Visit Rome

Rome is among the most fabulous tourist attractions anywhere, and the city that, for many reasons, is the most logical base for one-day adventures.

It is the political center and the center of Italy, the capital of a fascinating nation and the center of Christianity. Trying to see everything could become an exhausting marathon; Enjoy yourself by selecting with us the tours that catch your fancy.

First you will probably want to probe the main attractions of Rome itself. However intriguing the legend of Romulus and Remus may be, the evidence is that the Etruscan came to dominate a small kingdom, until they where overthrown by Latins and Sabines around 500 B.C. Soon a republic was formed that evolved into the Roman Empire.

Many of the monuments of that era can be found all over Rome. Remnants of two and a half thousand years of its long history are heaped on top of each other. It requires lots of imagination to re-create what it might have been, but this can be helped by enjoying the explanations of excellent certified guides. But there are many aspects of Rome to discover. After the Middle Ages and the return of the Papacy, a tremendous amount of new buildings enriched the city center, that delights us every day. This treasures are in the Renaissance and in the Baroque styles.

Actually it could take weeks to explore the heart of Rome and our walking tours are designed to cover nearly all of the highlights and provide a basis for further do-it-yourself visits or tho see the best places for your shopping.

The Vatican State is the smallest country not only within  Rome, but in the world, created in 1929, when the Pope was made its sovereign. There is far more in the Vatican Museums than can be seen in a day. That’s why we have our plan of attack that covers the best of it.

Across the Tiber there is another popular district of Rome, famous for its restaurants, the colorful Trastevere with its picturesque Tiber island.

We invite you to choose among our selection of Tours of Rome and from Rome to the main cities in italy…

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Italian Food

Italian food is much more than Pizza, Spaghetti and ice-cream!

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Simple and carefully selected ingredients are the heart of most typical Italian dishes, a mosaic  of flavors  skilfully blended together with the king of Italian cuisine, the olive oil.

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Italians are known to take their meals very seriously. Lunch is the most important of the day, but a dinner with friends is always a party! A rich antipasto (literally before the meal) is inescapable: olives, mozzarella, Parmesan, Parma ham, bruschetta, fried and stuffed vegetables and so on,   according to the creativity of the host.

The main course is a pasta or a risotto prepared in an indefinite number of ways… each recipe requires a different shape of pasta…for example always serve a carbonara ( pasta with fresh eggs and guanciale, that is pig’s cheek ) with spaghetti al dente ( not cooked too much) and no other shape of pasta!

Meat and fish, also cooked in hundreds of ways according to the regional recipes, always come with potatoes or vegetables.

Do you think that this is enough? Each region has its own pasta, risotto, vegetables, meat and fish dishes, but also delicious unmissable desserts! You cannot say NO!

Easy Antipasto

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Melon and Parma ham: serve it sliced and cut the rind but leave the slice on it. On its top put one slice of Parma ham

Easy Pasta

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Pasta al Pomodoro: heat the garlic (and a chilly flake, if you like it), in a large pan with olive oil. When the garlic gives off its aroma you can add as many quartered small tomatoes as you like. Cook on a high flame until tomato begins to thicken. If you have not added chilly add some leaves of basil.

Stir fry the cooked pasta (al dente!) in the pan with the tomatoes. Serve it with parmesan… alongside please! Not everybody likes to mix the two flavours.

Easy vegetables

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Peperonata: (serves 3 or 4) In a saucepan stir fry a small amount finely sliced onion with olive oil and add about 10 black finely chopped olives and three spoons of tomato puree. When the sauce is cooked add all together these chopped vegetables (about 1,5 cm): one green pepper and one yellow, one zucchini and one aubergine.
Cover and cook for 30/40 minutes on a low flame.

Easy meat

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Veal Scaloppine: (thin slices of veal) with lemon: pound veal until flattered. Dredge the veal in flour and cook it over medium heat in a pan with butter until light golden brown (about 2 minutes each side) than add the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper and cook 2 more minutes until creamy.

The easiest dessert

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affogato al caffé: a creamy ice cream with one cup or two of Italian espresso.

When you come to Rome take part to a cooking class with complimentary tour!

Rome in a Day

What to see with Only One Day in Rome?

With only one day to spend, I would recommend a Guided Tour, certainly a good way to cover a lot of ground in a short time…be sure to include a good typical restaurant! The day is long…
To optimize time you have to take a car between sights.

