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Rome City Center Private Guided Walking Tour

Private Walking Tour of Rome Squares and Fountains
Duration
Duration 3 hours
Type
Family Tours
Calendar
Daily

Private walking tour with your personal expert guide to see the most well-known squares and fountains in the city center of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, which serves as the city's emblem, the Barcaccia Fountain in Piazza di Spagna, the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini in Piazza Navona, the Campo de Fiori market area for fresh produce and flowers, and more.
Rome's history, myths, and lore explained by your knowledgeable local guide.

Private walking tour of Rome in the morning or the afternoon to learn about the culture and artwork in the city's major squares, where magnificent fountains from the Baroque era are decorated with works of art.

You will see some of the most emblematic sights of Rome's historic center during your 3-hour private tour with your guide, such as:

The Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, was only completed in the 18th century after Bernini had initially designed it for Pope Urban VIII.
The Trevi Fountain is also famous for the Fellini film with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni.

Piazza Navona built on the ancient Circus of Domitian, from here its oval shape, can be considered the pride of the Baroque in Rome. The most beautiful Baroque square host the sculpture of Bernini, the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers). The church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini and Girolamo Rainaldi reflects the opulence of the Baroque style. Overlooking Piazza Navona is Palazzo Pamphilj designed by Borromini which houses one of the richest art collections of paintings and sculptures in Rome.

Some of Caravaggio's best images on the life of San Matteo may be found the church of San Luigi dei Francesi which is adjacent to Piazza Navona.

The Pantheon, one of the best-preserved structures from the time of the Ancient Romans, constructed in 120 AD by the emperor Hadrian and used as a Catholic church since 609 AD. Numerous notable burials have taken place at the Pantheon since the Renaissance.
The artists Raphael and Annibale Carracci, the composer Arcangelo Corelli, and the architect Baldassare Peruzzi are buried there, along with two Italian kings: Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I.

The magnificent Basilica Sopra Minerva, located behind the Pantheon and constructed in 1280 on the site of a Minerva temple, is the only Gothic cathedral in Rome. 


One of Rome's most recognizable landmarks, the Spanish Steps, was constructed to connect the Trinità dei Monti church and the Bourbon Spanish Embassy.
The Fontana della Barcaccia, a Baroque fountain that resembles a boat that is ready to sink (Fontana della Vecchia Barca), was created by Pietro and his son Bernini and is located in the square at the foot of the stairway.

Piazza Farnese with its Palazzo Farnese (a fine example of Renaissance architecture) houses a pair of granite basins dragged into Piazza Farnese by the Baths of Caracalla in the 16th century.
The Farnese family commissioned their favorite architect, Girolamo Rainaldi, a Baroque architect, to adapt two monumental ancient granite basins for the construction of fountains.

Piazza del Popolo where in the centre of the square you'll see an ancient Egyptian obelisk, brought to Rome by Emperor Augustus on a side of the square two examples of almost identical baroque churches: Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montesanto and on the north side the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo hosting works of art of Bernini, Caravaggio, and Pinturicchio. 




HIGHLIGHTS:
•    3 hours walking tour with your expert local guide
•    Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona
•    Trevi Fountain and Pantheon
•    The works of art of the masters of Baroque in Rome: Bernini, Caravaggio, Borromini

 

DETAILS

 

Duration:
3 hours

Start Time Private Tour:  
Morning Tour
or
Afternoon Tour

Meeting Point:
At the lobby of your hotel in Rome or to be decided at the confirmation

Inclusion:
Personal expert and licensed guide
Pantheon admission fees

Exclusions:
Gratuities (optional)
Admission fees to further churches and museums

Notes:
More of 6 persons rates on request.

On request:
Chauffeured car 

 


F.A.Q.


  • Why is the city of Rome so important?


The city of Rome holds immense historical, cultural, and symbolic significance for several reasons:

1. Ancient Civilization: Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire, one of the most influential civilizations in history. The Romans made significant contributions to architecture, engineering, law, literature, art, and governance, laying the foundations for Western civilization. Many of their achievements, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon, still stand as iconic symbols of ancient Rome's grandeur and power.

2. Center of Christianity: Rome is the spiritual and administrative center of the Catholic Church. It is home to the Vatican City, an independent city-state and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world and a major pilgrimage site for Catholics worldwide. The presence of the Vatican and numerous other churches and religious sites in Rome underscores its importance as a center of Christian faith and tradition.

3. Cultural Heritage: Rome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and archaeological treasures. The city is filled with ancient ruins, medieval churches, Renaissance palaces, and Baroque fountains, reflecting its layered history and diverse architectural styles. Visitors come from around the world to marvel at Rome's cultural landmarks, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.

4. Political Influence: Throughout history, Rome has been a political powerhouse, serving as the capital of various empires, kingdoms, and republics. It was the seat of power for the Roman Empire, the Papal States, and the Kingdom of Italy. Today, as the capital of Italy, Rome remains an important political and administrative center, housing government institutions, embassies, and international organizations.

5. Global Tourism: Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting millions of tourists each year who come to experience its unparalleled historical and cultural attractions. The city's timeless beauty, artistic treasures, and vibrant street life make it a must-see destination for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the wonders of antiquity and the splendor of the Renaissance.

In summary, Rome's importance stems from its pivotal role in shaping Western civilization, its status as the spiritual center of Christianity, its rich cultural heritage, its political influence, and its enduring appeal as a global tourist destination.


  • Which is the history of the Spanish Steps?

The Spanish Steps, or "Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti" in Italian, is a famous staircase located in Rome, Italy, connecting the Piazza di Spagna at the base with the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The history of the Spanish Steps is rich and dates back to the 18th century.

Here's a brief overview of the history of the Spanish Steps:

1. Construction: The Spanish Steps were built between 1723 and 1725 under the commission of Pope Innocent XIII. The purpose of the staircase was to connect the Piazza di Spagna, which was at the base of the hill, with the Trinità dei Monti church, which was located on the hilltop.

2. Design: The design of the Spanish Steps is attributed to the Italian architect Francesco de Sanctis. The staircase consists of 135 steps arranged in a series of terraces, with elegant curves and symmetrical proportions. At the top of the staircase is the Trinità dei Monti church, which adds to the grandeur of the overall architectural ensemble.

3. Name: The name "Spanish Steps" comes from the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, which was located near the base of the staircase in the Piazza di Spagna. However, the staircase itself has no direct connection to Spain. The name is derived from the area where the steps are located.

4. Cultural Importance: Over the years, the Spanish Steps have become a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike. The staircase is a symbol of Rome's beauty and grandeur and has been featured in numerous works of art, literature, and film. It is also a popular spot for people-watching, socializing, and enjoying the scenic views of the city.

5. Restoration and Preservation: The Spanish Steps have undergone several restoration and renovation projects over the years to maintain their structural integrity and aesthetic appeal. The most recent major restoration took place between 2014 and 2016, funded by the luxury fashion brand Bulgari, which contributed to the preservation of this iconic landmark.

Overall, the Spanish Steps are not only a magnificent architectural marvel but also a cultural and historical symbol of Rome, attracting visitors from around the world to marvel at their beauty and significance.


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