Italy: Rome

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Rome

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To walk in Rome is to feel the ebb and swirl of three thousand years of living history—an enchanting melánge of Roman ambition, Baroque decadence, and modern-day Italian chic. During your stay in the Eternal City, you experience the preserved monuments and hidden treasures that make this city famous, from the renowned Spanish Steps where the poet Keats lived and died to the opulent Trevi Fountain where Anita Ekberg danced in La Dolce Vita. But you can also take things a step further with a chauffeured Vespa ride—with a safe and steady local driver— through some of the city’s lesser-known spots, out-of-the-way squares, and gardens favored by real Romans. Through it all, enjoy the comfort and convenience of a centrally located four-star boutique hotel, itself converted from a 19th-century palazzo.

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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

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  • Three breakfasts
  • Accommodations in a boutique hotel
  • Private walking tour of Rome with expert bilingual guide (3 hours)
  • Four-hour chauffeured Vespa tour of Rome with expert driver
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff
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Day 1

Rome

Arrival in Rome

Upon your arrival in Rome, you check into the historic Hotel Piranesi, which occupies the 19th-century Palazzo Nainer, designed by Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier. Within walking distance of many of Rome’s main sights and attractions, the hotel’s elegant street, Via del Babuino, is replete with art and antique galleries and is also near the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo. There are no scheduled activities this afternoon, leaving you time to settle in and begin to enjoy Roman life. From the settlements of the early Etruscan civilization in the region, Rome grew to rule a vast empire and, of course, later the city became the center of the Christian world. Artists and architects flocking to work for the popes and their families, notably in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, created some of the city’s most magnificent buildings and monuments. The legacy of this uninterrupted millennial history can be seen all over the city and the surrounding area. Dinner is on your own this evening in one of Rome’s many restaurants or trattorias. A list of recommended restaurants is available for dining ideas.

Hotel Piranesi

Rome, Italy

An intimate boutique hotel located in the historic Palazzo Nainer, near the Piazza del Popolo, on a street known for art and antique galleries. The spacious guest and public rooms are elegantly furnished with rich fabrics and antiques, parquet floors, and marble bathrooms. Amenities also include a fitness room, sauna, and massage on site. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 2

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Private guided Rome walking tour; 3 hours, easy

After enjoying breakfast in your hotel, you meet your expert local guide in the lobby at 9:30 a.m. for a walking tour through the beautiful Campo Marzio. A perfect welcome and introduction to exploring the highlights and atmosphere of Rome, some of the sights and stops on this walking itinerary are: the Spanish Steps, Fountain of the Barcaccia, Building of the Propaganda Fide, the Trevi Fountain, and the Virgo Water Aqueduct. You continue on to the Via del Corso (Rome’s longest road), reaching the political center of Italy with the Palazzo Montecitorio (the House of the Deputies), Palazzo Chigi (the office of the Prime Minister), and the famous Obelisk used inside the Pantheon, which is the best-preserved Roman temple. The tour concludes in Piazza Navona, at the baroque Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gianlorenzo Bernini, which offers a perfect spot for an aperitivo and lunch at one of the square’s many open-air bars, restaurants, and pizzerias. You are free to continue your exploration of Rome on your own this afternoon and evening. You may choose to visit Vatican City, the world capital of Catholicism and the world’s smallest state. Occupying 106 acres within high walls watched over by the Vatican Swiss Guards, it was the site where St. Peter was martyred and buried (circa AD 64), and then became the residence of the popes who succeeded him. The papal palaces, next to the great St. Peter’s Basilica, are home to the Sistine Chapel and the eclectic collections of the Vatican Museums, as well as being the residence of the Pope.

Hotel Piranesi

Rome, Italy

An intimate boutique hotel located in the historic Palazzo Nainer, near the Piazza del Popolo, on a street known for art and antique galleries. The spacious guest and public rooms are elegantly furnished with rich fabrics and antiques, parquet floors, and marble bathrooms. Amenities also include a fitness room, sauna, and massage on site. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 3

Rome

Chauffered Vespa tour of Rome

This morning, after breakfast in your hotel (at 9:30 a.m.), you set off on the ultimate Roman experience—a four-hour tour of the city on an authentic vintage Vespa. Don’t worry, you’re not driving! Your driver/navigator is experienced, drives with maximum attention to safety (helmets provided), and doesn’t exceed a speed of 30 kilometers per hour (about 19 miles per hour). On the real-life set of your own Roman Holiday, you discover the hidden Rome—along the lesser-known routes to the small squares and quiet streets beloved by Romans themselves. Highlights may include the Basilica San Giovanni, the Giardino degli Aranci, Piazza San Pietro, and Piazza Gianicolo. There are no scheduled activities for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.

Hotel Piranesi

Rome, Italy

An intimate boutique hotel located in the historic Palazzo Nainer, near the Piazza del Popolo, on a street known for art and antique galleries. The spacious guest and public rooms are elegantly furnished with rich fabrics and antiques, parquet floors, and marble bathrooms. Amenities also include a fitness room, sauna, and massage on site. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 4

Rome

Departure from Rome

Following breakfast in the hotel, you check out and depart at your leisure.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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