Senior Women's Travel

ROME CAN BE INTIMIDATINGÖ

ITíS SIZE FOR ONE THING, TEN TIMES BIGGER THAN BOSTON AND WITH A POPULATION OF 2.8 MILLION YOU EXPECT CROWDS EVERYWHERE.

Our Roman Ramble tour takes the stress out of Rome with a carefully edited itinerary that features our strategies for seeing Rome with ease.

The only tour that is lengthy is the Colosseum tour.

Papal Audience tour. You can be one of 80,000 and sit in comfort until the Pope rides by you in his Pope Mobile. An evening Sistine Chapel visit of just 2 hours makes visiting the Vatican doable for all of you who have endurance issues.

There are some 300 churches in Rome. After St. Peterís there is one church you donít want to miss and we go there.

You can eat badly in Rome. My April trip to Rome was a good example of bad restaurant choices. Avoid the ubiquitous pizza and pasta places that crowd almost every block in Rome.

Seek out at least one restaurant that features updated menus.We will tell you where.

Even pizza has a new wrinkle, trappizzini, triangular pieces of thick pizza Bianca filled with meatballs, tripe and other savory fillings.

Let us guide you to a more leisurely, comfortable Rome. After all, you threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain So you know you will be back.

 
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ROMAN RAMBLE & When in Rome do as the Romans Do

2016 Date TBD

5 night exploration of Rome, the Italian city with the most spectacular ruins, the sculptures of Bernini and Michaelangelo, and the Trevi Fountain, the most beautiful fountain in the world. All these and more iconic monuments transport you back in time.

Day 1...
Transfer on your own to our boutique hotel…just a few blocks from Piazza Navona and steps from the vibrant Campo di Fiori, a market by day and the place to be at night for its restaurats and a gelato stop.  Take part in the evening Passeggiata, the Italians nightly walk around.

Bernini Fountain at Piazza Navona

Too crowded Spanish Steps

Day 2…
7am departure for St. Peter’s Square and Papal Audience. We are part of a tour that guarantees you a seat as you wait for the Pope’s appearance around 10am. 80,000 fans crowd the Square but you are escorted to a guaranteed seat. While you wait your guide lectures on the history of the papacy. Your best chance for close-up of the Pope is when he drives around in his Pope Mobile. I was lucky to get the picture above of him. The man standing in front of me handed his baby to the Pope who took the child, kissed him and handed him back to the father. Meanwhile the crowd is cheering and shouting Francesco. Thrilling!

St Peter's Square fills up hours before the Pope's Appearance

The Roman Colosseum at Night

No matter what your religion you can’t help but be fascinated by this charismatic Pope.

Evening.  7:30pm…We take an abbreviated tour of the Vatican that includes the Sistine Chapel. No hours long exhausting tour; just 2 hours focusing on the highlights.

Day 3…
Our day long exploration of Roman food led by Maureen Fant, an American who has lived and written about Italian food for over 20 years. She is the co-author of the new book, Sauces and Shapes which has received several awards. This book debunks a lot of pasta and sauce myths and tells us how to cook the Italian way. An hour and a half drive to the summer home of her co-author where we will enjoy a cooking demo and lunch in a lovely garden.

When in Rome do as Romans


Left: Roman way to mix pasta with sauce - Middle: Favorite Roman drinks - Right: Artichokes a la Romana with Mint

Day 4…
Rome is bursting with tourists and they all want to see the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona. We prefer an early morning taxi ride with brief stops.

Tour of the Colleseum, the Forum and the Palatine Hill…in my opinion, the defining tour of Rome.

Day 5...
A NEW TAKE ON ROME.  EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY ROME.

Maxxi , The New Contemporary Art Museum  Designed By Illustrious Architect , Zaha Hadid.

Auditorium Roma, A Music Complex. By Noted Italian Architect, Renzo Piano, Has A Small Museum That Displays 6th Century Artifacts Discovered During Construction.

Afternoon: Optional Tour To Protesant Cemetery Where Two Romantic Poets, Keats And Shelley Are Buried. Keats Died Of Tuberculosis At Age 25. Good Friend, Shelley Was Drowned And Later Cremated With The Help Of Lord Byron. The Story Of His Heart Sent To His Wife Adds To The Drama.

Evening: Farewell dinner

Day 6...
Depart for home or your next stop. Or join us for our Puglia Power Tour. June 2016 we will be adding Puglia Power II where we travel from Bari to Lecce.

 

Cost

Costs: Final costs will be quoted when you book your tour. Hotel costs in high season May to October are higher.

Costs: June - $3300 5 nights hotel, single private room without a single supplement, 5 breakfast, 3 dinners. All tours mentioned in itinerary.

Not included: airfare,transfers to and from airport, lunches, coffee stops, wine and alcoholic beverages, Transportation mostly by taxi on a shared basis.