From the Etruscan Civilization to the Roman Empire

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Tour Introduction

7 NIGHT TRIP
A great journey discovering life, culture and mysteries of two fascinating peoples, the Romans and the Etruscans. Visit Viterbo, the lake Bolsena, Vulci, Tarquinia in the Lazio region surrounding Rome.

Highlights:

  • Galleria Borghese and its masterpieces
  • Tuscia – southern Etruria - and the Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri
  • Major Basilica of Rome and Christina catacombs
  • The Dying city of Civita di Bagnoregio

DAY 1: ARRIVE VITERBO
Upon arrival at Rome airport meet your private drive and transfer to Viterbo (estimated 75 miles). Following check in, join a guided tour of the city to discover the medieval San Pellegrino district, the Pope’s Palace and the Albornoz Fortress. Time permitting continue to the former city-state and bishopric (now titular see) of Ferento, 5 miles from Viterbo, and visit its Roman and medieval ruins. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. After dinner optional bath in the natural springs water of Viterbo.

DAY 2: THE DYING CITY OF CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO AND UNDERGROUND ORVIETO
Breakfast in hotel. Departure for Bolsena and guided visit of medieval Castle Monaldeschi, once residence of the powerful family Monadeschi. Continue wih vist of the church of Saint Cristina and its catacombs. Arrive in Civita di Bagnoregio, the "Dying City." Light lunch then depart for Orvieto. Tour of the Palazzo Faina Museum and the underground passages of Orvieto. Return to Viterbo, dinner and overnight in hotel. Optional bath in the natural springs water of Viterbo.

DAY 3: ETRUSCAN TOWNS AND WINE TASTING
Breakfast in hotel. Departure for Vulci,a rich and important Etruscan city. Upon arrival guided tour of the Natural Archaeological Park . Following the tour, enjoy a light lunch with olive oil and wine tasting.  Continue to Tuscania, one of the most beautiful places of the southern Etruria (Tuscia) and visit to the National Tuscanese Museum and to the Etruscan Academia Museum. Return at Viterbo. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Optional bath in the natural springs water of Viterbo.

DAY 4:  BANDITACCIA ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS
Breakfast in hotel. Departure for Tarquinia and guided visit to the National Etruscan Museum. Light lunch with Maremma’s local delicatessen. In the afternoon departure for Cerveteri and guided tour of the Banditaccia Necropolis, one of the most interesting archaeological sites together with the Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia, since 2004 listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Continue the tour with visit of Mount Abatone and Crespe of S. Angelo. Depart for Rome. Arrival and accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: ROME – ESSENCE OF THE ETERNAL CITY
Breakfast in hotel.  Today enjoy a full day of touring to discover the Eternal city in all of its glory. Start first with a visit of the ancient monuments of Rome that will take you from the birth of Rome at
the Palatine Hill, to the beginnings of democracy at the Roman Forum and to life and death at the mighty Colosseum.  Light lunch in selected restaurant. Afternoon guided tour of Foro Boario-Portico d’Ottavia-Teatro Marcello. Dinner and overnight in hotel. After dinner night tour of Rome.

DAY 6: VILLA BORGHESE TREASURES &  MICHELANGELO’S MASTERPIECE
Breakfast in hotel. Morning guided tour of the Museum of the Etruscan civilization housed in Villa Giulia,Villa Borghese and Galleria Borghese, to see works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Raphael and Titian . Light lunch in selected restaurant. In the afternoon, visit to one of the top rated museum in Rome: The Vatican museum and visiting the world’s greatest art collections. Your English speaking guide will lead you inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, where you will admire Michelagelo’s Pieta’. After dinner night tour of Rome.

DAY 7: MAJOR BASILICA’S AND ROMAN CATACOMBS
Breakfast in hotel. Morning dedicated to the visit of Christian Rome. Tour will include visit to  Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the intriguing catacombs, an early Christian burial spot just outside of the city at the Appian Way. Light lunch in a selected restaurant. Continue the tour with visit of Musei Capitolini, Area Sacra at Largo Argentina, and the famous Pantheon. Time at leisure for personal discovery. Dinner and overnight in hotel. After dinner optional sightseeing tour of Rome by night.

DAY 8: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!

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