Early-Bird Rome Tour
– Streets, Piazzas and Fountains
Early-Bird Rome Tour: Streets, Piazzas and Fountains
Good morning sunshine! Rise, shine and begin your Roman holiday in style, on this Early-Bird Rome tour. Wake up, rub your eyes and hop outside with a spring in your step, to experience this magnificent, historic city, while most of its residents are tucked up in bed.
Join our expert, local tour guide and see all the sites of the historic center before the city rises. Enjoy Rome’s most iconic sites, like the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, without crowds and in the cool of the morning, in comfort and at leisure.
The Perfect Rome Tour for Early Risers
If you want to make like Horace and carpe diem, this early morning Rome tour is perfect for you. Seize the day and head out into the gorgeous Mediterranean, early-morning light, to experience Rome’s full beauty before the crowds fill her up.
Whether you’re always the early bird who catches the worm or a traveler who suffers from jetlag, this Rome tour is the best way to make the most of your morning – while the rest of Rome has her head on the pillow.
Take postcard-perfect photos of Rome’s most iconic sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, empty of the bustle of an average’s days crowds. Capture that magic moment when early morning, Mediterranean light reflects off the monument’s marble, amidst the backdrop of a typically cerulean blue sky.
Roma Experience’s Early-Bird Rome Tour takes you through the heart of the historic center – a protected, UNESCO World Heritage Site – before the day heats up. If you suffer in the midday sun, this tour offers you the chance to see Rome’s sites long before the day gets cooking.
After this early morning tour, when the heat has hit, you can just relax in the shade and reflect on the wonders of Rome you’ve already seen.
The Itinerary of our Early-Bird Rome Tour
Oh, the places you’ll go on this early morning tour of Rome! This tour takes you through all the highlights of Rome’s historic center. Our expert guide will lead you through cobbled streets, lined with orange townhouses, to all the major sites in the historic center. Journey from Renaissance and Baroque Rome to the ancient world, as the modern city starts to wake up around you.
Piazza di Spagna
Begin at 8:00am at the Fontana della Barcaccia (the Fountain of the Ugly Boat) where you will meet your tour guide and the rest of your tour group. This fountain was designed by Bernini – but not the Bernini you’re probably thinking of, the architect/sculptor/genius who has his fingerprints all over Baroque Rome. No, this fountain was designed by his father.
Pope Urbano VIII commissioned the fountain to mark the renovation of the Virgin Aqueduct, which first supplied water to Rome in 19BC and was renovated while he held the Papacy. The Fontana della Barcaccia sits inside Piazza di Spagna, one of the most iconic squares in Rome. The Piazza di Spagna is a well-known hang-out of the city’s glitterati; made evident by all the high-fashion and couture boutiques that line the square.
What distinguishes the square as truly special is the iconic Spanish Steps sitting above it, gently unfurling in swirls of marble, to connect the church of Trinità dei Monti with the square below. Perhaps there’s no other external staircase in the world so symmetrically and visually appealing – and our guide will explain the fascinating history of this Baroque triumph. Here you’ll enjoy your complimentary Italian breakfast – giving you all the fuel you need to learn more about the exciting history and culture found in this amazing city.
Continue onward to the Trevi Fountain – the largest and most impressive fountain in Rome, a city famed for its water-features since ancient times. This triumph of architecture was, like the Fontana della Barcaccia, commissioned to celebrate the refurbishment of the Virgin Aqueduct.
The Trevi Fountain has quite the story to tell; in the middle stands Oceanus, Roman God of the Sea, taming the wild waters. At his side are two Roman virgins, Agrippa and Trivia. Mythology has it, that the original Aqueduct of 19 BCE was discovered by a Roman virgin, who found a previously undiscovered pure water source to supply the thirsty city…
Column of Marcus Aurelius
In the heart of Rome’s vibrant commercial district, in Piazza Colonna, stands a column less famous, but no less impressive, than Trajan’s Column of the Roman Forum. The Column of Marcus Aurelius was based on the chronicles of the Marcomannic Wars. These wars occupied the philosopher-Emperor for most of his reign and inspired his great philosophical work, Meditations. Carved on the marble column are scenes detailing the famous battles from the war – a war that greatly foreshadowed the wave of barbarian invasions that came to destroy the Roman Empire…
Piazza of the Pantheon
After the triumphs of Baroque architecture, see one of the great surviving architectural masterpieces of the Ancient world: the Pantheon. The Pantheon was first commissioned by Emperor Hadrian around 126 AD and, today, it still boasts the largest free-standing dome in the world.
The Pantheon is, perhaps, the best preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, because it has been in continuous use since ancient times. This once ancient Roman Temple was in dedication to all the Gods – a Pantheon. Although it became a church in 609 AD, the original name stuck.
On a normal day, Piazza Navona is all a bustle, full of people chatting and laughing, spilling out from the cafes, restaurants and bars, or watching the street performers dance under Bernini’s iconic Fountain of the Four Rivers.
An early morning Rome tour gives you the chance to appreciate the full refinement and majesty of the diverse architectural styles found in this magnificent square. See one of Rome’s 13 obelisks – more than any other city in the world – standing proud among mediaeval churches and orange townhouses. The color of the pink granite obelisk, the white marble fountain and the orange houses, against the backdrop of an azure sky, will make a memory of Rome you’ll always treasure.
Campo de’ Fiori
Finally, finish your tour in style at Campo de’ Fiori. This Ancient Roman square is still very much alive – if you find yourself here on a summer’s evening, expect to find international students, tourists and locals spilling out of the many bars surrounding the square.
Atop all this revelry stands a forlorn looking statue of Giordano Bruno – and who can condemn his sadness? Campo de’ Fiori was where he was burnt to death for heresy, during the Papal rule of Rome. The name means ‘Fields of Flowers’ and not because there was ever a meadow here; because this was were flowers were left for the dead, executed on this very square.
Your tour closes just as the city of Rome is beginning to get lively, in the heart of Rome’s most popular food market, at Campo de’ Fiori every day. This is the perfect place to grab a coffee, or more food if you’ve worked up an appetite, and reflect on all the amazing sites you’ve seen, as the city stirs around you.
Experience Rome At Its Best
Join this Early-Bird Rome tour to experience this vibrant ancient city at its most peaceful, amidst wonderful monuments and architectural wonders, under the forgiving sun of a Mediterranean morning. We designed this tour to avoid the beating sun, the traffic and the crowd so that you can discover and capture the magic of an extraordinary city when it is unusually empty and quiet. While this is geared to early risers, it is also great for anyone who wants to get on European time, and shake off the jet lag from a transatlantic flight. And, it’s perfect for those who want to enjoy the refreshing air of the early morning, before the pelting of the Roman Summer Sun.
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***Please don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.