David met us at our hotel and whisked us off on an unforgettable tour.
Nancy & Tom, Boston
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the streets of Rome in the convivial company of your own private guide.
Walk One: The Heart of Rome An introduction to the Eternal City, taking in such sights as the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and much, much more.
Walk Two: Secrets of the City An exploration of the centro storico, the historical heart of Rome, in search of some of the many fascinating quirks and curiosities that most people (including many Romans) fail to spot.
Walk Three: The Fountains of Rome ‘The fountains of Rome are, in themselves, magnificent combinations of art, such as alone it were worth coming to see.’ So observed the poet Shelley. There are in the region of 2,000 fountains in Rome, more than in any other city in the world. On this tour we encounter a small but choice selection.
Walk Four: The Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere For more than 300 years Jews were forced to live in a small, cramped area next to the river. Much of the ghetto was destroyed at the end of the 19th century, but what little survives provides a window into one of the darkest periods in the long history of Rome. Across the river lies Trastevere, a picturesque and lively district, which is home to one of Rome's finest churches and one of its grandest fountains. The climax of the tour is a spectacular panoramic view of the Eternal City.
Walk Five: A Matter of Mosaics Rome boasts the greatest concentration of medieval mosaics in the world. On this tour the focus will be on the mosaics in four churches, San Marco, Santi Cosma e Damiano, Santa Prassede, and Santa Maria Maggiore, which range, in date, from the 6th to the 13th centuries.
Walk Six: Ancient Rome We go beyond the Forum to see some of the many ancient Roman structures that survive elsewhere in the city, such as the Theatre of Marcellus, the Column of Marcus Aurelius and the oldest bridge in Rome.
Walk Seven: City of the Popes For centuries, Rome was ruled by the papacy. This walk looks at the impact such rule had on the buildings, monuments and layout of the Eternal City, from the Piazza del Popolo to the Palazzo del Quirinale.
Walk Eight: Bernini, Borromini & the Baroque 17th century Rome was home to two of the titans in the history of art: Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini. This tour will explore a choice selection of their work, including the churches of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant' Andrea al Quirinale.