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Rome- The Eternal City Through the Ages Signature Tour

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  • Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 08, 2018


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Rome- The Eternal City Through the Ages Signature Tour

This custom-designed Signature Tour of Rome surpasses the ordinary—offering an exclusive invitation to historic villas, Baroque palaces not open to the public, fragrant gardens, and personal art collections. Travel through the ages from the iconic Ancient Roman structures of the Forum to the grand Renaissance and Baroque palaces, and the modern architectural feat that is Massimiliano Fuksas’ “Cloud.” Enjoy a private invitation to lunch at the American Academy of Rome, special access to hidden masterworks, and the leadership of a renowned art and architecture scholar, who is also a native Roman eager to share his extensive knowledge of the innermost secrets of Roman culture.

Rome Highlights:
* Discover contemporary architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. * Be special guests of an Italian princess in her art-filled villa, including the only fresco by Caravaggio. * Take in splendid views of terraced gardens and historic cascades at Villa d’Este. * See the Sistine Chapel and the Baroque Colonna Palace before they open to the public.

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Hotel Accommodations: Six nights at the stylish and centrally located four-star Rose Garden Palace Hotel in Rome

The Rose Garden Palace is located in a beautifully restored historical building, just off Via Veneto. Our rooms are spacious, elegant and beautiful, with gracious amenities and all the comforts of home. Step outside, and you’ll find the best shopping, dining and sightseeing in Rome all within easy walking distance.

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Departures for Rome – depart on independent fights arriving the next morning at Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO).

Welcome to Rome

Transfer independently to the four star Rose Garden Palace Hotel, your sophisticated and centrally located home for the week. Enjoy a private tour of the often-overlooked Keats-Shelley Memorial House, nestled along the famous Spanish Steps, followed by an informal walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood. End the evening with a relaxing welcome dinner of traditional Roman cuisine in the city center at dusk. (D)

Ancient Rome

Start the day exploring the Baths of Caracalla, Rome is second-largest public baths that in ancient times accommodated some 1,600 bathers. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans along the old Appian Way, taking in views of hauntingly beautiful ruins. Enjoy lunch near the Circus Maximus as you make your way back into the city. Continue this historical journey with a visit to the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Emperor Trajan’s Market, the complex of ruins that were the hub for ancient city life. End the afternoon with an investigation of the three-tiered construction that makes up the Basilica of Saint Clement, a structure full of history as rich as that of Rome itself. Evening and dinner plans are independent. (B, L)

Tivoli’s Villa d’Este & Renaissance Rome
just outside Rome lies the historic town of Tivoli, a favorite location for country estates since the days of the Emperor Hadrian. Step back into the Renaissance at the magnificent Villa d’Este, one of the most complete expressions of Roman elegance in the 1500s. Explore the colorfully decorated interiors, extravagant gardens, and cool fountains. Savor a memorable luncheon feast at an intimate restaurant in the quiet countryside outside Tivoli. Upon your return to Rome, visit the Villa Farnesina, the Renaissance-style home belonging to papal banker Agostino Chigi. Delight in the exquisite interiors including frescoes by Raphael and an awe-inspiring faux-perspective room rendered by Baldassare Peruzzi. Enjoy the evening and dinner at leisure. (B, L)

Baroque Rome
Begin the day with a special before-hours visit to the Sistine Chapel followed by a guided tour through the Vatican museums. Continue with a tour of the spectacular art amassed by Cardinal Borghese at the Villa Borghese-Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man, and the world’s finest collection of statues by Bernini. After free time for an independent lunch, gain exclusive access to the Palazzo Colonna, one of the most elaborate private residences in the city and home to a vast collection of artworks. Finish the day with a special opening of one of Rome’s most prestigious historic homes. You will be hosted by an Italian princess who invites National Trust travelers to delight in her family’s historical treasures in this one-of-a-kind experience! (B)

20th-Century Rome
Set out on a walking tour of Rome’s Garbatella district, a fascinating neighborhood whose very architecture and urban planning reveals the dispute between communism and fascism in 20th-century Italy. Explore EUR, where Mussolini’s never-realized Universal Exposition was supposed to come to fruition. Journey to Cinecittà, the massive film studio that produced the brief-yet-brilliant neorealist film movement. Return to the city center for lunch at the American Academy of Rome. After lunch, embark on a private tour of the Academy and Villa Aurelia, where education and inspiration go hand in hand. The evening and dinner are at leisure. (B, L)

Modern Rome
Our final day in Rome begins at Parco della Musica, Renzo Piano’s incredible auditorium designed specially for the Rome symphony. Step into the soaring Jubilee Church, a Richard Meier building in Tor Tre Teste, a working-class district of Rome that was only incorporated into the city in the mid-20th century. Return to the city center for an independent lunch and a free afternoon. Rejoin your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner overlooking the city skyline and toast to a week well-spent in the Eternal City. (B, D)

Take a group transfer to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO) for independent return flights to the United States. (B)