Favorite Tours  

 

I am experienced and LICENSED tour guide for the entire Rome and Lazio region in Italy. In this capacity, I offer a wide variety of standard or customized guided  tours of many sites in and around Rome. As my curriculum vitae (CV) shows, my tour paths have included various city museums of the United States, such as Miami's Villa Vizcaya, New York's MET, and  the great Philadelphia Museum of Art on Beacon Hill. 

My focus is always on the very personal perspective, and the narratives of my walks --both for groups of no more than 6 or 7 individuals or school  class teams of up to 15-20 students -- are always accompanied by  MY custom-drawn TIMELINES and other visual materials that enhance the tour experience and which I hand out at the beginning of the excursions. Below is a list of my repertoire of walks:

The University of Delaware and their professor Amalia Veitia posed with me for this photo under the Archangel of Castel Sant'Angelo, after our tour of the monument and its "musical" connection --- since it is from this terrace that the heroine of Puccini's "most Roman of all operas," TOSCA, jumps to her death. 

 

Rome Excursion OPTIONS

 

 

  1. Colosseum and Forum (3 or 4 hours) 

  2. Specialized focus on Julius Caesar and his rise in politics before his dictatorship (Julius Caesar Forum area, Campidoglio, Theater of Marcellus, Area Sacra Largo Argentina site of JC's assassination)

  3. Underground Rome (Basilicas of St. Clemente and SS Giovanni and Paolo); Mithraic Temple

  4. Early Christian Basilicas: San Giovanni in Laterano and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, plus Scala Santa relics

  5. Life and work of CARAVAGGIO (in situ look at his works in 3 churches, 2 museums)  (Optional addition: visit to Galleria Borghese to view 5 or 6 of his paintings)

  6. The MERIDIAN, solar clock, in Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli ("astroloy in the church"); plus visit of nearby Museo Nazionale Romano (great Roman statuary, frescoes, mosaics, and LIVIA's Garden fresco)

  7. IMPERIAL Rome: the PANTHEON, Altar of Peace of Caesar Augustus (ARA PACIS)

  8. Baroque period in Rome; visit churches of Sant'Ivo (from outside)  and San Carlino by architect BORROMINI; churches of Santa Maria della Vittoria (to view the sculpture of Saint Teresa of Avila) and by the same architect/sculptor of the Baroque period, BERNINI, the Palazzo Barberini and Church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. The Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona , also by Bernini, will be visited and discussed.

  9. The opera TOSCA by Giacomo PUCCINI is considered by many to be the "most Roman" of all musical works of this genre. In this walk we visit the three locations where the THREE ACTS of the opera take place: the great church of Sant Andrea della Valle--- the Palazzo Farnese (outside) --- and Castel’Sant’Angelo.

  10. The Villa of Banker  Agostino Chigi, with frescoes by RAPHAEL and architect  Balthazar Peruzzi

  11. Day trip to TIVOLI (50 mins outside of Rome by car): Hadrian's Villa archaeological site and Villa D'Este and its fountains and gardens. (Trip with private driver)

  12. The catacombs of Sant'Agnese and Mausoleum of Santa Costanza, on Via Nomentana. ; and Catacombs of PRISCILLA on Via Salaria

  13. Medieval churches of Santa Cecilia, Santa Prassede; Santo Stefano Rotondo; Santa Maria in Trastevere; Santi Quattro Coronati, and SS Giovanni e Paolo.

  14. The first Christian basilica of St John Lateran, and nearby Santa Croce in Gerusalemme which houses the relics of the Cross and others.

  15. Villa Borghese by itself (2 1/2) hrs (Reservations)

  16. Ostia Antica or Via Appia Antica

  17. Drawing TOUR: for adults and young people from 10 years and up; onsite lessons of basic drawing skills for keeping a travel journal, conducted in piazzas or basilicas of Rome

Day Excursion OPTIONS

  19)  TIVOLI : Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este 

20)  Naples (National Archaeological Museum); Pompeii, Herculaneum, and/or OPLONTIS

21)  Painted Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia 

22)  Frescoes of Piero della Francesca (2-3 day trip) including Perugia, Arezzo, Urbino, and Rimini    

23)  Paestum (overnight) and its Greek temples (6th Century B.C.)  

