Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
German Guided: Rome & Countryside
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Ungefahr 10½ Stunden
A German-speaking guide leads this tour (or a guide with a German interpreter). A limited number of German guides and interpreters are available in this port; book early to avoid disappointment. This is not a bilingual tour; EXC Tours guided in English are available at Exploration Central on our website.
Drive through the beautiful Roman countryside, following the Appian Way -- perhaps the most famous road in the world. It was the very first of the ancient Roman military roads, and is perhaps the origin of the saying, "All roads lead to Rome." The Appian Way is lined with farmhouses, villas and palaces.
A winding road leads uphill to the beautiful medieval town of Castel Gandolfo, which has been the summer residence of the Popes for centuries. You will take a short walk through the town. The Papal Palace in Castel Gandolfo, with its beautiful gardens, is still part of the independent state of the Vatican City.
Your journey continues through the vineyards of Rome's hinterlands, with a stop in Monte Due Torri. At this farmhouse in the Alban Hills, a member of the household will guide you through the property. Enjoy a typical lunch here, complete with home-baked bread, wine, fresh salads, pasta and dessert, all accompanied by a tasting of local wines.
After lunch, take a panoramic drive through the center of Rome. Watch for the Colosseum, Piazza Venezia and Circus Maximus. Stop at the Trevi Fountain to throw a coin into the water to ensure your return to Rome. This a long-held superstition that many travelers swear by.
Continue to the church of Santa Maria dell'Anima, which today is the church and hospice of the German-speaking population of Rome.
At Piazza Navona you have some free time to visit the famous fountain by Bernini, and to browse for typical souvenirs of Rome - the Eternal City.
Travel time to Castel Gandolfo and to Rome is approximately 90 minutes. Participants must walk on even and uneven terrain and cobblestones surfaces. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Modest attire is required for visiting churches or cathedrals; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts and capri pants are not allowed. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.