- Roman Itineraries
Shopping in Rome’s centre is a journey of discovery. There are few large department stores, no shopping malls, and very few chain stores. Instead the narrow streets of the historic centre are lined with small individual shops, one-off boutiques, intimate galleries and family-run stores as well as the stylish outlets of Italian designer fashion.
Everyone needs a shopping buddy, someone with good taste and the good sense to tell it how it is. The Cavalieri provides the answer with a personal shopper, someone who not only knows where to find that perfect little dress but is able to advise about what flatters and what detracts. And it is not only clothes. Our personal shoppers can help with antiques, prints, art, interior design items, flea market bargains, wine, gifts and souvenirs, in fact anything else you fancy.
For further information, please contact the Concierge in writing either by email: ROMHI.Concierge@waldorfastoria.com, or by fax: +39 06 3509 2241.
No longer overshadowed by Milan, Rome is home to all the big Italian fashion names, located in the charming grid of pedestrian-only streets at the base of the Spanish Steps. But there are also Rome's own fashion names, some dating from the Dolce Vita days. Perhaps the most interesting part of the Rome fashion scene are a host of upcoming designers. To find them, head down the side streets of Tridente or take a stroll along Via del Governo Vecchio.
Art & Antiques
Art galleries abound in Rome, dealing both in Old Masters and contemporary work. Many of the modern galleries are found in Via Margutta which hosts an art fair around Christmas and another again in the spring. For those on a tighter budget there are numerous print dealers offering everything from old maps to famous-name lithographs. Via dei Coronari is the street for antiques -- fairs are held here in May and October -- while Via del Babuino and Via Giulia are also good hunting grounds. All dealers will be able to arrange shipping of goods, even large items of furniture.
Romans have a well-deserved reputation for design, and the city is full of stylish stores with great ideas for home decorating. You can find the best in Italian design including lighting, furniture, glassware, rugs, fabrics and wallpapers. And finally, should you want to take home the kitchen sink, there is a wonderful selection of state-of-the-art Italian kitchens. The Concierge will be more than happy to help.
Roma, non basta una vita, Italians say. For Rome, a lifetime is not enough. Few cities in the world enjoy such a long and illustrious history - centre of a world empire, home to the all-powerful Papacy, capital of modern Italy. It is a city of many layers, spanning almost 28 centuries, from the early Etruscans to the modern day, from its legendary founding by Romulus and Remus to its legendary status as the home of La Dolce Vita. Exploring Rome is a journey.
For over half a millennium, Rome was the capital of a vast empire that stretched from the Euphrates to the Atlantic. The remnants of the Roman Empire are some of the most impressive buildings in the city. The Coliseum is perhaps the most atmospheric, filled with the ghosts of gladiators and slaves. The Pantheon is remarkable for being one of the only Roman buildings to be still in use. The Baths of Caracalla astonish with their scale while the Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Catacombs, all evoke the heroic age on which western civilisation was founded.
Churches & Basilica
For another 15 centuries the Popes ruled Rome and there are churches of every epoch throughout the city. Greatest of all is St Peter’s Basilica with its magnificent Michelangelo dome, seen from so many of the balconies and terraces at the Cavalieri. For Baroque excess, don't miss Bernini’s Sant’Andrea al Quirinale. For ornate mosaics, visit the charming Santa Maria in Trastevere. For sombre medieval austerity, there is Santa Maria Maggiore. Part of the joy of Rome’s churches are the art that they contain. Caravaggio’s great masterpieces of St. Matthew are in San Luigi dei Francesi while Bernini’s astonishing Ecstasy of St. Theresa is found in Santa Maria della Vittoria.
Estate Romana, or Roman Summer, is a cultural festival that runs from mid-June to mid-September when the city’s squares, palaces, parks, and courtyards come alive with music, readings, films on outdoor screens, even gastronomic events. The variety of events and the outdoor experience are all part of the fun. The Concierge will have details of the schedule. One night in early September is nominated as Notte Bianca, White Night, when most of the city’s bars, clubs, museums, galleries, libraries and shops are open all night, bringing the whole city out onto the streets.
Villas & Palaces
For long centuries a score or more of noble Roman families vied for power in this city often through the expedient of promoting one of their members as Pope. Their villas and palaces are some of the most spectacular buildings in Rome both for their architecture and the works of art contained within. Pope Martin V rebuilt the Palazzo Colonna in the early 15th century. Pope Gregory XIII built the Palazzo del Quirinale in the mid-16th century as a papal residence; today it is the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. Pope Innocent X built the Palazzo Pamphilj for his family in the mid 17th century. Pope Paul III built the Palazzo Farnese - now the French Embassy - at the height of the Renaissance with the assistance of Michelangelo. More than any other feature of the city, it is these grand palaces that give the Roman streets and squares their character.
