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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:18

Rome Sunday Food Tour – small group tour

Duration: 3 Hours

Type Of Service: Rome Sunday Food Tour – small group tour 

Savor pastries, street snacks, and tastings the Roman way – in ancient surroundings

Make the most of the whole weekend in Rome by taking a Sunday food tour where you can enjoy a range of tastings through the ancient city center and discover some of Rome’s most important sights along the way. Stop in at local food institutions and bakeries – where you will watch sweet delicacies made on the spot. Discover the history of the oldest Jewish community in Europe dating back to the Roman Empire. Try iconic dishes like fried artichokes, and learn how they developed and influenced the local cuisine. Finish the tour with a gelato, made with the finest Italian ingredients, at a local institution. Join us for a glimpse – and more than just a taste! – of Rome’s flavorful culinary history in one of its oldest and most delicious food neighborhoods.

Visit a historic pastry shop and watch as the chefs work their magic, Experience Roman-style pizza at a local institution, Learn about Italy’s recent craft beer craze and sample some of our favorite local brews, Have a breakfast treat the Italian way at an iconic bakery, taste mouth-watering gelato made from the best ingredients, Admire the layers of Rome’s architecture from the Empire’s greatest temple ruins, to stunning Renaissance fountains & Baroque masterpieces and gain important insights and tips in how to eat like a true Roman.

Things to Know:

  • Tour begins at 10:30am
  • Must arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time
  • Tour is offered on Sundays from February - October (closed for 2 weeks in late August)
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • 6 individual food tastings
  • Spend a delicious Sunday tasting your way through Europe's oldest neighborhood on this 3-hour walking food tour in Rome
  • Try authentic specialties like fried artichokes, cured meats, and ricotta cake
  • Watch a gelato-making demo and sip Italian craft beer, all while learning the ancient history of this fascinating community along the way
  • We recommend comfortable walking or tennis shoes
  • If rain is in the forecast, bring an umbrella as this tour will be outside the majority of the time
  • Meeting point location – Piazza Benedetto Cairoli (more details are given upon booking)
  • At the end of the food tour, our guides are always more than happy to call a taxi for you or give you walking directions

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Highlights

    On this Sunday food tour where you will enjoy pastries, street snacks and a range of tastings through the ancient city center and discover some of Rome’s most important sights along the way.

  • Pricing & Booking

    Cost of this tour is $105.00 per person/adult & $85.00 for youth 13-17 years of age
    The prices listed above are an
     estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking. 

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours has an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price 105.00 per person/adult & 85.00 for youth 13-17 years of age
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: 3 Hours

Type Of Service: Local Foodie Tour in Trastevere with Wine & Dinner

Embark on a food tour in Trastevere that offers an excellent introduction to one of the best foodie districts in Rome. Walking around the Eternal City is an excellent way to work up an appetite; a food tour is the best way to end your day of sightseeing. Led by a local foodie guide, visit some of our favorite restaurants and trattoria in Rome.

Roman Bakery and Pizza - At this stop, learn more the history of bakeries, or forni, in Rome. Get acquainted with a major part of Roman culinary tradition by ordering a hot square of pizza bianca for lunch. In Rome, people line up for these olive oil flat breads stuffed with prosciutto, parmesan and rocket. As opposed to red pizza served by the slice (al taglio), pizza bianca is not what most people associate with pizza. After you've tasted this treat, you'll understand how pizza need not have sauce or cheese to be delicious. Pizza bianca is a piece of chewy and crispy culinary heaven. 

Roman Street Food - While a sit-down meal of creamy carbonara accompanied by copious amounts of Sangiovese is more likely associated with the best Italian fare, street food is nothing to sneeze at. Some of the most delicious cuisine in Rome includes quick and casual street food. From deconstructed pizza sandwiches at Trapizzino to traditionally fried filetto di baccala at Dar Filettaro’s near the Campo de' Fiori district, Rome street food is hard to beat. In the spirit of experiencing the joy of Roman street fare, enjoy a stop at one of our favorite local spots. 