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There are plenty of things to see in Rome, but the following are on tourists “must see” list:

Colosseum and Roman Forum     

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The Colosseum is the most iconic symbol of Rome and Italy! Not to be missed, this sophisticated engineering feat, marveling as its survival over the centuries and horrifying for the the cruel fights between beasts and gladiators that took place here.
The Palatine, the legendary birthplace of Rome, is the place where the word “palace “has its origin. Here, in fact, there where ( and there still are ) the most beautiful emperor’s residences.
The Roman Forum was a valley between four of the seven hills of Rome, a meeting ground of the primitive tribes with the great destiny to evolve into the focal point of the entire Roman world. Only ruins? Not at all!

Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

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These awe-inspiring Museums where created after centuries of research. The endless collections include marvelous work from every age and from every part of the globe. The Sistine Chapel still observe its functions. Solemn rites take place here, like the conclave for the election of the Popes, under the vaulted ceiling covered by the famous frescoes of Michelangelo. But it is not enough…the Basilica and the Square are so rich of masterpieces and so perfectly conceived that they belie  their true size until you realize how small people at the far end are!

Trevi Fountain

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A special place, something unexpected, The Trevi Fountain is  a great baroque monument, not simply a fountain but a white marble masterpiece ! Remember to toss a coin over your left Shoulder to ensure your return to Rome!

The Pantheon

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This is the scene: tourists sitting under the renaissance fountain of its square, eating an ice cream and staring at the most extraordinary, massive structure of the antiquity. The Pantheon stands here since 125 A.D. with its astonishing dome and an only opening on its top…and when it rains?…

Spanish Steps

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Built by the French to reach their Church on top of the hill, The “Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti” ( the name of the Church ) was never called Spanish Steps by Italians. It is a spectacular meeting point for Romans and tourists surrounded by numerous fashion shops.

Navona Square

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The most popular Square, Piazza Navona, still preserves the outline of the 1st century  Domitian’s Stadium.
Sitting at one of the outdoor cafés or restaurant s one can admire in its center the glorious Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, anthropologically depicted to represent the four corners of the earth.

“Some people actually “do” Rome in a day. Crazy as that sounds, if all you have is a day, it’s one of the most exciting days Europe has to offer. Start at 8:30 at the Colosseum. Then explore the Forum, hike over Capitoline Hill, and cap your “Caesar Shuffle” with a visit to the Pantheon. After a quick lunch, taxi to the Vatican Museums (the lines usually die down mid-afternoon, or you can reserve a visit online in advance). See the Vatican Museums, then St. Peter’s Basilica. ” Thank you Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw for telling this to the world!!! Yes this is their quotation, but actually it is possible do do something more…
Please have a look to the most complete Rome in a Day Tour 

 

Caravaggio for free: three marvelous churches in Rome where you can admire his masterpieces

Rome is the most privileged city in Italy, where the genius Caravaggio created many masterpieces. In Rome there are many museums and collections with Caravaggio’s works but also three among  roman’s most important churches where you can admire 9 masterpieces of Caravaggio. Below the list of the churches..not to be missed!

Santa Maria del Popolo. Caravaggio: the famous  Conversion of St. Paul and the extraordinary Crucifixion of Saint Peter. Church: conceived by Valadier, it is the  most important of the churches facing the homonymuos fantastic Square, thanks to a myriad of masterpieces by Bernini, Bramante, Raggi, Pinturicchio, Raphael…

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Crucifixion of St. Peter

Basilica di Sant’ Agostino. Caravaggio: the Madonna of Loreto or Madonna of Pilgrims, depicted like a woman of the people. Church: a real unknown jewel that houses works by Raphael, Guercino, Bernini and others.

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Madonna of Pilgrims

San Luigi dei FrancesiCaravaggio: triptych dedicated to Saint Matthew, very important for the perspective and the great realism. Church: richly decorated by the French Derizet, it will impress you with its gold, its natural light, statues, stucco and marble.

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The martyrdom of St. Matthew

If you like, book a guided Tour with our acknowledged guide for a full immersion in his visionary painting style, testifying his spirituality and his realism, and follow us in a fascinating driving itinerary, exploring at the same time famous squares like Piazza del Popolo and unknown corners of the eternal city like characteristic streets and squares and important Palaces.

