Rome in late autumn is an enchanting city - less tourists that congest it for most of the year and often having cool but bright days. The Forum can be visited at a leisurely pace, Campo dei Fiori shows its real charm with the morning market full of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers from Calabria & Sicily while Piazza Navonna and the Spanish Steps are as beautiful as ever.
We fly direct from Manchester to Rome with Jet2 (flight times are shown below) and have been able to secure rooms at the 4 star Hotel Della Conciliazione situated to the south of the river just behind the Castel Sant'Angelo in the historic 'Borgo' and convenient for St Peters Square and the Vatican. The hotel has recently undergone a complete refurbishment of rooms & public areas.
Much of our sightseeing will be on foot (as there really is no other way to fully enjoy and experience the magic of the city). Although walking is mainly on the flat a reasonable level of stamina is required. Slow walkers are fine but the tour is not suitable for anyone with real walking difficulties. We will walk through each of the major quarters of the city seeing the main sights but also including some lesser known gems.
We also hope to include a private 'before hours' visit to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. This does necessitate an early start but it is well worth the effort to have access an hour before the general public.
Vasily Petrenko joins the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world. Officially founded in 1585, it has evolved over the centuries from an organization of largely "local" musicians to a modern academy and symphonic concert orchestra of international repute and is widely considered the finest in Italy.
provisional flight times from Manchester:
depart 0825 arrive 1225
depart 1325 arrive 1530