A mini tour through cities rich in history, art and nature: hotels, guided tours, entrance tickets to museums and transfers included. From the Tyrrhenian coasts with Terracina and the Pontine islands to the Roman Castles and the Eternal City. A seven-night journey to discover Lazio, its villages and local traditions.
Accommodation in Hotel Mediterraneo 4 **** hotel or similar, in the center of Terracina, very close to the bathing area and afternoon at leisure for individual visits.
Dinner free (not included), overnight in Terracina.
Price per person: 40€, to be indicated when booking.
This morning we will take a walk in Terracina, a town in the province of Latina, bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will pass through the Emilian Forum, today’s Townhall Square, which still retains the original pavement and the sixteenth-century cathedral dedicated to San Cesareo.
The testimony of the passage of the Romans is still alive in the wonderful archaeological remains of the 1st century B.C. with the Theater that stood next to the Via Appia, also known as Regina Viarium, and the Temple of Jupiter, an incredible arched structure that surmounts the imposing Monte Sant ‘Angelo.
Afternoon at leisure for a walk in the shopping streets and to take advantage of the seaside resort.
In the afternoon it is possible to book a cruise on a tourist motorboat accompanied by an expert sailors-guides who will lead us in the visit to the Pontine islands Ponza and Palmarola. We will circumnavigation the island of Ponza, with some stops in the most beautiful and less touristy places, coffee on board included.
Price per person: 55€, to be indicated when booking.
In the warm months it is advisable to spend the morning by the sea, on one of the many beaches that make Terracina a popular seaside resort.
We will start from Piazza di Spagna with its “Barcaccia” fountain and the “Spanish Steps”. We will walk along the characteristic streets of the historic center until we reach the Trevi Fountain and arrive at the Pantheon, built in 27 BC. c. by Marco Vipsanio Agrippa.
We will continue the tour to Piazza Navona, a wonderful living room dominated by the Fountain of the Four Rivers, we will admire the works of Caravaggio in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi.
In the Vatican museums a variety of works spanning the ancient and contemporary ages are collected. Sarcophagi and mosaics share the space with masterpieces by great masters such as Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael up to Dalì, Canova and Matisse. In the midst of so much beauty, the presence of a fragment of lunar rock donated to Vatican citizens by former US president Nixon continues to amaze.
The tour ends in the Sistine Chapel where it is possible to admire the famous frescoes of the representation of the Last Judgment.
Return to the hotel individually, overnight stay.
We will enter Castel Sant’Angelo, a historic structure that, having changed its use several times, can be defined as a monument, archaeological area and museum. Do not miss the stop at the Passetto, a pedestrian passage that connects the site with the Vatican used in the past by the popes in case of danger.
Price per person: 20€ , to be indicated when booking.
We will stroll through the streets of one of the most renowned municipalities of the Roman Castles, famous for the various Tuscolan villas, once home to illustrious patrician families. The town is also known for the cathedral of St. Peter in neo-Renaissance baroque style and the church of Jesus “Gesù “ built in the eighteenth century by the genius of Carlo Fontana.
We will visit an old farmhouse surrounded by nature, vineyards and olive groves. In this area vines have been cultivated since Roman times, it is possible to visit ancient caves where wine has been aged for millennia. We will talk about the techniques of working the vine and the winemaking processes.
We will guide you through a tasting of three locally produced wines, including the famous white wine Frascati Superiore DOCG. To following lunch will be served, consisting of an appetizer and a first course of the Roman tradition.
Return to the hotel at the end of the tour, free dinner and overnight stay.
After lunch it is possible to continue with an afternoon walk through the streets of the ancient village of Nemi, the smallest town among the Roman Castles dating back to Roman times. Colorful, surrounded by nature and with a unique view of the lake of the same name, it offers noteworthy landscape views.
Price per person: 30€, to be indicated at the time of booking.
Transfer to Castel Gandolfo, a delightful town overlooking Lake Albano, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, known for the presence of the Papal Palace, the pope’s summer residence.
We will visit the ancient city center with the Papal Palace, the Pontifical Villas and the beautiful gardens. A journey that will tell us the history of the papacy from the seventeenth century to the Lateran Pacts, from the stay of John Paul II and Benedict XVI to the transformation into a museum by Pope Francis. This will be followed by a walk in the manicured gardens of the Parco delle Ville Pontificie with the remains of the ancient Roman villa.
At the end of the tour, we continue to Ariccia where we can admire the buildings overlooking piazza di Corte designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini together with the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Palazzo Chigi (outside) and the famous Ariccia bridge.
The majesty of the place and the natural beauty that surrounds it have made it the destination of the Grand Tour.
Optional transfer to the Station or airport.
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