An Authentic Roman Restaurant - An evening food tour in Rome isn’t complete without a stop for a multi-course Roman dinner. Sit down and relax in a friendly local restaurant and sample an antipasto starter, tastes of two popular Roman pastas, a traditional meat dish, and wine. No Italian dinner is complete without a digestivo to wash things down and help you digest your meal. Limoncello will be served at the end of your meal and only then will you feel like a true paesano. As opposed to the other stops on this walking food tour in Rome, this is your chance to rest your feet, enjoy your dinner and learn more about what makes the Eternal City so special when it comes to dining. 
 
The Best Organic Gelato in Trastevere - You didn't think we'd finish a food tour without gelato, did you? If you've been to Italy, regardless of the time of year, you'll know how important it is to end the evening with a gelato. It's a staple food for Italians. Learn how to spot good quality gelato from ones with additives and try some new flavors. From caffè to fragola to pistacchio, there's a gelato flavor for everyone. 
A day of food and fun; put on your comfortable walking shoes and come with an empty stomach! 
 
Things to know:
  • Guided food walking tour of Rome with English-speaking guide
  • Small-group walking tour with 12 people or less
  • At least 3 glasses of wine
  • 4 carefully selected stops with multiple tastings including wine or beer
  •  Sit-down dinner at a local Roman restaurant
  • The cost of food and tastings included in tour price
  • Learn about local history and culture on this walking tour
  • Wear comfortable walking or tennis shoes - casual attire
  • Toured offered on Monday - Saturday
  • Tour begins at 5:30 PM
  • Meeting Point:  – (Piazza Farnese - by the fountain) more details upon booking

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Highlights

    A Delicious Exploration of Roman Cuisine - led by a local food expert, experience Rome's local foodie districts including pizza, gelato, wine and pasta.

     
  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost of this food tour is $120.00 per person.
    The prices listed above are an
     estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). 

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours has an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price 120.00 per person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: 2.5 hours

Type of Service: Best of Rome Evening Walking Tour with Wine & Appetizers - great for first-time visitors to Rome

An intimate tour of 15 people or fewer, see Rome from a different perspective – Enjoy a relaxing walking tour of major sights including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, among others.  Admire hidden gems and fascinating details of each location that you would have missed on your own. And do it all in a single evening, with each site illuminated gloriously for the occasion.

Your expert local English-speaking guide will bring each step on the cobblestones to life with entertaining and mesmerizing tales of the most interesting historical characters - from Bernini to Galileo, Raphael to Michelangelo. Much easier to navigate than during the overcrowded days, the evening’s streets and sights exude with fascination during this most bewitching time of day.

Enjoy an authentic Italian 'aperitivo', (a traditional evening drink to stimulate your appetite) as the locals do, with a nice glass of wine (or another beverage, as you choose) and an assortment of mouth-watering appetizers in one of Rome’s most charming neighborhood wine bars.

This tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Rome, helping to orient you to the city’s diverse areas. You’ll receive recommendations on great restaurants, quaint neighborhoods, popular nightlife spots, or whatever your interests are, in addition to the sights and stories only your expert local guide would know. But if you’ve been to Rome before, see it from this new perspective that many tourists, including yourselves, may have missed.

Things to Know

  • Enjoy authentic Italian wine and appetizers for an 'aperitivo' (a traditional Italian evening drink to stimulate your appetite) in one of Rome’s most charming venues
  • See some of Rome’s most famous sights including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and others, as they share the tales of the past and present
  • Enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of Rome after dark on this evening walking tour
  • Tour is offered March - November
  • Tour is offered on the following days, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Tour is offered at 7:30 pm (1930)
  • Small group tour with 15 people or less
  • Aperitivo (1 glass of wine/drink and some typical Italian appetizers)
  • Expert, English-speaking local guide
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Meeting location - Piazza di Spagna (more details are given upon booking)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    Enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of Rome after dark on this evening walking tour. With a guide, stroll around the city’s historical center where you’ll enjoy an aperitivo, the Italian tradition of wine and appetizers.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for this 2.5 walking tour with wine and appetizers is $69.00 per person.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following. 

