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Splendours of the Caracalla Rome Festival

Break Available: 30 June - 09 August 2020
4 days

Price Per Person: From £1,160

Termi di Caracalla is the second largest Roman public baths built around 212 AD. The ruins of this historical site create a stunning, authentic backdrop for a night either enjoying opera or the ballet. With your Poltronissime seats, you have a full view of the stage, ensuring you won’t miss a second of the action!

Caracalla Performance Schedule

When in Rome you have to visit the Colossum. We include a half day private guided tour of the Colosseum including Palatine Hill and the Old Forum.

The rest of the trip is up to you! We can tailor-make more tours including Vatican City, enjoy some time outside of Rome in Ostia Antica or Villa d’este or enjoy time at leisure to explore and wander the city on foot.

Highlights

  • Poltronissime (best seats) Tickets for attending the Caracalla Summer Festival with private return transfers
  • Private Guided Ancient Rome day including the Colosseum, Old Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Pantheon
  • 3 nights in 4 Star Hotel Forum located within a 10mins walk of the Colosseum
  • Private airport transfers
  • Ability to tailor-make the trip to suit you, including a wide variety of optional extras
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Day by Day Itinerary
 

Day 1
Fly to Rome and Private Transfer to your hotel

Day 1
Fly to Rome and Private Transfer to your hotel

Fly to Rome where your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your 4 star hotel. With many local UK airports flying directly to Rome, you don’t need to travel to London if you are based outside.

Hotel Forum is perfectly located opposite the Old Forum and close to the Colosseum. This well-placed hotel has a rooftop breakfast, so you can begin each day already immersed in Roman culture.

For the ultimate indulgence, why not upgrade to one of the Old Forum view rooms so you can wake up to a view few can boast having enjoyed. See Optional Extra below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Rome - Upgrade to an Imperial View Room at Hotel Forum
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Rome - Upgrade to an Imperial View Room at Hotel Forum

With your hotel being opposite the Roman Forum, having a good view is paramount. Upgrade to an Imperial Forum room for the best view of this ancient city.

Price Per Person: From £55 per person per night

Exterior of Hotel Forum, Rome
Double room at Hotel Forum, Rome
Fine dining with a view at Hotel Forum, Rome

Day 2
Private Guided Ancient Rome Day and Attend The Caracalla Festival

Day 2
Private Guided Ancient Rome Day and Attend The Caracalla Festival

After breakfast your private guide will take you for a half day tour of ancient Rome.

Feel as if you have been taken back in time following in the footsteps of the gladiators in the Colosseum. Walk through the remains of the Roman Forum viewing what was once the centre of elections, criminal trials and public speeches.

Explore Augustus’s Arch, which spanned the road between the three main temples – Temple of Castor and Pollux, Caesar and Vesta.

The guide will take you onto the Trevi Fountain where you can throw a coin in. One coin means you will return to Rome, two find a new love, three marriage!

The tour continues onto The Spanish Steps, Via Condotti; the designer shopping street of Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Pantheon. Be sure to notice the “demon hole” in the centre of the Pantheon when the light shines through!

At this point your guide will leave you to your own devices for some time at leisure.

This evening your private driver will take you the short distance to Caracalla for your opera experience. Enjoy the performance with your Poltronissime tickets, which are the very best seats. These surroundings will certainly take some beating! For more information on Seating & Practical Advice.

The Schedule runs from the 01 July – 07 August 2020 is:

July:

Strictly Gershwin (ballet) – 01, 02
The Barber of Seville (opera) – 07, 11, 18, 23, 30
Aida (opera) – 12, 17, 29
Roberto Bolle & Friends (ballet) – 14, 15

August:

Aida – 01, 04
The Merry Widow – 02, 06
The Barber of Seville – 05, 07

After the performance, your private driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your hotel.

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Day 3
Day at Leisure

Day 3
Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to explore Rome at your own pace. A visit to the Capitoline Museums is very near to your hotel and provides an elaborate display of Roman artifacts.

Things to do in Rome.

Alternatively, if you have never been to Vatican City before, we recommend adding in our Optional Extra Vatican Museums tour.

If however, this is not your first time to this ancient city, why not escape the crowds and head to Ostia Antica, the original harbour for Rome or Villa d’este, a garden paradise of fountains.

See our Optional Extras below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Rome - Dinner at La Pergola Restaurant at the Vatican
  • Rome - Papal Audience Visit
  • Rome - Private Guided Ostia Antica
  • Rome - Early Guided Access to the Vatican
  • Rome - Private Guided Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa
  • Rome - Lights & Laser Show at Roman Forums
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Rome - Dinner at La Pergola Restaurant at the Vatican

Enjoy a lavish 6 Course Meal in the only 3 Michelin Star restaurant in the whole of Rome. The wine cellar is rich with over 53,000 bottles to suit the palate of even the most discerning customers. The meals are sourced from the very best the Mediterranean has to offer.

Please note this must be booked at least 4 months in advance to avoid disappointment.

