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Rome: Hot-Air Balloon Flight over the Tiber Valley

1. Rome: Hot-Air Balloon Flight over the Tiber Valley

Travel just 37 miles (60 km) outside of Rome to the small town of Magliano Sabina located on the Via Tiberina. Meet your pilot to transfer to the nearby launch site for a pre-flight briefing. If you choose, you can assist with the balloon inflation. Once the balloon is inflated, the pilot will welcome you onboard the 'lighter than air' flight. As you ascend into the air, enjoy 360-degree panoramic views and get bird's eye photo opportunities of the spectacular scenery. The maximum height you will ascend to is 1,500 feet (500 meters) where the temperature is almost the same as on the ground. The ground crew will be tracking your flight as you go and will be waiting with the Jeep transfer to take you back to Magliano Sabina after your landing. When you land, after a 40-60-minute flight, toast your adventure with local DOC wines, salami, and cheese. Your pilot will sign your First Flight Certificate as a souvenir of your day.

From Rome: Full-Day Montecassino Abbey & WW 2 Battlefields

2. From Rome: Full-Day Montecassino Abbey & WW 2 Battlefields

Begin the tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Rome by an air-conditioned comfortable vehicle and professional English-speaking driver. Start your 1.5-hour drive to Montecassino, observing the landscape as you go. Upon your arrival, meet your tour guide and begin a tour of the Abbey of Montecassino, one of the most well-known Abbeys in the world (admission not included). Continue to the Polish War Cemetery. Construction of Polish War Cemetery began in 1944, after the end of hostilities, and was finished in 1946. However, the official consecration took place on 1 September 1945 during a multi-faith celebration conducted according to the rites of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish faiths, attended by representatives of the Polish Government-in-Exile and Allied Command. Visit the Cassino Memorial, the Commonwealth War Cemetery for various military groups and nationalities who are held in high esteem by the local people. Learn about New Zealand, the US, the UK, France, and so many others who helped to free Italy from the grip of the Third Reich. Move on to the village of Sant'Angelo, the battlefield of the Rapido River, the Freedom Bell near that site. Head to your last stop, the village of San Pietro that was destroyed in late 1943 by fighting between the advancing U.S. forces seeking to break the Winter Line and the defending German troops. In San Pietro, see the Parco Della Memoria Storica (History Memorial Park) that contains the ruins of the village, still laying as they were at the end of the war. Enjoy free time for a light lunch before returning to Rome.

Montalcino Truffle and Wine Tasting Day Tour from Rome

3. Montalcino Truffle and Wine Tasting Day Tour from Rome

Meet with your private driver and depart towards the Southern part of Tuscany.  Here you will meet your expert local guide, touring a magic small jewel of Val D'Orcia, Castelmuzio. In ten minutes you will reach Montisi, where a professional sommelier will introduce you the secrets of truffle and all the properties of this wonderful gem. Enjoy a light lunch based on truffle and bubbles. After that, crossing the most beautiful views of Val D'Orcia, you will reach Montalcino. Home of the world-famous Brunello wine, Montalcino is an intriguing medieval hilltop town. Brunello wine is said to be "the king of reds and the red of kings". Brunello will now be our host and you its welcomed host. Brunello was developed by a Noble Tuscany Family a little more than a century ago, and almost immediately drew the attention of connoisseurs for its excellence. Brunello is produced exclusively within the Montalcino territory, and only from Sangiovese Grosso grapes, a Sangiovese clone perfectly suited to local conditions. Before release, Brunello must be aged for four years, at least two of which must be in wooden casks. At the end of the tour, sit back, relax, and enjoy your 2-1/2 hour drive back to your hotel in Rome. The duration of your tour is about 10 hours and you can expect to be back at your hotel around 6:00pm, depending on local traffic.

Rome: Private Car Tour

4. Rome: Private Car Tour

Visit Rome in a fun and exciting way without sacrificing comfort on this private car tour that is uniquely tailored to your interests. Begin by being picked up at your hotel by your expert guide, and soon discover Rome's historic center, its panoramic point, millenary monuments, and incredible architecture. See the Gianicolo Fountain, a monumental fountain located on Janiculan Hill in Rome. Continue on to St. Peter's Square, which is in front of St. Peter's Basilica, and visit the romantic stairway of the Trinity of the Mountains with the Barcaccia Fountain. Finally, check out the Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona and the majestic monuments of the Pantheon and the Colosseum.

