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Hop On-Hop Off Bus:
hop onThe buses drive contiunuously by the city’s most important monument.               Get On and Off when and wherever you please. You will find them puntually at all 11 stops of the bus route from 8.45 am to 8.15 pm 7 days a week.               On board, a very informative audioguide of 13 languages will help you understand the incredible history and the splendour of the art that make Rome a unique city.

Vatican Museums – Sistine Chapel – St.Peters Basilica:. The Vatican Museums vaticancontain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes trough the centuries. The museum include several monumental works of art, such as the Sistine Chapel and the Raphaels rooms. Professional tour guides will lead you through an unforgettable trip of art.

Ancient Rome Colosseum – Palatine Hill – Roman Forum: Take a complete tour of ancient Rome’s major sites and skip the lines for the archeological area. Gain your special access to the colosseumColosseum and once inside, breath the bloody past of the anphitheatre. Let’s admire the splendid Arc of Constantine, climb the Palatine Hill and stomp on the legendary Via Sacra (Sacred Way).

Christian Rome and Catacombs: Join the group at the meeting point and discover great basilicas as St.Mary the Major and St.John Lateran. Visit the catacombs, labyrints of catacombsunderground tunnels that were used by Christians to hide during the persecution times and as burial places, in a unique journey trough history.

Rome Surroundings Tivoli and its Villas: Join the group at the meeting point and visit Tivoli,
an ancient resort area renowed for its beauty and its good water, enriched by many roman villas tivolisuch as Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este. Come to discover the renaissance styled Villa d’Este, a gorgeous palatial setting surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks, water jets and fountains.

Tours in Rome by Vespa Calessino: Special remake of the Ape Calessino in 600 pieces: a homge to the history of a unique vehicle and an exclusive proposal for mobility in absolutely chic ape calessinoenvironments. The Ape Calessino is a perfect reinterpretation of the mythical design of the Sixties which brings back to mind the values of radiance that are typical of the Mediterranean. Ape Calessino is the icon of a Lifestyle, the precious symbol of an elegant and exclusive minimalism which escapes wild rhythms in order to recapture the awareness of places, people and friendship. Ape’s traditional features of robustness and manageability, ensured by the reduced turning radius, by manual shift and by the well-tested and robust diesel engine, are enriched by timeless aesthetical solutions  so to be enjoyed and driven with pleasure. The availability tours are: Rome by Night and Rome Panoramic Tour with the same price of 85,00 euro/person (min. 2 persons).

Ancient Rome Aperitif :  What to do in Rome on Friday night? Experience an unforgettable dive in to the past! Hidden in a marvellous site of Rome city center there is an ancient Roman House. Discover aperitifthis out-off the beaten trucks site and taste a unique aperitif based on original recopies 2000 years old. Why ancient? You will visit an original II century A.D. house, extraordinarily well preserved thanks since buried for centuries. Why aperitif? In this ancient house you will experience a range of delicious and taste-ful specialties, our chefs will repeat the recipes of the renowned imperial roman cook Apicius with a variety of wines in ancient roman styles.

Cooking Day with a famous chef : For all italian food lovers! If you are a gourmand, cooking aficionados or a fan homemade cuisine, our cooking tours will like you. In this way you have the opportunity to cookingcombine your holiday with a cooking school by preparing traditional dishes togheter with our teaching chef. You will learn first-hand how to make home made pasta and then tips about cooking art. After class you will eat and enjoy what you have prepared and cheers with local wines.


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Around 100 km far from Rome dirction Noth-East along the Benedictine Way take the chance to immerse yourselves in an latmosphere of emotions, art and culture by visiting the Carthusian Monastery of Trisulti in Collepardo in the province of Frosinone. The Carthusian Monastery or Certosa rises up at an altitude of 825 metres, immersed in the secular oak woods of the Hernici Hills, bordering the National Park of Abruzzo. This wonderful complex of buildings is the perfect place to regenerate and find serenity. The construction of the monastery dates back to 1204 when it was built on the remains of the ancient Benedictine abbey dating back to the year 1000, of which some ruins can still be seen today. The building, despite a series of works carried out over time, including restoration in 1958, has kept its original Romanesque-Gothic style. Originally inhabited by Benedictines for around two centuries, in 1204 it was handed over to the Carthusians who constructed the building we can still see today and kept it until 1947, when it was entrusted to the Cistercian Congregation of Casamari.

