Culture Hopping Rome with Waldorf Astoria

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The lobby at Rome Cavalieri

In the heart of the Eternal City, a place that so seamlessly combines history, art and beauty, the luxurious 370-room Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, offers planners a bespoke series of group cultural tours. As if 15 acres of lush Mediterranean parklands, an art collection that puts some museums to shame, and a gladiator training program weren’t enough, guests can also enjoy exclusive tours of the city offered by Italy’s Finest Lifestyle Management (IF).

The firm, specializing in Italian art and culture, has partnered with the hotel to offer groups 12 tour options in a variety of categories to learn more about the city’s spectacular cultural treasures.

The 3-hour themed tours are designed to provide groups of up to 15 guests with unparalleled access to Rome’s art, architecture, culture, neighborhoods and history. They are led by IF’s founder and director Filippo Cosmelli and his team.

Fabio Berto, director of business development at Rome Cavalieri, says the hotel has received positive feedback on the overall experience.

“Guests seem to be enthusiastic about the tours and definitely feel the exclusivity of it all,” Berto says. “ Groups are given the opportunity to explore the Eternal City and share experiences of Rome together, allowing for group bonding, sharing of insights and interests, etc. It’s definitely something unique for a group to enjoy together and different from what they may be used to, such as fitness classes or spa treatments.”

Sample tours include:

Egyptian Rome reveals the striking presence of Egyptian monuments and works of art in the city. The tour visits the mysterious pyramids, located in the southern part of the city, and Piazza del Campidoglio, where guests can stare in awe at the Statue of the River-God Nile.

The Borrimini: The Mysterious Genius of the Baroque Rome is led by a private art historian who elucidates on Borrimini’s architectural achievements preserved in churches, chapels, crypts and cloisters throughout the city. Some stops on the tour include the Oratorio of San Filippo Neri, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza.

Roman Villas: A Culture of Prosperity & Prominence visits three villas found within the city. The first, the 16th century Villa Farnesina, oversees the Tiber river and features some of Raphael’s most important frescoes. From there the tour takes groups to Villa Borghese, where they can find sculptures and paintings dating back to the 1800s, situated in the midst of a park. The final stop is Villa Torlonia, a 17th century building above a Jewish cemetery discovered in the early 20th century.

Haunted in Rome introduces attendees to the city’s legendary ghosts, haunted sites and scary stories, such as the tragic death of Beatrice Cenci and Giordano Bruno. Who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of one of these ghoulish residents, said to still be hovering in the city.

One of the most popular tours for visiting groups, the Evolution of Luxury itinerary transports groups through Rome’s various historic periods. A private art historian teaches groups about artistic advances such as the masterful opus Sectile (inlaid tilework) at the seaside Porta Marina (sea gates) and the Ditta Medici facility, which restores ancient tilework. Following that, groups can visit the luxurious laboratory of Bulgari.

Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese

So we asked Berto, “Why take these tours instead of exploring the city on our own?”

“Like most of the other experiences at the Cavalieri, it is an exclusive experience,” he says. “It provides guests with unparalleled access to art, culture, architecture, history, etc. As the creators of the tours, they know all the secrets and must-see sights of Rome that guests might not know to experience on their own.”