Rome Incentive Itinerary - Akorn Destination Management

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Rome Incentive Itinerary - Akorn Destination Management
Rome Incentive
Duration: 6 days
Highlights: GROUP TOUR. Rome sightseeing and a host of exciting activities to choose from.
A 6 day incentive programme in Rome, ideal for corporate groups including Gladiator School, cooking classes, wine tasting and touring Rome on vintage Vespas.
Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Rome
Upon arrival at the Rome airport you will be welcomed to Italy by your local Spanish-speaking assistant and be privately transferred to your Hotel.
The remainder of the day will be at leisure before enjoying a welcome dinner in the evening.
Overnight: St Regis Grand Hotel
Meal Plan: D
Day 2 - Rome
Guests can choose from the following activities.
Option 1
Meet your local Spanish-speaking guide and private vehicle for a half-day sightseeing tour of Imperial Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum, scene of gladiatorial battles, and
the Roman Forum and Palatine which was the centre of Imperial Roman life.
Enjoy lunch will be at leisure.
In the afternoon transfer with your private 1x35-seater deluxe bus to the Gladiator school. The Castrum Legionis sessions are organized and led by members of the Castrum
Legionis Association – who specialize in the re-enactment of Roman life, history and evolution of the Roman army. Enjoy a private 2 hour session, with an instructor. Your
session will include a brief introduction to the history and world of a Roman Legionaire, after which you will be given a tunic, belt and a wooden sword – and then proceed
by learning the basic techniques, which include training and fun physical exercises and assault courses.
After the Gladiator session you will enjoy a typical dinner as would have been eaten by a Roman Legionaire consisting of soups (like spelt soup) legumes (like beans) grilled
meats, water, wine, coffee and after be privately transferred back to the Hotel.
Option 2
Meet your local Spanish-speaking guide and private vehicle (1x35-seater bus) for a half-day sightseeing tour of Rome. Visit some of the famous fountains, such as Nicola
Selvi’s spectacular Trevi Fountain, immortalized in Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita and Bernini’s impressive sculptures in the theatrical Piazza Navona, once a Roman racetrack.
Also visit the Pantheon, originally a Roman temple to the gods, more recently a church with an awe-inspiring dome.
Enjoy lunch at leisure.
In the afternoon transfer, with your private 1x35-seater deluxe bus, to the Frascati area and enjoy the remaining day in the countryside.
The winery Santa Benedetta, located between Frascati and Monte Porzio Catone overlooking Rome, is the oldest of the Roman Castles. The winery is a small company that
carries out the entire production cycle. Having planted and grown their vineyards, they are now able to pick the grapes and make wine.
Upon arrival, the group can enjoy a welcoming glass of Spumante and an introduction to the estate. Guests will be able to cook traditional dishes such as “Maltagliati”,
“Amatriciana Sauce” and cakes from recipes passed down through generations.
After the cooking school, the group will be able to take part in wine tastings before a delicious buffet of typical Roman cuisine.
For dinner the group will be able to enjoy the pasta and sauce cooked during the cooking school as well as a meat dish. Guests will also be invited to continue the wine
tasting with two different red wines.
Overnight: St Regis Grand Hotel
Meal Plan: B,D
Day 3 - Rome
Guests can choose from the following activities.
Option 1
Meet your local Spanish-speaking guide and private vehicle for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Vatican City. Created as a result of the Lateran Treaty in 1929 between
Pope Pius XI and the Italian government, the Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world. Explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine
Chapel with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the dominant structure of the Vatican that was erected on order by Constantine, over the tomb of
the crucified St. Peter. The present structure is mostly Renaissance and Baroque, formed under the hands of masters such as Michelangelo, and the inside is an elaborate
and detailed display of marble, mosaic, gilt and bronze.
In the afternoon transfer with your private 1x35-seater deluxe bus to the Caracalla Baths (or an alternative place) to pick up your Vespas. Enjoy a fascinating and exciting
tour of Rome on board vintage Vespas in the company of our expert riders!
Option 2
Today you will enjoy a half day tour with your expert local guide and private vehicle 1x35-seater bus tracing the history of Catacombs in Rome.
In burying their dead in underground cemeteries outside of the city walls, the early Christians were simply obeying the laws of time. They were not forced to use them
because of persecution, as later popular myth has suggested. Many saints were buried here, and the catacombs later became shrines and places of pilgrimage. You will visit
two of Rome’s most important catacombs, those of San Callisto and San Sebastiano.
