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How NOT to lose your passport or other valuables

Thankfully losing your passport and other valuables doesn’t happen a lot, but it does happen.

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And when it does, it can wreak havoc on your vacation when you have to trade a guided tour at the Colosseo or a daytrip to Tuscany with the family for a day at the Embassy for a passport replacement.

 

In most cases, passports get lost when travelers carry them in their handbags or frequently used pockets.  

While it is necessary to carry a valid government issued ID for credit card use and basic identity purposes, it is not absolutely necessary to carry your passport around with you all day unless you plan to specifically use it.

Hotels offer safe boxes to place your valuables, and your passport IS valuable. You are less likely to lose if it you keep it safely locked inside your hotel room (just don’t forget to take it with you when you leave!)

If you must carry your passport with you during the day, try to use the practical and inexpensive money belts. Sure, during the hot summer months money belts are not quite comfortable to wear under your clothing, but it’s the safest place to carry your passport and money.

There are other safety measures that help reduce the likelihood of losing your passport.

Ladies:

If you don’t have a money belt or cannot wear one, be sure your handbag stays secured to your body at all times. Long durable straps that go over your shoulder with the handbag resting comfortably at your side is a popular choice. The handbag should have a zipper across and never stay open.

The less you have to remove your handbag from your person the better, especially in public places such as buses, trains, taxis, restaurants and cafes. Italy is a safe country, but even at home you must take precautions….even more so when you’re traveling.

Never remove your handbag and place it on the back of your chair in cafes and restaurants, place it on the floor by your feet, or set it anywhere that anyone can grab it and run. Never leave your handbag open or unattended. Be careful not to leave it behind in public toilets or dressing rooms. 

If you carry your passport inside your handbag, first place it inside a sealed ziplock bag to protect it from accidental spillage ( sometimes people get water or drinks spilled on their handbags).

 Never store your passport in the main pocket that you often reach into for your wallet, sunglasses, or other items throughout the day. Your passport should be in the safest possible pocket inside your handbag.

 

Gentlemen:

Carrying wallets and passports in your back pockets is highly discouraged because it’s the easiest way to have them lost or stolen. Deep front pockets or side pockets (as in cargo pants) are safer. For added measure, you may safety pin or velcro your pockets together to avoid accidental opening or unauthorized hands dipping into your pockets.

Again, Italy is a safe country, but things can get stolen anywhere you are, even in your home town.

Fanny packs are also popular to carry wallets and ID in. However, they can easily be snatched off or accidentally left behind if removed in public bathrooms or dressing rooms.

If you prefer to carry a fanny pack a few preventive measures go a long way. If it’s possible, pull the fanny pack strap through you pant belt hoops to ensure it will not fall off if it snaps open, and no one can grab it and run. If you are already wearing a belt and it’s not possible to add the fanny pack strap through the belt hoops, you may secure the fanny pack strap to your belt hoops with safety pins(safety pins may not be stylish, but better safe than sorry!). You may also safety pin the zipper of your fanny pack shut to prevent anyone from opening it.

Safety pins may be flimsy, but the idea is to first deter petty thieves from making an easy run with your fanny pack, and to keep it secure to your body so it doesn’t fall off. Always store your passport inside a sealed ziplock bag and placed securely in a pocket you least use and closest to your body. Never keep your valuables in the main pocket that you reach into throughout the day.

Always make several copies of your passport (as well as all your ID’s and credit cards) and store them inside your luggage (which you should always keep locked in your hotel room when you are out and about) in case you do lose your passport and need a replacement.  Be sure to leave a copy of your passport with trusted friends or family so they can quickly scan it and e-mail it to you if necessary.

Another costly mistake that is quite common is forgetting to retrieve your passport from the hotel concierge. Worst case scenario this can cause you to miss your flight or your cruise. It pays to be extra diligent to wait a few extra minutes and not leave the front desk until you have your passport back in hand. It’s very easy to get distracted and forget to go back to the concierge to retrieve your passport, and the concierge can not be relied upon to make sure you don’t don’t leave your passport behind when you check out.

Wallets, cell phones, cameras, credit cards, jackets and yes, even ID’s and passports sometimes get left behind in taxis, buses, trains and private driver vehicles. If you book RomeCabs for your transfers and tours, you have the security of knowing you can contact us and let us know what you left behind and we will return it to you as quickly as possible. If you realize you lost something after your plane has left Rome, we will gladly mail them back to you. If you lose your items inside a taxi cab, train, or bus, chances are you may never see them again.