Art Galleries & Exhibitions
Many of the grandest Roman palaces are open to the public as art galleries. The greatest concentration of paintings is in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj whose magnificent rooms have works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Velasquez and Claude Lorrain. The National Gallery of Ancient Art -- roughly meaning paintings between the 13th and 17th centuries -- is divided between two of Rome finest palaces, the Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini. One of the most delightful of Rome galleries is the Galleria Borghese; you reach it by strolling through the beautiful park of Villa Borghese. Inside are Bernini’s virtuoso sculptures as well as pieces by Canova and Caravaggio paintings. Rome’s permanent collections are supplemented by scores of touring exhibitions in elegant venues like the Complesso del Vittoriano, Scuderie del Quirinale and Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The Concierge will have details.
The greatest museum in Rome is that of the Pope. Aside from the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, the Vatican Museum has a world-class collection of ancient and classical art -- Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman. Up on the Capitoline Hill, flanking Michelangelo's beautiful Piazza del Campidogiolio are the Capitoline Museums located in Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori, both treasure troves of classical sculpture. The Museo Nazionale Romano at various locations around Rome -- the Palazzo Altemps and the Palazzo Massimo are two of the best -- contain some of the greatest Roman sculpture, mosaics and paintings in the world. For something a little earlier there is Villa Giulia, dedicated to the mysterious Etruscans. For something a little later there is the Museum of Rome in the Palazzo Braschi, which follows the development of the city from the 13th century to the present day. For something more intimate don’t miss the Keats-Shelley Memorial House next to the Spanish Steps.
In Rome classical music has a world-class venue with the Auditorium-Parco della Musica, designed by Renzo Piano, and opened in 2002. Home to Italy’s national musical academy, it offers an impressive schedule of concerts in all three of its sumptuous modern halls. Among the many other musical opportunities of the city are the charming concerts held in the city churches, usually without charge.
In a country where opera is sometimes as familiar as pop songs, it wouldn’t do to miss an evening at the Opera di Roma’s home theatre, the Teatro Costanzi, an opera house of international renown. Finally, one of the great experiences in Rome is an evening of open-air opera at the Terme di Caracalla where you can attend an Italian opera or ballet set against the magnificent backdrop of the ruined Roman Baths.
To help our guests explore Rome, the hotel can provide a luxury car, driver and guide for private tours of the city. Itineraries can be tailored to fit your time and interests. They are personal tours and we want them to meet your personal expectations. But as well as tailor-made tours we offer a choice of six established itineraries, which it is possible to adjust according to your wishes. These too are individual tours with a personal guide and driver.
This tour of the Vatican Museum takes in the Gallery of Maps, with its impressive and often eccentric visions of the world, the Candelabra Gallery of classical statuary, the Gallery of Tapestries with some fine Renaissance work and, finally, the two great masterpieces of the Museum: the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. From the Museum we follow the Royal Staircase to St. Peter’s Basilica, the greatest church in Christendom, centred on Bernini’s wonderful baldacchino. Among the many monuments and works of art is Michelangelo’s La Pietà, perhaps his most moving work. A similar tour can be booked, with ten days notice, to include the secluded Vatican gardens.
Gladiators & Emperors
We begin our tour with the Coliseum, Rome’s most iconic monument, and once the arena for bloody gladiatorial combat. Following the Via Sacra, one of the ancient roads, we come to the Forum, political, religious and commercial heart of ancient Rome. From the arch of Septimus Severus we climb the Capitoline Hill, one of the famous seven, to Piazza Campidoglio. Flanked by two of the most impressive classical museums in Rome, the square was designed by Michelangelo. A copy of the only existing equestrian statue of a Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, stands at its centre. The original is now inside the museum for safe keeping.
This tour takes us through Baroque Rome, the period that gives the city so much of its character. We begin with the Bernini-inspired Trevi Fountain, before proceeding to the Spanish Steps and the smart shopping district at its feet where we find the great names of Italian fashion -- Valentino, Ferragamo, Prada, Bulgari and others. Tearing ourselves away from the boutiques, we pause for coffee or tea in the city’s oldest café, the Caffè Greco, before visiting the Piazza Colonna, the Palazzo Chigi, the Montecitorio, the Palazzo Madama, the Pantheon built by Hadrian in the 2nd Century AD, and the Piazza Navona, Rome’s most beautiful square centred on the spectacular Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini.
Renaissance Squares & Medieval Lanes
On this tour we delve into some of the most fascinating districts of Rome, dating from the time of the Renaissance. We start in Campo de’ Fiori with its lively morning fruit, vegetable and flower market, before passing on to the Piazza Farnese where we find the stunning Palazzo Farnese, in whose design Michelangelo had a hand. We proceed into the Ghetto, the old Jewish district of Rome, still a lively and fascinating neighbourhood of tiny alleys and tiny shops. Eventually we emerge at the ancient remains of the Portico d’Ottavia and Marcello’s Theatre, planned by Julius Caesar and built by Augustus in the first century BC.
A guide for the 3 hour tours costs €190.00, with the 4 hour tour costing € 250.00, excluding car hire and individual entrance fees.
For more information or to book this service please contact the Concierge in writing either by email on ROMHI.Concierge@waldorfastoria.com or by fax on +39 06 3509 2241.