Rome’s Art, History & Heritage

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Rome

Scheduled flight from your preferred airport to Rome – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Aberdeen in central Rome.

Day 2 – Guided tour of Ancient Rome & the Borghese Gallery

Guided tour of Ancient Rome taking in such sights as the Forum, Circus Maximus and the Colosseum – a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery, one of Rome’s most important galleries and also one of its most beautiful, introduces us to this marvellous collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities amassed by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early 17th Century, including Bernini’s sculpture ‘Apollo and Daphne’ and paintings by Rubens, Caravaggio, Titian and Bassano.

Day 3 – Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & Castel Sant’Angelo

Guided tour of the Vatican Museums including the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco at the Sistine Chapel – wander around St Peter’s Square with its 248 colonnades, before visiting St Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s magnificent ‘La Pieta’ and the splendid tombs of the Popes – walk up to Castel Sant’Angelo, the tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian.

Day 4 – Palazzo Doria Pamphilj & Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

The magnificent art collection housed in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj contains masterpieces of Italian art, including Caravaggio’s Penitent Mary Magdalene, Parmigianino’s – at the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, designed by Giacomo della Porta and built by Domenico Fontana between 1518 and 1589, we explore the three resident paintings by Caravaggio: The Calling of St Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew  – this afternoon you are free to relax in Paizza Navona or visit the Pantheon, the Roman ‘temple of all the gods’ and the best preserved ancient building in Rome.

Day 5 – Santa Maria del Popolo

The church of Santa Maria del Popolo (Our Lady of the People) is notable for its frescoes by Pinturicchio and Caravaggio’s ‘Crucifixion of St Peter’ and ‘Conversion of St Paul’ – transfer to Rome Airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Rome

Executive coach in Italy

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Guided tour of Ancient Rome

The Borghese Gallery

Vatican Museum – guided tour

Sistine Chapel

St Peter’s Basilica

Castel Sant’Angelo

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Santa Maria del Popolo


Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 3* Hotel Aberdeen. Located in a quiet area of Rome’s historic centre near the Trevi Fountain, all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Museo Nazionale Etrusco - housed in the Villa Giulia is the world's outstanding collection of Etruscan art, jewellery and artefacts including the terracotta funerary monument and the Sarcophagus of the Spouses dating from 530BC
  • Contarelli Chapel in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi - famous for its three paintings of Saint Matthew by Caravaggio
  • Santa Maria Sopra Minerva - one of Rome's most beautiful churches holds the body of St Catherine of Siena who convinced the popes to return to Rome from Avignon in 1377
  • Carafa Chapel - boasts frescoes by Filippino Lippi
  • Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica - houses works from the 12th to 17th centuries including paintings by Caravaggio, Andrea del Sarto, the famous ‘La Fornarina’ by Raphael, a portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein and a bust of Urban VIII by Bernini
  • Rome's catacombs - the ancient underground cemeteries that began in the second century as Christian burial places, then during the persecutions as places of refuge and finally in the time of Pope Saint Damascus (366-384) as centres of devotion and pilgrimage for Christians from every part of the empire

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Rome’s Art, History & Heritage

Date of tour: April 2011

The trip to Tuscany and Rome went very well. The weather was kind throughout and the arrangement suggested and provided by Tailored Travel all proved most satisfactory. I am also most grateful for the care and attention to detail you provided - even to the extent of texting me with the driver's contact details. This saved me a lot of work and expensive mobile phone calls. Overall, I have been very impressed with the assistance and support we have received from Tailored Travel. Despite our numbers dwindling, you still allowed the trip to proceed and, as a result, those who went enjoyed it immensely. I shall certainly have no hesitation in recommending you to others or, indeed, in coming back to Tailored Travel in the future.

JK, Cheltenham

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • on half board basis
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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