Discover an original perspective of Rome through cultural paths designed by Federica Dal Palù, art historian and licensed tour guide, who for years has created itineraries of inestimable value, which reveal the most authentic and treasured side of the capital.
The Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are one of the major attractions in the world’s smallest sovereign community, which consist in 1200 rooms with more than 70,000 works of art and 20,000 visitors every day.
They are packed with incredible art and a guided tour is highly recommended in order to not to lose one’s way nor the main focal points.
The private tour lasts three hours and includes the: Pio Clementino Museum with some of the best sculptures from the Greek and Roman world including the Laocoon, the Apollo and the Belvedere Torso. Furthermore, exclusively for those who choose this tour, there is the special opportunity to visit the Cabinet of Masks, an area which is normally closed to the public. The hall is well known for the mosaics inserted in the centre of the floor which derive from various parts of Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli. Amongst the sculptures on display, there are several female subjects: a reproduction of the celebrated group of the Three Graces, a statue of a nymph, much admired by Goethe and a series of statues of Aphrodite inspired by the masterpieces of ancient Greek art. From here we will reach the Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. To follow, Michelangelo’s great masterpiece: the Sistine Chapel. The fabulous ceiling and Last Judgement on the alter are not to be missed. The visit ends at St. Peter’ basilica, which represents the heart of Christianity, where it is possible to admire Bernini’s Baldacchino and Michelangelo’s Pietà.
- The Vatican museum tours start either at 08:30am or 01:30pm from the hotel and lasts 3 hours. - Please note that an early morning tour is also possible, which starts at 07:00am from the hotel, it is therefore possible to enter the museum one hour before it opens to the general public.
- This tour is not available on Sundays.
Night Tours of the Vatican Museum
Period: April, May, June, August, September, October
Time: from 07:00pm to 11:00pm (last entry at 09:30pm)
In a few periods of the year it is possible to enjoy the Vatican Museum after normal visiting hours, so as to admire the beauty of a more intimate and tranquil.
- The cost for the 3 hour Vatican Tour is €270.80 (vat included) + ticket cost.
- The visit to St. Peter’s basilica is not included.
Hidden Vatican private Tour
Discover the areas of the Vatican museums usually closed to visitors! A special guided tour to discover the hidden masterpieces usually inaccessible to the public:t he architectural staircase of the Bramante Staircase, the wonderful frescoes by Angelico and Gozzoli within the Chapel of Nicholas V and the Cabinet of Masks.
- The itinerary or access to this sector could be subject to unexpected variations or cancellations communicated by the State of the Vatican City.
- The price for the 5 hour Vatican city tour is € 426.40 (vat included) + tickets + € 850 special hidden Vatican museums.
A 3 hour tour which starts by exploring the Flavian amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum. It was commissioned around 70-72AD by Emperor Vespian fo the Flavian family as a gift to the Roman people and has since then been an important symbol of Rome. After four centuries of active use, the magnificent stadium fell into neglect and until the 18th century was used as a source of building materials. Leaving the Colosseum and walking next to the arch of Titus, we will make our way to the Palatine hill, where Rome was founded 2800 years ago and was a residence for most of the Roman emperors.
The Palatine hill is considered as one of the most important of the seven hills and just below the hill you will reach the Roman Forum which was the centre of all political, religious or economical decisions. Today the centre of the Rome’s political administration resides at the top of the Capitoline hill with the Mayor’s office.
- The price for the 3 hour Ancient Rome tour is € 270,80 (vat included) + tickets.
Fountains and Squares
This 3 hour tour includes Piazza Farnese, in the heart of the Farnese Palace, which today is where the French Embassy resides. Its famous facade was completed by Michelangelo and has inspired many other buildings. A few steps away is one of the most chracteristic and lively food and flower markets in Rome, the Campo dei Fiori. From here, the famous Piazza Navona can be reached with the wonderful sculptural Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini. From there through the small winding streets of Rome, we will reach the Pantheon, Rome’s best preserved ancient temple. Last but not least the impressive Trevi Fountain designed in a late baroque style by architect Nicola Salvi, made famous in the movie La Dolce Vita. The tour draws to an end in the most famous and fashionable square in Rome: the Spanish steps, whose monumental 135 step staircase was designed and built to connect the square to the Trinità dei Monti Church. This attracted artists, poets and painters and has become a traditional meeting place for Romans.
- The price for the 3 hour Ancient Rome tour is € 270,80 (vat included).
The Borghese Gallery is one of Rome’s must see museums. It was built in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V and has one of the best collections in the world of sculptures, bas –reliefs, ancient mosaics, paintings and sculptures from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.
The villa’s collection is spread out over two floors and divided in 20 decorated rooms; the lower floor is mainly dedicated to sculpture; the upper floor to masterpieces by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio and Titian. The Borghese Villa has been renovated and extended through the years, and was eventually sold to the Italian government in 1902 along with the entire Borghese estate and surrounding gardens and parklands.
Only 360 visitors are allowed at a time into the museum, which makes it a less crowded attraction in comparison to the Vatican museum. The gallery is surrounded by a large public park which you are free to explore afterwards.
- The cost for the 2 hour Borghese Gallery tour is €228.80 (vat included) + ticket cost.
- Meeting point directly in front of the Borghese Gallery museum – Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5).
- No tours on Mondays.
This 2 hour tour includes a brief overview of ancient Rome as well as Renaissance works. We will visit the Capitoline hill, one of the most important hills in the history of Rome and one of the most beautiful Renaissance squares, designed by Michelangelo and surrounded by buildings from the Capitoline Museums, one of the oldest museums in the World. From the terrace of the Capitoline Hill there is an impressive view over the ruins of the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. From the Campidoglio our walking tour continues down Via dei Fori Imperiali where you can see the column of Emperor Trajan. On the opposite side are the ruins of the Forum of Julius Caesar and the Forum of Octavian Augustus, the first public squares of the city.
After the imperial squares you will reach the symbol of Rome: the Colosseum a magnificent monument built in only 8 years.
The walking tour will end in S. Pietro in Vincoli Church, which holds Michelangelo’s masterpiece, a large marble sculpture of Moses.
- The cost for the 2 hour Grand Tour is €228.80 (vat included) + ticket cost.
This is an exclusive tour of Rome’s Palazzo Colonna, one of the oldest and largest private palaces in Rome. It is open by private appointment during the week, a true jewel representing Roman Baroque, the Galleria Colonna was commissioned in the 1600s by Cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna. The Colonna family has lived in the same spot for 800 years. It has included one Pope (Martin V, who saw the papal seat return to Rome from Avignon) and more than a dozen Cardinals. While following the family history and story of Rome through the centuries, visitors can also take in the important art collection and architectural developments of Palazzo Colonna. Continuously inhabited since the middle ages, the palace was extensively renovated in the 17th Century, and offers an unusually complete overview at the lifestyle of the ruling class, especially over the past 500 years. The collection’s prized pieces include Bruegel (younger and elder) in a room dedicated to Dutch paintings and a rich collection of 15-18 Century depictions of Italy. The guided tour begins with a series of rooms exposing art from the family collection, set in a backdrop with authentic periodic furniture and showcasing wonderful marble floors, tapestries, sculptures and chandeliers.
During the visit, we will have a chance to visit the private apartments of Princess Isabelle, who lived here in the 20th century and played a pivotal role in opening the palace to the public.
- The cost for the 2 hour private tour of Colonna Palace is €250.00 (vat included) + €450.00 (private opening of the Colonna Palace).
Tailor Made Tours
We would be delighted to arrange special tailor made tours according to specific guest requirements.