 

For more information on Stefano Rome Tours, please visit our website at www.StefanoRomeTours.com. We’d love to hear from you!

What other safety measures have you used or recommend??  Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below, we’d love to hear from you!

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What to Wear in Rome, Italy

 

A popular question many people visiting rome for the first time ask is what to wear in Rome?
Our answer is: first and foremost, be comfortable!

 

 

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Type of Shoes to wear in Rome

Whether you are spending a holiday in Rome, or are sightseeing on a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, what you plan to wear is very important for comfort, safety, convenience and style.

Many streets in Rome (and Italy alike) are made of cobblestone, are sometimes uneven, and other times uphill.

Comfortable shoes  are key. We do not suggest flip flops because they don’t offer any  support, exposes your bare feet to accidents (think stubbing your  toe, cuts from sharp objects, getting stepped on in busy buses and  Metros), as well as infection should you experience a cut.

White sneakers can and will get dirty, and if you want to pack less by being able to mix and match as many things as possible, white sneakers may not match everything or transit well from day to night.

Comfortable walking shoes, preferably dark in color to withstand dirt, are the most practical way to go.

During the summer sandals are more popular due to the heat, so make sure your sandals cover and protect your feet as much as possible and have comfortable soles. If your walking shoes and sandals are not overly casual, you can continue to wear them from day to night (unless you choose to dress up for a special evening).

Please do not try to break in new shoes on your vacation; you’ll be walking a lot and your feet will suffer if your shoes don’t fit properly.

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Shorts, tank tops, and other summer attire in Rome:

There’s no fashion police in Rome that will stop you for wearing tank tops, shorts, or mini skirts, but many churches will prevent you from walking in under-dressed.

Under no circumstance can you walk inside the major churches like St Peter’s without your shoulders and knees covered. Yes, there is the Vatican “fashion police” who will measure you up and down to see if you’re dressed properly. It’s worse than Project Runway, and equally embarrassing when you’re told to leave because you’re showing too much shoulder and leg. And it’s quite irritating if you just spent 40 minutes under the hot sun of the piazza waiting in line to enter the piazza.

Lesser known churches are often understaffed, and they may not prevent under-dressed visitors from entering, but it’s a matter of respect and it’s nice to cooperate.

If you plan to visit churches on any given day, dress accordingly in advance, or bring a shawl to cover your shoulders (ladies), and wear shorts and skirts that at least cover your knees. Convertible pants are great because you can switch from shorts to long as needed.

 

Jeans:

Yes, Italians wear jeans, especially younger people given the wide variety of denim styles available. Middle age Italian men and women wear jeans too, although less often.

If in doubt, slacks and dockers are a great choice because they are light, great for any occasion, and easy to mix and match.

 

Casual or dressy?

What can we say? It’s Italy, the land of Armani, Prada, Versaci and Valentino, so Italians know style. It’s in their DNA it seems.

But it doesn’t mean you have to spend your vacation dressed up in the latest style. While we advise you NOT to worry about being stylish, we do recommend you dress in whatever way makes you feel good about yourself, you’re comfortable in, and you like being photographed with because you’ll want to take a lot of photos on your trip and show them to everyone!

If you’d like a more specific example of what to wear, one of our clients had her rule of thumb: dress like you’re going to lunch at a nice restaurant with your in-laws.

If you’d like to transform from a day of sightseeing to a dinner out afterwards without changing wardrobe, for men a sports jacket goes a long way. For ladies, a nice shawl over the shoulders or a nice jacket are also great for dinner out…and practical for the cooler Mediterranean evenings.

 

Hats

We love hats! Winter, summer, and everything in between, there’s never a wrong time to wear hats. In the winter hats keep your warm, in the summer it keeps the sun off your head and face.

Don’t worry about baseball hats. If you love them, wear them! And if you don’t want to bring your own hat, there are plenty to be found in Rome in all sorts of colors and styles.

At the time this article is written, fedoras are a huge hit in Rome with tourists and locals alike. Ladies, hats are also great if you’re not having a particularly great hair day. Hats are both functional and fashion accessories!

 

Climate

Before leaving for your trip, it’s always a good idea to check the weather in advance. It’s not always accurate, but it gives you a general idea of what to expect so you can bring appropriate clothing.

During the spring, summer and fall months, the Mediterranean climate allows for cool mornings and evenings, and much warmer during the day. If you plan to be out throughout the day including morning or evening, a good rule of thumb is to dress like an onion: in layers. This way you can take off layers as it gets warmer, and add them as it gets cooler.

With so many luxurious as well as affordable shops in Rome, you can always add to your vacation wardrobe and create your own style.

