Italy: Colosseums, Cathedrals & Canals

Welcome To Rome

Rome seems to have its own gravitational pull, attracting not only millions of tourists each year, but also the most creative artists and thinkers of every era. All that surrounds a visitor in Rome—the stunning art and architecture, the terrible traffic, the grandeur of scale and the lively (almost hyper-animated) citizens—guarantees an unforgettable trip.

Known as “The Eternal City,” Rome is a supreme palimpsest. The ruins of pagan temples have become the foundations of Christian churches, ancient theaters have been made into medieval family fortresses, and Corinthian columns support new walls. The ages are layered, one atop the other, but the flow of Roman life is ever forward, with a respect for its glorious past.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect to see it in one. We have a great 3 days planned for your stay in Rome. Take this day at your discretion. You hotel is conveniently located for you to explore the city on your own in the evening. 

Tour Cost


(Per Person based on double occupancy)

$1,750.00 - Single Occupancy

Deposit ONLY: $300

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Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese, an elegant 5-star hotel, welcomes you for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Rome. Our boutique hotel, with its classic design, offers luxurious furnished rooms and exclusive amenities such as Sofitel MyBed and Bose sound system. Enjoy fine dining in the unique atmosphere of the Settimo restaurant and lounge bar on the roof terrace while admiring the beauty of Rome.

In a quiet street in the centre of Rome, near Villa Borghese and Villa Medici parks, the Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese is very close to the capital’s main attractions and shopping streets. Walk to the symbolic places of Dolce Vita strolling to Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Ask our concierge for advice on the best routes to discover the wonders of Rome during your stay.

Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese hotel is near the embassy area, 10-minute walk from the Spagna metro station. You can reach St Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel, an unmissable masterpiece, in 25 minutes.

The French joie de vivre and the Roman carpe diem of the renovated hotel will create a uniquely sophisticated, yet simple and contemporary experience where desires are magnified after a day of exploring the historical Roman streets.

Walking Tour of Rome (4 Hours)

Meet your private guide  or set out independently on foot through the historical center of Rome, a breathtaking area filled with fascinating archaeological sites and monuments. Take in views of the 2,000-year-old Pantheon, one of the most influential and well-preserved buildings of ancient Rome, best recognized for its massive dome and center oculus. Head to the famous 18th century Trevi Fountain, considered the most beautiful Baroque fountain in the world, where you can follow the legend and toss in a coin to ensure your return to Rome. At Piazza Navona, you’ll find the central Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini, a 17th century masterpiece with its giant statues of sea gods, a work that one could gaze upon for hours as the light gradually changes on the surrounding Baroque facades and cafes, and artists set up to sell their wares in the lively square. Finally, Piazza Di Spagna, also called the heart of Rome, is one of the most exciting squares in Rome, famous for its Spanish Steps, with different terraces, ramps and 135 steps, decorated with colorful flowers in the spring.

Food Tour of Rome – Early Evening (3 Hours)

Learn how locals eat and drink, with stops at neighborhood delis, pastry shops, and farmer’s markets in trendy Testaccio. Taste authentic Roman classics like suppli and saltimbocca alla Romana as you learn about the Eternal City’s rich, evolving culinary history.

Ancient Rome Half Day City Tour

Pass the huge monument to Victor Emmanuel, Capitol Hill, and stroll the ancient Roman Forum with the rostrum where Mark Anthony made his impassioned speech over the body of Julius Caesar. No visit to Rome is complete without experiencing the interior of the historic Colosseum, one of the world’s most celebrated buildings. Built 2,000 years ago, this epic stadium formerly held gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles. Visit this UNSECO-listed structure, and gaze out across the stadium floor imagining the roar of 80,000 boisterous spectators from ancient Rome!

Half Day Morning Tour (4 hours)

Visit the Vatican Museum and the 15th century Sistine Chapel, viewing paintings by great artistic masters including Michelangelo’s iconic painting the Creation of the World, which dominates the chapel ceiling. Leaving Vatican City, drive through Rome, spotting sites like the Borghese Park, the Janiculum Hill, Castle Sant’Angelo and Circus Maximus.

Check out from Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

Take advantage of a private transfer with a driver from Rome to Florence with a stop along the way for sightseeing in Siena. It will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach Siena. 

Explore the Tuscan town of Siena with an expert guide for a two-hour walking tour that will encompass the major monuments of this historical city. Visit the historic Piazza del Campo, where the famous horserace “Il Palio takes place every summer and brightens the city’s streets with colorful flags and lively festivities organized by each of the city’s competing neighborhoods.

Enjoy lunch in Siena, and after, continue north towards Florence. It will take approximately 1 hour to reach Florence from Siena.

Check in at Hotel Lungarno

Hotel Lungarno, a luxury hotel near Ponte Vecchio was fully refurbished in 2017.

Your charming home away from home, a stone throw away from Ponte Vecchio. Florence and Tuscan hospitality are experienced at its finest in this splendid setting offering stunning views on the master works of the Renaissance.

The exclusive and stilish Hotel Lungarno was designed by the Florentine architect Michele Bönan and invites you to spend magical days surrounded by luxury, glamorous art and culture.

This charming and luxury hotel in Florence offers a precious art collection from the 900’s, such as works by Picasso and Cocteau, Tuscan and Italian world-class temptations at its Michelin-starred Borgo San Jacopo restaurant, and a breathtaking view onto the River Arno.

