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Take an off-the-beaten-path tour of Rome. We will take you back to 1st century AD to Ancient Ostia, one of the best archaeological sites in Italy. Then we will pull straight to 20th century AD to EUR District, the most modern and glamorous Rome’s neighbourhood.Before going  back to the city centre, you will also enjoy a tour of Saint Paul’s Basilica.

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Small group of 15 pax or fewer
Round trip journey by private bus
Ticket to Archeological Park of Ancient Ostia
Light lunch at Giolitti Eur
EUR District tour
Saint Paul’s Basilica tour

The Archeological site of Ancient Ostia

If you wish to learn about Ancient Rome but don’t have time to travel all the way to Pompeii; or if you would simply like to escape the city for a few hours and see something  wildly different, Ostia Antica tour is a perfect opportunity.
While constructed similar to Pompeii, Ostia Antica offers a much broader panorama of average Roman citizen’s life at the end of I century AD. This is the reason why is called “the better Pompeii”.

Sitting on the top row of the ancient arena, you can look at the ruins of Ostia and  let your  imagination take you 2,000 years back, to the days when this was ancient Rome’s seaport and a thriving commercial centre. You will be overwhelmed by the size and beauty of the city. Moreover, as if you travel back in time you will admire its public and private bath structures. You view the perfectly intact mosaics and marble slabs as we visit locations such as the bakery, taverns, ancient fast-food restaurants, private homes and fountains.Even if rich in history, a few visitors make this short trip from downtown Rome. Maybe it is the most underappreciated sight in all of Italy.

Like Romans do

The first half of our day will end at EUR District. Before visiting it, we will have a light lunch at ones of the most famous places in Rome: Giolitti. For sure you had heard about Giolitti icecream in Rome city centre. What you problably don’t  know is that Giolitti runs a restaraunt at Eur District as well. Facing the artificial lake, this café – restaurant have a panoramic and leafy location. We reserved for you the best tables and a set menu with specialties like “pinsa romana”.

E.U.R. Rome’s modern district

The Eternal City is not only a great mix of sweeping views of ancient ruins, countless frescoed churches, and imposing monuments.

In the midst of Rome’s rich history lies the modern and geometric EUR District. Located just south of the city centre, EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma) was chosen as the location for the 1942 World’s Fair. Conceptualized by Mussolini to celebrate 20 years of Fascism, a destiny that was never fulfilled though, due to the break out of World War II. Construction halted during the war, but was resumed during the 50s and 60s, producing office and government buildings, parks, all with thoroughly contemporary architecture.

EUR today

Today, EUR District is an elegant quarter of wide boulevards and linear buildings. It’s celebrated for its Rationalist style of architecture. For sure, is an ideal destination for anyone who wish to experience a different side of the city.
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi with the stela in Carrara marble, dedicated to the inventor of the radio is the heart of the neibourhood.  From here, a broad avenue connects Rome and the sea, while the square is surrounded by museums.

On the right side of the piazza is the most iconic building, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, a squared version of the Colosseum, where Italian fashion house Fendi has had its global headquarters since 2015.
The sensational modern building is a masterpiece of rationalist architecture with its symmetrical rows of 216 arches and gleaming white travertine marble. For much of its 72-year history – it was completed in 1943 – it remained unoccupied.
On the left side of the piazza is the austere Palazzo dei Congressi. This palace hosts conferences and exhibitions, and is also open to 20th-century art lovers hoping to get a peek at Gino Severini’s marvelous mural.

However, the district is still transforming to this day, with new architectural projects like Massimiliano Fuksas’ fascinating convention center, “The Cloud”. The largest building to open in Rome in half a century – is the most dramatic piece of contemporary architecture. The striking building comprises a transparent, glass-and-steel box (40m high, 70m wide and 175m long) called Le Theca (‘The Shrine’), inside of which hangs organically shaped La Nuvola (‘The Cloud’) containing an auditorium and conference rooms seating up to 8000 people.
During your visit to EUR, don’t miss the artificial lake surrounded by a park boasting cherry trees donated by the city of Tokyo.

Saint Paul’s Basilica

Going back to the city centre, we will visit one of the most important Church in all of Rome.
Saint Paul’s Basilica is the biggest patriarchal Basilica in Rome after Saint Peter’s in the Vatican. The church was founded on the burial ground of St. Paul.
Although the Basilica isn’t in the heart of the city, you should visit this unique and astonishing church in order to see its impressive mosaics, atrium and interior. It is one of the most worthwhile of Rome.

History

When Paul the Apostle was executed in the first century AD, his followers built a shrine over his grave. In 324 a small church was consecrated on the same grounds, and later demolished in 386, to make space for the construction of a larger and more beautiful basilica. Today, the Church  is a result of profound restoration works. In 1823 a ferocious fire destroyed most of the old Basilica. Only the transept, the Arch of Triumph, part of the old facade and the Cloister from the ancient and glorious structure remained intact.

The interior of the Basilica of St. Paul is magnificent, with enormous marble columns and beautiful gold mosaics. The atrium located in the exterior is one of the most precious parts of the church. It boasts 150 columns, and from here, visitors can see the façade of the Basilica covered by an enormous golden mosaic built between 1854 and 1874.

The tour lasts:
8 hours

Included:
Licensed English-speaking guide
Small group of 15 pax or fewer
Ticket of Archeological Park of Ancient Ostia
Light lunch at Giolitti Eur (drinks not included)
EUR District tour
Saint Paul’s Basilica tour
Round trip journey by private bus
Headsets to better hear your guide
Insurance

Not included:
Shuttle service to and from the Hotel (we can provide extra charge)
Any additional services not previously listed

Dress code:  Casual with comfortable shoes

Operating on: Saturday
The tour will take place with a minimum number of 12 pax.

 

 

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