"The future starts today, not tomorrow." -Pope John Paul II
April 20 - 27, 2014
Depart on Easter Sunday and spend Easter week in Rome. Spend the week exploring some of the best kept secrets in Rome and celebrate the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Our many contacts in Rome have helped us to design an itinerary that will help you maximize your time in the Eternal City while minimizing time spent waiting in line or fighting crowds.
Day 1: 20 April - depart from the U.S.
For your convenience, this trip is sold land only (airfare not included). This allows you the flexibility to depart from the airport most convenient and affordable for you.
DAY 2: 21 April
Entering Rome Panoramic tour of EUR District.
The EUR is very different from what one sees in the historic center of Rome. The highest point of the area is the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
AVENTINE HILL: ORANGE GARDEN/VIEW | SANTA SABINA| ST. ANSELMO CHURCH | KNIGHTS OF MALTA SQUARE
Aventine Hill is one of Rome’s famous seven hills. It’s the southernmost hill, located on the eastern bank of the Tiber River. Highlights of Aventine Hill include the 5th century church of Santa Sabina, the rose garden, the orange garden, and the famous “keyhole” view of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Circus Maximus is to one side of the Aventine Hill.
DAY 3: 22 April Barberini Gallery | Monti District | Trajan's Markets
When a Barberini finally made pope (Urban VIII), the fabulously wealthy family celebrated by hiring Carlo Maderno in 1624 to build them a huge palace, which both Borromini and Bernini later embellished with window frames and doorways.
Since 1949, it has housed half of Rome's National Gallery of paintings, works that span the 13th to 17th centuries.
Monti is full of archaeological sites such as the Colosseum, Ludus Magnus (the gym for gladiators), Nero's Domus Aurea, the baths of Trajan, the baths of Titus, part of the Forum Romanum, and the markets of Trajan.
Free time: You'll be quite close to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps.
DAY 4: 23 April Visit Private Palace Villa Pamphili | Underground Rome | Balbo Crypt | Free Time
The Villa Doria Pamphili is a seventeenth-century villa with what is today the largest landscaped public park in Rome, Italy.
The Crypta Balbi was once an extension of the theatre of Lucio Cornelio Balbo from the year 13 B.C. The current building includes a nice museum on three floors and clearly shows the development of the city from ancient times to the 20th Century. Along with the exhibition, the Crypta Balbi spans an impressive temporal arc through history.
DAY 5: 24 April
Vatican Gardens | Gianicolo | Trastevere District
Tradition says that the site of the Vatican Gardens was spread with earth brought from Golgotha by St. Helena.
Highlights include the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, the church of Santa Cecilia, Santa Maria della Scala, San Pietro al Montorio and the Tempietto del Bramante.
Free time: This would be the best day to attempt St. Peter's for those that would like to.
DAY 6: 25th April St. Clement's Church | Visit of a monastery | free time
San Clemente is about halfway between the Colosseum and Saint John in Lateran. Literally walk through 2,000 years of church history as you visit the three layers of the "lasagna church."
Free time: We recommend the Forum and the Colosseum.
DAY 7: 26 April Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue | Free time
Escape Rome's crowds to explore parts of the historic center that most tourists don't get to visit. Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Synagoge of Rome.
Free time: Stop by the cat sanctuary at Largo Argentina. You could also explore whatever you may have missed of Trevi, Spanish Steps, Campo di Fiori, Pantheon, Piazza Navona.
DAY 8: 27 April (Divine Mercy Sunday) Canonization | Free time
DAY 9: 28 April Departure