The Roman Road Movie Drive - detailed description


Stones only wear out. They never get tired

You approach an old city gate with robust battlements. It is the Porta San Sebastiano, formerly the Porta Appia. Today, a museum about Roman building arts, about walls, ramparts, viaducts, aqueducts, and roads. Beyond the gate, follow the traces of the Via Appia Antica, the oldest paved road on Earth. Cobbles, two carts wide, catacombs and tombs. 2300 years of history have passed. Wheels rattling, baskets full of provisions, pitchers of wine, marching soldiers with their chariots of victory and spoils of war. 
Stones only wear out. They never get tired.

The Via Appia Pignatelli is a journey through classical times. Peacefully, you cross an archaeological park, a museum in the green. The Via Appia Nuova will take you back to ‘The Eternal City’.

Largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire

The Colosseum looms. An unimaginable wonder of the world, where the games sometimes took on bizarre shapes for the people. You pass the Pantheon, dedicated to all Gods, the Roman Forum, the cradle of the republic and democracy. Along the Circus Maximus, the largest circus, a circuit for chariot racing, no less than four horsepower. 
Who never dreamed of being Ben Hur?

Via the Angel Bridge, you cross the Tiber to the Castel Sant’Angelo. The castle – previously the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian – had to protect the ecclesiastical state. The Seven Hills on which Rome was built, lay on the eastern bank of the Tiber, safely surrounded by the Aurelian Walls. The ecclesiastical state, today's Vatican, was a stone's throw away on the west side of the river and was therefore located outside these third-century ramparts. In 1277, Pope Nicholas III dug an underground corridor to the castle in order to escape the enemy, taking with him all the relics and art treasures.

Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world. It houses the Basilica di San Petro, completed in 1626 by excellent aesthetes such as Bernini and Michelangelo, a devout masterpiece, a convergence of all arts.

Italian lifestyle

Trastevere, the neighborhood around the Vatican, is a neighborhood to make you happy. The streets, the squares, and the terraces display the pleasant Italian lifestyle. The sweet life, blissful idleness smiles at you.

The tamed Tiber

In the 19th century, the Lungoteveres, sturdy, solid stone quays, were built to curb the flooding of the Tiber. Sadly, bridges and historic buildings had to be destroyed, nonetheless today the boulevard is buzzing with a zest for life. Charming terraces, seductive trattorias on the tamed Tiber. Photogenic. A boulevard to return to. Worth an evening stroll.

Federico Fellini

Via Veneto is one of the most elegant streets in the city. This is the setting where Federico Fellini's movie ‘La Dolce Vita’ mainly took place. Trendy bars, cafes, chic boutiques, and exquisite restaurants, a favorite hotspot for the jet-set and paparazzi.

The Villa Borghese is the green lung of Rome. A majestic landscaped park, 80 hectares in size. You will find five museums here, villas, pavilions, fountains, and sculptures, all equally stylish and beautiful.

He drives through Rome as the Romans do!

Your driver and guide in good times knows the ins and outs. He knows his classics. He's your Wikipedia on wheels. A true gentleman, a classic car fan, a lover of cinema and the sixties. He navigates you to settings where famous movies have been filmed, he guides you through the wealth of delicacies in the picturesque markets. He treats you to a great espresso or a good glass of wine, preferably in a trattoria, where the atmosphere of the sixties is still around. He knows the shortcuts through Rome, beyond tourism. He loves his city and his cars. He shines with pride. Only his classic cars shine even more prouder.
He drives through Rome as the Romans do!

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