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. Palatine Hill and the Origins of Rome

  3. 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)

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

  5. Santa Maria in Trastevere and Santa Cecilia

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

  7. RAHAEL of Urbino: an indepth seminar walk on the PAINTING style of this genius, from his early work in the Court of Federico di Montefeltro, and passing through Perugia, Florence, before arriving in the Rome of Michelangelo. (Venues include Villa Farnesina, Santa Maria della Pace and Santa Maria del Popolo Churches).

  8. 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)

  9. Comparative tour of BERNINI and Caravaggio : their realism and sense of elegance

  10. The MERIDIAN, solar clock, in Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Gregorian Calendar("astroloy and science in the church")

  11. Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme (great Roman statuary, frescoes, mosaics, and LIVIA's Garden fresco)

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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)

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

  18. Medieval churches of Santa Cecilia and Santa Maria in Trastevere

  19. The mosaics and holy relics of Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Prassede

  20. The Medieval Basilicas of Santo Stefano Rotondo and SS Giovanni e Paolo.

  21. Priorate of Santa Maria of the Orden of Malta and Gardens, designed by PIRANESI; The story of the Battle of Lepanto

  22. Basilica and chloister of Santi Quattro Coronat, plus Chapel of San Silvestro

  23. The first Christian basilica of St John Lateran, the first Baptistry, and the nearby relics of the Holy Stairs and the True Cross in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme brought by Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine

  24. Visit to Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coelis on Capitol Hill; tomb of St. Helena

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

  26. Ostia Antica or Via Appia Antica

  27. Drawing TOUR: for adults and young people from 10 years and up; onsite lessons of basic drawing skills for keeping a travel journal

  28. IL TEMPIETTO by Donato Bramante, on Gianicolo Hill: "ex-voto" gift of Catholic Monarchs of Spain

  29. Miguel de Cervantes and his last great novel, PERSILES (1617): the best-kept literary secret of Rome; following the footprints of Cervantes, with special visit to the Basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura, where the novel ends

Day Excursion OPTIONS

  1. TIVOLI : Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este 

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2. Naples: (Museum of Capodimonte; Catacombs of San Gaudioso in Santa Maria della Sanita neighborhood; brief tour of Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Theater, Duomo, Spacca Napoli neighborhood)

 

3. Naples: (National Archaeological Museum: Farnese Hercules and other statuary from Baths of Caracalla, as well as frescoes, statuary, and mosaics from archaeological sites we can also visit such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, and/or OPLONTIS)

4.   Painted Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia

 

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

 

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

 

7.  Roman Aqueducts (Aqueduct Park, Porta Maggiore)

  

Roma y Alrededores:  VARIAS OPCIONES

 

  1. Coliseo y Foro Romano (3 ó horas) 

  2. La Loma del Palatino y la Fundación de Roma

  3. 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)

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

  5. Santa Maria in Trastevere y Santa Cecilia

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

  7. RAFAEL de Urbino: además de visitar un número de iglesias y de entrar en la Villa Farnesina para admirar los frescos de Cupido y Psique de este gran artista, este paseo es un seminario de nivel profundo sobre la obra y el estilo del pintor desde su juventud en la Corte de Federico de Montefeltro en Urbino, pintando con su padre, Giovanni Sanzio, hasta que comienza su "viaje" a Roma, donde termina pintando a la par de Miguelangel, para los grandes Papas Julio II y León X.

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

  9. Tour comparativo del realismo y de la elegancia en BERNINI y Caravaggio

  10. El Calendario Gregoriano y el reloj de la línea MERIDIANA en la Basílica de Santa María degli Angeli (astrología y ciencia dentro de la Iglesia)

  11. Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme: visita a ver frescos romanos como el Jardín de LIVIA, y los ambientes de Villa Farnesina de Marco Agrippa y la hija de Augusto, Julia); más la colección de estatuas romanas como el Discóbolo y el Ermafrodita

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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)

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

  18. Las Basilicas Medievales: Santa Cecilia: Santa Maria in Trastevere

  19. Los mosaicos y reliquias de la Basílica de Santa Maria Maggiore y Santa Prassede

  20. Las Basílicas de Santo Stefano Rotondo y SS Giovanni e Paolo (Casas Romanas)

  21. Priorato de Malta: visita a la Iglesia y Jardines diseñados por PIRANESI; La Batalla de Lepanto

  22. La Basílica Medieval de Santi Quatro Coronati y la Capilla de Constantino en el convento contiguo de San Silvestre

  23. La primera Basílica cristiana de San Juan de Letrán, con visita a la Scala Santa, el Bautisterio, y las reliquias de la Santa Cruz de la Iglesia de la santa Cruz de Jerusalén de Santa Elena, la madre del Emperador Constantino

  24. Visita a la Basilica de Santa Maria in Ara Coelis en la Loma del capitolio; tumba de Santa Elena

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

  26. OSTIA ANTICA, o La Via Appia Antica

  27. Tour de DIBUJO: para 2 ó 3 adultos o jovenes de 10 o 12 años en adelante; lecciones básicas de cómo tomar apuntes en un cuaderno de viaje

  28. EL TEMPLETE de Donato Bramante en la Loma del Janícolo, regalo votivo de los Reyes Católicos de España

  29. Miguel de Cervantes y su gran novela PERSILES : las insólitas huellas del autor español del Quijote en ROMA, con visita a la gran Basílica de San Pablo Extra Muros, donde termina la novela

 

Excursiones fuera de Roma

 

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

2.  NAPOLES: (Museos de Capodimonte; Catacumbas de san Gaudioso en Santa Maria della Sanitá; paseo por Piazza del Plebiscito, Teatro Real, Duomo, y Barrio de Spacca Napoli)

3. NAPOLES : (MUSEO Arqueológico Nacional donde se exhibe el gran Hércules Farnese y otras esculturas de los Baños de Caracalla de Roma; los frescos y mosaicos de otros sitios que se pueden visitar en este viaje: Pompeya y Ercolano; la Villa de Poppea en OPLONTIS) 

 4.  Las pinturas de las tumbas etruscas en Tarquinia 

 5.   Los frescos de Piero della Francesca: Perugia, Arezzo, Urbino, y Rimini 

  

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

 

 7.  El Parque de los Acueductos Romanos

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