Travel back to the Renaissance period during a half-day walking tour exploring the renowned Tuscan city of Florence. Depart your hotel on foot with your private guide, strolling through Florence’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed old city center, coming to renowned Cathedral Square where you can admire some of the city’s most iconic sites. Spot the massive 13th-15th century Florence Cathedral and 277-foot Giotto’s Bell Tower which dominate the skyline, as well as the nearby 11th century Romanesque Baptistery with its Paradise Door. 

In Signoria Square, effectively an open-air sculpture museum, view the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with its clock and bell tower, and marvel at the stunning Neptune Fountain and recreated statue of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. Head to the elegant 14th century Ponte Vecchio, known as the jewel bridge. After exploring the city, you will proceed with your guide to visit the Accademia Gallery where you will have the chance to view Michelangelo’s David. Completed in 1504 after four years’ work, this stunning statue attracts millions of art lovers from around the globe each year.

Full Day – 9 hours

Depart with the driver at 9:00 am through the Tuscan countryside and head towards the coast for a day of exploring Lucca and Pisa on your own. Enjoy the walled medieval town of Lucca and walk along its cobblestone streets to visit its important piazzas and churches, then enjoy time on your own for lunch. Proceed to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower, where you will be able to climb to the

Check out from Hotel Lungarno


top of the tower with the resident staff. 

Check in at Sina Centurion Palace

Once Palazzo Genovese, today Sina Centurion Palace. A 5 star luxury hotel located on the Grand Canal with stunning views of both the Grand Canal and the traditional venetian internal garden.

The Hotel is located in the heart of the Dorsoduro district next to the Basilica of S. Maria della Salute, Punta della Dogana and the famous Guggenheim museum.

A unique blend between the ancient building’s gothic façade and the contemporary exclusive bespoke design of the interiors; a contrast in harmony with the district where the hotel is located; the most ancient in Venice and home to contemporary art.

Gondola Ride

This evening, sit back, relax and admire the views during an exciting, traditional Venetian Gondola ride. For your added comfort, an English-speaking escort will pick you up from your hotel and walk you to your awaiting private gondola. After boarding your gondola, your fully licensed Gondolier will navigate your vessel through the narrow canals and beneath the many stone bridges of Venice during a serene, half-hour gondola ride. Gently guide on this traditional means of aquatic travel along the Venetian Grand Canal, passing the many landmarks and sites that have made Venice a global tourist hub, including the 16th century Rialto Bridge, and the stunning Ca’ d’Oro mansion with its arched Gothic exterior. A quintessential Venetian experience!

Venice by Land & Water (6-7 hours)

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and set on foot for a 3-hour walking tour to discover the highlights of Venice. Head to St Mark’s Square, the heart of the political and religious power of the Venetian Republic for centuries. Here you can spot the grand 11th-century church of St Mark’s Basilica, nicknamed the Church of Gold for its sheer opulence and position as a status symbol of Venetian wealth. 

Adjacent is St Mark’s Campanile, the imposing 12th-century bell tower, standing at 323 feet tall. Visually dominating the entire northern stretch of the square are the arcaded Procuratie Vecchie buildings, in classical and Gothic style. Just off the court and lining the Grand Canal, admire the Gothic-style exterior of the 13th-century Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the supreme ruler of the Venetian Republic of antiquity. Learn of its adjoining former prison, connected to the Palace by the Bridge of Sighs, which retains the true secrets of how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities in the western world. You’ll hear tales of notable Venetian characters like Marco Polo and Casanova, continuing along to the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its fabulous Venetian palaces and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (considered the Pantheon of Venice). 

Your walking tour concludes at the evocative Rialto Bridge overlooking the Grand Canal. From here, you will continue touring in the comfort of a private boat and hostess to the famous Venetian islands, starting with Murano. 

The world’s top glassmakers have worked on the island since 1291, and clients will see masters of this craft at work, along with their most important historical pieces. The next stop is Burano, with its brightly painted houses which is world renowned for intricate lace making. Finally, proceed to Torcello to visit the island with the oldest cathedral in Venice, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, a magnificent Byzantine-Italian cathedral dating to 639 AD housing ancient mosaics.

Return to your hotel afterward.

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Frequently Asked Questions​

Covid-19 and other Vaccination & Immunization requirements are determined by each respective country. For this tour –

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Yes! Black Travel Lounge Tours offers roommate matching assistance. There is an option to request this service in the booking process. You will be able to provide us with details about your ideal roommate. We will do our best to match you with the same-gender roommate that fits your request.

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You will not be charged the ticketing fee until you have selected your itinerary and provided your authorization for us to ticket the itinerary. 

Are you a good fit for our tours?

Traveling with a group of people means dealing with many different personality types. 

Below are the ideal character traits our travelers should possess. 

01  Open Minded

Be open to travelers who may not live or think exactly as you do. Be open to learning about different cultures while in travel, experiencing new foods and learning about different ways of life.  Beliefs, customs and traditions  are often much different that what we are used to in The U.S.

02  Adaptable 

Every now and then last minute changes due to no fault of our own happen. Flexibility for minors adjustments during travel may be required from our travelers.  Also, depending on the destination it is possible that  local facilities may greatly differ from what we expect in The US..

03  punctual

When traveling as a group a reasonable sense of punctuality is needed. Travelers who tend to have an issue with time management, may be better suited for a private tour experience. Please inquire if you are would like more information about private-guided touring.

04  fun

Nobody likes a party pooper! We appreciate different personality types, but love being around people who like to enjoy their moments! Black Travel Lounge tours are the perfect way to make new life long friends. We look forward to your company on your trip with us!

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