PRIVATE TOURS: Eye Opener Guided Tours for a personal experience of Roman art & life;
Rome and Vatican City Tours with a professional and friendly guide
that can transform your ordinary holiday into an extraordinary journey,
the Grand Tour of a lifetime!
Through Eye Opener Tours, I offer two kinds of Private Tours:
Classic Tours are our leading choice of itineraries conceived for individuals, families or small groups. They can operate whithout limitations of pre-arranged schedule, so that you can easily book whichever date you like: I will be pleased to personally conduct your visit if possible, or arrange for one of my trusted colleagues to guide you on that day. Please visit the Eye Opener Tours List for programs' description and e-mail me your requirements if you can't find a suitable tour to book and you would like to propose some changes to the itinerary. I will promptly reply with the appropriate information and hope to.. quote you happy!
Personalized Tours are group or individual tours conceived to include specific sites requested by the customers. In fact, you might already be an experienced traveller and have visited Rome once or twice, OR you could trust your guide's experience to choose unmissable places, especially if you are a first-time visitor. As a guide, I will be at the disposal of you and your party whenever possible, or team up with one of my skilled colleagues. The duration of each tour is roughly 2-4 hours or slightly longer. For some longer itineraries, a car or limousine is recommended, for others we can just use public transport or even a horse buggy!
Possible itineraries for a one-day or half day Private Tour:
- Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica >> all in one tour!
- Michelangelo, architect & sculptor: Capitol Square, Trajans Column, St Peter in Chains (Moses), St Mary Major.
- Imperial Rome: Venice Square, Trajan's Column, Roman Forum and Constantine's Arch.
- Historic center: Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Palazzo Altemps and/or Museo Napoleonico/Museo Praz.
- Pagan & Christian Rome: Colosseum, Appian Way, Catacombs (car, taxi or horse buggy)
- Etruscans, the mysterious people: full day out in Tarquinia & Cerveteri.
- Renaissance Rome: Pt. Sisto, Pz. Farnese, Campo de' Fiori, Palazzo Cancelleria, Via Giulia, St Eligio Church.
- Mosaic Tours (you might like to read "Mosaic, The work of the Muses" ¦**¦ in preparation for such tours)
- Resting Places: burials of famous artists, poets and saints.
- Shopping for the art lover or collector: antiques & workshops for mosaics, violins, prints, books, ceramics..
>> Just have a look at what you might find in one of those workshops!
Cost will be quoted after deciding the itinerary, and will fluctuate according to whether a car is used, the number of participants, and whether or not there are entrance fees to pay. To confirm your booking, especially on busy periods, you could be asked to send a payment through PayPal, just 20% of the total price.
WE WILL ALSO ACCEPT SCHOOL PARTIES, TRAVEL CLUBS MEMBERS, FAMILIES, SENIOR CITIZENS ... but no grumpy faces!
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*From “A la recherche du temps perdue” «Le seul véritable voyage, le seul bain de Jouvence, ce ne serait pas d’aller vers de nouveaux paysages, mais d’avoir d’autres yeux, de voir l’univers avec les yeux d’un autre, de cent autres, de voir les cents univers que chacun d’eux voit, que chacun d’eux est ; et cela nous le pouvons avec un Elstir, avec un Vinteuil, avec leurs pareils, nous volons vraiment d’étoiles en étoiles. » Marcel Proust, La Prisonnière, page 762, La Pléiade tome 3, Éditions Gallimard
-Literally translated would sound “A real voyage, the only that rejuvenate, would be not in going to discover new landscapes, but to have other eyes, to see the universe with the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundreds of universes that each of them see, that each of them is; and this we can with an Elstir (painter), with a Vinteuil (classical music), with the like we can really fly from star to star.”
**Our book Mosaic, the Work of the Muses has even been used in a University Course (Seattle): it was presented as "a concise and yet clear introduction to the subject of mosaics, tracing the development of the art form from early pebble mosaics into its three main branches: Ancient Roman/ Byzantine, Pietre Dure and Micromosaic. Well illustrated. A good basic work for understanding the art form." Please visit also Sonia King-mosaicworks.com if you like to know more about this art and it's practical applications from a renowned artist. Mosaic, the Work of the Muses is included in her Recommended Books section -although at the end, being sold from Italy that for some reasons is not yet in the Amazon gateway!
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