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Rome Under Siege: Ultimate Private Driving Tour with Guide

Nazis marching through Arch of Constantine, Rome
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    • Your own personal tour guide - no sharing the tour with strangers
    • Enjoy the tour at your own pace
    • Customise the tour by adding other places not included on the standard tour
    • Remove places you do not wish to include from the itinerary
    • Option of being met at your hotel or a location of your choice available
    • Additional time can be added to make your tour longer
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    The term ‘Open City’ signifies a city that has surrendered to an enemy without any fighting or resistance. A unilateral declaration, however, may not be recognised by the enemy. This eventuality is what took place in Rome: after arresting Mussolini, although King Victor Emanuel III declared Rome to be ‘Open City’, German troops occupied the Eternal City and the Allies bombed it 51 times.

    On our Tour, we retrace the events which bloodied Rome Open City, and visit the locations where these events took place: 

    • the EUR district, a new City with Ministries, Museums, Government Palaces,conceived by Mussolini to house the Exhibition Universal of Rome (E.U.R., supposed to take place in 1942).
    • the district of S. Lorenzo, struck by a thousand tons of bombs on July 1943
    • Porta Ostiense, where 3,000 thousands Italians soldiers and ordinary citizens tried to prevent the entry of German tanks
    • Ostiense Station, built to welcome Adolf Hitler visiting Rome in 1938
    • the Ardeatine Caves, where 335 men were massacred in retaliation for the killing of 32 soldiers of the Polizeiregiment ‘Bozen’at Via Rasella
    • Porta Maggiore, through which General Clark and his troops entered Rome on June 5th 1944
    • the Jewish district, where about a thousand Roman Jews were arrested and deported in October 1943

    As giving an account of the urban resistance of roman partisans, we will visit the Gestapo prisons, transformed into the Museum of Liberation, and drive along Via Veneto, which before becoming the street of the ‘dolce vita’, hosted the German Command, and attracted spies, double agents and secret agents, like the famous Peter Thompkins of the Office of Special Services.

    A look at Mussolini’s balcony will make the Tour complete.

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