Below are some of our best selling tours private in Rome (for day trips from Rome, click here). 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.
Minimum tour time is 4 hours and rates are per group, NOT per person.
Note: April-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!
Rome in A Day Tour
- Duration: 8 hours
- Suggested start time: 9:00am
- Tickets: These will depend on where you decide to go!
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.
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. There is so much to see and do in Rome that we simply can’t write a a one size fits all tour, so 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.
A Taste of Rome: City Center Highlights
- Durtation: 4 hours
- Suggested starting time: 9:00am
- 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 neighborhoods and sites you’ll get to taste a little bit of everything – literally! Sample Renaissance frescoes, Baroque fountains, and tasty street food to better appreciate Roman life then and now. 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. Along the way we’ll get our fill of local Roman street food, pizza, pastries, coffee, wine, and salami and cheeses.
Life & Death in Ancient Rome: Catacombs, Bathhouse, & Via Appia
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
- Tickets: €16 total per adult, €10 per child under 18 with ID
- Transportation: You can either take a few taxis in between each site (€10-€15 per taxi ride) 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.
Classic Ancient Rome Tour
- Duration: 4 hours
- Suggested start time: 9am
- Tickets: Entry tickets to the Colosseum/Forum are €20 per adult and free for children under 18. Entry tickets to the underground site are €10 per adult and free for children under 16.
Currently, due to COVID restrictions, there are no special access options to go on the arena floor of the Colosseum or the underground passages or the panoramic terrace. As these options reopen, we will make them available!
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.
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.
Colosseum Special Access Tour
***Subject to availability of tickets due to Covid restrictions.***
This tour is the same as the Classic Ancient Rome tour listed above but you have the opportunity to enter the Colosseum through a special entrance to gain access the arena floor of the Colosseum (pictured). Stand exactly where the gladiators themselves stood, looking up at the enormity of the Colosseum and get a privileged view down into the lower level of the Colosseum that served as the back stage (note: this does not include access to this lower level which is granted only to large group tour companies, not small private tours like ours).
Special access arena floor tickets are €25 per adult and €5 for children under 18.
Classic Vatican Tour
A private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Duration: 4 hours
- Suggested start time: 9am or 2pm
- Tickets: Entry tickets are €30 per adult, €20 per child under 18 with ID and free for children under 5 years old.
Want to spend less time in the museums? Talk to Lauren on booking about what else you can combine with this tour. One idea could be the Castel Sant’Angelo which can be more fun for kids!
Note: The Sistine Chapel cannot be visited without going through the rest of the museums. St. Peter’s can be visited on its own without the museum (for free).
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.
Early Access Sistine Chapel Tour
***Currently suspended at the Vatican for Covid restrictions***
Early access entry to the Sistine Chapel before the crowds! Includes a brief visit to the rest of the museums and tour of St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Start time: 7:15am meeting time
- Tickets: €50 for adults, €35 for children under 18 with ID and free for children under 5 years old
Let us know if you’d like to add another hour to the tour to climb the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica for a view over the whole city!
Book a transfer from the hotel to the museum in the morning so you don’t have to worry about finding a taxi at 6:30am (additional €40 for sedan or €50 for minivan).
Wake up early and avoid the worst of the crowds by getting into the Vatican Museums a whole hour before general admission to experience the Sistine Chapel before the crowds. This tour focuses only on some highlights of the Vatican Museum but the focus is on the Sistine Chapel and arriving there before general access is allowed. You will then proceed into St. Peter’s Basilica for a tour of the church. It does not cover the Raphael Rooms or Borgia Apartments.
Additional Tour Options
Talk to Lauren about adding one of the following options to your tour of Rome:
- Borghese Gallery
- Villa Farnesina & Trastevere district
- Capitoline Museums
- Palazzo Massimo
- Bernini vs. Borromini
- Mussolini’s Rome and the EUR district
- Segway or Golf Cart Tours