Tour in Lazio and Rome
This tour let you discover many parts of this region, you’ll enjoy typical foods, oil, wine, beautiful nature by the lakes and some culture in Rome the eternal city.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Rome airport, bus an tour leader meet the group to make a panoramic tour where we pass Basilica di S. Paolo, Terme di Caracalla and Colosseum ending at the hotel.
Dinner in nearby restaurant a family runs the place and you eat the typical dishes of Rome. Overnight in Rome.
Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Rome.
Full day sightsseing with antique Rome, centre with Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the bus brings to the area of S.Pietro where we have lunch. After lunch visit of the basilica and eventually of the Vatican Museums. Overnight in Rome
Day 3: Excursion to Castelli Romani
The volcanic hills south of Rome, is only 20 km outside of the city and therefore connected with it’s story. The very fine volcanic soil the nearness to the sea make this area perfect for wine production, and the lakes and the forests make this hills loved by the Romans and visitors from all over the world. Medieval towns with a history that dates back to the roman empire are scattered all over and are surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and chestnut forests.
During the tour in this area we are going to visit Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Popes since the 16th century, situated on the top of the Albano lake, Frascati famous for magnificent villas built by roman noble families during 16 – 17 century and Genzano famous for the production of bread that is delivered all over the region, we are going to make a visit at a bakery where they do the bread in ovens heated by wood fire.
We stop for lunch combined with wine tasting in the hills at one of the famous wine producers, before going back to Rome. Overnight in Rome
Day 4: Ninfa garden – Mozzarella – Villa D’Este
Early morning we leave Rome driving south in the same direction of Via Appia Antica the antique Roman road that was built by the consul Appius Claudius, the road was built over the drained plain in the southern part of Lazio in 300 before Christ. This huge plain is today cultivated with vegetables, fruits and farms with buffaloes producing milk for the famous “Mozzarella di Bufala”.
We stop outside the city of Latina to make a visit to the gardens of Ninfa The romantic flower-covered ruins at Ninfa, are as close to gardening perfection as you can get. Scented roses, hydrangeas and jasmines are among the many plants which curtain what remains of the walls of medieval houses and churches and entwine soaring cypresses which line what were once streets. Paths now meander beside a crystal-clear river through Ninfa’s tranquil setting. The gardens here are laid out in the ruins of the village of Ninfa, named after a mythical nymph whose tears shed for a lost lover are said to have become the cool stream which runs through the centre of the garden.
After this fascinating visit we have our lunch together in a nice restaurant not far from Ninfa. After lunch we drive to Bagni di Tivoli the thermal baths of the famous town of Tivoli, after check in at our hotel we have time on our own.
After breakfast we take a few steps to the train station and travel about 20 minutes to reach the city of Tivoli where e visit Villa d’Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included inthe UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles. We end our visit with a lunch in the historical centre of the city, time on your own to explore other parts of the city or make some shopping return on your own to the hotel by train.
Dinner on your own.
Day 5: Eutruscan Cerveteri – Bracciano Lake
Lazio was a part of Etruria where the Etruscan civilisation developed and disappeared between 770 – 100 before Kr. The town Cere (Cerveteri) was, as all Etruscan towns surrounded by large necropolis, because the Etruscan civilisation considered the life after death most important.
The huge family tombs was excavated directly in the volcanic tuff stone and all utensils used during the daily life person in the life after dead.
Our day start at Cerveteri with a visit in the Banditaccia necropolis and then we are going to visit the small Etruscan museum situated in the centre of Cerveteri.
The roads that cross the area between the sea and the Bracciano Lake are all excavated in the tuff stone by the Etruscans, the nature are excellent for beef and sheep, brooding.
Suddenly, as a mirage, we arrive to the Bracciano lake that was called by the Roman “Sabatinus Lacus”. The lake of Bracciano is filled by underground rivers, some of them coming from the close lake of Martignano. Bracciano’s lake has an effluent named Arrone which flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea near Fregene. It has an area of 57 square Kilometres with a perimeter of 33 Kilometres. For its measurements it is the second largest lake of Lazio and it’s ranked eighth place among Italian lakes. The beauty of nature and landscape, the historical and cultural heritage with its archaeological and artistic richness: these are the ingredients having made Lake Bracciano a desired destination appreciated by visitors from all part of Italy and the world.
Three towns have been built on the lake’s shores: Bracciano, Trevignano Romano and Anguillara Sabazia. A sluice constructed by the end of the 1700’s is still working perfectly after having undergone restorations, to maintain water at a constant level. It feeds the Acquedotto Paulo, constructed at the time of Pope Paul V in the beginning of the 1600’s in order to supply the Vatican with fresh water.
Upon arrival to the lake we lunch at the lake shore and then we make a tour around the lake stopping in one or two of the small towns Trevignano and Anguillara before going back to Bagni di Tivoli.
Day 6: Sabina – olive oil – Farfa
The Sabina hills are located north east of Rome, the area is shaped by hills and valleys and many picturesque towns with well preserved middle age centres. The whole area is a man made landscape where century old olive trees and small vineyards grow along the sloping grounds. The olive oil produced in this area is exported to many countries.
We are going to make a fantastic visit at a small olive oil museum where international and national artists has created a unique atmosphere, we will follow the olive trees in the art and the music and leading thread through the museum is the oil drop.
After the museum we stop at a farm owned by a family that produces one of the best oils of the area, we eat a vegetarian lunch with products from this area and taste the newly made oil on toasted bread, there is time to buy some oil and wonderful hand made soaps to bring home.
In the afternoon we stop for a visit at the Abbazia di Farfa that was one of the most imposing monasteries in central Italy, in the past many of the European royal families did send their young men here to get the times best education. The convent has a library, cloister garden and a beautiful church that we will visit. In the small village there are houses from the middle age and there are some small handicraft shops that it is possible to visit.
We will have our farewell dinner in a restaurant in Tivoli, before the bus brings us back to the hotel.
Day 7: Departure
Time on your own for last shopping before we leave for the airport of Fiumicino.