Other works of the Master are displayed inside the Borghese Gallery

Ancient Ostia

 

 

Do you want to visit a real Roman city? I mean, as it was in Ancient Rome?

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It was founded in the 3rd Century B.C. and unlike Pompeii, which died in a tragic way, Ostia quietly expired as the Empire declined and was slowly covered with the mud of the Tiber. In fact it was a very important naval base and Rome’s center of trade.

That’s way it is now, more or less, like a ghost town where everything is more or less intact: houses and apartment blocks, warehouse, bars, “shopping centers” and of course, baths, temples, theaters….Ostia-Antica

Enjoy these images and come to Ostia

Vatican Museums Visit: what you need to know

If you want to organize your tour to the Vatican Museums note that:

1. The line you are expecting to do is much longer than you imagine. Around the corner another long city wall is waiting for your sigh…the crowd seams unbeatable!

  1. There is far more here than can possibly be seen in a day, so a plan of attack is essential, but it is really hard to select which treasures interest you the most.
  2. Do not organize the Vatican Museums Visit on Sunday. Only on the last Sunday of each month it is open and the ticket is free of charge, but lines might frighten you!

  3. Metal detector queue is not so terrible…

  4. Everything is well organized: different routes are suggested but you do not have to follow them.

  5. Photography is permitted as long as you don’t use flash or a tripod and except inside the Sistine Chapel.

  6. Big backpacks or bags are not allowed.

  7. The Sistine Chapel is a sacred place where you must cover knees and shoulders. You will not be admitted if either is exposed! NEVER!

Maybe useless to underline but an expert guide can help you optimize your time and an agency can help with skip the line tickets at the Vatican Museums.

Not to be missed in the Vatican Museums

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The Octagonal Court in the Pio Clementine Museum a collection of Ancient Greeck and Roman sculpture, where Canova “Perseo” (above) deserves its place.

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The incredible Raphael Rooms, four decorated rooms, which where once the official residence of the Popes.

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The Magnificent Sistine Chapel with the supreme masterpieces of Michelangelo: the ceiling and the Last Judgment.

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The Pinacoteca, a marvelous picture Gallery with works by Giotto, Raphael, Leonardo, Caravaggio (his “deposition from the cross” above) and may other.

Enjoy your Vatican Museums Tour!

The weather in Italy

 

Italy presents an enormous diversity of regions and climate. It is a long boot with a varied geography.
In the north between the Alps and Tuscany the climate is harsh, with very cold winters and very hot summers. In central Italy the climate is milder, with a smaller difference in temperature between summer and winter. In southern Italy and the islands winters are never particularly harsh, and spring and autumn temperatures are mild.

When is the best time to visit Italy?

All year round! possibilities for adventures are endless; destinations vary from magnificent cities and unspoiled hill towns, busy towns and placid places, lakes, snowy mountains and spectacular seaside resorts.

Recommended clothing

 

Summer: lightweight clothes and always something warmer for the evening.

Winter:  light- to medium weights in the south and warmer clothes elsewhere and for the evening.
Winter mountain resorts: Alpine wear.

– What do we advise? In Italy we say :” onion-like” (different layers) clothing is better, especially in spring and summer.

TEMPERATURES

North

Month Min. Temperature Max Temperature Rainfall
January 28.4 ° F 41 ° F 2.5 in
February 32 ° F 46.4 ° F 2.4 in
March 37.4 ° F 55.4 ° F 3.2 in
April 44.6 ° F 64.4 ° F 3.2 in
May 51.8 ° F 71.6 ° F 3.8 in
June 59 ° F 78.8 ° F 2.5 in
July 62.6 ° F 84.2 ° F 2.6 in
August 62.6 ° F 82.4 ° F 3.6 in
September 57.2 ° F 75.2 ° F 2.7 in
October 46.4 ° F 64.4 ° F 3.9 in
November 39.2 ° F 50 ° F 3.9 in
December 33.8 ° F 41 ° F 2.3 in

