Rome travel guide
Guided Tours of Villa Maraini
VILLA MARAINI Via Ludovisi, 48. Guided tours of the gardens and the interior. Time: 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservation required: email@example.com or by calling 06420421.
Tours in Italian, English and French. Admission: €5.
Monday, 5, 19 and 26 March , tours of the Villa, a 20th-century jewel built by the architect Otto Maraini for his brother Emilio, a successful Swiss industrialist. The Villa rises on an artificial hill and is surrounded by splendid gardens with a nymphaeum in the shape of a grotto. The tower, Torre Belvedere, is almost as tall as the dome of St. Peter's Church and offers of magnificent view of Rome. In 1947 the Villa was, donated by the widow of the owner, Countess Carolina Maraini-Sommaruga, to the Helvetic Foundation and is today the home of the Swiss Institute in Rome, which promotes scientific and artistic exchanges between Switzerland and Italy, as well as hosting young Swiss artists and students.
Leaves from Piazza di Porta Maggiore. Tel. 3396334700.
Time: 9 p.m. Admission: €59 + €6 pre-sales fee, dinner, tour and live jazz concert included.
1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 29 and 30 March, a 1947 tram, restored and magically transformed into a mobile restaurant, runs through the most charming parts of Rome, from Porta Maggiore to theCelio Park and from the Colosseum to the Forum, ending at the Cestia Pyramid. On board this extraordinary tram, other than enjoying the beautiful scenery, one can take pleasure in the sounds of contemporary jazz talents. The highlight of the tour is the fine regional cuisine prepared by the chef of the restaurant Palatium using regional specialities and accompanied by the best unpasteurized beer from the Lazio region.
Rome From Above
COMPLESSO DEL VITTORIANO.
Via San Pietro in Carcere. Tel. 066780664- 0669202049. Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 9.30 a.m. -5.45 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30 a.m. -6.45 p.m. Admission: €7, reduced €3.50.
From the Terrazze delle Quadrighe enjoy a breath-taking view of the City of Rome. It is possible to reach the panoramic terrace by
taking one of the two elevators carried out in glass and steel.