Rome at Christmas - The Eternal City
The monuments of Rome stand as an omnipresent testament to a past Empire that stretched from Scotland to Syria. Let us introduce you to this exquisite, intimate city in delightful detail and at its most beautiful - over Christmas. Experience one of the most charismatic and engaging of the great cities of the world in all its festive glory...
- A Christmas morning walk through the Field of Mars
- Hear the Pope’s annual St. Peter’s Basilica address
- See Michelangelo’s masterwork during a private visit
- Explore the great Ostia Antica archaeological site
- Visit the Villa Borghese to tour exquisite collections
- Christmas - New Year
- Great Cities
- Special Access
We fly from London to Rome and transfer to our central hotel.
We start today at the Colosseum for a special guided visit to this iconic monument of spectacle and blood. We will explore the extensive underground service passages and ascend to the upper levels of the mighty Flavian amphitheatre. The morning will end at the other end of Roman history, with the extraordinary excavations at the church of San Clemente.
We have lunch before an afternoon walk through the Roman Forum and the imperial Fora, the great administrative centre of Rome from Republic to Empire.
We begin today at Vatican Museum, where we have a guided tour of the highlights of this vast Papal collection of antiquities and art. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to explore St. Peter’s Basilica independently, before returning to the Vatican Museum for our special private visit to the Sistine Chapel. In contrast to this morning, the empty, eerie, echoing Vatican palace provides the perfect tranquil background in which to view the insistent masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo.
This morning we take a trip to the Villa Borghese to visit the Galleria Borghese, you will be taken on a tour of the exquisite collections of one of Rome’s great families, including Bernini’s wonderful Apollo and Danae. For a change of scene we proceed to southern Rome to the Montemartini Museum, where an innovative display of finds from Republican and Imperial Rome has been displayed. After lunch, we shall finish the day at the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, where we find the famous ‘non-Catholic’ cemetery with the graves of Keats and Shelly.
On Christmas Day we wake up to a leisurely morning and explore the sites of the Field of Mars, this includes the Piazza Navona and the column of Marcus Aurelius. We make our way to St. Peter’s Square in time to hear the Pope’s Christmas blessing. Christmas lunch may be followed by a gentle stroll through parts of central Rome.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager - Diana Blumberg
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - Most meals included except Dinner on Day 3 and Lunch on Day 6
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
- Hotels - 5 nights in a hotel housed in a patrician building and run by the same family since 1898. Comfortable, charming and perfectly located behind the Pantheon