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price 69.00 Per Person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: 3 hours

Type of Service: Vatican Tour

Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience - Make sure your Vatican visit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience by booking your own, private guide. Traveling with an expert, English-speaking guide through the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the masterpieces held within the papal palaces. Ask all the questions you want and influence your tour route – with your own private guide the Vatican is your oyster.  Our No Wait Access Private Vatican Tours typically follow a carefully crafted route through the museums, visiting all the highlights of the collection such as the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Laocoon Group sculpture that inspired Michelangelo.

Be amazed as you enter the Sistine Chapel and experience for yourself two of the world’s most famous masterpieces – The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam. With an explanation from your guide, you’ll see things that other visitors never spot – like Michelangelo’s bone-free self-portrait, his message to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again.

Our tour ends with a bang at St. Peter’s Basilica. We enter directly from the Sistine Chapel via a special entrance, skipping the long line outside. Your guide will provide you with a detailed description of the Basilica of the spectacular altar, Michelangelo's famous 'Pietà' and the side chapels that make this the world's largest historic church.

Things to Know:

  • On Your Private Tour - your own dedicated English-speaking tour guide
  • Expert guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • All tickets and reservations fees included in price - tickets must be purchased 10 days in advance
  • Private Tour Times:  10:00am and 2:00pm (3-hour tour)
  • Private Tour Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Private Tour with Skip the line tickets are $412.00 for 2 people
  • Meeting point:  Near Museum Entrance - more details given upon booking
  • No Tours on Holidays and Sundays
  • On certain Wednesdays, there is a Papal Blessing/Papal Audience and tours may be restricted during the morning hours
  • Entrance into the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Mark's Basilica requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.

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  • Semi-Private Tour with 12 people or less
  • Semi-private tours offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – tour time is 8:10 am
  • Cost for the semi-private tour is $124.00 per person.
  • Skip the line admission tickets
  • Small group tours are available for groups less than 20 people
  • Small group tours are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Small group tour times are 8:00am, 8:45am, 9:00am, 10:00am and 2:30pm
  • Small group tour cost is $88.00 per person
  • Skip the line admission tickets
  • Tickets for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica must be bought in advance - tours times based on the availability of tickets
  • Entrance into the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Mark's Basilica requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 Hours
  • Highlights

    Visit the main highlights of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, plus St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for a private three-hour tour to include local expert English-speaking tour guide and skip the line entrance tickets is $435.00 for 2 people.  Small group tours are available for $88.00 per person - Please inquire about small group tours and special discounts for parties of 5 or more to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price Private Tours $435.00 for 2 people / Semi-private tour $124.00 per person / Small Group Tour $88.00 per person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: 3 Hours

Type of Service: Colosseum Walking Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill 

Enjoy an intimate, personalized visit of Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill accompanied by an expert official guide whose love for ancient Rome and extensive background in art, history and/or archaeology will reveal Ancient Rome’s true history and spirit. Experience Rome as never before!

Skip the line into the Roman Empire as you enter the Colosseum, the world’s most famous stadium, where ferocious battles of gladiators and exotic animals entertained the Romans and their Emperors. Your expert guide will provide you with a detailed account of this famous landmark leaving you with a vivid portrait of the world-renowned Colosseum and the gladiatorial games.

Continue onto the Palatine Hill Emperors constructed their palaces overlooking the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the heart of Ancient Rome. Take a step back in time as we guide you through the Roman Empire’s majestic villas and gardens and see first-hand where the Emperors lived, ruled, and became immortal.

Visit the heart of Ancient Rome’s political and commercial center, the Roman Forum, where you will encounter the Temple which houses the altar of Julius Caesar. Stroll along the original paths of the Roman Forum and admire the astonishing remains of the “Via Sacra” or “Sacred Way”, which once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions. Surround yourself with majestic temples, awe-inspiring palaces, and magnificent basilicas constructed two thousand years ago!

Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and articulate English-speaking tour guides will cater specifically to you and make your private visit to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum a unique and unforgettable experience.

