Essential Rome

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Oliver is a Cambridge-based writer and archaeologist. Completing a BA in Archaeology, he continued to postgraduate research specialising in Early Iron Age architecture. He has excavated in Greece and led…Read More Bio »



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Explore the center of Rome’s historic Campus Martius area in this essential introduction to Roman history, lifestyle and culture. We’ll discuss the flamboyance of the Trevi Fountain and where its water comes from, the elegant Spanish steps, and the structural marvel of the Pantheon, as we are introduced to the world of intrigue that is ancient Rome. Known as the ‘eternal city’, a journey through Rome is a journey through time, and on this tour we see some of the city’s true highlights.

Avoid the Crowds

Allows you to explore without having to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a large tour group

Expert-created Tour

Written by a Cambridge-based archaeologist, whose postgraduate (MRes) research has been devoted to Early Iron Age architecture

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Highlights include:

The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon

Remote Tour Included

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Essential Rome

  1. The Spanish Steps - Any time spent in Rome would be incomplete without a visit to the Spanish Steps. One of the most romantic spots in Italy, it has been a favourite among traveling artists and writers for over two centuries. The precedent set by the scores of English grand tourists who flocked to the charming Piazza di Spagna in the eighteenth century, not least the romantic poets Keats and Shelley, is continued today by visitors from across the globe.
  2. Column of the Immaculate Conception - This glorious columns represents to Catholics at least, the settling of a centuries-old theological debate and is now the centre of one of Rome’s most enigmatic religious festivals, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.
  3. Trevi Fountain - Perhaps the most famous fountain in Italy, the Trevi Fountain typifies, more than any other monument in the city, the extravagant motifs and racy romanticism of the Baroque period.
  4. Piazza Colonna - This Piazza, or square, is typical of how this part of Rome, the Field of Mars, has developed over time. In its centre, a massive column that has stood here since ancient times but surrounding it, the impressive palaces and façades of later times.
  5. Piazza di Pietra - Majestically occupying the south side of the Piazza di Pietra are the elegant columns of the 2nd century AD temple dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian. The columns are now woven into the fabric of a 17th century Papal palace, it’s yet another example of the unbroken continuity of the ‘eternal’ city.
  6. The Pantheon - The most significant building surviving from the ancient Campus Martius and perhaps even in the entirety of Rome, the Pantheon is a marvel of ancient engineering and endeavour.
  7. Piazza Navona - The striking Piazza Navona has become symbolic of Roman lifestyle. Street side cafes with bow-tied waiters, huddled around a cobbled square, adorned with grandiose fountains and church facades.
  8. Sant’Andrea della Valle - The Basilica of St Andrew of the Valley is another Baroque behemoth right on the edges of the Campo Marzo, or Field of Mars area. It is bound by the relatively modern Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th century attempt to aggrandize the city’s streets.
  9. Campo de Fiori - We end our tour at one of Rome’s most free-spirited spots, the Campo de’ Fiori. With its lively stalls and bohemian cafes it’s a great starting point to explore the narrow streets that lead from here to colourful Trastevere on the other side of the Tiber.

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