Price Per Person: From £255 for a 6 Course Meal

La Pergola Restaurant at the Vatican, Rome
La Pergola Restaurant, Rome
La Pergola Restaurant, Rome

Rome - Papal Audience Visit

If you are in Rome on a Wednesday morning, why not have an audience with the pope. He is normally available (his schedule permitting) at 10.30am and will be happy to bestow his blessing on you. In summer this blessing takes place in St Peter’s Square to accommodate the masses of devotees.

The pope will offer some readings and teachings in both Italian and English, before asking you to say the “Our Father” prayer collectively in Latin.

Price Per Person: From £60

Aerial view of the Vatican city
Statues at St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Rome - Private Guided Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica is one of the original port harbours in the world and served Rome in times of sea trade. Lying only twenty-four kilometres from the city, your private driver will take you to the site where your guide will explain the history to you. There are splendid cypress tress, fantastic frescoes and you avoid the crowds of Rome. After the tour your private driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Price Per Person: £490 per person includes private guide, private transfers and tours. 5hrs.

Ostia Antica, Rome
Ostia Antica, Rome
Ostia Antica, Rome

Rome - Early Guided Access to the Vatican

Your private driver will transfer you the short distance to Vatican City. Here you have a beat the queues entrance where with your guide and small group, you have early access to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, before all the crowds arrive. This is essential as even early in the morning the crowds outside the Vatican are very long.

Marvel at the unique sculpture by Michelangelo and Bernin, the exquisite paintings by Raffaello Sanzio. Wander through the Belvedere Court, The Tapestry Galleries and the frescoes in the Gallery of the Maps. Make sure you leave some time to enjoy the Egyptian Museum, which includes artefacts from the tombs of the pharoahs, mummified remains from the Egyptian dynasty. Lastly, explore the Etruscan Museum.

The tour ends at the Sistine Chapel where you are free to wander and spend as long exploring the Vatican at your own pace. The tour lasts approximately 1hr.

Price Per Person: From £90 includes 1hr guiding service and one way transfer from your hotel to the Vatican.

Aerial view of the Vatican city
Spiral staircase in the Vatican, Rome
vatican museum, Italy

Rome - Private Guided Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa

Only 30km from Rome is Villa d’Este. The villa and stunning water fountains were created by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este in consolation for failing to be made pope. Explore with your private guide all 120 fountains, along with Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este, now both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The gardens are a display of fountains constructed on different levels. The villas are of a Renaissance design and inspired Franz Liszt to compose Giochi d’Acqua. Villa Adriana was the holiday villa of Emperor Hadrian and has an eclectic blend of Greek, Persian and Egyptian architecture. Explore the thermal baths, temples, palaces, slave quarters and underground passages, before the tour ends and your private driver transfers you to your hotel.

Price Per Person: £485 per person includes private guide, private transfers and tour. Full day.

Hadrian's Villa, Rome
Villa d'este, Tivoli, Rome
Fountains at Villa d'este, Tivoli

Rome - Lights & Laser Show at Roman Forums

Head to the Imperial Forum, conveniently located opposite your hotel, for your Historical Lights and Laser Show. Be entertained by the history of Rome showcased by lasers against the backdrop of the Old Forum. The show lasts for around 45mins – 1hr before you are free to wander back to your hotel.

Price Per Person: £20

Light and laser show, Rome
Lights and laser show Rome
Light and Laser show, Rome

Day 4
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Day 4
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

At leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if your flight is not until this afternoon, why not add in our Optional Extras Catacombs tour. With your private guide, discover the Christian and Jewish burial site. Continue onto the airport after. See Optional Extra for more information.

If your time in Italy feels too short and you have a few more days, why not extend your trip to include Sorrento. We have a fantastic trip including Pompeii, Capri and just time to relax around the pool. Or if you really want to discover the region, why not add in our Naples Opera & Sorrento break, where you get to experience two very different opera performances.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Rome - Private Guided Catacombs Tour with Transfer
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Rome - Private Guided Catacombs Tour with Transfer

No tour of Rome is complete without a trip to the underground catacombs. Your private driver will take you to the  entrance of the catacombs where you get to view the underground cemeteries, where Christian and Jews were buried. In the past it was usual for the families to gather here to say the funeral rites and to visit on set occasions. As overcrowding was a problem, many were buried here, dating back to before 400AD.

This tour is best done either on arrival or departure from/to the airport.

Price Per Person: From £260 with arrival transfer.

Price Per Person: From £140 with departure transfer.

Catacombs, Rome
Catacombs, Rome
Catacombs, Rome
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel Forum - Rome (4 Star)

Exterior of Hotel Forum, Rome
Room with a view at Hotel Forum, Rome
Fine dining with a view at Hotel Forum, Rome
Reception at Hotel Forum, Rome

Hotel Forum - Rome (4 Star)

Hotel Forum is ideally located next to and with views over, the Imperial Forum. Once a convent, this renovated 4 star hotel is perfect for visiting the Old Forum and the Coliseum, and is a short walk to the rest of the main sites in Rome.

