Lonely Planet Experiences: Rome Small-Group Highlights Tour
- Enjoy a walk through central Rome and see sights made famous in Fellini’s film, La Dolce Vita
- See some of Rome’s most famous sights with a local guide by your side
- Take in views of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Navona Square and see plenty of hidden gems too
- Taste local flavours including wine, gelato and espresso
- Wander through countless Roman squares to admire the architecture and daily local life
An espresso stop at a local cafe that was once the private art studio of Antonio Canova , a well-known and respected sculpture artist of the 19th century, is up next. Admire the elaborate marble sculpture as you enjoy a true Roman Espresso (your guide will teach you how to order it, the Roman way) and listen to your guide talk about Italian coffee culture and the many local roasters that have sprung up around the city center. Your next stop is the Monumental Staircase. A total of 135 steps lead to the Trinita del Monti church that overlooks the Spanish Steps and the Barcaccia Fountain by Bernini. As you wind your way through the atmospheric Roman streets, heading towards the Trevi fountain, stumble across one of the tour operator's favourite wine bars, where you will stop to taste local wine from the foothills of Rome, accompanied by local salumi, cheese (including Pecorino Romano) and delicious focaccia bread. It couldn’t be a ‘dolce vita’ themed tour without a visit to the world-famous Trevi Fountain, which has become the stuff of legend since Anita Ekberg’s midnight frolic caused an international sensation in the 1960 movie that’s given our tour its title.
Next up, pass through a shopping gallery dedicated to Roman legend and comedy actor, Alberto Sordi only to arrive at the Pantheon, one of the world’s greatest and best preserved Roman temples. In the 7th century AD it was transformed into a church and remains one of the most astonishing sights in Rome; guarenteed take your breath away. Don’t forget to admire the beautiful fountain outside too, crafted by Giacomo della Porta. Your taste of the Roman good life will end at the Piazza Navona, site of the spectacular Four Rivers fountain by Bernini. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your expert local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in ravishing Rome.
- English-speaking guide
- Tastings of espresso, gelato, cheese and local charcuterie
- One glass of wine
- Food and drinks
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuity for the guide