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Rome at Twilight Among the Piazzas and Fountains: Evening Walking Tour

Experience the wonders of the Eternal City at the magical hour of twilight

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PRICE

€ 39

GROUP SIZE

Max 13

DURATION

2.5 hours

OVERVIEW

When the sun begins its descent towards the distant horizon and the magnificent monuments of Rome are bathed in the golden glow of twilight, the Eternal City is at its enchanting best. Nothing in the world can prepare you for your first glimpse of Rome during the golden hour, and that’s exactly when we begin our Rome at Twilight itinerary - a perfect introduction to the spectacular landscape of the city’s historic centre. This specially crafted Rome evening walking tour will take you straight to the heart of the awe-inspiringly beautiful piazzas and fountains, palaces and churches that have left generations of visitors to the Eternal City speechless.

We’ll be following in the footsteps of centuries of intrepid travellers and artists as we explore magnificent monuments that speak of the city’s many pasts: learn how the genius of Bernini transformed an ancient racetrack into Rome’s most iconic public space at Piazza Navona, and how his bitter rivalry with the great architect Borromini shaped the city we know today. Seeing the spectacular sweeping descent of the Spanish Steps and drinking in the enchanting atmosphere of the bombastic Trevi fountain meanwhile, you’ll have to pinch yourself to remind you you’re not on a movie set. Our journey will also take us into the amazingly preserved ancient temple of the Pantheon, a miracle of engineering that still boasts the largest unsupported dome ever built (on our Sunday tour, when the Pantheon is closed, we will still admire the exterior of the magnificent edifice from Piazza della Rotonda). 

In the company of one of our expert guides, you’ll get the inside stories behind the gurgling fountains and extravagant palaces that make Rome such a special feast for the senses. Discover how a small settlement on the banks of the Tiber river grew to become one of the greatest empires the world has ever known, and learn about its equally spectacular decline and fall. Relive its resurrection as the centre of the Christian faith, and get to know the popes and princes who transformed the city into one of the wonders of the world with spectacular commissions of art and architecture. Rome is the greatest open-air museum in the world, where history and art are alive – and everywhere. As sunset paints the Eternal City in vivid tones of red and gold, join us on an unforgettable journey to discover its fascinating 2,000 year history. 

Renaissance and Baroque Rome: the most beautiful fountains and piazzas of Rome 

Join us on an evening stroll to appreciate the splendors of Rome; wander past its imposing palaces and through its grand piazzas, where water dances in the extraordinary fountains that occupy pride of place in Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and, most impressive of all, in the Trevi fountain. This special Rome evening walking tour is an ideal introduction to the magic of one of the world's most enchanting cities.  Discover the enchanted streets of Rome where time has stopped, and learn about history and art in a new way. We'll encounter popes and emperors, artists and ordinary people in the places where their lives took shape, and where the ancient and the modern worlds mingled to create the political and religious institutions on which Italian society still rests today.

Piazza Navona

We will begin our journey into the atmospheric heart of the Eternal City in one of Rome's most iconic public spaces: Piazza Navona. Its long and distinctive shape has been part of the city's urban fabric for nearly 2,000 years, beginning life as the ancient Stadium of Domitian whose shape is still obvious today. And yet at the same time we are in the heart of the Roman Baroque: all around are spectacular optical illusions and theatrical buildings, signs of a revolutionary new approach to architectural space. Here we'll confront the geniuses of Bernini and Borromini, the two greatest rivals of their age and opposites in every respect. Bernini's marvelous Fountain of the Four Rivers is the piazza's centrepiece, a pyramidal structure that incorporates an obelisk and culminates in the flight of a dove. Dominating the skyline above is Borromini's curving facade and bell tower of the church of Sant'Agnese, where stone takes on the malleability of softest clay. 

The Pantheon

Entering the magnificent Pantheon will transport us to another era, and this portion of our walking group tour is all about the grandeur of Imperial Rome. Innovative ideas, technologies and various cultures blend to make an artwork of extreme power and poetry, a design so perfect that Michelangelo considered it to be the work of angels. The history of the area is no less fascinating: it was originally a marshland subject to the floods of the Tiber, then a military training ground devoted to Mars, the god of war. The temple that dominates the piazza was first built by Agrippa for his son-in-law Augustus, before a restoration by Hadrian in 126 AD created the magnificent building we know today. According to medieval legend the central oculus in the huge dome was created by the explosive crash of pagan demons fleeing the building at the moment of its conversion into a church in 609 AD. The Pantheon also houses the tombs of Raphael who died prematurely in 1520, and the first King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele, who died in 1878. Please note that we do not enter the Pantheon on our Sunday evening tour, as the site is closed. We will of course still visit the piazza and admire the great edifice from the outside.

To complete your exploration of the magnificent remains of the ancient city, be sure to check out our in-depth tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Trevi Fountain

Here we will let ourselves be lulled into tranquility by the magical song of the waters, immersing ourselves in this wonderful piece of theatrical architecture that recalls the great buildings of Ancient Rome. The main structure of the Trevi Fountain is a triumphal arch, taking its inspiration from classical examples such as the Arch of Constantine. With the help of your guide you'll decipher the legends depicted in the sculptures of the arch, from where the god Ocean advances with his Tritons and winged horses to celebrate an ancient festival of water with us. You will also learn about the origins of the fountain in an ancient Roman acqueduct, as well as its history through the centuries.

Spanish Steps

Our tour finishes in the magnificent Piazza di Spagna, home to the iconic Spanish Steps. With our expert guides we will learn the history of the church of the Trinita' dei Monti that towers above, as well as why the young Gianlorenzo Bernini and his father (also a sculptor) adopted the unusual subject of a boat for the fountain of the Barcaccia. We'll also uncover the social significance of the majestic stairway that came to unite these two areas, which for centuries had been separated by a cliff face. 

Join us on this Rome group tour on a journey to understand the true character of the Eternal City, and see how its picturesque streets and timeless piazzas conceal fascinating histories and magical artworks just waiting to be discovered.

  • Maximum group size of 13 people.
  • Expert, fluent English-speaking guides who know and love the city.
  • Headsets for groups of six or more people, so you can always hear your guide.

Classic sights included in our itinerary:

  • The Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza della Rotonda
  • The interior of the Pantheon
  • Hadrian's Temple
  • Piazza Navona
  • The Spanish Steps

Overlooked sights included in our itinerary:

  • Bell Tower of Sant'andrea Delle Fratte

In front of a Toy Store called Al Sogno. Full details, including a map and photo, will be issued on booking.

This is a leisurely walking tour through the centre of Rome. Comfortable shoes and a bottle of water are highly recommended

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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for Rome's inspiring cultural heritage. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

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