The benefit of a private guide is getting off the beaten track and discovering something new! In addition to the classic Vatican and Colosseum tours, join us for an off the beaten track experience that you might not have on your own.
Choose your favorites or use these as a jumping off point to create something new. We can also mix elements of these tours with the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel or St. Peter’s Basilica. Let us know what your interests are and we can create a tour experience customized entirely to you and your group.
Minimum tour time for specialty tours is 3 hours. You could also put two of these tours together into a full day of off the beaten track sites with a break for lunch. Private Rome tours are €80 per hour* for your group up to 6 people (not per person). Groups of 7-9 are €90 per hour. Please inquire for groups of 10+. (*Unless indicated otherwise).
Off the Beaten Track Ancient Rome
Layers of Rome: Colosseum, Basilica of San Clemente, & Michelangelo’s Moses
- 9:00am start time or 2:00pm/3:00pm start time suggested
- Duration: 3.5 hours
- €240 for 3.5 hours, entry tickets additional
- Entry tickets to the Colosseum are €30 for adult, free under 18 + Entry tickets to the underground site are €10 per adult and free for children 15 and under. Church with Moses free entry.
The Colosseum is one of the most visited monuments in Rome and for good reason – standing in this ancient structure is a moving experience. It is possible to get arena floor tickets or regular access tickets.
Instead of following the crowds into the Roman Forum and Palatine hill as most Ancient Rome tours do (and which in the height of summer can be pretty hot), we suggest an alternate path: underground at an incredible archeological discovery and then
You will also visit a nearby underground site that reveals the many layers of Roman history in a literal way. From the medieval basilica at street level you can descend below mosaic floors of the 12th century to an early medieval church buried directly beneath. Then go even further to a third level to see an ancient roman temple, streets and public housing from the first century. Nowhere else in Rome better displays the layers of this ancient city literally built over the ruins of the past.
And last but not least you’ll end the tour in an unassuming church nevertheless built with pieces of ancient Roman temples and housing one of Michelangelo’s greatest sculptures: the statue of Moses.
Follow a secret tunnel under an ivy clad balcony known as the Borgia family balcony to end this tour in the charming Monti neighbourhood for lunch or an aperitivo.
Life & Death in Ancient Rome
Catacombs, A Monumental Bath House & The Appian Way: Get an idea of what it was like to live in the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago on this off the beaten track tour that will avoid the crowds and reveal a fascinating side of ancient Roman history.
- Duration: This tour lasts 4 hours.
- Suggested start time: 8:30am pick up
- €320 for a 4 hour tour, tickets additional
- Tickets: €20 total per adult, €9 per child 15 and below with ID, €2 for under 6
- Transportation: You can either take a few taxis in between each site (€40-€50 total for 3 taxis) or you can add a car service to picky up at your hotel to start the tour. A Mercedes sedan is an additional €160 total. A Mercedes minivan is an additional €50 per hour
We’ll visit an ancient Roman bath house where every day Romans spent their free time working out, lounging in enormous pools, receiving beauty treatments, reading in the library and more). Passing the ancient Aurelian Walls, we’ll then head to the early Christian catacombs which cannot be visited without a guide. These miles long underground labyrinths were where Christians buried their dead for hundreds of years. Now you can walk the same corridors, see ancient frescoes, decode the early Christian symbolism and get an idea of how the living honored the dead in both pagan and Christian Rome. Then take a short walk along the Via Appia Antica, an ancient Roman highway constructed in the 4th century BC. This road tells the story of soldiers, merchants, pilgrims and the every day men and women who travelled to Rome for a better life. It is also a testament to one of ancient Rome’s most enduring and often under-appreciated monuments: the colossal road system that connected the empire.
Ancient Rome at Palazzo Massimo & Michelangelo Architecture Tour
- Available morning start time or afternoon (Palazzo Massimo hours: 11:00am-6:00pm)
- Not available Mondays
- This tour can be 3-4 hours
- €250 for 3 hour tour or €320 for 4 hours
- Additional Tickets: €10 adults, €8 reduced
Palazzo Massimo is one of the most exceptional places to visit in Rome but you’ll never find it packed like the Vatican. Here you can see the exquisite ancient statue of the bronze Boxer, marbles of famous Romans like Augustus and classic statues like the Discobolus. There is even one of the first known calendars on display. You will also see preserved frescoed rooms of ancient Roman houses and baths complete with incredibly detailed mosaics of animals, charioteers and intricate patterns. But the gem of this museum might be the garden of the empress Livia: a completely preserved 360 degree mosaic room of a garden where the wife of the first emperor Augustus could relax surrounded by greenery and birds any day of the year.
Leaving the museum, you can visit a monumental church designed by Michelangelo in the ruins of the bath of Diocletian combining ancient Roman architecture with Renaissance genius. If there is time you can head further into the city center to see Bernini’s famed statue, the Ecstasy of Santa Teresa and Borromini’s church of San Carlino – a must for architecture lovers.
When you write us to book, let us know your preferences and we can discuss the best timing for this tour.
Rome Art, food & Neighbourhood Tours
A Taste of Rome: Art, Wine & Food
- Starting time: 9am for a morning tour the can include the market OR 4pm or later for an evening tour that could serve as an aperitivo before dinner or take the place of dinner depending on how many food stops you would like to include
- Duration: 4 hours
- €320 for 4 hour guided tour, tickets additional
- Tastings: Cost of tastings additional and range from a few euros to €40 per person depending on where you decide to go.
- No entry tickets required
On this tour of Rome’s most picturesque neighbourhoods and sites you’ll get to taste a little bit of everything – literally! Stroll through Rome’s most romantic piazzas and alleyways as you discover highlights like Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Jewish Ghetto and of course hear the anecdotes and personalities of the artists and nobles that will bring the history of these sites to life.
