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Rome Illuminated Local Tours
Good day to you!!
I'd like to make a SHOUT OUT to my parents as today is their 53rd Wedding Anniversary!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, MOM & DAD!!
Wow, that's a long time to be with someone!
For those of you who know my parents, I'm sure you'll get a big kick out of these pictures!
With today being W2GW (Where to Go Wednesday), I wanted to tell you about a wonderful company in Rome, Rome Illuminated, which provides for some really terrific local tours!
During my August 2014 visit, we went on three local tours, which I would recommend in a heartbeat!!
True to it's description on their website, "Each excursion is enlivened with fun facts, amazing ideas, and memorable stories. We focus on the hidden sides of the highlights we love and on an ever-changing selection of hidden gems and last-minute opportunities."
We actually had the pleasure of being guided by two members of the Rome Illuminated staff - Evan,
a native of Oregon - full of knowledge and passion about The Eternal City -- and wonderful with kids!!
And then there was Claudia, who was sweet as she was smart!
All of the tours are private, geared to families, couples, and small groups, with the option of being personalized, depending on your desires and requests.
The guides meet their clients at their hotel or at a convenient meeting point, which was perfect for us, considering we had my young daughters in tow.
1) Rome at Dusk Tour
If you are intent on understanding the large and small details of Rome, this tour is perfect for you.
Included on our excursion were two gorgeous churches - St. Ignasius and St. Augustine.
Ironically, our Airbnb apartment was located on Via Della Scroffa, where our tour began and about which Evan was kind enough to tell us a bit of wonderful history.
Via Della Scroffa, is the exact street by which pilgrims traveled along into Rome for hundreds of years to make their way to the Vatican.
In fact right at our apartment's corner at Via Agostino, they would turn right and head straight up to the Vatican. Very historic street to be on!!
We explored on foot and by private van for 2-1/2 hours some of the hidden corners of the city and, iconic sights including the ancient Pantheon temple and the stunning square called Piazza Navona.
And last but not least, a visit through the Colosseum, during which Evan enlightened our group with a few gross facts...
Over the 450 years that it was open, over 1 million people and countless animals were killed. To "celebrate" the opening ceremonies - over 5000 animals were slaughtered. And two species in particular - a bear and an elephant went extinct because of the Roman's "entertainment" passion. (got me kind of sick).
2. Food & Market Tour
A morning of pure deliciousness!
The morning Food & Market Tour is not to be missed!!
We ate way too much. From breads and pizza to fresh fruit and dried meats and even mouth watering gelato!
The Food & Market Tour takes visitors through Rome's most charming neighborhoods.
"Italy has one of the most storied food cultures in the world and Rome's local products provide bold, unique, and natural flavors." - Rome Illuminated
What trip to Rome would be complete with one of the most-visited places in all of Rome - The Vatican.
This tour was led by another Rome Illuminated tour guide, Claudia. Originally from Naples, she now resides in Rome and spent over three hours telling us all about the Vatican - its history, the artwork within and many anecdotal stories about several of the artists who created much of the artwork, including Michelangelo.
While my kids are not the best on "historical" and "museum" tours, Claudia made it fun for the little ones.
CLICK HERE for 16 Fun Facts About the Vatican.
This 3-hour tour included a memorable visit to view Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel, works from Roman and Greek antiquity as well as works by Raphael inside the old papal palaces and, of course, a visit to the astonishing Basilica of Saint Peter.
For more information about Rome Illuminated, visit them at www.romeilluminated.com.
Well, my dear peeps, I'm off to a day of doctors' visits. First, I am taking the girls to get their annual blood work done (which I know they are soooo looking forward to - NOT!)
Then Gianna has her monthly orthodontist visit, which usually leaves her mouth in a bit of pain, poor kid.
See ya back here tomorrow!
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