During the trip on board our panoramic bus, you will receive from the crew the route maps described by an audio commentary, which will provide you with all the details of the typical places never visited, detailed for each single stop on the tour. In addition you will discover that the ancient ruins like the Forum and the Colosseum testify to the power of the ancient Roman Empire. In the Vatican City, home of the Catholic Church, there are the Basilica of St. Peter and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo.
The Basilica of SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE is the fourth largest church in Rome and the largest dedicated to the Vergin Mary, presive its original shape and character. In August of 356, the Virgin appeared in a dream before Pope Liberius and commanded him to build a church on the site where it would snow the folowing day. The legend is represented in the medieval mosaicsmuch restored in the loggia of the portico. At the end of the Via dei Fori Imperiali, between the Esquiline, Palatine and Celian Hills, rises one of the greatest wonders of Roman civilization: the COLOSSEUM. This immense amphitheater, whose imposing remains still allow us to admire its ancient splendor, was begun by Vespasian in 72 A.D. and completed by his son Titus in 80 A.D. The Colosseum is elliptical in shape and was designed to accommodate an estimated 60,000 spectators. At the foot of the Palatine lies the large CIRCO MASSIMO, which occupies almost the entire valley between the Palatine and the Aventine. It was built in the period of the Etruscan kings who transformed Rome from a village to a monumental city, on the place where sacred rites and games in honor of the god Conso, the Consualia, would have been held since the time of Romulus. PIAZZA VENEZIA is a famous square in Rome. It is located at the foot of the Campidoglio, where five of the most important streets of the capital : via dai Fori Imperiali, via del Corso, via Nazionale, corso Vittorio and via del Teatro di Marcello. The grandeur of St. Peter's Square, on which stands the largest temple of Christianity: the BASILICA OF SAN PIETRO. From above it dominates, grandiose and suggestive, the Michelangelo's Dome. When the immortal genius of Michelangelo conceived it, you must intuit this sense of the absolute and of the infinite that would have affected the soul and the senses of anyone who would have looked at it. The Colonnade is Bernini's finest work, a solemn entrance to St. Peter's and the Vatican. Rome's most beautiful parks, the VILLA BORGHESE, built by young Scipione Borghese after he was made a Cardinal when him uncle was elected Pope Paul V in the early 17th century.At the highest point of the Villa, stands the Casino Borghese. It is the seat of the BORGHESE MUSEUM and GALLERY. PIAZZA BARBERINI, built in 1625 by order of Cardinal Francesco Barberini, is located near Via Veneto. It attracts attention above all for the presence of the two Bernini fountains. At the center of the square is the Triton Fountain, built in 1643, where four dolphins support the sea god, Triton. The fountain, made of travertine (a sedimentary rock) is one of the most spectacular made by Bernini. More hidden, in a corner of the square, is the Fountain of the Bees, one of Bernini's most modest works. Built in 1644 in honor of Pope Urban VIII Barberini, the fountain is embellished with large bees, the emblem of the Barberini family.