Ever dreamed to be an archeologist discovering the ruins of an ancient city? That’s exactly the feeling you get at the Villa dei Quintili! This site was known as “Roma Vecchia”, literally “old Rome”, because the remains are so impressive they appear as a miniature version of ancient Rome.
Actually, this was the country estate of some extremely wealthy brothers, name of Quintili, who lived in the 3rd century. Surrounded by farmland, and provided with all comforts (a spa, central heating, an arena to host shows, gardens and fountains), the villa was so beautiful that the emperor Commodus decided he must have it, and had the two brothers condemned to death in order to seize their property.
The ruins got ransacked over the centuries to strip off the marble and decorations, but some of the beautiful marble floors and mosaics can still be seen. The sheer size of this place will take your breath away!
Afterwards, we’ll head to the Park of the Aequeducts, an area where as many as 6 Roman aequeducts converge. Their gigantic arches are clearly visible even from a distance, and are a typical landmark of the countryside around Rome.
The Roman aequeducts allowed about 1 million liters a day to be transported from the springs located up in the mountains, all the way into the city. They fed the impressive Roman baths, and were arguably the greatest achievement of Roman engineering, alongside with the network of roads and the sewers.
The bucolic setting of the park provided the perfect backdrop for many movies, and is one of the gems of the city, mostly overlooked by travelers because of its out-of-the-way location, but a great favourite among locals.
Want to explore some more? Add our Appian Way & Catacombs Tour!
Combo tours not only make sure you get the most out of your destination, they are also great value: combo tours are always cheaper than the sum of two separate tours.
If you are interested in booking this tour, please get in touch so we can talk over the details!
This tour involves some walking on grass, and stepping over stones. Comfy shoes, sunblock or a hat/umbrella are essential. Facilities and drinking fountains available at the Villa dei Quintili.
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Cost guideline – What’s included
|Duration of tour||1-3 people (limo)||4-6 people (van)|
|Up to 4 hours||400,00 EUR||460,00 EUR|
|+ each additional hour||100,00 EUR||115,00 EUR|
- For larger groups, I’ll be happy to send you a quote.
- The tour rate includes your private guided tour + private driver – price is total, not per person. Pick up will be at your accomodation, provided it is in the city centre.
- Entrance tickets, meals, snacks and gratuities not included in above rates.
- Tickets to the Villa dei Quintili are not included and have to be purchased on site (cash or credit card). Updated entry fees will be listed in the detailed trip summary you’ll get upon sending a request/booking.
- Please note that we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on this website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings). From April 1st to October 30th, last minute bookings (less than 3 days prior to the tour) are subject to a 15% surcharge.
You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy.
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