Activities and Private Rome Holidays
There are many wonderful Rome holidays with fantastic tours that this ancient capital has to offer. There is the ancient Coliseum, the Old Forums and Vatican City; comprising of St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. However, there is plenty to see underground as well such as the Catacombs tour. Rome is the city with something for everyone as after immersing yourself in ancient history, there are also the art galleries and Borghese Gardens to keep you entertained.
Most Rome holidays include a trip to the Coliseum which was built in 80 AD, and it is still the largest Roman amphitheatre in the world. In its heyday, It housed between 50,000 – 80,000 spectators who would witness the gladiator’s fight to the death.
The next part of your Rome holidays break is the Old Forum just along from the Coliseum, which house the ancient government buildings. For centuries this was the centre of public life in Rome, where elections, public speeches, criminal trials, gladiatorial matches and commercial affairs were conducted. Surviving structures include the Temples of Saturn, Caesar, Castor and Pollux, and the Arch of Septimus Severus, all to be viewed on your trip.
Vatican City is recognised as the smallest separate state in the world, and is the permanent residence of the Pope. Your Rome private guided tour comprises of St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and gardens. The museums house some of the most famous paintings and sculptures known in Rome. Holidays that include the Vatican can often encounter lengthy queuing, so a private guided tour is a must, to make the most of your time!
St Peter’s Basilica was designed by many of the world’s most renowned artists including Michelangelo and Bernini, and to date is still the largest and one of the holiest churches in the world. St Peter’s tomb is located directly beneath the altar of the basilica. The Pope regularly conducts a number of services from this church, which can house audiences of 15,000 inside and over 80,000 in St Peter’s Square.
The Sistine Chapel is the location of the Papal conclave, where the new Popes are selected in Rome. Holidays with Italian Short Breaks include a private guided tour where you will witness some wonderful frescos including Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement” on the chapel ceiling, and “The Life of Moses” and “The Life of Christ”.
The Vatican Museums display a wide range of art collected by the Roman Catholic Church, which includes some of the finest Renaissance art pieces viewed in Rome. Holidays visitors to the Vatican Museums easily reach around 5.5 million people a year, making it the fourth most visited museum in the world.
As well as fantastic private Rome holidays, there are also some elaborate underground catacombs. There are at least forty on record and new ones are still being discovered in Rome. Holidays including the catacombs tour, will see you explore where the Christian burials took place below ground when they ran out of space above ground in the 2nd century AD. These catacombs are a good historical example of early Christian art as they contain frescos and sculptures, something you will view on your trip. Rome’s first large scale evacuation began in the 2nd century when Roman law forbade burials from taking place within the city walls.Other Must See Sites
After enjoying your private guided Rome break, make sure you have time left to visit the other sites including the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens, all within walking distance in Rome. Holidays tend to focus on the main sites, but these are not to be missed! Accommodation
Whilst enjoying your private Rome holidays, you need to have a centrally located hotel which you can wander out from and soak up the full Roman experience. We love Hotel Capo d’Africa which is ideally located only steps away from the Coliseum and Roman with wonderful views. This 4 star, early 20th century boutique hotel, has a restaurant - Bistrot “L’Attico” where dining can be sampled al fresco on the rooftop terrace overlooking panoramic views of the city’s most ancient sites. Ideal after your private tours have concluded. Rome holidays and Extensions
Combine your private Rome holidays break with either time down south in Naples and the Amalfi Coast, or head north for Verona, Venice, Milan and Florence. Why not team your Rome holidays break with a trip to the Venetian Regatta race, Verona Opera and Sorrento
(link to Regatta, Verona, Rome & Sorrento break).