For those wanting stunning views over ancient Rome, head to the American Bar on the hotel roof, for that perfect blend of incredible views and fine dining.

The hotel can boast some distinguished guests in its time including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liz Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, King Gustav of Sweden, Gregory Peck and the Dalai Lama!

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Optional Extras
Rome - Upgrade to an Imperial View Room at Hotel Forum
Exterior of Hotel Forum, Rome

With your hotel being opposite the Roman Forum, having a good view is paramount. Upgrade to an Imperial Forum room for the best view of this ancient city.

Price Per Person: From £55 per person per night

Rome - Dinner at La Pergola Restaurant at the Vatican
La Pergola Restaurant at the Vatican, Rome

Enjoy a lavish 6 Course Meal in the only 3 Michelin Star restaurant in the whole of Rome. The wine cellar is rich with over 53,000 bottles to suit the palate of even the most discerning customers. The meals are sourced from the very best the Mediterranean has to offer.

Please note this must be booked at least 4 months in advance to avoid disappointment.

Price Per Person: From £255 for a 6 Course Meal

Rome - Papal Audience Visit
Aerial view of the Vatican city

If you are in Rome on a Wednesday morning, why not have an audience with the pope. He is normally available (his schedule permitting) at 10.30am and will be happy to bestow his blessing on you. In summer this blessing takes place in St Peter’s Square to accommodate the masses of devotees.

The pope will offer some readings and teachings in both Italian and English, before asking you to say the “Our Father” prayer collectively in Latin.

Price Per Person: From £60

Rome - Private Guided Ostia Antica
Ostia Antica, Rome

Ostia Antica is one of the original port harbours in the world and served Rome in times of sea trade. Lying only twenty-four kilometres from the city, your private driver will take you to the site where your guide will explain the history to you. There are splendid cypress tress, fantastic frescoes and you avoid the crowds of Rome. After the tour your private driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Price Per Person: £490 per person includes private guide, private transfers and tours. 5hrs.

Rome - Early Guided Access to the Vatican
Aerial view of the Vatican city

Your private driver will transfer you the short distance to Vatican City. Here you have a beat the queues entrance where with your guide and small group, you have early access to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, before all the crowds arrive. This is essential as even early in the morning the crowds outside the Vatican are very long.

Marvel at the unique sculpture by Michelangelo and Bernin, the exquisite paintings by Raffaello Sanzio. Wander through the Belvedere Court, The Tapestry Galleries and the frescoes in the Gallery of the Maps. Make sure you leave some time to enjoy the Egyptian Museum, which includes artefacts from the tombs of the pharoahs, mummified remains from the Egyptian dynasty. Lastly, explore the Etruscan Museum.

The tour ends at the Sistine Chapel where you are free to wander and spend as long exploring the Vatican at your own pace. The tour lasts approximately 1hr.

Price Per Person: From £90 includes 1hr guiding service and one way transfer from your hotel to the Vatican.

Rome - Private Guided Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa
Hadrian's Villa, Rome

Only 30km from Rome is Villa d’Este. The villa and stunning water fountains were created by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este in consolation for failing to be made pope. Explore with your private guide all 120 fountains, along with Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este, now both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The gardens are a display of fountains constructed on different levels. The villas are of a Renaissance design and inspired Franz Liszt to compose Giochi d’Acqua. Villa Adriana was the holiday villa of Emperor Hadrian and has an eclectic blend of Greek, Persian and Egyptian architecture. Explore the thermal baths, temples, palaces, slave quarters and underground passages, before the tour ends and your private driver transfers you to your hotel.

Price Per Person: £485 per person includes private guide, private transfers and tour. Full day.

Rome - Lights & Laser Show at Roman Forums
Light and laser show, Rome

Head to the Imperial Forum, conveniently located opposite your hotel, for your Historical Lights and Laser Show. Be entertained by the history of Rome showcased by lasers against the backdrop of the Old Forum. The show lasts for around 45mins – 1hr before you are free to wander back to your hotel.

Price Per Person: £20

Rome - Private Guided Catacombs Tour with Transfer
Catacombs, Rome

No tour of Rome is complete without a trip to the underground catacombs. Your private driver will take you to the  entrance of the catacombs where you get to view the underground cemeteries, where Christian and Jews were buried. In the past it was usual for the families to gather here to say the funeral rites and to visit on set occasions. As overcrowding was a problem, many were buried here, dating back to before 400AD.

This tour is best done either on arrival or departure from/to the airport.

Price Per Person: From £260 with arrival transfer.

Price Per Person: From £140 with departure transfer.

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What's Included?

  • Poltronissime (best seats) Tickets for attending the Caracalla Summer Festival with private return transfers
  • Private Guided Ancient Rome day
  • 3 nights in 4 Star Hotel Forum located within a 10mins walk of the Colosseum
  • Private airport transfers
  • Ability to tailor-make the trip to suit you, including a wide variety of optional extras
  • Flights from the UK

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

Departure airports:

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Many UK regional airports

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