Locals leave their workplaces and outside cafes begin to fill with happy chatting animated faces. The Italian attitude to drinking in public is very different to what visitors may anticipate. Over drinking is exceptionally rare which leads to a much more relaxed feeling in the town and city centres. Although every cafe will serve alcohol the same way a bar or pub does, you will never see abuse. This in turn makes Italian towns and cities being very safe even late at night. Another great thing in evening Rome is the light. Rome has around 300 days of sun so most evenings you will see the sandstone coloured buildings turn gold with the sunset. Monuments, fountains and buildings are illuminated beautifully. Altogether these elements create the perfect setting for a gentle walk around the centre of the greatest city in Europe.
For two hours you will have the company of your personal private guide, who will regale you with stories and also humorous anecdotes of Rome, its history and importantly its people. The people of Rome make the city what it is. There is an enduring feeling of the love of life.
Starting at the Spanish Steps, we will be in a large and very busy piazza. From here you will see your first Bernini creation, the sculpture in the middle of the piazza, which from one side you can depart and ascend the steps and pray at the Church atop them. In the other direction you can walk down Via Condotti stopping to buy at every shop. Via Condotti is Rome’s most fashionable and most expensive shopping street. Containing names such as Prada, Armani, Louis Vuitton and Gucci etc, etc. The Trevi Fountain is of course a must see. The world’s most stunning fountain never fails to leave people slightly speechless on first seeing it. Strangely its designer was not the first choice. There had been a competition for its design and the chosen winner was Alessandro Galilei, a Florentine. Uproar was to follow in Rome and the commission was awarded to the second placed contestant Nicola Salvi, a Roman! A good choice it seems. We will stroll through Piazza Colonna, where is the mighty marble column of Marcus Aurelius, and Piazza di Monte Citorio (Parliament Square), the seat of Italian democracy today. Piazza Pietra, where you will witness the Temple of Hadrian. As your tour develops, you will soon become aware that no where in the world is so much in so small an area. There is really no distance between these places. We have also The Pantheon. Originally a pagan Temple, dating back to pre Colosseum days. It is the oldest fully functional Catholic Church in the world as it was consecrated 1700 years ago and surprisingly is in incredibly good condition. It is also the burial place of various Italian notables, which your guide will tell you more about. Piazza Navona: the largest and most attractive of Rome’s countless Piazza. A baroque beauty. With three fountains, the centre being Bernini’s magical Four Rivers Fountain. Recently renovated and cleaned, it is as memorable as the Trevi. You will be in Baroque country, an amazing time when much of the centre was transformed to the Rome you see today. You will see the influence of the Genius Bernini all around.
This evening you will have had a small concentrated vision of what Rome has to offer and why people come back again and again. If you have romance in your heart and the love of beauty in your soul, you too will be back. Just remember to throw your coin in the Trevi Fountain to make sure. This will be two of the fastest hours of your vacation but do not despair. As it finishes, you can now sit back and take in the atmosphere of a Central Rome evening. You will be surrounded by Gelateria, fine restaurants and cafe/bars. The night is still young, stay and enjoy.
This tour can be arranged for friends or couples but also for families with kids and you will have one the best child friendly guide ever!
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.