From Rome: Ostia Antica Ruins

5. From Rome: Ostia Antica Ruins

Your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in central Rome and, in about 45 minutes, you’ll reach Ostia Antica where you’ll first tour the ruins (skip-the-line tickets included). Be led by an official licensed tour guide. The ancient Roman city of Ostia was in antiquity situated at the mouth of the river Tiber, some 30-kilometers to the west of Rome. The shoreline moved seawards due to silting from the Middle Ages until the 19th century. Therefore, Ostia is today still lying next to the Tiber. The river was used as harbor, but in the Imperial period, two harbor basins were added to the north, near Leonardo da Vinci Airport. The harbor district was called Portus, Latin for "harbor." This tour focuses on some of the archaeological remains of Imperial Ostia and Portus. Then you’ll spend some time visiting by yourself the wonderful medieval neighborhood near the ruins, stopping for lunch at your own expense. At the end of the tour, sit back, relax and enjoy your short drive back to your hotel in Rome. The duration of your tour is about 7 hours and you can expect to be back at your hotel around 16:00, depending on local traffic.

Rome: Villa D'Este & Tivoli Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

6. Rome: Villa D'Este & Tivoli Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally located Rome accommodations. The driver will await you in the lobby before beginning the 45-minute journey to Tivoli. Upon your arrival, purchase your tickets and audio guide and enter the Villa d'Este, built in the heart of the Renaissance. Walk around the villa independently and observe the magnificent gardens and construction. Pose for photos in front of the Bernini-designed fountains as your audio guide tells you of the Cardinal and details his lavish life in the villa. This famous Italian-style garden reverberates with the sound of many fountains that inspired Franz Liszt to write a piano melody titled, "Fountains of the Villa d'Este".  After your tour of Villa D'Este, return to your car and travel to a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful view of Tivoli. Next, take a leisurely stroll in the small ancient town of Tivoli. The city offers a wide view of the Roman countryside and stunning landscape. During the tour, you’ll be allowed time for lunch (not included) in a very typical restaurant and of course to visit the main sites of the town.  At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to your accommodation in Rome. The tour will be a total of 6 hours from pick-up to drop-off. Audioguides (in English, French, German and Spanish) are available for both the villa and garden. They may be rented at the entrance.

From Civitavecchia Port: Full-Day Best of Christian Rome

7. From Civitavecchia Port: Full-Day Best of Christian Rome

Meet your private air-conditioned vehicle dockside under the gangway exit of your ship and transfer directly to Rome. The driver will wait for you at the pier just outside the ship with a sign with your name written on it. It isn’t impossible to concentrate 17 centuries of history in one tour and be guided to the most significant sites of the Catholic Church in Rome. Official licensed guides, if booked, are selected by the local tour operator. Sit down for lunch in a typical Roman restaurant. Consider that in high season from April to October, you must book the tour option with guide included a minimum 30 days in advance. During your private tour, you will enjoy landmarks such as Saint John Lateran, the Holy Stairs, Saint Mary Major, Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Christian Catacombs on the Ancient Appian Way and St. Peter’s Basilica (if and when open). Dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the first among the four major basilicas of Rome. It is also the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, the pope, and is thus known as Omnium urbis et orbis Ecclesiarum Mater et Caput: "Cathedral of Rome and of the World." The sanctuary gets its name from the 28 marble steps of the Holy Stairs. According to an ancient Christian tradition, Saint Helena (†335), the mother of Constantine, had the stairs transported from Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem to Rome. It is believed that Jesus climbed these stairs several times the day he was sentenced to death, thus, they are known as the “Scala Pilati” or “Scala Sancta” (the Holy Stairs or Pilate’s Stairs). The Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major reigns as an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value, and represent the church's role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome. Saint Paul Outside the Walls is where Christians venerated the memory of Saint Paul the Apostle, beheaded under Nero around 65-67 AD. Above his grave, located along the Ostiense Way, Emperor Constantine built a basilica. The Christian catacombs originated in Rome between the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 3rd centuries. The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is the papal enclave within the city of Rome. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. You can choose which catacombs you prefer to visit among the following: the Catacombs of St. Domitilla, Catacombs of St. Sebastian or the Catacombs of San Callixtus. The Catacombs of St. Domitilla are the oldest of Rome's underground burial networks, and the only ones to still contain bones. They are also the best-preserved and one of the most extensive of all the Catacombs. Included in their passages are a 2nd-century fresco of the Last Supper and other valuable artifacts. There are around 4,000,000 bodies buried in St. Domitilla. They are the only catacombs that have a subterranean basilica. The Catacombs of St. Sebastian, as one of the smallest Christian cemeteries, has always been some of the most accessible catacombs and are thus some of the least preserved (of the four original floors, the first is almost completely gone). On the left end of the right hand wall of the nave of the primitive basilica (rebuilt in 1933 on ancient remains), arches to end the middle of the nave of the actual 13th-century church are visible, along with the outside of the apse of the Chapel of the Relics; whole and fragmentary collected sarcophagi (mostly dating from the 4th-century) were found in excavations. The Catacombs of San Callixtus or the Crypt of the Popes was built after 150 AD. It takes its name from the deacon Saint Callixtus, proposed by Pope Zephyrinus in the administration of the same cemetery - on his accession as pope, he enlarged the complex, and soon it became the official one for the Roman church. The arcades, where more than fifty martyrs and sixteen pontiffs were buried, form part of a complex graveyard that occupies 15 hectares and is around 12 miles (20 kilometers) long. Once you get to the catacombs, your entrance tickets (8 EUR/person not included) will be purchased on the spot. Your driver will be able to help you complete the task. Then, you'll start your visit inside with a small group tour in your preferred language given by the catacombs staff. At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the port of Civitavecchia, leaving you outside your ship. The tour will be a total of 9-hours from pick-up to drop-off. Suggested pick-up is at 07:30.

