Trastevere doesn’t need to be introduced. Any tourist spending some days in Rome enjoy a walk along its narrow cobblestone streets and take a picture of the Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere. But what we would like to write about here, is something a little bit more unusual, yet of really great interest, that can be done in the Trastevere area.
For those who love markets, Porta Portese is definetely a must. Located at the namesake square, Piazza di Porta Portese, it is the largest market in Rome and operates every Sunday morning from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it at Porta Portese: brand new and second-hand clothes, old bicycles, suitcases, bags, home accessories, plants, Cds, furniture, toys, nick-nacks, food. And all in a blaze of colours and smells.
Porta Portese stall
Porta Portese map
Another interesting place to visit in Trastevere is the Orto Botanico
, a botanical garden operated by the Sapienza University of Rome. It is located at Largo Cristina di Svezia 24 and is open from Tuesday to Saturday. Lying on the slope of the Janiculum Hill
, that is one of the best locations where to take a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline, it was established more than one hundred years ago, and precisely in 1883. It features a beautiful Japanese garden and a thick bamboo groves, and among its 3000 species, there are bonsai, carnivorous plants and tropical plants including orchids and euphorbia.
Get off at Barberini station (metro A) to enjoy a half-day trip in one of the most sophisticated areas of Rome.
Piazza Barberini, created in the XVI century, lies in a privileged position of the centro storico of the capital, in a very elegant neighbourhood. Going up the stairs of the underground you will soon be impressed by the beauty and wealth surrounding you, of which the many restaurants lining the square are just an example. At the centre of the piazza is the Fontana del Tritone, sculpted by Bernini in the XVII century, and on one side is the Cinema Barberini, one of the most famous of the city, with plenty of new movies every week. The cinema becomes a trendy haunt at nights, and many locals meet up at the entrance to enjoy long chats before watching films.
If you are thirsty for culture, don’t forget to visit Palazzo Barberini
. The building, which gave the name to the square in the XVII century, is situated in via Quattro Fontante, just 200 metres from Piazza Barberini
. It is home to the National Gallery of Ancient Art
, that includes works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Perugino, Raphael, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Tiziano. Palazzo Barberini was initially designed by Italian architect Carlo Maderno, but it is mainly famous for two sets of stairs: the large squared by Bernini and the smaller oval by Borromini.
With only 20 € you can get the Roma Pass and visit the capital city of Italy in the easiest and most convenient way.
The Roma Pass includes:
- Roma Pass Transport, a ticket that covers all your trips on the buses serving the city and the two lines of tube (metro A and metro B);
- Roma Map, a map of Rome in which are indicated the major places of interest and all the tourist information points;
- Roma Pass Guide, a list of all the museums and archeological sites where you can get free admission or discounts;
- Roma news, a list of all the events of the current season where you can get free admission or discounts.
The Rome Pass allows you to skip the queue at the major museums and archeological sites of the city, saving time and money!
The Circus Maximus, with its 621 metres in lenght and 118 metres in width, was the largest stadium in Rome used for public games and mass entertainment at the time of Roman Empire.
It could host about 270.000 people, which was a quarter of the total population of Rome, and was primarily used for chariot racing, one of the most popular sport at that time.
Chariot racing was dangerous but of great impact for the viewers, and always generated strong enthusiasm among the audience.
It was erected in the 2nd century BC and rebuilt several times in the following centuries, due to the fires in which it was destroyed.
Nowadays the Circus Maximus occasionally hosts concerts and events of large dimension. The Italian World Cup victory celebrations in 2006 were hold there, as well as the British rock band Genesis concert an year later.
Rome has more than two thousands and a half years of history and it is impossible to explore them all, but our Imperial Rome tour aims to go at leats through the most significant stages.
The tour starts at the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, famous for being home of the Moses, Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Then we will visit the Colosseum, the very symbol of Rome, and greatest example of the Imperial architecture.
Our Imperial Rome tour will continue towards the Roman Forum, the most notable archeological site in Rome, once economical, judicial and business centre of Rome. Some of the many ancient ruins you may admire in the Roman Forum are: the Temple of Vespasian and Titus, Arch of Septimius Severus, Curia, Basilica Julia, Temple of Caesar.
Afterwards, you will be taken to the Capitoline Hill, designed by Michelangelo during the Renaissance. The Palaces overlooking the square are home to the Capitoline Museums.
The Imperial Rome Tour will end in the very heart of the historical centre of Rome, and more precisely at Piazza Venezia, dominated by the Vittoriano, the national monument of Victor Emmanuel II erected in 1935.
Every tourist who come to Rome should visit the Vatican City at least once. This charming, small city-state has very much to offer.
We can arrange your Vatican tour by car across the most interesting places to see, such as Saint Peter’s square, the Basilica and the Vatican museums.
You will travel in a comfortable and luxurious limousine, driven by one of our expert chauffeurs.
Enjoy a Vatican tour by car and see the treasures of this small city-state. We will be at your disposal for any needs.
A Vatican tour by car is one of our Limousine Rome Tour and is the ideal solution for who wants to experience a new, comfortable and elegant way to travel.
Tour in Rome is glad to present the most sensational Rome travel tours.
An holiday in Rome is something special, a journey that you will never forget. Make it even more exciting with one of our Rome travel tours.
We arrange many tours across the beautiful capital city of Italy, taking you to the main tourist attractions. You will have the opportunity to visit the major churches and monuments with our guided Rome travel tours.
Have a trip in our comfortable limousines, once you try them, you will never go back to traditional means of transport!