Discover some of the more unusual attractions in and around Rome, including one of its largest catacombs and Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s glorious summer residence.
After departing from the pier, a meandering drive toward Rome will bring you to the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla, which are believed to be the world’s oldest Christian cemetery. While browsing the sprawling complex of burial chambers, be sure to notice the stunning frescoes, which have been meticulously restored with lasers that removed centuries of grime without damaging the color pigments below.
Continuing on to the lovely village of Genzano, you will enjoy a traditional Italian lunch and wine tasting at the farm Monte Due Torri. Not far away lies the beautiful village of Nemi, which overlooks a smallish volcanic lake of the same name.
This area is known for the wild strawberries that grow in the surrounding woods, and Nemi takes full advantage of their popularity by using berries in all sorts of dishes. During free time, you might try something as classic as strawberry gelato or as unexpected as strawberry risotto. Strawberries and references to them are virtually everywhere.
A stop at Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence, rounds out this excursion, presenting yet another perspective of the Roman countryside. Construction on the palace began in the 1600s but it wasn’t until somewhat recently that this glimpse into papal life was opened to the public. After exploring on your own, you will have time to shop before returning to the pier.
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Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. No shorts or bare shoulders due to visit of the catacombs.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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