Spotlight on Rome
7 days with Collette Vacations Rating:
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Rome, Italy.
Day 2 Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Rome. Become captivated by the city’s seamless blend of old-world charm and cosmopolitan energy. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 Rome
This morning, come to know the history and traditions of ancient Rome. Imagine the energy of 80,000 spectators cheering during your visit to the Colosseum, once home to gladiatorial combat and wild animal fights dating back to the first century A.D. This afternoon, continue exploring Rome’s artistic treasures during a guided visit to the Vatican Museums. Find yourself in awe of the opulence at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (B)
Day 4 Rome
Today is all about leisure. Relax, shop, or explore the city. Consider a visit to some of Rome’s remarkable museums, like the Capitoline or the Borghese Gallery. Or step back in time during an optional tour featuring the neighboring Sabine Hills and the hilltop town of Tivoli; tour the famed 16th-century gardens of Villa d’Este, the UNESCO World Heritage site with Renaissance-style fountains and sculptures that have inspired garden designers for centuries; take in the local culture during some time on your own, then continue to the sprawling ruins of Villa Adriana and explore the spectacular grounds, inspired by Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. (B)
Day 5 Rome
It’s your choice! Discover the beauty of the sophisticated ancient art of mosaics when a local guide leads you to some of Rome’s churches, bursting with mosaic masterpieces. Gaze upon amazing works of art inside the Basilica di San Clemente, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Basilica di Santa Prassede -OR- join a local expert on a walking tour of the city where you’ll see the incredible facades of the Piazza Colonna (Government House), Monte Citoria (House of Deputies), and the legendary Pantheon. Whatever activity you choose, your city excursion culminates at the famous Fontana di Trevi – the Trevi Fountain. Legend holds that if you toss a coin in the fountain, your return to the city of Roma is certain. The remainder of the day is yours to uncover more of the city’s treasures on your own. (B)
Day 6 Rome
Today, we will explore Rome’s culinary treasures. First, set off on a walking tour through the “Eternal City” to the famed Campo dei Fiori Market. Shop side-by-side with the locals as you browse this medieval open-air market. Next, head off to discover the secrets of Italian cuisine during a chef-led cooking class, where you’ll learn to prepare three types of pasta! Then sit back and savor some regional delicacies during a delicious lunch. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at an old apartment on Isola Tiberina – Tiber Island. Bid farewell for now to new friends and make a toast in Roma’s honor. Isola Tiberina is the only island on the Tiber River that’s connected by two bridges, and one of them, the Fabricium Bridge, is the oldest in Rome and still exists in its original state. This striking relic of Roman times invites you to take a walk through history after dinner is through. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Rome - Tour Ends
Your tour of the Eternal City comes to a close today. (B)
All This Included
Viva Roma! Come to know exciting Rome and unpack only one time on this spotlight of the Eternal City. Discover the metropolitan mecca and UNESCO World Heritage site that’s steeped in history, tradition, and culture. Unearth the stories of the famous Colosseum. Delve into the secrets of Italian cuisine with a local chef at an open-air market for a shopping trip that culminates in a hands-on lesson in making pasta. Choose between two city tours – see the mosaic masterpieces of Rome’s churches or opt to join an expert-led walking tour of the city. Stroll through the history and opulence of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy ample free time to unwind or explore this fascinating city your way.
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