24)  Roman Aqueducts (Aqueduct Park, Porta Maggiore)  

Roma y Alrededores:  VARIAS OPCIONES

 

  1. Coliseo y Foro Romano (3 ó horas) 

  2. Julio César y la historia de su subida al poder (Foro de Julio César, Capitolio, Teatro de Marcelo,  sitio del asesinato de Julio, Altar de la Paz de Augusto)

  3. Roma subterránea (iglesias de San Clemente y Santos Juan y Pablo); Templo de Mitra

  4. Primeras iglesias: San Juan de Letrán y Santa Cruz de Jerusalén, más la Scala Santa: reliquias de la Cruz, etc.

  5. CARAVAGGIO: su vida y su pintura en 3 iglesias y dos museos de Roma ( visita a la Galleria Borghese se puede incluir)

  6. El reloj del MERIDIANO en la Basilica de Santa Maria degli Angeli (astrologia dentro de la Iglesia); más la visita a ver frescos romanos como el Jardin de LIVIA, y los ambientes de Villa Farnesina de Marco Agrippa y la hija de Augusto, Julia)

  7. Paseo de la Roma Imperial: Columna de Trajano y Foros de Nerva, Augusto, y Templo de la Paz; PANTHEON, Augusto ARA PACIS)

  8. Contrastes del Barroco en Roma: visitando las Iglesias de Sant’Ivo (desde afuera), y San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane de BORROMINI, las Iglesias de Sant Andrea al Quirinale y Santa Maria della Vittoria (Ecstasis de Santa Teresa), y elpartesdel Palazzo Barberini. Viendo algunos escritos de Santa Teresa, asicomo la Fuente de los 4 Rios de  Bernini.

  9. Paseo por los tres lugares de escenificación de la TOSCA de Puccini, y repasando su trama, susarias mas importantes en lostreslugares: Iglesia de Sant Andrea della Valle---Palazzo Farnese---Castel’Sant’Angelo.

  10. Villa Farnesina del banquero Agostino Chigi (frescos de Rafael y del arquitecto Baltazar Peruzzi)

  11. TIVOLI: La zona arqueólogica de la Villa de Hadriano, y por la tarde, una visita a la Villa D’Este con sus fuentes.  (Preferiblemente con coche privado)

  12. Las catacumbas de Sant Agnese / Mausoleo de la hija de Constantino, Santa Constanza. ; Visita a las Catacumbas de PRISCILA en Via Salaria

  13. Las Basilicas Medievales: Santa Cecilia:; Santa Prassede; Santa Maria in Trastevere; Santi Quatro Coronati; Santo Stefano; Santos Giovanni y Paolo

  14. The first Christian Basilica of St. John Lateran, with nearby Sacred Stairs and Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, con reliquias de la Cruz

  15. Villa Borghese por si sola (2 1/2 horas) (Reservaciones )

  16. OSTIA ANTICA, o La Via Appia Antica

  17. Tour de DIBUJO: para adultos o jovenes de 10 o 12 años en adelante; lecciones basicas de como tomar apuntes en un cuaderno de viaje; piazzas y fuentes, basilicas de Roma. Esta clase puede también efectuarse en el interior de ciertas Iglesias romanas que ostentan hermosos lienzos o pinturas al fresco, asi como estatuas de escultores como Bernini.

Excursiones fuera de Roma

   19)  TIVOLI : La Villa del Emperador Adriano y las fuentes de la Villa D'Este del siglo XVI

 20) NAPOLES: (Museos de Capodimonte o MUSEO Arqueológico Nacional donde se exhiben los frescos y mosaicos de otros sitios que se pueden visitar en este viaje: Pompeya y Ercolano; la Villa de Poppea en OPLONTIS) 

 21)  Las pinturas de las tumbas etruscas en Tarquinia 

 22)  Los frescos de Piero della Francesca: Perugia, Arezzo, Urbino, y Rimini    

 23)  Los templos arcaicos griegos de Paestum  (siglo VI a.C.)  

 24) El Parque de los Acueductos Romanos

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A moment of rest during a tour of the Vatican Museums with a group of architecture students from the University of Miami and their professor Jaime Correa