The old proverb says: “All the roads lead to Rome”. However, many tourists limit their stay in Rome to just exploring the city itself and visiting the most popular places in the suburbs. This tour will give you a chance of learning much more about the Italian capital and Lazio region and seeing it from an unusual perspective. Besides, you will visit the coast of Ulysses, Domitian, Civitavecchia and Caserta that usually remain in the shadow for the majority of tourists. We will provide you with an opportunity to combine the excursions with bathing, shopping and a lot of other pleasant activities. The tour is dedicated to the period of Italian history which is not very wide-spread among travelling programs: the period of formation of Italy as one country and its unification that was very important but controversial. That historical process was associated with the key figure of Giuseppe Garibaldi. During this trip we will personally meet his granddaughter!

PROGRAMME

DAY 1

  • Arrival, check-in, welcome cocktail
  • Sightseeing tour in Rome (by bus) – that would be the first glimpse of the city. You will see the baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, and Aventine Hill with an observation deck including the “secret” keyhole, an ancient Pyramid, the ancient Appian Way, the banks of the Tiber river and the island of Tiberina. Rome will partly reveal you the secrets of its rich history.
  • Dinner, acquaintance with the group
  •  Night at the hotel

DAY 2

  • Walking tour around Rome. You will see the most famous sights of Rome: Ancient Coliseum, Monumental Roman Forums, Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, Piazza Spain and Trevi Fountain. Moreover, we will visit Pantheon and the S.R. headquarters that are connected with the events of the Risorgimento.
  • Lunch (OPTIONAL)
  • Free time
  • Dinner (OPTIONAL)

DAY 3

  • Mozzarella tasting. Near the town of Caserta located on the border of Lazio and Campania regions we will taste the real mozzarella made of black buffalo’s milk. Balls of mozzarella still smelling of buffalo will be extracted from a vat of milk right in our presence.
  • Stopover near the amphitheater of Capua, where the revolt of Spartacus was started. You will learn about another revolutionary and folk hero who became the symbol of Resistance and a favorite character of Garibaldi. The theory of “Historical revolutionism”.
  • The Palace of Caserta: Garibaldi’s headquarters and the filming set of the Star Wars sequel. A visit to the beautiful Royal residence in Caserta – a masterpiece of Vanvitelli and the Italian Versailles. The palace has more than 1,200 rooms with historical chandeliers, gold frescoes, and tapestries. We will walk through the monumental park of 3 km length. You will enjoy a large water cascade and 75 m height sculptures with and an English style cozy garden hidden behind a carved fence.
  • Stopover near the Royal aqueduct of the Bourbons’ epoch.
  • Return to the hotel in Rome
  • Dinner (OPTIONAL)

DAY 4

  • Today we will make our way in the direction of Tyrrhenian sea coast, Riviera of Ulysses.
  • Terracina is the Sun Gate was founded by the Spartans. It is the unique combination of Roman, Byzantine, medieval culture with the ancient Roman theatre, spectacular beaches and fish restaurants.
  • Sperlonga was also founded by Spartans. It was chosen by Tiberius and other emperors who built beautiful villas in these places. Sperlonga was torn in conflicts by Turks and Saracens, and finally, was occupied by Popes as a point of observation of the southern hostile territories. The city is one the most popular resorts on the coast.
  • Formia is a pretty town in the Gulf of Gaeta. Gaeta is the famous Cut mountain is a grotto where Saint. Philip Neri’s jester used to come to these places.
  • Return to the hotel in Rome
  • Dinner (OPTIONAL)

DAY 5

  • We will move towards the North of Tyrrhenian coast. On our way we will be passing by several unusual towns: Fiumicino which is an airport and port at the same time; Ostia with its old fishing port which takes us back in time. Also we will see the national Park of Dunes, Ladispoli resort area with black sands, the land of Aeneas, the castle of Santa Severa at the antique Pisgah… Finally, our journey will end up in Civitavecchia seaport that is the former sea gate of Roman Empire, the port from which Garibaldi had gone to Caprera island during the union of Italy. You can spend the rest of time in thermae: the baths of Ficoncella, mineral springs and on the hills above the town.
  • Lunch during the program (OPTIONAL)
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner (OPTIONAL)

DAY 6

  • Free time for shopping
  • Lunch (OPTIONAL)
  • Excursion to the places connected with the name of Garibaldi. Museum of the Resistance in Victoriana, moving to the Gianicolo hill for a visit of Garibaldi’s statue and his grave (we will be personally accompanied by his great-granddaughter – Anita).
  • Gala dinner with Anita Garibaldi in the historical Garibaldi tavern, the conversation about the historical heritage of the hero

DAY 7

  • Packing, check-out from the hotel
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Departure

 Included into the price:

  • Residence in the hotel
  • Meals: half-board (breakfast & dinner)
  • Transfer on the arrival date + during the week
  • Excursions included into the program
  • Master-classes
  • Guide assistance during the whole trip
  • Bus for the whole group

 Not included into the price:

  • Flight tickets
  • Transfer from/to the airport, in case the time is different from the rest of the group
  • Lunches
  • Additional excursions (indicated as “optional” in the above program)
  • Visa service (if required)
  • Medical Insurance
  • Additional nights in the hotel