Center

Month Min. Temperature Max Temperature Rainfall
January 37.4 °F 53.6 °F 4.0 in
February 39.2 °F 55.4 °F 3.8 in
March 41 °F 59 °F 2.6 in
April 46.4 °F 64.4 °F 2.5 in
May 46.4 °F 73.4 °F 1.8 in
June 59 °F 80.6 °F 1.3 in
July 62.6 °F 86 °F 0.9 in
August 59 °F 86 °F 1.2 in
September 59 °F 80.6 °F 2.6 in
October 51.8 °F 71.6 °F 3.7 in
November 44.6 °F 60.8 °F 5.1 in
December 39.2 °F 55.4 °F 4.3 in

South

Month Min. Temperature Max Temperature Rainfall
January 48.2 °F 57.2 °F 3.9 in
February 48.2 °F 59 °F 3.7 in
March 50 °F 60.8 °F 3.1 in
April 53.6 °F 66.2 °F 2.3 in
May 59 °F 73.4 °F 0.9 in
June 66.2 °F 80.6 °F 0.5 in
July 71.6 °F 86 °F 0.2 in
August 71.6 °F 86 °F 0.8 in
September 68 °F 80.6 °F 1.8 in
October 60.8 °F 73.4 °F 3.9 in
November 55.4 °F 66.2 °F 3.7 in
December 50 °F 60.8 °F 4.2 in

Roma Tours by Rome Magic Tour

 

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 Welcome to the Capital of history!

Our Roma Tours are the best you can find in town. We provide a wide choice of organized visits to the most important sites in Rome and in Italy. Guaranteeing skip the line tickets to the Colosseum and to the Vatican Museums, our organization assures also experienced multilingual guides. On Rome Guided Visit web site one finds all most requested Roma Tours.

We always try to be competitive offering  at the same time a quality service. Thanks to our experience in this field we know what tourists need when they come to Rome: somebody who takes care of them. This is the reason why all our Roma Tours have pick up and drop off service included in the price. Our drivers pick clients up at their hotels and drop them off back to it or wherever in the city center. The cars are luxury Mercedes E Class and Mercedes Mini Van. Guides keep in contact with  the driver to optimize time. Tours are just as good as their guides. This is why only acknowledged guides lead our Roma Tours.

We follow our guests during their entire stay in Italy, starting from their arrival at the airport. Our drivers welcome them at the custom area holding a sign with their name and bring them to the hotel or to Rome. In fact, in case of flight stopovers they have the opportunity to book one of our Roma Tours, enjoy half a day in Rome and go back to the airport on time to take their plane. We offer the same service from Civitavecchia port organizing Shore Excursions. According to the ship schedule the driver waits for passengers and accompany them to the city center where we fix an appointment with one of our guides. There are some of our Roma Tours suitable to Ship stops at our port. Our guests do not have to worry about anything, because we organize all visits, buy all entrance skip the line tickets, bring them to a selected restaurant and being aware of their departure time, their driver brings them back to the port.

Rome Magic Tour does not only offer Roma Tours, but also Italy day Trips from Rome. Our destinations are Italy’s world famous cities: Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Orvierto, Assisi, Milan, Venice, Naples, Capri, Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii and Paestum. Tourists depart directly from their hotel early in the morning accompanied by experienced tour guides.

Our wide choice of Roma Tours include day trips to the countryside and to the surrounding city area. Tivoli Villa D’Este and Villa Adriana Tour is only an example of the most required tours from Rome, both ONU world’s heritage sites. We cannot forget Lazio countryside, rich in culture and history. Among our Roma Tours  tourist can find Ancient Ostia, a must for archaeology lovers, a so vast and  well preserved area. Two surprising tours are the one to the Roman Castles and the one which includes wine tasting and cooking lesson.

We do more! Sometimes tourists prefer personalized tours different form scheduled group tours. We do our best to meet their needs and organize tailor made Roma Tours. We decide together the program including the sites that mostly interest them. In this  way they can spend their precious time  in the best way. Thanks to our guides knowing Rome so well, we have the chance to organize visits to all main sites and museums, even if they are not on our Roma Tours list. “Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine” and “Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica” are the most booked tours. For those who book in large advance, we can provide tickets to The Colosseum underground and third ring and to St. Peter Necropolis, where St. Peter tomb lies. One of the most requested Roma Tours is Borghese Galley guided visit, focusing on a number of world’s finest works of art. Rome is famous for its numerous fountains and squares, gathering places for Romans and tourists and works of art themselves. Uncountable churches enrich every city quarter and tiniest street, often hiding underground treasures: in our Roma Tours we include the most important of them.