Experience the wonderful epochs of Rome, discovering facts, stories and legends.
Visiting Rome, everyone knows, is not always easy, indeed, it is often difficult to organize the time to be able to not forget anything. We at Leading Rome have thought about this: we have organized our tours so that we can have time to visit all the wonders of the city without leaving anything to chance, but above all by eliminating the stress of crowded public transport and long runs in the sun, or rain, from one monument to the other for fear of not having enough time. Between a wide choice of biking or walking tours, what we propose here is the History Tour, a true full immersion in the history that will show you the most evocative and rich history of the Eternal City.
Our tour will start from Campo de Fiori, one of the most beautiful and famous squares of the city. Campo de Fiori has always been famous for its market, world-wide known, and for the Roman nightlife, thanks to all the venues that surround the square.
Right after Campo de Fiori we will focus on Piazza Navona, considered one of the most elegant square in Rome, where we can admire the Fountain of the Rivers, one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s greatest masterpieces.
In Roman times, Piazza Navona was a theater of sports and real competitions, while today it hosts a large number of street artists and painters.
We will continue our journey heading towards the Pantheon, the third stop of our tour. The Pantheon was a temple devoted to past, present, and future divinities, founded in 27 BC by Agrippa, Augusto’s son-in-law, and built up after the fires of the 80’s and 110’s, which had unfortunately damaged it.
Particular features of the Pantheon are the eyepiece located on the apex of the dome, necessary for the interior lighting of the temple.
The dome of the Pantheon is still considered one of the largest domes in the world.
Right near to the Pantheon, located in Piazza della Minerva, we will visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, precisely.
This basilica boast of being one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Rome and hosting the remains of several important remains of historical figures such as Caterina da Siena and the painter Beato Angelico.
Moving slightly, we head to Piazza Sant’Ignazio, exactly halfway between the Pantheon and Via del Corso, one of the most renowned shopping streets in Rome.
Located in Piazza Sant’Ignazio, we will find the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, wanted in 1620 by Cardinal Ludovisi in honour of Sant’Ignazio. The Church houses a very beautiful canvas, 13 meters long, which gives the illusion of a high-pitched dome supported by columns. To enjoy the best of this stunning optical illusion we will be positioned exactly below the canvas, on an exact spot on the floor marked with a marble disk.
We will continue our walk to Piazza Venezia, overlooking both the ancient pontifical seat of the homonymous palace and the famous balcony from which Mussolini gave his vigorous speeches to the Italian people in fascist times.
From Piazza Venezia we will cross one of the oldest archeological areas of the city, the beating heart of ancient Rome at the time of Giulio Cesare, the administrative and monumental centres of the city: Via dei Fori Imperiali.
It will be just across Via dei Fori Imperiali that we will come across one of the most fascinating and magical places ever: the Colosseum, the world’s largest amphitheater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Colosseum, dating back to the era of Flavia, was inaugurated by Tito in the 80 AD. It could contain between 50 and 75 thousand spectators and it was used for gladiator games and performances. Today it is considered one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome, and represents the symbol of the Eternal City.
Located between Celio and the Palatine, on what was the ancient path of the Triumphs, we will meet one of the three triumphal arches survived in Rome: the Arch of Constantine, dedicated by the Senate to Constantine I’s victory in the Battle of Ponte Milvio in 312 and inaugurated in 315 for Decennalia, ten years of Emperor’s reign.
In addition to its great history, the Arch of Constantine is a true opencast Roman sculpture museum.
We will leave behind the Arch of Constantine to climb on what is considered the most striking among the Seven Hills of Rome: the Palatine. An open-air museum, formerly the residence of the ruling class of Rome and then the wonderful gardens of the Farnese family.
From here you can enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the entire archaeological area below.
We will conclude our tour with the visit of the Basilica of San Clemente in Laterano, located between Celio and the Esquiline and dedicated to Pope Clement I.
The Basilica enjoys an enormous importance as it rises on ancient Roman buildings built at two levels of depth: from the bottom, the oldest dating back to the 1st century AD, seems to be a collection of Roman houses from the post-Nerone era; the second is the ancient basilica, home to a Roman patrician; the third is the medieval basilica, that is to say the present one.
Come and discover all the wonders of the Eternal City with the tours of Leading Rome.
Choose from a wide range of organized tours and specially designed for you to leave nothing to chance.
Immerse yourself with us in the wonderful ancient history of Rome and experience the wonderful epochs, discovering facts, stories and legends.
Forget about stress, public transport and traffic, and enjoy all the beauty of Rome without thinking of anything.