AIA Tours: private

Private Departure: Ancient Rome & the Renaissance

Choose your travel companions | Select your dates | Opt for 3-, 4-, or 5-star accommodations

Schedule your own, private AIA Tour that fits your travel dates and your budget. Travel with expert local guides who also handle all of the logistics, so you can relax and immerse yourself in learning and experiencing ancient and Renaissance art and architecture, including numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy delicious food and wine, and hand-picked 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotels, all perfectly located for exploring on your own during free time: five nights in central Rome, two nights in Naples (where 4- and 5-star hotels overlook the Bay of Naples), and three nights in Amalfi overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Your wonderful, expert-guided excursions are many and include:

    • The Roman Forum, with a private visit to the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina;
    • Special entry to the Colosseum’s upper levels and underground tunnels;
    • Stunning paintings and mosaics at the Palatine Hill and House of Augustus;
    • The Capitoline Museums, with their magnificent Classical and Renaissance art;
    • Outstanding Renaissance sculptures and paintings at the Borghese Gallery;
    • Breakfast within the Vatican Museums (before their official opening) then enter the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms;
    • Magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world;
    • A guided walk across the Tiber River past the Mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian into the grand Piazza Navona and into the awe-inspiring Pantheon;
    • Capua’s Amphitheater, world’s second largest, where Spartacus trained;
    • The cave of Emperor Tiberius and the local museum at Sperlonga;
    • Pompeii’s extensive ruins that reveal life in a prosperous ancient Roman city;
    • Superb Greco-Roman art in the Naples Archaeological Museum;
    • Herculaneum, where excavations reveal an ancient holiday resort;
    • Villa Poppea (Oplontis), a seaside villa with splendid wall paintings;
    • An excursion up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius for lunch at a winery;
    • Magnificent Paestum, with its three huge, Doric Greek temples;
    • A ferry ride to Capri for Tiberius’ astounding Villa Jovis;
    • Choose from among four optional excursions (at additional cost) during your free time:

1) Special wine tasting with dinner;
2) half-day market shopping followed by a cooking class and lunch;
3) full-day (with lunch) to Tivoli for Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este;
4) Villa Rufolo with magnificent gardens overlooking the sea.

    • Savor fine cuisine (and wine with dinners) at carefully-chosen restaurants.

For first-time as well as repeat travelers to Italy, we invite you to share with your family and friends this privately-guided trip to fabulous ancient and Renaissance sites.

Your private group can be as small as two, but more travelers means lower prices. Choose your departure dates, estimate the number of travelers in your group, and contact AIA Tours for a per person price. Call 800-748-6262 or email or fill out the quote request form and submit it via email.


House of Augustus, Rome © ANigro

A view of Amalfi © PBaldi

A courtyard at Rome's Capitoline Museums © lalupa

A view of the extensive ruins of Pompeii, Naples


Day 1: Fly to Rome
Day 2: Arrive in Rome | Private transfer to hotel | at leisure
Day 3: Palatine Hill | House of Augustus | Imperial Forum | Temple of Antoninus & Faustina | Colosseum | Welcome Dinner
Day 4: Capitoline Museums | Borghese Gallery | Optional Wine Tasting
Day 5: At leisure OR Optional Activities
Day 6: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel | St. Peter’s Basilica | Piazza Navona | Pantheon
Day 7: Janiculum | Sperlonga | Capua | Naples
Day 8: Pompeii | Naples Archaeological Museum
Day 9: Herculaneum | Oplontis | Mount Vesuvius | Amalfi
Day 10: Paestum | Optional visit to Villa Rufolo
Day 11: Capri & Villa Jovis | Farewell Dinner
Day 12: Private transfer to Naples Airport | Fly home  


    • Choose your travel companions. Your private group can be as small as two, with no maximum.
    • Select your private group’s travel dates:

Value Season : November 6-April 14 (not including December 22-January 6);
Peak Season: April 15-November 5 and December 22-January 6.

    • Select 3-star, 4-star, or 5-star hotels (all are well-located).
    • Opt to have a private trip manager (at additional cost).
    • If you wish, choose from among optional excursions (at additional cost) for your free time:

(Day 4): Wine tasting and dinner;

(Day 5): Half-day market shopping, cooking class & lunch; or Full-day (with lunch) to Tivoli for Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este;

(Day 10) Villa Rufolo with magnificent gardens.

Contact AIA Tours for a per person price:  Call 800-748-6262, email or fill out the quote request form and submit it via email.

For reservations or questions, please email us at (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

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