- City: Rome
- Duration: 10hrs
- Start Time: 8.00 AM
Explore the Pope's summer palace in Castel Gandolfo, plus the historic gardens.
Enjoy a guided Ostia Antica tour, exploring the ruins of this ancient Roman port town with an archaeologist guide.
- Take a break in the hills - you'll enjoy lunch and a wine-tasting at a Frascati Vineyard.
EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION
ESCAPE ROME TO VISIT THE POPE'S SUMMER RESIDENCE
Step out of Rome for the perfect day trip to the idyllic hill towns and ancient ruins that surround the city on this very special Rome to Ostia Antica Tour.
You'll meet your guide and small group of no more than 20 people in the center of the city and hop in a private minibus and drive out to the Castelli Romani, a secluded region of extinct volcanoes and ancient towns hiding just outside of Rome. After an hour of scenic driving, you'll arrive in Castel Gandolfo the beautiful summer residence of the Pope which overlooks the crater lake of an extinct volcano. Your Castel Gandolfo tour takes you inside the Papal Palace and gardens for a full tour. It includes a special audio guide that reveals the stories and secrets of the palace to you.
TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF THE CASTEL GANDOLFO AND ENJOY LUNCH AT A LOCAL WINERY
After the Palace, this Castel Gandolfo tour takes you to the town's most famous vista, so you can snap a few pictures before driving over to a local winery where you'll enjoy a full tour, wine tasting, and tasty lunch of fresh, local specialties, cooked by the owners. The only problem you'll have is that you won't want to leave.
TAKE A TOUR OF SOME OF THE BEST-PRESERVED ROMAN RUINS IN THE WORLD
The second part of the tour takes you to the extraordinary Roman ruins of Ostia Antica. This town was the original port of the Roman Empire and was once among the most prosperous cities in the region. The people are gone now, but most of the city remains intact, complete with city squares, abandoned palaces featuring frescoes and mosaics, restaurants, stores, and even public restrooms. As you explore this abandoned city, which has almost no crowds (in comparison to the much more famous ruins of Pompeii) your expert guide will tell you the stories of the people who lived here in. Whether you love ancient Roman history or know next to nothing about it, the wonders your Ostia Antica tour will be a highlight of your trip.
After a full two-hour tour of the ruins, you'll jump back into the minibus and be back in the center of Rome in just half an hour. Arriving at 6pm, you're just in time to get some restaurant and bar recommendations from your guide and head out for an early evening aperitivo.
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