The picturesque tour runs through the heart of Baroque Rome and the Renaissance touching the most famous monuments in Rome and providing historical information about the city. The scientific content is supplemented by anecdotes and references to the so-called "Roman mysteries" old stories between reality and legend that have always fascinated the international popular imagination. The tour ends with the exclusive visit to the Esedra of Crypta Balbi generally accessible only on weekends.
- Enjoy downtown walking tour throughhistory, art and Roman unusual stories from ancient Rome to the present day
- Piazza Navona location of many famous films such as "Angels & Demons" and "La Grande Bellezza"
- Campo dei Fiori with its market and the figure of Giordano Bruno
- Largo di Torre Argentina where Julius Caesarwas stabbed
- Visit of Crypta Balbi as a unique experience of archaeological excavation taking place in the heart of Rome
Available: Tuesday to Sunday at 2:15pm
Meeting Point: Piazza della Minerva 78.
Duration: 2 hours and a half.
Tour price includes:
- Official guide, headsets and Museum of Crypta Balbi entrance ticket
- Language: English
Not included in tour price:
- Pick-up and drop off
- Food and beverages
- Guided tour for the underground of the Museum of Crypta Balbi (it can be booked directly at the cashier according to availability)
* The Museum of Crypta Balbi entrance ticket allows one visit to each of the sites part of the National Roman Museum (validity 3 days): Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps and the Diocletian Baths.
Once confirmed, visit cannot be canceled nor modified.
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Guided Tour Wonders of Rome
Your tour starts with a short introduction to the topography of the area and the origin of the name. You’ll hear about the Dominican insula, the inquisition and the trial of Galileo, Bernini's small elephant and the flooding of the Tiber. Your tour continues on to the Pantheon where your guide will introduce you to the Pantheon, its history and facade, as well as the fountain on the piazza in front of it. You’ll visit the inside of the Pantheon, the best preserved Roman monument with the biggest brick dome in the history of architecture.
Walking to Piazza Navona is a walk through the history, art and the many unusual "Roman mysteries" from ancient Rome to the present day. Learn about the history of the transformation of this urban space from the Stadium of Domitian to becoming the illustrious example of a "baroque theater." Learn the details about the martyrdom of St. Agnes, the figure of Donna Olimpia Maidalchini, where the figures on the fountains point to, and the interventions of Bernini and Borromini. Your guide will introduce you to it all. Proceeding towards the southern side of the Piazza Navona, your guide will also discuss the Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone, Palazzo Pamphilj and the Fontana del Moro. And you’ll hear about some of the many famous films that have had the square as a backdrop, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" (starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni), "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Angels & Demons" and most recently "The Great Beauty" (2013).
Hear about ancient and modern urban planning of Campo dei Fiori, about Giordano Bruno and the historic market. Leave Campo dei Fiori to Piazza del Biscione through the namesake passetto reaching Via di Grotta Pinta.
Your guide will show you how the curvilinear shape of houses still faithfully reproduces the curve of the cavea of the Theater of Pompeius. You’ll then continue to Via dei Chiavari, Via dei Chiodaroli, Via di S. Anna - retracing the route of the great portico behind the stage of the Teatro di Pompeo, up to Largo di Torre Argentina.
Here, you’ll be overlooking the archaeological area to locate the Curia Pompeia - the place where Julius Caesar was stabbed - whose structures are still visible behind the four Republican Temples. Hear about the Tower of Papitto, the “Jewish" antipope Anacletus II and Teatro Argentina, the most famous of Rome, as well as about the no longer existing district of the calcarari and the way in which for many centuries building materials were obtained by "recycling" the monumental remains of Imperial Rome.
Through the Via delle Botteghe Oscure you’ll reach the Museum of Crypta Balbi, which your guide will introduce to you as well as the topography of the area. You’ll then visit the Exedra, which is generally accessible only on weekends, to discover the continuity of life from ancient times through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to the Modern age. After the visit of the Exedra, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve access to the underground of the Crypta Balbi at the ticket counter of the museum.
Once the visit is confirmed, you can not cancel or modify.