Things to Know

  • Learn about Rome's history on this remarkable tour
  • 3-hour tour of Imperial Rome with an expert guide
  • Skip the Line Access at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Private Tour offered 7 days a week
  • No tours available First Sunday of each month
  • Private Tour times are 10:00am and 3:00pm
  • Meeting Point - Colosseo Metro Stop - more details at booking
  • Private Tour Cost:  $252.00 per person

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  • Small group tours available to 25 people or less is $72.00 per person 
  • Small group tour times are 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm - tour offered 7 days @ week
  • No tours available First Sunday of each month
  • Skip the Line Access, entrance tickets, and reservation fees
  • Audio headsets available 
  • Meeting Point - Colosseo Metro Stop - more details at booking

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 Hours
  • Highlights

    Visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, we give you a panoramic view of the history of Rome - from its humble beginnings led by Romulus to the glory days of its gladiators.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for a private three-hour tour to include local expert English- speaking tour guide is $504.00 for 2 people with skip the line access. Small group tour price is $72.00 per person with 20 people or less.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following.  

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price Prices Varies for private and small group tours
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: 3.5 hours

Type of Service: Roman Countryside Vineyard Estate Tour & Wine Tasting

Do as the Romans do and take your wine with a spot of relaxation on our Frascati Wine Tours from Rome. We’ll whisk you out of the city and into the beautiful Frascati region for an afternoon of indulgence, wine and stunning scenery.

You’ll leave Rome on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and head straight for the hills. With an expert, English-speaking tour guide to accompany you for the day, you’ll spend your journey learning about your surroundings as they point out landmarks and teach you about the history and culture of the famous ‘Castelli Romani’ region – the Roman Castles.

In no time at all we’re at our destination and ready for our Frascati wine tour. Here you’ll have a guided visit to the vineyards and olive groves at the region’s oldest and most historic winery, a family-owned business since 1670.

Then it’s time to sample the wines for yourself. Enjoy a professionally guided wine tasting of both red and white varieties, with notes from your sommelier to help you identify the smells and tastes of Rome’s favorite DOC and DOCG wines.

Our Frascati wine tour from Rome is a perfect for visitors interested in getting out of the city to experience a little more of Italy and its wines at a relaxed pace.

We’ve taken care of all the details and costs too, giving you the perfect excuse to enjoy that treasured Roman ‘dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of sitting back and enjoying the day.

Sites Visited

  • Pallavicini Wine Estate including the grottos where wine is stored (underground remains of a Roman aqueduct)
  • Vineyards

Things to know:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • All transfers in an air conditioned bus with 25 people or less
  • Also tasting which includes:1 white wine, 2 red wines, 1 dessert wine, 1 extra-virgin olive oil, two kinds of bruschetta (plain and with fresh tomatoes)
  • Tour is offered April - October
  • Tour offered on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Tour begins at 3:00pm (1500) and tour check-in is at 2:45pm
  • Meeting point location:  Piazza Re di Roma - more details are given upon booking

 

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    Rome Countryside Vineyard Tour with Frascati Wine Tasting - day tour from Rome. Explore the vineyards and ancient cellars with a knowledgeable guide, and enjoy a tasting of three of the estate’s wines.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost of this tour is $74.00 per person.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price 74.00 Per Person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: 2.5 hours walking tour and (includes 30-minute gondola ride) - tour begins at 11:30 am

Type of Service: Walking Tour of Venice with Gondola Ride 

Follow your expert, English-speaking guide through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca’ Dario, the cursed (and possibly haunted) house whose owners have continuously met untimely and often suspicious deaths. You’ll learn why music schools around the world are called ‘conservatories’ at Fondamenta degli Incurabili, the hospital where monks took orphans from the streets and trained them as nurses and world-famous musicians.

Along with local legends, you’ll hear tales of familiar characters. You’ll see Harry’s Bar across the canal, where Ernest Hemingway once kicked back after a long day of writing. You’ll see the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the heiress who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most interesting art collections. (Back in her day Peggy used to scandalize the locals by sunbathing naked on her roof and parading around town with a pack of tiny dogs on leashes.) Remember the play, Othello? You’ll see the house where Desdemona supposedly lived before her tale was transcribed by an Italian author and stolen by a man called William Shakespeare.

