked on this massive undertaking, resulting in the fantastic artistic and architectural wonder in front of you now.

 

End the tour in St. Peter’s Square, as your guide points out Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal

– Reservation and entrance fee at Vatican Museums

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Tapestry Gallery

– Gallery of Maps

– Raphael romms

– Sistine Chapel

– St Peter’s Basilica

– St Peter’s Square

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers

– Backpacks, umbrellas and tripods must be left inside a cloakroom on entering Vatican Museum.
The tour ends in St Peter’s Square that is at 15 minutes walking from the entrance and cloackroom. We recommend that backpacks tripods and umbrellas are not taken on this tour.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced at St. Peter’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

Departure point:

Vatican Museums entrance

Duration:
4 hours

Return details:
St. Peter’s Square

 

Private Angels & Demons Tour

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From: $111.94

tour duration

4 Hours

start time

09:30 AM

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meeting point

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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This fascinating tour of Rome follows the footsteps of the protagonist from Dan Brown’s best-selling novel “Angels and Demons”. Meet with your private guide and driver at your hotel to get started. You will have the car at your disposal for the duration of the tour.

Your first stop will be the Basilica of Santa Maria Del Popolo, an Augustinian church built in the 15th century, where you will be able to admire the Ceraci Chapel canvasses by Caravaggio and the Chigi Chapel designed by Raphael. After that you will visit the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, a Baroque church which houses Bernini’s masterpiece: ”The Ecstasy of St. Teresa”.

From there you will continue by car to Tiber Island, taking the panoramic view, then to Piazza della Minerva. Nearby is the Pantheon, an ancient temple once dedicated to the old Roman gods, best known for its stunning architecture, sculptures, tombs, and the impressive oculus that lets daylight into the building. Continue to Piazza Navona where you will see another work of art by Bernini: the magnificent ”Fountain of the Four Rivers’’, an Egyptian obelisk rising from its middle. These four rivers are the Nile, representing Africa; the Danube, representing Europe; the Ganges, representing Asia; and the Río de la Plata, representing America.

From Piazza Navona, you will continue to the Castel Sant’Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, and the Passetto di Borgo, a long corridor which connects Castel Sant’Angelo to the Vatican. Last but not least, you will visit Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest sanctuary of Christianity where proportions appear to have been forgotten in an amazing triumph of marble, bronze and mosaic works. The Basilica is the most famous example of Renaissance architecture and hosts an impressive collection of artworks and religious artifacts.

The tour will end in Saint Peter’s Square from where you can take a taxi back to the hotel or continue sightseeing on your own.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Private car and river at disposal for the duration of the tour

– Expert local guide at disposal

– Skip the line – reservation and entrance fees at Colosseum

– Castel Sant Angelo entrance fees

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Piazza del Popolo

– Church Santa Maria del Popolo

– Church Santa Maria della Vittoria

– Piazza della Minerva

– Pantheon

– Piazza Navona

– Castel Sant Angelo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No bare shoulders, miniskirts or shorts.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:

4 hours

Return details:

St. Peter’s square

St. Peter’s Basilica

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St Peter’s Basilica takes its name from the martyr Saint Peter, who was killed in 64 A.D. during the time when Nero was persecuting Christians.

The original Saint Peter’s Basilica was built by the Emperor Constantin, the first Christian Emperor, in memory of the martyr. The basilica became a symbol of the Christian religion as the official religion in the Roman Empire. The construction started in 324 A.D. and integrated Saint Peter’s grave; the basilica was then consecrated in 329.

By the end of the 15th century, the Saint Peter’s Basilica had fallen to disrepair. In 1503, the architect Bramante was asked to renovate it by Pope Julius II and construction began in 1506. Bramante decided to renovate the basilica following the form of a Greek cross covered by a dome however he died a few years after the renovations had begun. Michelangelo continued the renovation project after Bramante’s death and transformed the dome, taking part in its construction until his own death in 1564. The dome was eventually finished by Giacomo Della Porta in 1590.

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Many artists and architects worked on this massive undertaking. During the 17th century, Carlo Maderno was inspired by Michelangelo’s plans and built the façade of the Basilica. This façade is 115 meters long and 48 meters high, the capitals of its many columns decorated according to the Corinthian style. The balcony situated above main door is where the pope usually pronounces his blessings. It was the sculptor Bernini who finally finished Saint Peter’s Basilica in 1666.

Nowadays, with its 190 meters in length, the Saint Peter’s Basilica is able to welcome 20 000 people. It is possible to take the stairs to the summit of the dome, which offers a breathtaking view of Saint Peter’s square below and Rome all around.