From Rome: Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana SkipTheLine

8. From Rome: Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana SkipTheLine

Start your trip with a pickup at your hotel in Rome. First, visit Emperor Hadrian's villa, which was built in the 2nd-century. Marvel at the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architecture, which has been fused together to create this stunning building. Next, you will head to the ancient city of Tivoli. Walk around and enjoy a stop for lunch if you like. Continue to Villa d'Este. Unwind in the relaxing gardens, and be sure to pose for photos in front of the Bernini-designed fountains.  After your Villa D'Este visit, you will return to your accommodation in Rome. Enjoy a lavish day that you won't forget in the Italian countryside

From Civitavecchia: Rome Shore Excursion

9. From Civitavecchia: Rome Shore Excursion

During your highway journey, you will take in views of the Roman countryside and the Tyrrhenian Sea. What you will see aspects of Ancient Rome, monumental Rome, and Christian Rome on this tour. For a taste of Ancient Rome, see the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Capitol Hill, and an overview of the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column, and Circus Maximus. Monumental Rome consists of Venice Square and the "Wedding Cake," the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a typical Roman restaurant. After lunch, discover Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a 2-hour guided tour and skip-the-line tickets included.

Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Skip-The-Line with Lunch

10. Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Skip-The-Line with Lunch

From Rome, the tour will include stops to visit the towns of Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio. Explore these towns at your own pace, or choose to employ the services of a private locally-licensed tour guide, at an additional cost. Orvieto is a town in the region Umbria situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site of the city rises above the almost vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. Orvieto was built originally in the Etruscan era, and it kept growing throughout the ages. It now has the looks of a medieval small town, but it’s still possible to understand its entire history by visiting the town’s most important sites. Among the important sites to visit in Orvieto is the cathedral, one of the most magnificent you’ll ever see. Civita di Bagnoreggio is a small town located atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff. It was founded during the Etruscan era, and during the centuries it never grew much in width, always remaining incredibly small. Nowadays, the town has a limited number of inhabitants, and it was known as a dying town before tourism started to head in its direction during the last few years. During the tour, you’ll have lunch in a typical farmhouse restaurant and visit the main sites of each town. Please consider that spending a long time in each of the towns will mean that you’ll be able to have shorter visits in the other towns. At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to your accommodation in Rome. The tour will be a total of 10-hours from pickup to drop-off.

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Best way to take a tour Private!!

We loved our driver Ricardo, he was so friendly, helpful, informative and made the whole day great! He drove us to Sorrento and gave suggestions on where to eat & shop. Then we went to Pompeii and this was amazing as well. We did not get a tour guide with this package for Pompeii, kinda wish we had, but it was still great. Didn't realize that the package did not include admission to Pompeii, this was the only real drawback because did not expect to pay. Wasn't too expensive though, so it was fine. I went with my husband, My daughter and son in law and my youngest adult daughter and we all loved Ricardo and loved having this time to just our family, great way to end our final day in Italy!!

wonderful trip! :)

This trip was the nicest of our entire week in Rome. Paolo, our driver, drove us through the narrowest streets with sleepwalking security and also told little stories. Gaetano, our guide in Pompeii, was not only very charming, but also a great guide who was able to show us exciting and informative details on every corner. Without him we would have missed a lot in Pompeii! We then did not quite manage the ascent to Vesuvius. On the one hand, this was due to the very warm weather, on the other hand, the delicious food that we were allowed to enjoy at the winery. Very tasty, very rich - highly recommended! :)

Our driver Giovanni and guide Francesco were very hospitable and gave us what was within their means to make the tour memorable. But please note that the catacombs are not open throughout the year and only a scheduled opening is made in winter. Through no fault of our guides, we were unable to see the catacombs but were given an alternate site and still provided for to the best of the guides' abilities.

Beautiful experience at dawn on a Sunday morning. As soon as the hot air balloon broke away from the ground, it seemed to live in an almost surreal reality, time stopped and everything became magic ... Wonderful landscapes and enchanted atmosphere. All the fears that had made me hesitant for days also dissolved. Great credit also goes to Ivan and Elisa, truly exquisite people. Straconsiglio.

A great day, a true experience. Sorrento is a lovely town with many shops and restaurants. We would have liked an extra hour or two in Pompeii as there is so much to see.