Below are some of our best selling tours in Rome. Choose your favorites or use these as a jumping off point to create something new. Let us know what your interests are and we can create a tour experience customized entirely to you and your group. Guided tours start at €70 per hour plus any necessary skip the line entry tickets or tastings. Have a look at the tour ideas below, then write to Lauren to get started!
Note: May-October are peak season in Rome and tickets to the Colosseum and Vatican SELL OUT FAST! We want to be able to satisfy your requests so the sooner we can start planning the better!
Art, Wine & Scandal: Evening Tour of Rome's City Center
You've seen the main sites and it's not yet time for dinner - why not spend the most enchanting hours in the eternal city seeing off the beaten track artistic highlights, sipping glasses of wine and hearing the scandalous stories of some of Rome's most notorious artists and thinkers? Start with stories of Caravaggio, the bad boy artist in front of some of his most beautiful paintings just around the corner from the Pantheon, then hear about badly behaved popes, powerful women, artistic rivalries and a few grisly murders as we make our way through the neighborhoods of Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and eventually end in Trastevere. We can stop for three glasses of wine and a few snacks to keep us going along the way.
This evening tour lasts four hours. Cost of tastings additional.
Food & Neighborhoods of Rome
On this tour of three of Rome's most picturesque neighborhoods you'll get to taste a little bit of everything - literally! Visit sites occupied by the city’s wealthiest noble families as well as everyday workers as you sample Renaissance frescoes, medieval mosaics, and tasty street food to better appreciate Roman life then and now.
You'll see Rome from the eyes of the wealthy Renaissance family who had Raphael decorate their Villa with sumptuous frescoes in contrast with the perspective of Rome's historically poor neighborhoods as we stroll the twisting alleyways of Trastevere and the historic Jewish Ghetto now rich with history and off the beaten track artistic gems. Finally we’ll visit the Campo dei Fiori area where medieval pilgrims flocked to the eternal city for centuries and where we’ll get our fill of local Roman street food, pastries, coffee, wine, and salami and cheeses.
The tastings can be customized to your group (small snacks along the way, more focus on food and tasting, more or less wine, etc). Cost of tastings additional and range from a few euros to €40 per person depending on where you decide to go.
This morning tour lasts four hours.
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.
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.
This tour lasts 4 hours.
Entry tickets: €16 total per adult, €10 per child under 18 with ID.
Transportation: We an either take a few taxis in between each site or the addition of a car service which can pick you up at your hotel to start the tour. A Mercedes sedan is an additional €40 per hour and a minivan is an additional €50 per hour.
Classic Ancient Rome Tour
Skip the Line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Skip the line at the Colosseum and discover the arena where men and animals fought for their lives to the cheers of the crowd. Then walk through the idyllic ruins of the imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill to enjoy breathtaking views of the Circus Maximus before heading down into the Forum as you compare life in the modern era to the richest and poorest of ancient Rome.
This tour lasts three hours.
Suggested 1-hour Extension: Add an hour to the Classic Ancient Rome Tour to visit the nearby Basilica of San Clemente. 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.
Special Access Ancient Rome Tour
This tour is the same as the Classic Ancient Rome tour which visits the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill but you have the opportunity to access one of the following areas of the Colosseum:
- Special Access to the Arena floor. Stand where the gladiators themselves fought to the cheers of the crowd. Tickets are €20 per adult and €5 per child under 18 with ID.
- *This option is currently closed for restoration with no definitive re-opening date scheduled.* Special Access the Belvedere Panoramic view. Go to the very top of the Colosseum for numerous breathtaking views. This requires many stairs without an elevator but they are spaced out. Tickets are €25 per adult and €10 per child under 18 with ID.
*Underground Access is not available for private tour operators like us.*
After visiting one of these Special Access areas in the Colosseum, we will continue to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as on the Classic Ancient Rome tour.
This tour lasts three to four hours.
City Center Highlights
Stroll through Rome’s most romantic piazzas and alleyways as you discover highlights from Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain and of course the anecdotes and personalities of the artists and nobles that will bring the history of these sites to life. We’ll take you further to discover little churches hiding spectacular artistic masterpieces from Caravaggio and Michelangelo to Bernini.
Suggestion: Add one hour to this tour to visit the Borghese Gallery, one of Rome's most luxurious 17th century mansions which features artistic masterpieces by Bernini, Raphael, Titian and more. Entry tickets are €20 for adults and €5 for children under 18 with ID.
This tour lasts 3 hours or 4 hours with the Borghese gallery.
Classic Vatican Tour
Skip the line at the Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
Skip the line at one of Rome’s most popular destinations and uncover the secrets of the papal collection. You'll see rediscovered ancient Roman statues, frescoes in the Raphael Rooms, hear the stories of the notorious Borgia Pope as you explore his Renaissance chambers and end with Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling. Along the way your guide will help you unlock the hidden meanings behind timeless pieces of art before you visit the ultimate monument to the Catholic imagination: St. Peter's Basilica.
Entry tickets are €25 per adult, €18 per child under 18 with ID and free for children under 5 years old.
This tour lasts 4 hours and can be done in the morning at 9am or the afternoon at 2pm. This tour can also be done in three hours if we don't include the Raphael Rooms or Borgia Apartments.
Early Access Vatican Tour
Wake up early and avoid the worst of the crowds by getting into the Vatican a whole hour before general admission to experience the Sistine Chapel in peace.
The meeting time for this tour is 7:15am. Entry tickets are €50 for adults, €35 for children under 18 with ID and free for children under 5 years old.
This tour lasts 4 hours. It can also be done in 3 hours if we don't include the Raphael Rooms or Borgia Apartments.
Rome in a Day
With a whole day to explore the city this tour can be entirely customized to you whether you plan to come into Rome for a day trip from another city or cruise port, or are staying in the city. Skip the lines at the Colosseum and the Vatican to explore Rome's two historic powers: the Ancient Roman Empire and the Papacy. Or avoid the crowds and take a tour of Rome's hidden gems in the city center, explore the back streets of neighborhoods like Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto, go underground at the catacombs or take in smaller art galleries like the Galleria Borghese for a unique experience of the eternal city. Let us know what sites are on your must-see list and we'll make suggestions for how to enjoy the best of Rome in a day.
This tour lasts seven to eight hours.
Transportation: We can do this tour on foot, taking a taxi here and there or save yourself a lot of walking with the addition of a car service. A Mercedes sedan is an additional €40 per hour and a Mercedes minivan minivan is an additional €50 per hour. We can also do one half of the tour walking and the panoramic half by car, just let us know!
Cruise passengers: If you are coming into Rome for the day we can arrange pick up at the cruise port in Civitavecchia and a car service that will stay with you throughout the duration of the tour. A Mercedes sedan is an additional €500 for the day and a Mercedes minivan is an additional €600.
Just want a transfer into town from the cruise port? A sedan transfer is €170 and a minivan transfer is €250.