ROME, WINE, DINE AND POMPEII
We are pleased to present you our Rome, dine, wine and Pompeii tour. We have carefully thought up this tour to take you, accompanied by one of our archaeologists, to the most beautiful archaeological and interesting locations. Rome or Caput Mundi as an icon needs little introduction, but if you have never visited, it will be our pleasure to make Rome’s past come alive for you.
As the title of this tour states we will not let you go home without having seen one of the worlds most interesting and important sites, Pompeii and the archaeological museum of Naples which holds many Greek and Roman artefacts from Pompei and Herculaneum.
Apart from showing and explaining you these amazing sites we will also take care of the eno-gastronomic aspect during your stay as we will lunch and dine in carefully selected restaurants and trattorias. Our company has a 10-year experience as online dining guide for high level restaurants in Rome and Italy. Depending on the season we will make sure to let you taste typical Italian or local delicacies.
One day of your tour we will dedicate to an easy walk in the Latium countryside where you will walk in idyllic surroundings on an ancient forgotten Roman road to end up in an abandoned Roman city where we will have a picnic waiting at the forum of this ancient town.
Day 1- Rome
Upon your arrival at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport or at the Termini train station, our staff will be waiting for you and bring you to the hotel where you can relax until dinner time. In the evening, just before dinner, we will welcome you to Rome and explain to you some ins and outs about the hotel, the area of Rome where the hotel is located and some other things regarding logistics and safety in Rome and in Italy. It will also be a moment to meet our guides and the other persons on this tour. Further, we will explain to you how your week with us will evolve. After this short welcome we are off to one of the most iconic monuments of Rome, the Pantheon. We will admire the building from the outside and come back in the morning to visit the Pantheon inside. Dinner near the Pantheon and a visit underground.
Day 2 - The Pantheon, The Baths of Caracalla and the via Appia
After a good rest and a good breakfast, transport will be ready outside the hotel to take us back to the Pantheon where our tour of today starts. After a visit inside and extensive explanations about the Pantheon, its history and the surrounding, we will walk to the Athletic stadium of Emperor Domitian or Piazza Navona-as it is called now- to admire the square, the fountains, have a short visit underground followed by a bit of leisure having a cappuccino, coffee or thee on one of terraces present on the square. From Piazza Navona our transport will take us to the Baths of Caracalla. These baths are a wonder of hydraulic engineering: it has been calculated that approximately 10.000 persons per day could bath there. After the visit to the baths we will have lunch on the Appian road which is quite nearby. After lunch we will bring you back to the hotel or drop you off at any place you choose in Rome. In the evening dinner near Campo de’ Fiori.
Day 3 - The Coliseum, the Forum Romanum, the House of Livia & Catacombs
In the morning we will show you and explain all the ins an out of the Coliseum and the Forum Romanum: how it turned from a damp and soggy valley into the seat of power from where the kingdom, the Republic and the Empire were governed, which important events took place there, and which are the most important temples and buildings. From the Forum we will walk up to the Palatine and visit the houses of Livia and Augustus, the Palace of Domitian, the Domus Severiana, and the temple of Cybele. We will end at the Campidoglio square from where we will proceed to the Appia Antica to have lunch. After lunch we will visit the circus of Massenzio and the Catacombs of San Sebastanio. From there back to the hotel to have some rest followed by dinner near the Trevi Fountain.
Day 4 – A short hike in the Roman countryside
This morning we will leave Rome and have a short travel for very easy but beautiful archaeological hike in the countryside. Upon arrival at the starting point, we will lead you into an idyllic forest where we will start walking on a long-forgotten Etruscan and Roman road. We will cross a small stream using a majestic Roman bridge and pass numerous Etruscan and Roman tombs. At the end of our walk, an abandoned Roman city with its defence walls still standing will be waiting for us. Lunch will be an Italian picknick in the forum of the old city, with typical Italian pagnotta bread, delicious cheeses, salamis, Parma ham and naturally some excellent red or white wines. On the way back to Rome, we will stop to visit a Roman Mansio or rest area on the road and see a piece of interesting Roman road. Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
Day 5 – Hadrians Villa, Villa D'Este and Tivoli
Our first destination this morning is Hadrian’s Villa which lies to the east of Rome, close to the first hills of the Apennine mountains. Hadrian’s Villa is more like a small town than a villa and we will spend the morning exploring the beautiful and immense grounds, buildings and the museum. Lunch will be at a famous restaurant in Tivoli and the afternoon we will show you Villa d’Este, a 16th century villa and UNESCO heritage site build for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este. The Villa obtained fame and glory because of its extraordinary system of fountains; fifty-one fountains and nymphaeums, 398 spouts, 364 water jets, 64 waterfalls, and 220 basins, fed by 875 meters of canals, channels and cascades, and all working entirely by the force of gravity, without pumps. In the evening, dinner near the Spanish steps.
Day 6 - Pompeii & Naples
After a transfer to the Rome Termini train station we will travel by high speed train to Naples. Once arrived in Naples, we will visit the Archaeological Museum of Naples or as it was formerly called the Real Museo Borbonico since it was Carlo VII, the Bourbon King of Naples who in 1748 took an interest in Pompeii and had excavations started which initially produced the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum and many artefacts. At the museum we will see Greek art and interesting finds from Pompei, we will also visit the secret cabinet (Gabinetto Segreto) which holds the collection of erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum. After the museum, we will have lunch in Naples and make an extensive visit of Pompeii in the afternoon. Back by train in the evening to Rome and dinner at our hotel.
Day 7 - Saint Peters Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel
In the morning we will visit 3 important churches of Rome, St. John’s Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Prassede and Saint Peter’s Basilica. All three of them are intertwined with Roman history. During the last visit we will take a trip to the top of the dome to enjoy a spectacular view of Rome. After all that we will have lunch nearby Saint Peter’s Basilica to continue with the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel in the afternoon. In the evening farewell dinner near the Pantheon.
Day 8 - transfer to the Airport or train station
In the morning we will transfer you to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport or to the Termini train station.