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Private Assisi Tour from Florence

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From: $142.67

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

08:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private driver will pick you up in the morning to bring you on a charming full day excursion to Assisi.

Your journey will start immediately while you enjoy the enchanting views from the car. Leaving Florence you will head to the south and soon enjoy the breath-taking opulence of the Umbria region countryside!

Upon your arrival in Assisi you will meet our local guide that will help you to discover the unique Basilica of St. Francesco. The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. It is composed of two Churches, The Upper and Lower ones, and a Crypt where the vestiges of the Saint are still preserved.

After the guided tour you will have free time to wonder around Assisi by yourself. Enjoy a meal in one of the characteristic restaurants of the city and explore the many attractions that Assisi offers.

We suggest you to visit the Basilica of St. Clare and its Piazza from which you can admire the Umbra Valley. Walk through Corso Mazzini where you can enjoy many medieval buildings and the Temple of Minerva. There is also the opportunity to visit the Roman Forum right below the piazza. If you are interested in artisan shops Via San Francesco is the right place for you. Pass by Piazza del Comune where you can admire beautiful examples of medieval Palaces and a 16th century fountain. From here take Via San Rufino that will bring you to the gorgeous Cathedral of St. Rufino.

At the end of your tour meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Florence.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

– Tour of Saint Francis Basilica’s  with local guide (2.5 hours)

– Headset

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Assisi

– Basilica of Saint Francis

– Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli

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 churchs. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

Departure point:
Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Colosseum

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The Colosseum is the most famous building of Antique Rome. Located in the Eternal City, capital of Italy, its construction began in 72 A.D under the reign of the Emperor Vespasian and was finished around 82 A.D. In the beginning, the Colosseum was named “Flavian Amphitheatre” since Vespasian founded the Flavian dynasty. It is composed of three different levels of arches and it is about 48 meters high. This Amphitheatre was able to welcome about 70 000 people for the different shows and games it held. There were 80 entrances; one was personally dedicated to the emperor and his family while three entrances were dedicated to the Roman Elite. Inside, the different terraces were organized in a way that the different social classes were separated from one another while watching the various games. The name “Colosseum” first appeared in the Middle Ages because people were fascinated by the huge statue of Nero (known as the “Colossus of Nero”) that once stood next to the amphitheater.

Things to see

The Colosseum offered different kinds of entertainment to the Roman people such as animal fights, hunts of wild animals such as lions and tigers, gladiator fights, and reconstructions of different battles, including naval battles. Said naval battles were permitted due to the ingenious machinery which brought water inside the Colosseum.

The Colosseum is listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Unfortunately, its structure suffers from bad weather, pollution and time. The parts of its walls that are missing and which give it its famous silhouette were taken away during the Middle Age to build other buildings, such as Saint Peter’s Basilica. In other words, Saint Peter’s Basilica was built with stones originating from the Colosseum!

Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

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From: $58.36

tour duration

3 Hours

start time

09:00 AM & 02:00 PM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

meeting point

Colosseum, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Meet your private guide at the designated area just outside the Colosseum, site of the legendary battles between gladiators. Stepping inside, you will be transported back to a time where the Roman Empire was one of the most powerful empires in the world; looking across the amphitheatre, it is almost possible to hear thousands of spectators cheering for the games once held. The tour carries on to the Roman Forum where you will explore the ruins of this ancient political, religious and commercial center. Take your time climbing up to Palatine Hill, the legendary birthplace of Rome; the top of the hill offers a splendid view of the Eternal City and the nearby Circus Maximus. The tour will end at the Capitoline Hill, where the holiest of Roman temples once stood: the Temple to Jupiter and the temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad: Jupiter, Juno and their daughter Minerva.

The tour will end near Piazza Venezia, after which you will be free to explore the area. We suggest strolling up Via Del Corso, which offers numerous shops and amazing shopping opportunities. Alternatively, you could walk alongside the Tiber River located just a few minutes away.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal (3 hours)

– Skip the line – reservation and entrance fees at Colosseum

– Roman Forum entrance fees

– From 5 people headsets to hear your guide clearly

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Colosseum

– Arch of Constantine

– Roman Forum

– Palatine Hill

– Capitoline Hill

– Piazza Venezia

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

– Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

– There are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum, please note that large backpacks, large bags and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only very small bags are allowed. We recommend that backpacks, large bags and suitcases are not taken on this tour.