Your tour ends on the sweetest note with a gondola ride along the quieter back canals of Venice. Relax as a gondolier, in his ubiquitous striped shirt, rows along waterways built for these very vessels. With a maximum of five people per shared gondola, your tour will be intimate and, with no commentary on this section of the tour, quiet and romantic too.

Things to Know:

  • Discover the famous landmarks and hidden gems of Venice, first by land, and then by the sea!
  • Step away from the crowds and get off the beaten track with this original tour that explores Venice’s less seen, more romantic face on the other side of the Grand Canal
  • Accompanied by an English- speaking local guide, enjoy a leisurely walking tour around the city’s charming bridges, streets and hidden squares.
  • Admire unique architecture and Renaissance masterpieces while your guide shares fascinating tales from the history of this former maritime superpower. 
  • Small group tour for best experience - group size 24 or less
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide on the walking tour
  • Relax on our pre-booked and pre-arranged 30-minute gondola ride with a local gondoliere and just 5 other people.
  • Toured Offered only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Tour begins at 11:30 am
  • Meeting point - Accademia di Belli Arti (more details are given upon booking)
  • Wear comfortable walking or tennis shoes

 

Additional Info

  • Region Veneto
  • City Venice
  • Duration 2 hours walking tour/30 minute gondola ride
  • Highlights

    You’ll visit the fascinating district of Dorsoduro -  explore the back canals of the city by water. Relax on our pre-booked and pre-arranged 30-minute gondola ride. 

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for this small group tour with a 2-hour walking tour with a local tour guide and 30-minute gondola ride is $82.00 per person.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $82 Per Person
Published in Venice Half Day Tours

Duration: 3 hours

Type of Service: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Tour

One of Rome’s richest and most interesting villas, the Borghese Gallery houses a vast and diverse collection of sculptures and paintings produced by masters such as Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian. The Borghese Gallery is truly a magical setting in which the beauty of the artwork, fountains, and monuments combine with the rich and diverse flora of the vast surrounding park. In all a true pleasure for the senses.

Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the breathtaking rooms of the Borghese Gallery and reveal the secrets, stories, and techniques behind the masterpieces. Then, you will go for an enchanting walk through the Borghese Gardens (Villa Borghese) and enjoy the surprises and silence of this Eden in the heart of busy Rome. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from atop the Pincio Terrace.

Tickets Aren't Easy to Come By and Because of its strict, reservations-only ticketing policy, the Borghese Gallery can sell out far in advance, leaving many a vacationer disappointed about not being able to get in. Highly Recommend Advance Reservations - to see one of the most beautiful art collections in the world.

Things to Know:

  • Visit the Borghese Gallery and see works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Raphael, and Titian Then take a guided stroll through some of Rome's most beautiful and peaceful gardens.
  • Take a guided stroll through some of Rome's most beautiful and peaceful gardens
  • We Skip the Line and guarantee your entrance ticket to the Borghese Gallery, which books out far in advance to the public
  • With only 20 people or less per group, your passage through the Borghese Gallery and Gardens will be peaceful and your expert, English-speaking guide will be able to tailor their tour to suit your group
  • Tour is offered Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Closed Mondays)
  • Tour times are 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Meeting point location: Piazzale del Museo Borghese (more details are given upon booking)
  • Private Tours are available to include transportation pick-up from hotel - please inquire within

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 Hours
  • Highlights

    The Borghese Gallery is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, charming, elegant, and compact art museums in the world.  After visiting the museum, you will stroll around the renowned Borghese gardens, enjoying views of the Villa Borghese from the outside and looking out over the picturesque Piazza del Popolo below.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for this three-hour tour to include local tour guide, and skip-the-line museum tickets are $80.00 per person.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking. 

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $80 Per Person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours
Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:02

Central Regions

Select A Territory

Start in Rome, then discover the less touristed regions of Lazio, Le Marche, Molise and the Abruzzo as well as two regions teeming with visitors, Tuscany and Umbria. The heart of Italy has a lot going for it, from good wine and olive oil to the sunny climate and a good percentage of the world's fine art. On either coast there are numerous beaches; Italians flock to them when the mercury soars in summer. Explore Rome, then head for the isolated hill towns, monasteries and religious shrines in the rural countryside.