So next time you worry about looking touristy in Italy, here’s a secret: Italians already know you are a tourist, so forget about it, have fun, and embrace being a tourist because we love you no matter what!

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Do you have any fashion tips and ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

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 Thank you for visiting our blog.

With love,

The Stefano Rome Tours Team

 

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Discover Caravaggio on your Rome Shore Excursion!

.Caravaggio’s art directly inspired from reality reflects his life, grandiose and dramatic at the same time.

From Milan to Rome and from Sicily to Malta, Caravaggio went from artistic residences to various prisons during his adventurous life that tragically ended in 1610 at the young age of 39.

 

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Even if he lived a short life, this gifted artist started a revolutionary art, influencing the majority of European painters.

 

Caravaggio Painting at San Luigi dei Francesi Church

Caravaggio Painting at San Luigi dei Francesi Church

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Caravaggio’s masterpieces changed the history of painting giving the spectators the new role of eye witnesses who are engaged in the action occurring right in front of them. Standing in front of one of his paintings, one can feel alone in a crowded room surrounded only by the beauty of his art.

No other artist of the past has been able to communicate so intensively with its audience.


Even though writers of his time always struggled with praising his talent in light of his tainted past; today it’s hard to distinguish the two souls of this man and artist.

His tragic death was almost seen at the time as a divine punishment for a sinful life, but today it is just considered a mystery behind the life of one of the greatest artist in history.

He was an honest artist communicating through his art both artistic style and biography with no filters nor obstacles.

 

Caravaggio inside St Maria del Popolo Church

Caravaggio inside St Maria del Popolo Church

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Discover the masterpieces of Caravaggio that are scattered around Rome on a guided tour that will surprise you! From Santa Maria del Popolo Church and San Luigi  dei Francesi Church to Doria Pamphilj and Borghese Gallery you can retrace this artist’s fascinating life.


Stefano Rome Tours offers
shore excursions from Civitavecchia Port  to take you to the most important galleries and churches of Rome that proudly display her most treasured pieces.

Do you have a favorite artist whose art you admire? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog.

With love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

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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.

 


To view the video on our YouTube channel please CLICK HERE

 

 

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

Rome in a Day from Civitavecchia

The Cruise Port of Civitavecchia is a very popular destination for cruises in Italy, and if you are arriving by cruise ship to the port, then you really should spend a thrilling day in Rome, one of the most fascinating and historically significant cities in the world.

 

We highly recommend the Rome Day From Civitavecchia Tour. This is a fabulous hassle-free way of visiting the city directly from Civitavecchia, without having to worry about how to get to Rome, or what you should see and visit when you actually reach the Eternal City.

This is because you will be picked up at the ports’ pier at 8.30 AM by your private English speaking Driver and then driven to Rome in your private deluxe vehicle, where you will be provided with an excellent day’s itinerary, before being retuned to the pier at around 5.30 PM.

 

Enjoy a video of our Rome in A Day from Civitavecchia shore excursion:

 

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This tour from Stefano Rome Tours will take you through the highlights of the city, and even before reaching Rome you will be able to enjoy the beautiful and ancient Etruscan landscape  en route.

The comfortable drive to the capital takes just over an hour on the Roman countryside highway, and your personal driver will point out to you all the places of interest on the way, as well as answer any questions you may have about the tour.

Rome has numerous sights and attractions to visit, from ancient Roman ruins to baroque churches and much, much more. As you can see below in the ‘Tour Highlights’, you will in fact be covering the city’s most famous sights, such as the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, so you can be rest assured that you will get the most out of your one day tour of Rome!

As always, remember that there is a dress code on entering churches in Italy, so please make sure that your shoulders and knees are all covered.

 

Tour Highlights


Drive by Pyramid of Caius Cestio :: Circus Maximus :: Colosseum :: Vatican Museum :: Sistine Chapel :: St. Peter’s Basilica :: Pantheon :: Trevi Fountain

Pick up time: approximately 8.00am
Return time: approximately 5.30pm

 

For more information about this and other exciting shore excursions from Civitavecchia, please CLICK HERE or visit our website at www.StefanoRomeTours.com. We look forward to showing you our Eternal City!

 

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog.

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

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Assisi Tour: The Fascinating Birthplace of St. Francis

The word ‘Assisi‘ is synonymous with St Francis, the patron saint of animals, the environment and Italy. In fact, he is probably the best loved saint in Italy and one of the most well known in the world.

The Assisi Tour takes us to his beautiful birthplace in the Umbrian region, Assisi, close to Perugia and over 400 meters above sea level.