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The Isola Tiberina has always been a mysterious place, shrouded in legend, surrounded by the river and linked inseparably to the origins of Rome. The island is heralded by the “Ponte Rotto” (broken bridge), the “Pons Aemilius“, the first stone bridge in Rome, restored several times because of the turbulence of the Tiber, which at that point has won the battle leaving only a few remains.
This remarkable piece of land in the middle of the Tiber was called “Intra duos pontes” (between two bridges) by the Romans; the island was connected to the terra firma by two bridges that were originally wooden. One is the Cestio bridge, built in 46 BC by Lucius Cestius and restored numerous times over the centuries because of the flooding of the river, so that what was a single-span bridge ended up with three arches; it was also called Ponte San Bartolomeo and “ponte ferrato” (bridge strengthened with iron).
The second bridge, Fabricio, preceded by the Caetani Tower, which belonged to the family that had transformed the island into a small fort in the Middle Ages, was also called “Ponte dei Giudei” (bridge of the Jews) because it was near the Ghetto.
The origins of the Isola Tiberina are to be found in the numerous legends surrounding it: it was supposed to have arisen over an ancient ship, whose shape it still maintains, further accentuated by the Romans, who to feed the legend built a stone prow and stern on it, giving it the shape of a warship, with the obelisk in the centre of the island.
According to another legend, the island was said to have arisen on the mud accumulated over the crops of Tarquin the Proud, thrown into the water by the people with a feeling of liberation and protest, after driving the hated Etruscan tyrant out of Rome.
The priests of the god had given the Roman ambassadors a sacred serpent which, as the ship approached the Tiber port, had dived into the water and crawled to the island, hiding in the thick vegetation. Thus the Isola Tiberina was consecrated to the god of medicine and from then on acquired the fame, reinforced by the presence of a spring of health-giving water, that distinguishes it to this day, of a place of healing and hospitals. During the plague of 1656 the entire island was transformed into a lazaretto.
The Temple of Aesculapius, with the ditch full of serpents consecrated to the god, which the priests had the task of feeding, stood where the church of San Bartolomeo stands today, with its baroque façade, but built around the year 1000 by Otto III, who dedicated it to St. Adalberto.

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This Villa but monument was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este in 1510 a.c. to prove his dominance over man and nature.
His builders tore down a part of a Franciscan Monastry and diverted the Aniene river to feed the fountanins and to water the garden.
Nowadays Villa d’Este is still considered one of Italy’s most wonderful sites.
Looking at this monument you will feel a pleasant sensation of peace that come out from the green gardens in summer expecially.
Tivoli, the city close with the villa, is 6 km. far was the place where the emperor Adriano started the works of the villa in the AD 120 AC. After his death the fortun of his villa declined and barbarians sacked it.
The gardens of Villa d’Este is generally considered an  extraordinary context of Tivoli itself for its landscape, art and history which includes the important ruins of ancient villas such as the Villa Adriana, as well as a zone rich in caves and waterfalls displaying the unending and amazing battle between water and stone.

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The Monastery of St. Scholastica is built half way up the side of the mountain where two valleys meet and above the place where was the highest of Nero’s lakes. It is the only monastery of the twelve ones wanted by St. Benedict along the valley of the Aniene not to have been destroyed by earthquake or the Saracen invasions.
Till the end of the XII century, it was the only monastery of Subiaco. At the beginning it was called “St. Sylvester”, then, in the IX century, it was dedicated to St. Benedict and St. Scholastica and then, in the XIV century, got the present name. It is a building complex built in different times and styles. The XX-century styled entrance, above which the Benedictine motto “Ora et Labora” is written, leads to the first or Renaissance cloister, which goes back to the XVI century. Through it one enters the second or Gothic cloister, of the XIV century and, passing along there is the third or Cosmatan cloister, which is still more ancient (XIII century).
The bell-tower goes back to the XII century, while the present church to the XVIII one; the latter is the last of five churches built in time. The Façade, which was bombed on 23rd May 1944, has been reconstructed in a sober and austere modern style.

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Anangni was founded 3000 years ago by people from Asia and Greece, Anagni in the Middle Ages was an important city of culture, politics and religion for its strategic geographic position. Known as the “City of Popes” because birthplace of four major Popes: Innocent III, Gregory IX, Alexander IV and Boniface VIII, was the scene of Anagni specifically religious events.
The prestige of this city is related to the life of Boniface VIII: it is said that the pope was outraged by William of Nogaret and Prince Sciarra Colonna and the French King Philip because he had sent them the famous papal document “Unam Sanctam”.  The episode is known in history as “Slap of Anagni”, quoted by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, and it happened in the papal palace at Anagni.
The city today is a meeting point for prehistoric research thanks to the discovery of fossils dating back 458,000 years ago. Also important is the finding of fossils in the Etruscan valley of the Sacco and Liri.
Anagni preserved also traces in the Roman city walls built by the technique of “Mura Serviane” that protected the area of ​​the Acropolis.
Places to visit:
– The Cathedral
– The Papal Palace (Palazzo Papale)
– The Town Hall (Palazzo Comunale)
– The House Barnekow
– The Servian Walls or Arcazzi Romans (Mura Serviane)
– The Triptych of the Savior (Trittico del Salvatore)
– The Church of St. James (Chiesa di San Giacomo)

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In the heart of the Sabina region, in a mystic atmosphere of silence stands the Abbey of Farfa. Approaching the Abbey, which is surrounded by fascinating verdant nature.
The Abbey of Farfa is a very fascinating place, full of peacefulness as the Benedectine monks who live there.  In 1928 the Abbey was declared national monument for its architectural and artistic beauty. With its thousand-year history, through periods of splendour and decadence, the Abbey has remained a cultural and spiritual centre thanks to the founders S. Lorenzo Siro and S. Tommaso da Moriana and the Blessed Placido Riccardi and Ildefonso Schuster.
Several kings, emperors and Popes have visited the Abbey throughout the centuries.
Today thousands of visitors admire the cultural and artistic heritage, spending some time or even days in this peaceful place in order to rest their mind and soul. Refreshments are provided.
Walking through the park and the gardens visitors can also admire the small old quaint village of Farfa, property of the Filippo Cremonesi founding, which includes the pretty houses and the workshops run by skilled craftsmen.

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Address: Piazza Venezia – Roma
Phone: +39.06.678.0664
Ticket: 7,00 Euro

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