Evening Introduction to Rome (2 Hours )

Rome, Italy

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

A leisurely stroll through Rome's atmospheric city center is a great way to start your visit. During this two-hour orientation walk we'll discover Rome at its most glorious time: twilight, when Romans flood the streets to stroll some of the world's most picturesque roads and piazzas or, in Italian, to make a passeggiata.

Since this is an orientation level walk it does not go in-depth into architecture, art, or history, but rather looks at the broader picture. It is usually led by a docent who has lived in the city for a long time and can give you a sense of what makes Rome at night so special, help you frame your visit, and answer a lot of the questions that come up on day one in a foreign city. This walk is a great way to start your Roman adventure and situate yourself in the city, learning and enjoying in equal measure.

We begin in one of the most famous public spaces in Rome, Piazza Navona. The political and historical background of the piazza is discussed as well as its modern incarnation as a magnet for street performers and visitors in search of that perfect outdoor cafe seat with the direct view of Bernini's fabulous fountain. We continue on to the side streets around Piazza Navona, which in recent years has morphed into a very hip area crammed with wine bars, art galleries and funky designer clothes stores. We'll linger by a number of important churches, such as Santa Maria della Pace and Chiesa Nuova. We may explore the elegant streets of via Giulia and via Monserrato which are both filled with Renaissance palazzos, Baroque churches, and artisan workshops or head to the area of the Campo de' Fiori which is one of the busiest piazzas in Rome filled with young and old, tourists and locals, students and workers at all hours of the day and night.

If time allows, we will end the walk on the picturesque Ponte Sisto, which offers great views of the Tiber in both directions, a glimpse of Michelangelo's cupola of St. Peter's Basilica and a gateway to another exciting Roman neighborhood, Trastevere.

This is an orientation level walk. We will spend a certain amount of time explaining the sites along the route; but we will also try to situate you in the city, orient you to the major areas, and answer any of your questions. In short, it is an excellent walk to take at the beginning of your stay here.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six other people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our "docents" are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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