 

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A short bio on St. Francis of Assisi: Francesco was born in 1182 or 1183 to a wealthy family, his father being a rich cloth merchant and his mother was originally from France. Throughout his early life there were signs of the man he was later to become, the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, or the Franciscans.  

The current pope, Pope Francis, also chose the name of Saint Francis.

 

St Francis, San Damiano Monastery in Assisi

St Francis, San Damiano Monastery in Assisi

 

There are many stories of his kindness to animals and fellow human beings, and of his fondness of the environment. It was around 1209 that St. Francis totally gave up all his worldly goods and took up a life of poverty.

He wore just a woollen robe, which was fastened only by a knotted rope and went about rebuilding churches and ministering to people. Others followed him and also vowed to a life of poverty, and the new order was borne.

St. Francis died on October 3, 1226 and every year on the 4th of October his Feast Day takes place, honouring the saint’s charitable life and achievements.

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The Assisi Day Tour starts off by picking you up at your hotel and then we will head to Assisi via the beautiful countryside of Lazio and Umbria. Your professional driver will of course also point out the the major points of interest en route.

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SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI

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.St Maria degli Angeli

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Our first stop will be the Basilica of St. Maria degli Angeli, the place where St. Francis passed away in 1226.

Here you will have the opportunity to see the sacred Porziuncola, around which the basilica was built.

 

ASSISI

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Saint Francis Basilica in Assisi and PAX garden

Saint Francis Basilica in Assisi and PAX garden

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Next we will visit the burial place of St. Francis, namely the Basilica of St. Francis which was built straight after his canonisation in 1228.

We will then make our way down to the town’s main square, Piazza del Comune, which is also home to a very interesting Roman archaeological site, and the Temple of Minerva that once was a 1st century BC pagan temple and later converted into a beautiful Baroque church whose interior resembles a jewel box.

 

Santa Chiara Basilica in Assisi

Santa Chiara Basilica in Assisi

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Our last stop in Assisi itself will be the Basilica of St. Clare (Santa Chiara). St. Clare was one of the first women to join St. Francis’ ministry in 1212.

Her preserved body is on display in a crypt in the basilica, along with garments worn by both St. Francis and St. Clare, as well as some locks of St. Clare’s hair that St. Francis cut off when she joined his ministry.

 

San Damiano Monastery in Assisi

San Damiano Monastery in Assisi

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Our final stop is just outside Assisi, the small and simple Church of San Damiano. This is where St. Francis had his calling; after hearing the crucifix telling him to ‘rebuild my church’, he did exactly that.  The original crucifix hangs inside the Basilica of Saint Claire.  St. Clare herself spent most of her life until she died there in 1253.

Important to know: To enter any of the churches, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry!
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Assisi Tour Highlights:


Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli :: Basilica of St. Frances :: Piazza del Commune :: Basilica of Santa Chiara :: San Damiano Monastery

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Learn more about our popular Assisi Tour by visiting our website at www.StefanoRomeTours.com

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog.

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

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A Splendid Wine Tasting Tour

Italy is famous for a vast array of products, from the haute couture created in Milan’s fashion houses to the world famous wines from the Chianti region.

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And if you like to think of yourself as a wine connoisseur, or if you simply enjoy a tipple now and again, then our Wine Tasting Tour would be ideal.

 

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.Not only do you get a chance to discover some of our best wines, but you can also sample some very tasty region delicacies, while also getting to see two fascinating towns, Orvieto in Umbria and Montepulciano in Tuscany.

 

ORIVETO,  UMBRIA

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The tour first takes us to Orvieto, which has been producing wine since the Middle Ages. We will first visit the Cantina Foresi at the Piazza Duomo. Here you will be able to taste the town’s most famous wine, the ‘Orvieto Classico‘, along with other fine white wines and some delicious local foods, such as wild boar and pork salamis, porchetta colonnata and an excellent range of cheeses.

After the tasting you can take a tour of the cellar and then you will have the opportunity to buy any of the wines that you just tasted.

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

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Orvieto is also worth visiting for its tourist sights, especially the 14th century cathedral, and you will have time to admire the building, as well as stroll around the town’s shops, many of which sell Orvieto’s other famous product, namely ceramics.

 

MONTEPULCIANO, TUSCANY

 

We now continue to the charming hill-town of Montepulciano in the beautiful Chianti region of Tuscany. This town is great for walking, as the centre is almost free of traffic.

 

Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano, Tuscany

 

Here we will taste both red and white wines, the most famous being Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano, and we will follow this with a visit to a vineyard and olive grove.

