Eyes of Rome

Memories of World War II Tour

A Walk through Fascism, Nazism and the Liberation in Rome

Focus

  • History

What makes this tour Special

Discover the dramatic yet fascinating history of the twentieth century and the deeds that led from the terrible WWI to the tragic WWII

See the city from its harshest perspective through the lives and stories of those who experienced the Fascist dictatorship and the Nazi occupation, before the Allied forces liberation

If any of your relatives took part in the dramatic facts of WWII take the chance to honor to their courage and sacrifice on the spots dedicated to their commemoration

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

3 hours

START TIME

09:00 - 14:00

TRANSFER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Transfer to the tour site included

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

GENERIC INFORMATION

There is a moderate amount of walking involved so please wear comfortable shoes!

What's Included
  • Blue Badge Qualified Guide
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • Transfers from your hotel/accommodation to the tour sites
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop Off back to your hotel/accommodation after the tour (available upon request)
  • Extras
  • Gratuities

Sites you’ll visit

  • Vittoriano
  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Via Rasella
  • Liberation of Rome Museum
  • Some say Piazza Venezia is the center of Rome, and it is hard to disagree. Standing in this are will give you several choices for what to discover next! The square itself is home to the famous "Big white building" which is an the National Memorial that allows you great views of Rome. Within the square you can also see Trajan's Column and even the Colosseum in the distance!
  • One of the biggest and most breathtaking monuments you'll come across while walking in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome is the majestic ruins of Octavia’s Porticus. Constructed two thousand years ago under the order of Augustus, in honor of his sister Octavia, was a monumental marble area surrounded by columns and embellished by two temples dedicated to Juno and Jupiter. The frescos that are still visible today were realized centuries later, showing us how this area was continuously used over the centuries.
  • A street made famous for the revolution against the Nazi ruling of Rome during the Second World War. This is the street where on March 23rd, 1944, Italians made an ambush on Nazi SS police troops, killing 28 people. The following day, Nazi forces retaliated by killing 335 Italians at the Ardeatine caves.
  • A place that holds an emotional story within its walls during the German invasion of Italy. The building was used as the SS torture base to punish members of the Italian Resistance. Nowadays there are still visible messages from the inmates on the cell walls written in pencil, recordings of the horrible acts that took place here during the 1940's and the overall persecution of Jewish people with newspaper copies and posters that highlight the discrimination. The Liberation of Rome museum also explains the German SS retreat from Rome in mid 1944 with the help of foreign forces.

Tour description

You will start your tour at Piazza Venezia, where Mussolini’s speeches took place from the balcony of Palazzo Venezia during the fascist era (1922-1943). In the same square, the Victor Emmanuel Monument (also nicknamed the Wedding Cake) was called “the Piano” during those decades, as the Fascist soldiers, with their black uniforms, used to stand on the white marble steps for military parades, making it look similar to a piano keyboard from a certain distance. In a few minutes walking distance, you will reach the boundaries of the old Jewish Ghetto, established in 1555, which, on October 16th, 1943, became the theatre of one of the worst days in history, when more than a thousand people were deported to Auschwitz concentration camp. Only 16 of them returned to Rome at the end of the war. Next, you will take a taxi together with your guide, for a quick stop at Via Rasella, where on March 23rd, 1944, Italian Partisans made an ambush to a column of Nazi SS troops, killing 28 policemen. The following day, Nazi forces retaliated by killing 335 Italians at the Ardeatine caves (a possible extension to this tour). Finally, you will continue your taxi ride to reach Via Tasso 145. This was the headquarter of the Nazi Security Police during the 9 months of Nazi occupation in Rome, now home to the Museum of the Liberation of Rome.

Useful information

Available everyday

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome operates on a Full Refund Policy of the amount paid during the booking for cancellations made with 72-hours minimum notice
  • For cancellations/amendments requested from 72 to 24 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge or hold from the downpayment € 40 per person
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 24 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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