Welcome to Rome , the 'Eternal City', the capital and largest city in Italy. With wonderful palaces, ancient churches and basilicas, grand Roman monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Come see Rome the right way: come with us.
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The trip meets in the Yellow Hostel in Rome anytime after 16:00. Your Bus2alps tour leader will show you Campo di Fiori and Trastevere, Rome’s coolest night life areas, and point out bars and restaurants. This night is yours to explore and become acquainted with Rome!
After breakfast, we will go to the meeting point for “Romeing Tours” which will take us on a walking tour throughout the eternal city. The tour makes a large circle of downtown Rome, visiting several sights, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Jewish Ghetto, Mouth of Truth, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Roman Forum, and more! The tour is taken at an easy pace. We take a break mid tour where you are able to try some of Rome’s famous pizza, coffee, or gelato. We sum up the history, grandeur, power and influence of the world’s most famous and prolific empire. The tour covers the history of Rome from the conquering and pillaging of the rowdy Ancient Romans to the culture of the modern Italians.
The walking tour will end at the Colosseum and from there you will have the option of going inside and seeing this 2,000 year old amphitheater which was the largest structure built during the Roman empire. Once inside you are able to see first hand what is considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering, capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.
At 8:00pm you have the option of joining the Romeing in the night walking tour. Called the eternal city by no mistake, what is beautiful in Rome in the day light becomes utterly magical after dusk. The group is walked to the best places seen at night while you will learn about hilarious scandal and stories from the Roman era. The tour includes Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Barberini, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Colonna, and Piazza Navona. After the tour, your Bus2alps guide will bring or point you in the right direction of cool pubs, clubs, restaurants or any other destination in the city.
Saturday evening you will have the night to yourself to enjoy the many restaurants and bars that Rome has to offer. Your Bus2alps guide will give you recommendations and point you in the right direction for dinner and drinks afterwards.
After breakfast at the hostel we will head off on a walking tour of Rome that will end at the Vatican. At the Vatican you will have the option of taking a tour and seeing the Sistine Chapel. You can also go into the most magnificent church in Rome, Saint Peter’s Basilica. The entry fee for the Vatican is 8 euros and Saint Peter’s is free. After spending a of couple hours visiting Saint Peter’s Square and the Vatican you will have a free afternoon and evening where you can stroll through the oldest streets of Rome in Trastevere, a neighborhood that makes you feel like you are back in Ancient Rome. Or you could chose to visit the Spanish Steps where you can spend hours shopping at places that range from little boutiques to high-end designer stores. Whatever you choose to do, your Bus2alps trip leader will be there to recommend restaurants and popular nightlife spots. We will also be setting up an optional dinner at our favorite restaurant, Tony’s, which is located in the heart of Trastevere and has an extensive menu of local Roman cuisine at great prices.
After breakfast, check out at the hostel is at 10am. Your Bus2alps leader will assist you in getting to the airport, and if your flight is later in the day, your leader will point you in the direction of Piazza Popolo, Villa Borghese, or any other spots you want to check out!