Private and small group city tours in Rome
Visit the world’s first theme park! Bomarzo’s sacred grove is commonly called the Park of Monsters for the strange and mysterious sculptures scattered throughout the gardens. Originally built by an Orsini prince in 1552, as a gift to his wife, the gardens were not laid out in the standard Italian renaissance style and their true purpose is still unclear even today. Instead, this magical place is decorated mythological creatures, like dragons, the three-headed dog, Cerberus, guardian of the gates of underworld and an Ogre with an open mouth large enough to sit inside.
After your visit to Bomarzo’s sacred grove, our trip continues to the nearby and fascinating village of Civita di Bagnoreggio. This small town, perched on top of a plateau and accessible only by a footbridge, is also referred to as the “Dying Village”. Civita di Bagnoreggio’s history dates back as far as 2500 yrs. ago, when it was an Etruscan settlement that controlled the trade routes in the valley of the Tiber River. Later, it was a Roman colony and in the middle ages, it hosted a Saint. Due to frequent landslides and erosion, Civita di Bagnoreggio has been abandoned sistematically by its inhabitants, who have left behind for us to visit, a village frozen in time.
Lunch will be offered in the only “Trattoria” of Bagnoreggio and if the weather allows it, will be served outside “Al Fresco”. The local red wine of the “Tuscia” will always be present!
Our day trip concludes in the charming city of Orvieto. A leisurely stroll through the narrow picturesque alleyways, will lead you to the beautiful Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. See for yourself why the Duomo of Orvieto is considered one of the most fascinating churches in Italy. From there you will descend down into St. Patrick’s well that was built on the perimeter of the ancient city. Built by Antonio da Sangallo the younger, it provided Orvieto with fresh water in case of a city siege; two spiral staircases that never intersect dive down to over 173 ft. (53 m) into the reservoir. Legend has it that the well has never run dry in 500 years!
Meet your guide for Bomarzo & Civita di Bagnoreggio tour at Piramide metro stop. Our private van will be waiting for us there as well. The van will have A/C and plenty of space.
Arrival at the Park of Monster, if needed there is a restroom. Guided tour of the gardens and information on the sculptures.
After about a 30min drive we will arrive at Civita di Bagnoreggio’s car park.
Once inside the enchanted village of Civita di Bagnoregio, you will visit a hand carved ancient grotto that dates back to 2500 yrs. ago and have plenty of time for breathtaking pictures of the amazing landscape.
Lunch will be served with a typical starter of local assorted cheese and cured meats accompanied by tasty bruschette. The next course will be fresh handmade pasta with wild boar tomato sauce. Red wine from the Tuscia area and water. There will be vegetarian options.
Gradual walk back to the car park to meet our driver and drive to Orvieto.
Stroll through the beautiful alleyways of Orvieto leading to the majestic Duomo.
Admire a wonder of the renaissance built to provide water to Orvieto in case of city sieges.
Our private driver will drop you off exactly at the morning’s meeting point. Nearby there is a metro line and a taxi stand.