SIGHTSEEING TOURS BY ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDES AND DRIVERS
An English-speaking guide and/or driver, just for you and your party, will help you appreciate the beauty, culture, and history of Rome and make the most of your time in this city. A few of our sample itineraries follow. All of these tours can be mixed and matched or we can customize an itinerary that is unique to your needs.
TOUR DURATION: 3 HOURS
The best way to have an overview of Rome’s squares is hiring an English speaking driver who will take you on a private tour of Rome by car. Your driver will take care of the car/van while you explore the many different Squares (piazze) on foot and you won’t have to worry about parking or paying fines. Your driver will also provide general explanations in English language about the areas you explore. By car, you will be able to easily move from one Square to the other and admire monuments such as obelisks, statues, fountains, churches, and mansions of the notables from the past.
Here are some of the squares you will see and explore during our sightseeing tour of the Piazzas:
Piazza del Popolo designed by the architect Giuseppe Valadier: - the best view of Piazza del Popolo is from the terrace on the Pincio hill overlooking the Square. Most notable monuments on the square: The Egyptian obelisk in the middle of the square , the twin churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and the Neptune’s fountain.
Piazza Navona, a significant example of Baroque Roman Architecture and art with the “Fountain of the Four Rivers” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini, the “Fontana del Moro” by Giacomo della Porta and Bernini, the “Neptune Fountain” by Giacomo della Porta.
Piazza Farnese with Palazzo Farnese, seat of the French Embassy.
Piazza della Rotonda with the Pantheon, one of the most important Roman ancient buildings that have inspired a number of architects throughout the centuries.
Piazza di Trevi features the largest fountain in Rome. Here was filmed one of the most famous scenes of the Italian film “La dolce vita” by Federico Fellini with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni. This film contributed to making the Trevi Fountain one of the most famous fountains in the world.
Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) features a monumental staircase of 135 steps connecting the Spanish Embassy of the Holy See with the church Trinità dei Monti. At the foot of the square is the baroque “Fontana della Barcaccia” by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Campo dei Fiori, which hosts a colorful market, was the place where people were executed: on the square is the statue dedicated to the philosopher and monk Giordano Bruno who was burned here on February 17th, 1600.
Piazza Campidoglio on top of the Campidogio hill was designed by Michelangelo and features works by Bernardo Rossellino and Giacomo della Porta. On top of the hill is the imposing equestrian statue of Marco Aurelio.
Piazza Venezia: Situated at the foot of the Campidoglio hill and near the Roman Forum, takes its name from the adjacent Palazzo Venezia. From a balcony overlooking the square, Mussolini used to give his speeches.
Piazza Quirinale is on the Quirinale hill, the tallest of the seven hills in Rome. The Quirinale Palace is the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, while in the past it housed Popes and kings. On one side of the square are the “Scuderie del Quirinale” (Quirinale Stables) which house important temporary exhibitions.
If you wish us to organize your sightseeing tour of the Piazzas in English, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for arrangements.