Published in General Pages
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:26

Regions in Italy

So you’ve decided you are GOING TO ITALY! How Exciting! Many people dream of visiting Italy and experiencing la bella vita, and while you certainly can’t avoid it anywhere in the country, there are some things to think about before you take off that will make your time that much more enjoyable.

First, Italy is a large, and very diverse country. Traveling across regions is almost like traveling across countries themselves. The Italian people are very attached to their City, Region, and Country, in that order, so be sure to talk to locals wherever you go to get to know the intricacies of the very different regions of Italy.

Planning your trip’s itinerary won’t be easy since there is SO much to see and do, but a little background on the country’s layout is helpful when decided what it is you want to get out of your time: are you looking for sports? history? art? food? beaches? mountains? fashion? design? Italy has it all, but some places have it better than others!

Italy can best be divided into three geographical areas: north, middle and south, although again across those areas culture, food and tradition varies greatly.

 

Northern Italy: Alta Italia

Northern Italy is made up of the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. It boasts such famous cities as Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Bologna. The weather is cooler than the rest of the country due to the northern location and proximity to the Apennines and Alps. This area is traditionally the more wealthy part of Italy, and houses most of the country’s industry. Cities like Milan and Venice can be slightly more expensive than some cities in the central or southern parts of Italy. However, public transportation and tourism services are much more developed and functional than in other parts of the country!

The major airport for the northern region is Milan’s Linate International Airport. There are many other airports in the region however, including Bologna, Venice and Genoa, so do some price comparisons before booking your ticket. The climate in this region varies considerably, both depending on time of year and location. Venice gets extremely hot in the summer, while Turin and the Lake District (Cuomo) stay much cooler and tend to be flocked by Italians trying to beat the heat during the summer months. The Italian Alps begin their ski season as early as November in some places.

Northern Italy has many attractions and offers activities for everyone. Those who enjoy sport and the outdoors may want to visit the lakes for water sports, or go hiking in the Italian Dolomites. Everyone should see Venice at least for a day while they still can! Milan is great for anyone interested in design or fashion, and also has a wide selection of galleries and museums for those interested in both Renaissance and contemporary art. One can also visit the Italian Riviera for some great beaches.

The cuisine of this region is also quite variable, but generally tends to be no the heavier side of some of the traditional Italian specialties we normally think of. This is where Italians eat risotto with saffron, polenta, LOTS of parmigiano reggiano (from the Emilia Romagna province – an area that all foodies must visit), heavy meat dishes and stews, etc. Closer north near the Austrian border we see a lot of Austrian or Slovenian influence in the cuisine, as well as the wines. Prosecco is from the Veneto, and Gewürztraminer is from Trentino Alto-Adige. Think lots of nice white wines, and a LOT of grappa!

 

Central Italy: Tuscany and Rome

Central Italy is made up of the regions Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. Geographically it also contains Abruzzo and Molise, but they are traditional grouped with Southern Italy due to cultural similiarities. This is where the rolling hills of Unbria and Tuscany call to mind Napa Valley. This is wine country. Central Italy is home to cities like Florence, Siena, Perugia, and of course Roma. Still quite wealthy, but more varied wealth across regions, central Italy is also extremely easy to explore via bus or train, so you can visit some little hill towns in the Val D’Orcia, or take a train and ride up and down the coast. This section of Italy is full of tiny medieval towns, and if you do your research ahead of time, you could get to participate in one of their on-going traditional medieval festivals!

Rome and Florence both have international airports, as does Pisa. Flying into Bologna is also an easy way to get to Florence as they are connected via both fast and regional trains. The weather in the region is quite temperate, with clearly distinct seasons similar to the weather on the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The winters are cold, and although snow is uncommon it is not unheard of. The summers get quite hot, going up to one hundred degrees, and the air tends to be humid, especially inland.

