Exclusive Private Tours in Rome
A frequently asked question by demanding tourists is: what to do in Rome?
It’s possible to avoid queues at museums, go sightseeing without stress and enjoy a unique culinary experience: these are my advices about venues, a hidden treasure (the Eternal City has many lesser known spots) and a first-class rate restaurant for your dinner.
The new trend in travel is to commit to a travel agency specialized in customized tours, itineraries for small groups or individual, cooking classes and many more, just like DragonFly Tours.
The following stages are some examples of an itinerary that you can ask from an expert guide.
The Vittoriano, Fori Imperiali and Colosseum
Let’s start with a classic: go to Piazza Venezia, where you’ll see the Altar of the Fatherland (Altare della Patria), one of the most prestigious National monuments, dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II and also known as Vittoriano. The monumental complex has a neoclassical style and is a symbol of Rome greatness; if you want to enjoy an amazing view of the historical center we suggest you to go up to you to the top of Vittoriano via the steel and glass made elevator that will take to the height of 80 meters.
After the visit of Vittoriano you can go ahead by walking along Via dei Fori Imperiali (Imperial Fora), for a journey through the history of Roman Empire.
Here rises an archaeological area that dates back to the end of the Republican era and includes the Forum of Caesar, Forum of Augustus, Transitional Forum and the most impressive, the Forum of Trajan.
The area extends between Capitoline Hill and Quirinal Hill and is better to visit it during sunny days in order to better appreciate the archaeological finds. Furthermore, Via dei Fori Imperiali hosts the National Parade for the Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day) on 2nd June.
The Colosseum, at the end of the road, is the most visited ancient monument of the Capital; in fact there are often endless queues at the entrance. To avoid waiting in line, my advice is to buy in advance the ticket or use a touristic card (as Rome Pass or Archeologia Card).
Colosseum or as originally named Flavian Amphitheater was built in 80 A.D. under Titus: it was the set for fights among gladiators and others shows like animal hunts and historical re-enactments of famous battles.
The Colosseum, besides, is included in the New 7 Wonders of the World; list compiled by the New Open World Corporation in 2007, and is a must-see for Rome’s first-time visitors.
The best way to discover oddities and know more about the ancient origins of these wonderful sites is to book a luxury guided tour to Rome center: the highly knowledgeable guide will give you a new perspective on the Capital city.
A very picturesque district which every traveler should visit is Testaccio, where you will notice the Piramide Cestia (Pyramid of Cestius), built between 18 and 12 b.C. as a tomb for Caio Cestio Epulone, an Egyptian style pyramid made by concrete and marble of Carrara.
Next to the Pyramid, there is one of the hidden gems of Rome: the Protestant Cemetery, officially called Englishmen’s Cemetery or Cimitero Acattolico, where are buried distinguished figures, however this isn’t a sad and austere place.
This cemetery, in fact, is surrounded by a big green grass and by centennial cypresses that create a strange mood, “a mixture of tears and smiles” as written by Henry James, a deep emotion, especially for those who like poetry and literature.
There lie, among others, John Keats, Percy Shelley, Gregory Corso and the sculptor William Story. You will get a unique memory of the great artists that lived in Rome.
Elegant restaurant in the heart of Rome
A landmark in Rome for creative cuisine, the Convivio Troiani was founded by the chefs Angelo, Massimo and Giuseppe Troiani and is situated at Vicolo dei Soldati, 31 close to Navona square. Is the right choice for a dinner in the sign of tradition, jazzed up by the inspiration of Troiani.
The Michelin-starred restaurant offers dishes as homemade pasta, for example rigatoni all’amatriciana (tomato sauce with lard and sheep milk cheese) and a specialty by Troiani, the “spagolini”, a kind of pasta similar to spaghetti. An excellent wine list is available, with more than 3000 labels. Follow the steps of exclusiveness with a private guided tour of Rome!