The Spectacular Viterbo, Calcata and Sutri Tour

While Rome is one of the world’s most exciting city to visit,  spending a day in the relaxing Roman countryside can be one of the most rewarding experience of your holiday in Italy.

The enjoyable one day Viterbo, Calcata and Sutri Tour  that we offer at Stefano Rome Tours will take you to some of the most picturesque locations in Lazio, and on your journey to these interesting sites you will also see some breathtaking Italian scenery.

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Our personal service means that you will be picked up by our professional English speaking driver at your hotel at 9.00 AM and then you will be returned home, after an exciting day, at around 5.00 PM.

 


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CALCATA

 

Sutri 

 

Our first stop on the tour is one of the best preserved medieval hill towns in the country, the quaint village of Calcata, which lies perched high upon a volcanic rock.

The village is a now a bustling center for artisans and creative intellectuals, and it is hard to believe that the village was condemned in the 1930’s for fear of landslides.

With its cobbled streets, great collection of art galleries, craft shops and ancient relics, this truly is a unique location.

 

SUTRI

 

Sutri - the Ancient Amphetheater

Sutri – the Ancient Amphetheater

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Our next stop is Sutri, about a 30-minute drive north west of Calcata and it’s an Etruscan archaeological site.

This beautiful village has around 5,000 inhabitants and attractions include an Etruscan necropolis, an excavated Roman amphitheatre with dozens of rock-cut tombs, a Mithraeum found in the crypt of the village’s church, the Church of the Madonna del Parto, as well as a Romanesque cathedral, which has seven naves divided by twenty columns, all of a different origin.

The cathedral was built over the ruins of an early Christian basilica and was consecrated by Pope Innocent III in 1207. After visiting the attractions of Sutri, we head north to the ancient city of Viterbo.

 

VITERBO

 

Viterbo, Italy

Viterbo, Italy

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A charming ancient city, Viterbo is also the capital of the provincial area and lies between Lake Bolsena and Lake Vico.

First of all we will luncheon in the city and after settling with a full stomach of tasty Italian food, we will be well prepared for visiting the city’s best sights, including churches, palaces, castles and ruins.

In fact, Viterbo is considered to be one of the best preserved medieval towns of central Italy, and on entering the historic centre, via the ancient gates of the 13 Century city walls, you will be able to see why for yourself.

Places of interest on the route include the Papal Palace, the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo, Piazza del Gesù and the square’s simple but quaint 11th Century church, and the Fontana Grande, to name but just a few.

This is an ideal tour for those who wish to follow a splendid and varied itinerary that lasts a good day!

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Don’t forget: In order to be able to enter any of the churches, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry! Furthermore, we are glad to inform you that on this tour there are no additional fees for entrance tickets.

Tour Highlights:
Calcata :: Sutri :: Viterbo


Pick up time: approximately 9.00 am
Return time: approximately 5.00 pm


Full tour details can be found at on our website at this link: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/viterbocalcatasutri/

 

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog. We look forward to show you beautiful places in Italy!

with love,

The Stefano Rome Tours team

Tivoli Villas: The Most Popular Out of Rome Tour

The ancient city of Tivoli is located only about 20 miles from Rome and is a popular tourist destination, especially for those who want to visit somewhere slightly further afield from the sights of the Italian capital.

The city was already a Roman establishment way back in 338 BC, and was well known for its beauty and good water and became popular as a resort for rich Romans.

 

 

Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana)

Hadrian’s Villa: Ares and the tow Wounded Amazons, at the Canopus

 

There are no less than two UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city and our Tivoli Villas Tour is an enjoyable way of visiting them.

As the name of the tour suggests, we will be visiting two villas, the Roman Villa Adriana and the Renaissance Villa d’Este.

 

HADRIAN’S VILLA (VILLA ADRIANA)

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Hadrian's Villa / Villa Adriana, Tivoli

Hadrian’s Villa / Villa Adriana: Maritime Theater and Euripus Pool

 

Villa Adriana was a gigantic complex initiated and used by Emperor Hadrian as his countryside retreat.

