PRIVATE TOUR- Horse carriage tour of the squares and the Ancient Rome

125,00 €


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  • Guest assistance
  • Transfer from/to hotel

The Botticella (small barrel) is the roman name for this attraction: a horse-drawn carriage very popular in the tourist areas of Rome. You can see them around the city with groups of tourists on board admiring the most suggestive corners of the city center. The word “Botticella” comes from “botte” (barrel): the carriages were used to carry barrels of various items, when fuel-powered means of transport where yet to exist and there was no other way to move heavy stocks. At the beginning of the century they were used as a public transport comparable to our modern taxi.

The tour will start from the Spanish StepsPiazza di Spagna, in front of the Barcaccia fountain designed by Pietro Bernini and his well-known son Gian Lorenzo in 1629. You will go through the characteristic narrow streets of the city reaching the Mausoleum of Augustus and Ara Pacis Augustae: an altar dedicated to Peace by August in the year 9 B.C. As you cross Cavour Bridge, the carriage will ride around Palace of Justice, commonly known as Palazzaccio (the ugly building) names this way by the Romans because of its excessive lavishness and gigantic proportions. Riding toward the next bridge, Umberto I, you can admire the magnificence of Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica. At that point the carriage will go back to the city center to stop by Piazza Navona where it will be possible to take pictures of the famous Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and the splendid church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. The carriage will then reach the Pantheon, a circular building dedicated to all past and present divinities, where you can find the tombs of some kings of Italy and that of Raffello Sanzio. Riding through Piazza Sant’Ignazio and Tempio di Adriano you will reach Piazza Colonna, named after the column of Marco Aurelio placed in the middle of the square, where you can see Palazzo Chigi (House of Italian Parliament) and Montecitorio (Chamber of Deputies).
Crossing Via del Corso, which is one of the main road for the roman shopping, you will then arrive at Piazza Venezia where you can find the Altare della Patria – Altar of the Fatherland (ironically called the “typewriter” or “wedding cake”), commissioned by King Vittorio Emanuele II in 1861 to celebrate the unity of Italy and inaugurated by King Vittorio Emanuele III in 1911. Inside the monument there is the tomb of Milite Ignoto, in honor of the fallen soldiers during the First World War. The carriage will cross the famous Imperial Forum, originally a necropolis and later transformed in the heart of the city, with temples and cathedrals, the Curia and the Domus of Pontifex Maximus. The tour will then arrive to the Colosseum, the world’s biggest amphitheater. In 1980, Unesco has added it in the list of World Heritage. Its construction started in 72 B.C. and ended 8 years later. It would between 50 and 70 thousand spectators. Riding through the Arch of Costantine the carriage will take you to Circus Maximus which is the ancient roman circus, a venue for the games since the origin of the city. Going there, on the right you will admire the beauty of the Palatine Hill.
After a short while the carriage will ride through the Theatre of Marcellus, founded by Augustus, that is one of the most ancient open-air theatre built in the closing years of the Roman Republic, where locals and visitors alike could watch performances of drama and songs. Going towards Piazza Venezia, you will see the Campidoglio, also called Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills in which Rome was founded, now used as the town hall. You will also see the Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven, built on the ruins of the Temple of Juno Moneta. The tour will end at Piazza Venezia.


Our team is ready to answer all your questions, from monday to saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (gmt+1)

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24/11/2015 20:50:30

Roger R.

Merci à Roberto!!! Superbe tour!

23/11/2015 18:06:45

michael B.

We absolutely loved this horse carriage tour. What a wonderful city!

21/11/2015 19:50:45

Rosario D.

Otra forma de admirar la belleza de Roma! Educado y muy disponible Roberto, nuestro conductor de coche de caballos!