Departure point
Colosseum

Duration
3 hours

Return details
Piazza Venezia

Capitoline Hill

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Capitoline Hill is the most famous of the seven hills of Rome; another name often associated to it is the “Hill of Gods”. Capitoline Hill is composed of two summits separated by a gap. During the Roman Empire, Nero built his arch in the gap between the two summits.

On one of the summits once stood the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, the most important temple on the hill. It was not only a place of worship but also the place were Romans used to keep their treasure and precious items. The Temple of Jupiter was destroyed and rebuilt several time until it eventually declined into disuse and ruin during the 5th and 6th centuries. Some say that when Emperor Vespasian rebuilt the Temple of Jupiter, he helped the masons himself. To reach Jupiter’s temple, people had to take the Gemonian Stairs. These stairs were also a place where people were condemned to death sentence and then thrown down the steps toward the Tiber River.

Things to see

On the other summit, where now stands the Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven, there was the Temple of Juno, the protector and special counselor of the state. Romans used to make coins for their currency here; in fact, the practice started in this temple. Another interesting thing about this temple is that according to legend, the Gauls arrived and climbed the Hill to try to steal Roman treasure but Juno’s sacred geese cried out so loudly that the Romans were alerted of the Gauls’ attempt.

Nowadays we can reach the Capitol Square from a huge staircase named Cordonata. On the summit now stands Rome’s City Hall along with the Roman Museum of the Capitoline Hill. The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is situated in the middle of the Piazza del Campidoglio, where these buildings are situated, and cannot be missed!

Circus Maximus

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Circus Maximus is the biggest Roman arena and the oldest circus from Ancient Rome. It is located between the Palatine Hill and the Aventine Hill in the Murcia Valley. Circus Maximus was famous for its chariot races; even if today many see it as some mere ruins, we can still appreciate how big it was for its time with its 600 meters in length and 80 meters in width.

Circus Maximus was able to welcome up to 250 000 people when it was originally built, and even more after some renovations were made. It was first used during the Etruscans era in the 6th century B.C. Julius Caesar later extended the Circus and added a gap between the arena and the bleachers in order to protect people watching the race.

Things to see

After the big fire of Rome in 64 A.D., the seats were rebuilt out of stone and marble while the arena itself was enlarged to be able to welcome up to 300 000 people. In the middle of the arena was the “Spina”, which divided the arena into two different parts. The Spina was a small wall covered by statues, fountains, columns and other embellishments, along with Augustus’ Obelisk.  This obelisk, the first ever brought over from Egypt, still exists and can be seen today on Piazza del Popolo. The chariots racers would ride around this obelisk in the middle of the Spina.

It is actually still possible to see vestiges of the starting point of the chariots if you go on the side of Viale Aventino. The last race happened in 549 A.D. but after that the Circus Maximus slowly fell into disuse and decay. Nowadays, it has become a large green space where people go to jog or exercise; concerts and other events are sometimes held there.

Palatine Hill

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The Palatine Hill is the most centrally located among the seven famous hills of Rome. It is positioned near the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum, and was the home of several emperors. Indeed, Augustus, Cicero and Marcus Antonius all built their palaces on this hill. From the top, it offers visitors a very nice view of the Eternal City.

According to legend, it is on this hill that the twins Romulus and Remus were discovered by their mythical she-wolf mother. It is also on this hill that Romulus decided to found Rome, so Palatine Hill is generally considered as the birthplace of the Roman Empire.

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During the Roman Republic, Palatine Hill became the most popular place to live. In fact, the name “Palatine” is derived from the word “palace” since so many were built. Many chose to live here firstly because it offers a wonderful view of the city and secondly because at the time, people believed there was more pure air here than lower on the hill where laborers worked. They believed that they would get less sick thanks to this pure air.

During the Middle Ages, several churches and convents were also built on the hill. Later, the hill became the property of the cardinal Alessandro Farnese, who had a nice botanical garden constructed upon the ruins.