In fact it was as large as many towns of the day with an area of about 250 acres and comprising of several palaces, thermae, temples, libraries, state rooms, slave quarters and even a theatre.

It is said that Emperor Hadrian also ruled the Roman Empire at one point from here.

 

Hadrian's Villa / Villa Adriana, Tivoli

Hadrian’s Villa / Villa Adriana: Statue of Neptune, near the Canopus

 

Underground, there is an extensive network of tunnels, which were mainly used for the transportation of both servants and goods from one area of the complex to the other.

Due to its enormity, Hadrian himself probably needed to have a guide himself to get around the villa!

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VILLA D’ESTE

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Villa d'Este Water Fountains

Villa d’Este Water Fountains

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Villa d’Este is also a UNSECO site, but being of Renaissance architecture, it is not as old as Villa Adriana and dates back “only” to the late 1500s.

The villa was originally commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, grandson of Pope Alexander VI and has undergone many improvements throughout the years.

Villa d’Este is most famous for its beautiful gardens and water features, which later had an enormous influence on landscape design throughout Europe and beyond.

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Villa d'Este Gardens

Villa d’Este Gardens

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After the tour you can enjoy a typical meal in the trattoria near to the villa, before we continue our journey back to Rome.

This tour is also possible as a shore excursion from Civitavecchia. 

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Tivoli Day Tour Highlights:


Villa Adriana :: Villa d’Este

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Pick up time: approximately 9.00am

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Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/tivolivillas/

Thank you very much for visiting our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Rome!

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team 

 

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Castles and Lake Tour: Bracciano Lake, Cerveteri

Rome has numerous monuments and attractions to visit, but why not get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day and explore the Lazio countryside?

Whether a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, this unique  Castles and Lake Tour is the perfect way to explore the beautiful and mainly unspoiled region of Lazio.

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On this tour you will visit the formidable Renaissance Bracciano Castle (Castello Orsini-Odesalchi), have an authentic Italian lunch at a restaurant in the charming medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri,and explore ancient tombs that belong to this ancient mysterious civilization inside the ancient Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri.

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click to watch the “Castles and Lakes” Tour video 

 

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BRACCIANO CASTLE  / CASTELLO ORSINI – ODESCALCHI 

 

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini - Odescalchi

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini – Odescalchi

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The tour’s first stop is the small town of Bracciano, which is reached via the Roman Via Aurelia road that dates way back to 241 BC.

This quiet town is home to Odescalchi Castle, a well-kept castle that was made famous when Tom Cruise decided to marry his bride (Katie Holmes ) there in 2006.

After the castle we will take a walk around the village where you can do a spot of shopping, sight seeing and enjoy a nice stroll.

 

LAKE BRACCIANO

 

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

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Next stop will be the actual lake itself. Lake Bracciano is one of Italy’s cleanest and largest lakes, with a circular perimeter of approximately 20 miles, and was originally a volcanic crater. It is a popular location for sunbathing and swimming for those who want to avoid the busy beaches.

 

THE MEDIEVAL BORGO OF CERI

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The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

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After a relaxing stop-off at the lake, we will continue to the small village of Ceri, just outside Cerveteri.

This picturesque village occupies a fortified plateau of tuff and was inhabited by the ancient Etruscans, as well as the Romans. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque Church of the Madonna di Ceri with its Giotto-inspired frescoes and ‘cosmati’ floors.

 

CERVETERI BANDITACCIA ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS

 

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

 

After lunch at one of the excellent value-for-money restaurants, we will head to our final stop, Cerveteri.

This home to the ancient Etruscan tombs, built by a civilization that we know very little about and who occupied parts of Italy even before the Romans.

 

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

 

Please remember: To enter churches, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry!

Castle and LakesTour Highlights:


Orsini – Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano :: Lake Bracciano :: Ceri :: Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Pick up time: approximately 9.00am

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Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/castlesandlakes/

Thank you for reading our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Italy

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

 

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