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Rome: Early Vatican & St Peter's Guided Tour with Breakfast

1. Rome: Early Vatican & St Peter's Guided Tour with Breakfast

 Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums. Feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and pancakes made by the Vatican's pancake chef. Dine in the Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, and experience tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. With only 13 people per group, take the time and space to appreciate the art. See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own. Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.

Colosseum Underground and Arena Tour by Night

2. Colosseum Underground and Arena Tour by Night

Meet your English-speaking guide outside the monumental Colosseum and get an introduction to the finest arena of the Roman Empire from an expert on Roman history. Skip the line for a privileged look at the arena floor and an exclusive chance to stand on the same spot that the gladiators stood over 2,000 years ago. Next, go to the underground tunnels and chambers, which are restricted to a selected few visitors each day. Marvel at the engineering skills of the Romans as you see the remains of the 88 elevators that lead up to the arena floor. Continue your tour to the first levels of the Colosseum to learn more about the heart of the ancient city and the gruesome stories of the gladiators that entertained thousands of people.

Rome: Spritz and Spaghetti Traditional Cooking Class

3. Rome: Spritz and Spaghetti Traditional Cooking Class

Holidays are meant for memories and fun. Experience one of the best clashes in the world, two Italian traditions fused together to create the ultimate experience. Spritz and Spaghetti! That's right. You will learn to make the ultimate Italian drink (Spritz) and the pinnacle of Italian food (Pasta) Cocktails & Carbonara. Get a little tipsy whilst throwing together your dinner. Your hosts will teach you how to cook the ultimate Carbonara (Vegetarian Option, Caccio Peppe) And also shake up the most refreshing Spritz. Airbnb is meant for experiences and this is not your average cooking class. Escape the heat, and enter our cooking school. The team will share with you Three different types of Spritz - Aperol - Campari - Limoncello We will make the cocktails all in between making our dinner. Aperol will be our welcome lesson, Campari during the pasta and things start to get real saucy with the limoncello. What are you waiting for, come and join Spritz & Spaghetti for a memory you will never forget.

Rome: Underground Temples of St. Clement's Basilica Tour

4. Rome: Underground Temples of St. Clement's Basilica Tour

Cross three layers of history and earth as you venture 14 meters below St Clement's Basilica. Discover the best-preserved Mithraic temple of the City 14 meters underground. Find out about the pagan cult of Ancient Romans before Christianity and be intrigued by its sectarian and esoteric side. Meet your guide after checking in at the meeting point and head towards Rome's best-kept secret. Learn about the early-Christian persecutions, martyrs and hear the legend of St. Clement, while standing in the 1st Century structure that was once his home. Feel the eerie atmosphere and touch the waters of an underground river. Journey higher into the remains of the 4th Century Underground Basilica, built on top of the martyr’s house and below the actual one. Walk along its imposing walls and be fascinated by the ancient frescoes while learning about the scenes and the lives of the martyrs they portray. End your tour in the beautiful 12th-century Basilica at ground level. Marvel at the stunning golden mosaic in the apse, and learn about the hidden symbolism in it.

Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

5. Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

Take part in a small group tour led by a professional guide to admire some areas of the Castel Sant'Angelo that aren’t normally available, such as the Olearie, the historical prisons, and the theater of Clemente VII. Use your skip-the-line entry ticket to save time and begin your 2-hour guided tour of the famous castle erected by the Roman emperor Hadrian as his tomb. Uncover how the building has served as a private residence to popes, a treasury of the state, a prison, and a public execution site. Discover the rich history behind the castle and marvel at its magnificent sculptures and paintings. See the burial place of the late emperor, the pope’s apartment, and the treasury room. End your incredible experience with a panoramic views over the city from the castle's terrace.

Rome: Five Shapes of Pasta Cooking Class with Meal

6. Rome: Five Shapes of Pasta Cooking Class with Meal

You will create, all from scratch, your homemade 5 shapes of fresh pasta in a "Antica Osteria" founded in the late 1800s and recently converted into cooking school. You will taste your own pasta, with two different kind of italian fresh sauce, created and explained by the chef, immersed in a magical atmosphere between past and present. You will make the thin dough sheet with the rolling pin professional technique, safe food cutting procedures, realization of ravioli, agnolotti del plin, tortellini. cappelletti and fettuccine. The experience includes a delicious tasting of local cheese with fresh prosecco. Tasting our different kind of pasta, sipping good Italian wine, an express tiramisu preparation will follow as a dessert. To all the participants will be offered complimentary, the exclusive Professional Chef Hat with logo of "Pastificio Faini". HACCP Certified for Food Hygiene and Safety in 2020