But art and history are just a part of this tour. Along the way you’ll stop to get your fill of local Roman street food, pizza, pastries, coffee, wine, and salami and cheeses. This is the perfect tour for someone who doesn’t want a full blown food tour but wants to take in the beauties of Rome’s history, architecture and culinary delights.
*When you write to book, let us know your preferences for food and/or wine and we can tailor the tour to your dietary needs and preferences.
The Caravaggio Tour
- Duration: 3 hours
- Start time: 9:00am
- Not available: Sundays, First Wednesday of the month
- Specialty tour cost: €290
- Tickets: No tickets required
Celebrated for his incomparable paintings yet reviled for his life of violence and debauchery, no other artist in the world conjures more fascination and mystery than Caravaggio. The so-called “bad boy” of art history spent the bulk of his productive years in Rome, and more of his paintings are here than in any other city in the world.
On this tour, not only will you discover Caravaggio’s paintings in Rome’s churches, where you’ll learn about his revolutionary techniques and unprecedented style, but you’ll also follow in the footsteps of this tortured artist: from the art shop where his earliest unsigned works were sold, to the street where his muse and lover Lena Antognetti lived; from the palace where he got his first big break, to his own studio where he was evicted for making a hole in the ceiling, and finally to the alley where a tennis match turned deadly, turning him into a fugitive with a price on his head.
Caravaggio is one of art history’s most fascinating characters, but is there more to this dark, brooding, and violent artist than meets the eye? Just like his art, his life was a battle of dark and light. He was a contradictory figure who broke every rule in the book, who shocked Rome with his radical realism, and brought the divine and profane together in a way that had never been seen before. No other artist led such a harrowing and turbulent life, and no other artist created such brutally honest paintings.
Golf Cart Tour of Rome
- Duration: 3 hours
- Price on request depending on number of travellers & availability of driver-guides
Want to get an overview of Rome but save on walking and taxi fare? With your own private driver and guide, you can hop into and out of your private golf cart to see Rome from a new perspective. Your driver will park to let you get out and explore the sites before whisking you off to a new destination. Options could be to see views of the Colosseum, Vittoriano monument, views of the Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Aventine hill to see the Rose Garden, Orange Garden and secret keyhole, down into Testaccio neighbourhood for a gelato break and back up to Capitoline Hill. A great tour for anyone but especially convenient for small children or folks with limited walking abilities.
When you write us to book we will go over the possibilities for your itinerary!
Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere Neighbourhood Tour
- Morning, afternoon or late afternoon start possible
- €320 for 4 hour private tour, no entry tickets planned
Get to know two of Rome’s most picturesque and historic neighbourhoods: The Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere.
The papacy constructed Rome’s ghetto in the mid 16th century for the Jewish community who refused to convert to Catholicism. After centuries of defiance, the ghetto walls were torn down after the unification of Italy and a new beautiful synagogue was constructed. Here you can visit the iconic Turtle Fountain, see the new Synagogue and the ancient ruins of the Stadium of Marcellus and the Portico of Octavia as well as learn the history of the Roman Jewish community during World War II.
Next you’ll cross the oldest bridge in Rome to reach the Tiber Island, a center of healing for millennia before heading into the Trastevere neighbourhood.
Trastevere used to be the neighbourhood of the people, flooded by the Tiber every year and bustling with pilgrims staying at its inns. Now it offers the classic cobblestone lanes and ancient buildings draped in ivy that every visitor longs for. You can visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere with it’s beautiful ancient mosaics, the tomb of Santa Cecilia, one of Bernini’s most scandalous statues, or even climb up the Gianicolo hill to the Fontanone fountain and the best view over all of Rome.
Luxury Palaces & Special Museums
Borghese Gallery & Garden Tour
- Available morning or afternoon
- €240 for a 3 hour tour, entry tickets additional
- Borghese gallery tickets: €15 for adults, €2 for under 18
An absolute must in Rome is the Borghese Gallery. Not only one of the most incredible art collections in the city, it’s located in a luxury 17th villa designed for a cardinal who used it as a cabinet of mysteries – full of collectors items, and a place designed for beauty in the center of curated grounds. You’ll see some of the most famous Bernini statues here along with paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Correggio and the scandalous Pauline Bonaparte as Venus by Canova. After your visit to the museum you will have time to walk through the Borghese Gardens past ancient Roman statues and trickling fountains to the famous panoramic viewpoint on Pincio hill overlooking the Piazza del Popolo.
Villa Farnesina & Trastevere Tour
- 9:00am (the villa is not open in the afternoons)
- Not available Sundays
- Duration: 4 hours
- €320 for 4 hour private tour, entry tickets additional
- Villa Farnesina entry tickets: €10 adults, €7 10-18 year olds, free for children 9 and under
- Villa Farnesina will reopen to the public on March 30th, 2023
Villa Farnesina is one of Rome’s hidden gems. Built as a retreat for the wealthy Agostino Chigi, banker to Pope Julius II, it features numerous frescoes by a young Raphael including the nymph Galatea and the ceiling fresco of the story of Cupid and Psyche. Here you can get a sense of how the wealthiest members of Rome lived in renaissance times, in this tranquil villa surrounded by gardens, frescoed on both floors with exquisite stories from mythology.
After visiting the villa, you can head into the neighbourhood of Trastevere. Once the people’s quarter, flooded by the Tiber every year and bustling with pilgrims staying at its inns, it offers the classic cobblestone lanes and ancient buildings draped in ivy that every visitor longs to see. You can visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere with it’s beautiful ancient mosaics, the tomb of Santa Cecilia, one of Bernini’s most scandalous statues, or even climb up the Gianicolo hill to the Fontanone fountain and the best view over all of Rome.