In the afternoon you will be transferred with your private 1x35-seater deluxe bus to the Caracalla Baths (or an alternative place) to pick up your FIAT 500. You will enjoy a
fascinating, exciting, exclusive tour of the Roman Castles in a vintage FIAT 500 (2 persons each car).
Enjoy a stop in Nemi to taste the famous strawberries of Nemi. After the tour you will be privately transferred back to the Hotel from the Roman Castel area with your bus.
In the evening you will be privately transferred to a typical restaurant where you will enjoy a delicious dinner. After dinner you will be privately transferred back to your Hotel.
Overnight: St Regis Grand Hotel
Meal Plan: B,D
Day 4 - Rome
Guests can choose from the following activities.
Option 1
Today enjoy a full day excursion (8 hours) into the picturesque countryside south of Rome, to the series of villages and small towns known as the Castelli Romani. Your
private vehicle and Spanish-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel before setting off to the town of Frascati, famous for its white wine and stunning views. Visit the
gardens of the Villa Aldobrandi, one of a number of 15th –16th century villas found on the Tuscolan way, constructed over the sites of Roman villas.
At lunch move on to a local wine producers where you will be able to taste the wines and take a leisurely lunch.
This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Casali delle Marmorelle, where you will admire the remains of the Roman aqueduct and building where nowadays wine is conserved. After
your tour transfer back to your hotel in Rome.
Option 2
Travel with your vehicle and guide a short way out of Rome today (8 hours), past the white quarries whose white marble you will have seen so much of in the city of Rome.
Your destination is the , palatial villa of the powerful Cardinal Ippoloto d'Este from the 16th century. The villa was designed as a monument to power and excess, its
construction involved demolishing a monastery and diverting an entire river to feed the 80 tumbling fountains in the gardens. The history of the Cardinal and the Villa are all
intertwined with the following centuries' history of Italy. Whilst the interior is hugely impressive, the stupendous gardens are a phenomenal example of Italianate gardens,
much copied in noble and regal palaces across Europe. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of the huge villa built by Emperor Hardian during the 2nd century AD. A gigantic
complex with underground service passages big enough for vehicles (tantalising glimpses are still visible), the Villa incorporates lakes, fountains, libraries, baths, temples and
gardens. Today it is possible to explore the remains of the complex, and admire the stunning position of the great emperor's former 'holiday home'.
In the evening you will be privately transferred to a typical restaurant of Rome for dinner.
Overnight: St Regis Grand Hotel
Meal Plan: B,L,D
Day 5 - Rome
Guests can choose from the following activities.
Option 1
Today you will enjoy a 4 hour sightseeing tour with your private vehicle and Spanish-speaking guide. Start your exploration of ancient Rome on Capitoline Hill at the
museum considered one of the oldest in the world, the Capitoline Museum; originally founded by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471. The Capitoline Hill, throughout the centuries, has
always been a seat of religious or political power, thus making it the most important of the “seven hills” of Rome. On this hill existed the most important temple in town,
dedicated to Jupiter, the king of the gods, built by the Etruscans in the sixth century B.C.
See the magnificent bronze equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius at the Campidoglio Square and, nearby, the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter. Visit the two buildings of the
museums; Palazzo dei Conservatori, where you can view splendid frescoes portraying the history of Rome and the Pinacoteca (Picture gallery) and Palazzo Nuovo, where
you can view collections of great ancient sculptures once belonging to the great noble families of the past. Visit the ancient Tabularium, whose monumental arches overlook
the Forum.
Option 2
Enjoy a 4 hour sightseeing tour with your private vehicle and Spanish-speaking guide to explore the many layers of history in Rome, through examples of the Mosaic art.
Mosaic is an ancient form of art over 4,500 years old. In the Roman world it became very important 2,200 years ago for its inalterable qualities. It is made by inserting small
marble tiles to create a composition like a painting. At the beginning it consisted of simple black and white geometrical designs used to decorate the floors. Then it became
rich in a variety of themes, colours and design and was used to decorate walls as well.
Visit the Church of San Clemente which provides an opportunity to ‘travel back’ through three layers of history and has splendid 12th century mosaics and frescoes. Also
visit the Church of Santi Quattro Coronati with its famous Chapel of St Sylvester totally frescoed with the legend of the conversion of Constantine.
The remainder of the day will be at leisure and in the early evening meet your private bus and privately transferred to the selected venues for a gala dinner.
Overnight: St Regis Grand Hotel
Meal Plan: B,D
Day 6 - Depart Rome
This morning, you will be privately transferred to Rome Fiumicino airport for your homebound flight.
Meal Plan: B