Alfredo alla Scrofa Restaurant in Rome: Eat Like a Star

7. Alfredo alla Scrofa Restaurant in Rome: Eat Like a Star

Join one of the ultimate Culinary Alfredo Experiences in Rome. Visit one of Rome's most traditional and authentic restaurants, and enjoy a plate of world-famous Fettuccine Alfredo in the restaurant where it was first created. Be part of history, while dining at Alfredo alla Scrofa (open since 1914), a long-time favorite destination for residents, artists, writers, singers, and actors from around the world. Eat at the tables where Greta Garbo, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, Andrea Bocelli, and Jimi Hendrix once sat. The Alfredo Alla Scrofa Restaurant cuisine is traditional but with modern inspiration and seasonal ingredients. Flagship of the Restaurant Alfredo alla Scrofa is the new show kitchen. Choose between 4 exclusive offers: a delicious lunch or dinner including dessert and drinks or discover the secret of the famous Fettuccine Alfredo in a cooking class before enjoying the restaurant's excellent specialties. Lunch at Alfredo alla Scrofa at 12:30 PM or 2:00 PM • “Caprese” salad with fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, baked tomato slices, and basil • The Original Fettuccine Alfredo • 1 Dessert at your choice à la carte • ½ l Wine or 1 Beer or 1 Soft Drink, Mineral water, 1 Espresso coffee Dinner Tasting Menu “ROMA” & Wine pairing at 7:30 PM or 9:30 PM •Deep fried minced beef meatballs with orange potato and pickles •The Original Fettuccine Alfredo •Mezzemaniche pasta “Amatriciana” with bacon and tomato sauce •Roman Saltimbocca, veal cutlets, ham, marsala wine sauce and sage potato •“Maritozzo” brioche with whipped cream and citrus cream •Wine pairing including 4 glasses of great Italian wines •Mineral water, 1 Espresso coffee Pasta Alfredo Cooking Class and Lunch at Alfredo at 11:30 AM • 1-hour pasta cooking course from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (learn how to prepare self-made noodles and Fettuccine Alfredo) • Lunch from 12:30 PM, including “Caprese” salad with fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, baked tomato slices and basil • The Original Fettuccine Alfredo • Dessert at your choice à la carte • ½ l Wine or 1 Beer or 1 Soft Drink, Mineral water, 1 Espresso coffee • 1 package of Fettuccine Pasta Alfredo to take away • Certificate of participation and recipes to take home with you Pasta Cooking Class and Dinner Tasting Menu “ROMA” & Wine pairing at 6:30 PM •1-hour pasta cooking course from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (learn how to prepare self-made noodles and Fettuccine Alfredo) •Dinner from 7:30 PM, including Welcome Drink with a flûte of Prosecco •Deep fried minced beef meatballs with orange potato and pickles •The Original Fettuccine Alfredo •Mezzemaniche pasta “Amatriciana” with bacon and tomato sauce •Roman Saltimbocca, veal cutlets, ham, marsala wine sauce and sage potato •Roman “Maritozzo” brioche with whipped cream and citrus cream •Wine pairing including 4 glasses of great Italian wines •Mineral water, 1 Espresso coffee •1 package Fettuccine Alfredo to take away •Certificate of participation, work kit, recipes to do at home

Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

8. Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

Tour Vatican City's Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before dawn with the Vatican’s Museum Key Master. Enjoy two hours of exploration time in the Museums without anyone else but your small group around, an experience usually reserved for the Key Master and the Pope. Follow behind as the Key Master unlocks the doors and lights up the long, empty galleries for you to explore. The highlight of your tour will be opening the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll enter completely alone and watch Michelangelo’s frescoes flicker to life. Accompanied by an official Vatican tour guide, get up close with some of the finest artworks in the world appreciating every detail. See the Raphael Rooms, home to a collection of frescoes revered by art historians. Enjoy the ample space free of crowds as you walk along historic galleries like the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of the tour, choose to stay inside the museums to explore more on your own or head out, passing the crowds who are only now getting inside the doors.

From Rome: Food & Wine Tasting in a Medieval Cellar

9. From Rome: Food & Wine Tasting in a Medieval Cellar

On this tour you will have the chance to explore the marvelous Lazio region and its beautiful rolling hills. Get away from the noise and crowds of the city and enjoy a relaxing wine tasting tour in the countryside outside Rome.  You will be picked up from a central location in Rome and driven out of the city. After a short drive, you will visit a wine cellar located in the medieval village of Borgo, built in the 12th century. Meet your sommelier guide and take a brief walk through the private cellar to learn all about the secrets of wine processing. You will move to the restaurant to taste a selection of regional cheese, cut meat, and Roman-style dishes. Each course is paired with an elegant local wine selected by the chef and guide to enhance the flavors of both the food and wine. After the meal, your experience ends with a return transfer to Rome.

Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

10. Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Join a walking tour of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, located on Esquiline Hill. Discover the secrets of this impressive monument, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream of pope Liberius. This is also where a blanket of snow appeared on the hill in the middle of summer. Find out how the locals commemorate this miracle every year with white flower petals. See the 14th-century bell tower, the highest bell tower in Rome standing tall at 75 meters. It is said that there are pieces of wood from Jesus' crib underneath the altar (Sacra Culla). Visit the patriarchal basilica, which contains the funerary monuments of Pope Clement IX, Paul V, and Nicolas IV. Discover a number of other famous Catholics who are buried here as well, including saint Jerome and the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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My teenage daughter and I had a great day! Our guide Peter, organised this trip very well. All stops were well timed so that we got the most out of this exciting day. We had sufficient time to wander around Positano and its beach, and enjoy amazing colours and views there. We were lucky with weather and traffic. In Pompeii we had an excellent local guide. She used our precious time very efficiently to show us around and tell many facts. Time on the bus passed quickly too. Thanks to our kind and professional coach driver, we had a very comfortable travel. I would highly recommend this trip.

Our tour guide Peter was great, really, he was very knowledgeable about the areas we were going through and seeing, he was very informative about subjects pertaining to the tour, he knows his history. Peter was good about prepping us to know when we would break for food, restrooms etc.. The drive was cumfy in a clean bus and didn’t seem as lengthy as it would seem on paper at all, so don’t shy away from the hours this tour runs, it was fun, didn’t seem heavy at all and there was a really good restaurant at the end of the day drop off point at 2 min walking distance.

Tartania was awesome in explaining different kind of local food to us, not to mention the food itself was great in taste and proportions. At the end of the tour, we were even given some information in a brochure about recommended restaurants to taste authentic food in Rome. Totally recommend this.

Emiliano is the best guide. If you consider going on this tour ask only for him. You will be entertained, informed and get a lot of good tips for your time in Rome.

The guide Robert was so good and made our tour very interesting and well worth it