After tasting some of the palatable delights that Montepulciano offers, you will have time to discover the town itself, including the shops and attractions.

There is the 17th century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Palazzo Comunale, which was designed by Michelozzo in the same tradition as the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence, and also the town’s impressive castle, which was the site of many a battle between the locals and the Republic of Siena.

 

Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano, Tuscany

 

One of our most popular tours, the Wine Tour is both relaxing and interesting, and with the added bonus of trying some authentic regional food and wine!

 

Tour Highlights

Orvieto :: Montepulciano

Pick up time: approximately 8.00am

Return time: around 6.00pm to 7.00pm

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

 

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog.

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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Christian Rome – Day tour in Rome

A visit to Rome would not be complete without a tour of some of the city’s best known Christian monuments and landmarks, which include the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Wall and of course the Vatican, home to St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

 

 

Our Christian Rome Tour available as a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, will introduce you to the main points of interest that made Rome the centre of Christianity, and you will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Saints, Popes, and ancient Romans who have contributed to what Rome is today.

Due to magnificent architecture, world famous paintings and sculptures, as well as remarkable frescoes, as all of these spiritually significant sites have a very important and interesting history and are part of Italy’s cultural heritage.

 

 

We start at the Circus Maximus, the enormous ancient Roman stadium at the foot of Palatine Hill where the chariot races took place (think Ben Hur).

 

From here, we continue to one of the four great basilicas of Rome, St. Paul Outside-the-Wall, which was built by Emperor Constantine and said to be located above the burial ground of Saint Paul.

 

 

Continuing along the Appian Way, the 2000-year old road that leads to Apulia and Brindisi and where Spartacus and his army were crucified, we will make our way to the ancient catacombs. It is here where the early Christians would bury their dead or hold church services out of sight from the public, due to a fear of persecution.

Before stopping off for some lunch we will continue the tour to Piazza Venezia and the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, which was dedicated to the first king of Italy.

After enjoying a delicious traditional Roman lunch it is now time to head towards the Vatican, noted as one of the world’s smallest states and more importantly home to the Pope and the Catholic Church.

You will be given the chance to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with its amazing ceiling painted by Michelangelo. After viewing the masterpieces found in the Vatican, the tour will take us to the Pantheon, once the temple to all Roman gods, it remains one of the best preserved Roman buildings.

Just around the corner from here is our penultimate destination, the city’s largest Baroque fountain, the instantly recognisable Trevi Fountain, where visitors throw in a coin to be assured of a return visit to Rome.

Our tour finally ends at the Spanish Steps, where you can take a rest and enjoy a tasty Italian gelato before we set off back home.

Please don’t forget: To enter any of the churches in Rome, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry!

Tour Highlights
Circus Maximus :: St. Paul Outside the Wall Church :: Appian Way :: Catacombs :: Vittorio Emanuele Monument :: Vatican Museum :: Sistine Chapel :: St. Peter’s Basilica
Pick up time: approximately 9.00am
Return time: approximately 5.00pm
Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/christianrome/    

We look forward to seeing you in Rome!

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ostia Antica: The perfect short tour outside Rome

If you are looking for a reasonably short tour, and one that takes you outside of Rome for a few hours, then our Ostia Antica Tour would be the perfect choice for you.

We pick you up at 9.00 AM from your hotel, show you the sites of the ancient town of Ostia Antica, and then return you back to your hotel at about 1.00 PM, giving you enough time for a siesta and to discover a little more of Rome!

However, if you prefer, you can also stay longer in the town for a small extra fee …

Ostia Antica is a fascinating town that has a wealth of Roman ruins and beautiful, well-kept frescoes. Amazingly, the town was the seaport of Rome during the Roman times, and just like Pisa, it was once located directly on the coast! Over the years, the drop in sea water level and the additional silting from the River Tiber means that the town in now situated about 2 miles inland from the Mediterranean coast.

Some of the oldest visible buildings date way back to the 3rd century BC. But the city did not peek in size until between the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, when its population reached 75,000 inhabitants, the size of a large town today. The Roman ruins in the town are perhaps second to none, apart from Rome itself of course. Some of the highlights include 2nd century mosaics, insulae (Roman apartment blocks), early graffiti, the theatre building, and the ancient warehouses along the old Tiber banks.

Please note: The ruins are closed on Mondays and also there are no restaurants on-site, so we recommend that you bring your own little picnic and cold drinks. The entrance fee, which is currently 6.50 Euros, is not included in the tour and should be paid on arrival.

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

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team