Florence and Rome are the dominating destinations in Central Italy, and rightfully so. Rome as the capital and Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance are not to be missed if possible. I would argue each city really deserves its own trip to truly get the most out of what they have to offer. Rome is a massive metropolitan center, filled with tourists all year round. The Vatican is a major destination, its museums housing some of the most beautiful and famous Renaissance artwork, as well as the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The City of Rome of course has many ancient Roman ruins that would excite anyone remotely interested in human history: the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Catacombs, just to name a few. Florence on the other hand is the must-visit for anyone interested in Renaissance art or history, and is also a good base to explore some of the smaller towns in the region that will have you thinking of Under the Tuscan Sun. The Chianti region is full of tiny gems to visit and have an amazing meal at, as is the area between Siena and Rome. You’ll have to get to know the regional bus lines though!

Again, each region has its own traditional cuisine, but Central Italy has some of the healthiest, heartiest, what traditionally would have been peasant food but has now been elevated to an incredible level of International renown. Bistecca alla Fiorentina can only be truly enjoyed in Tuscany, just as Rome is the place to eat Saltimbocca or Osso Buco. Siena is famous for its sweets, traditionally eaten at Christmastime, and the Umbrian town of Norcia, in the Appennine foothills is where the best black truffles can be found, as well as some of the best pork products like prosciutto and salame. The hills are home to wild boar, which is cooked into many traditional stews or sauces. This is also wine country, so look out for Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. I could write a whole article about Tuscan cuisine, and I probably will, so check our blog frequently!

 

Southern Italy: Untouched

Southern Italy is where many Italian Americans origins are. It is the poorest part of the country, and encompasses the “foot” part of the boot of Italy, as well as the island of Sicily and some other Islands off the coast of Naples. It is made up of the regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise and Sicily. Due to traditional poverty and well-known corruption, transportation to many less-frequented yet extremely beautiful areas is difficult without a car of your own. The trains are regional and buses connecting cities are infrequent. We’ll talk more about renting cars in Italy later, but this may be the area to do so if you are up for the challenge!

The nearest major international airport is Rome, but there are two smaller airports on the east coast: Bari and Brindisi, both in Apulia. Naples has an international airport, and the island of Sicily may be reached via Palermo in the north or Catania in the south. The climate in the South is Mediterranean, so again variable across seasons but markedly warmer than the north or center of the country. The area is frequently overlooked as a tourist destination, so it is a nice respite from the throngs of Florence or Venice if you have the chance to visit. The beaches are spectacular, overlooking truly crystalline water. On clear days you can even see Africa from certain points along the coast.

While Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri are all beautiful places to visit, they are also the most famous tourist destinations in this area. If you are looking for beautiful vistas and country club style and treatment, these resort towns are a perfect place to pamper yourself or take a boat out. If you are more on the adventurous side, continue south and explore the towns of Calabria, famous for its spicy peppers and warm inhabitants. From Naples you can climb Mount Vesuvius and eat a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Matera, in the Basilicata region, is slated to be the European Capitol of Culture in 2019, and boasts what are thought to be among the first ever human settlements in Italy carved out of the rocks that make up its ancient city center. Those interested in architecture will enjoy the cities along the southern coast of Sicily, where due to volcanic and seismic damage, many buildings were rebuilt in a new Sicilian Baroque style.

Southern Italian cuisine is what most Americans think of as Italian cuisine: eggplant parmigiana, pizza, calzone, spaghetti, maccheroni, and the list goes on. The region is big on short, dry pasta, as opposed to the soft egg pastas of the northern, wealthier regions. Mozzarella is from this area, as is ricotta, made light and fresh. San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic soil under mount Vesuvius, and are used ubiquitously. Many of the dishes served in the south have Italian-American counterparts due to generations of Italians emigrating to the US from these regions due to extreme poverty. This part of Italy also of course produces much of its own wine, but the wine tends to be drunk young and domestically, rather than bring preserved and shipped. So come here if you are okay with some chilled red table wine or a beer with your pizza!

This has just been an EXTREMELY brief overview of what you might expect as you plan your trip to Italy. Every part of the country has its own secrets, cuisines, and traditions, but if you can’t move there, these generalized descriptions should help you tailor where you want to start and end your visit to the big boot. Once you determine your itinerary, be sure to check seasonal weather charts so you can pack accordingly to where you will be visiting. Read on for more about the items that you will need to bring with you to get the most out of your Italian vacation!

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