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

Tour details

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • €640 for an 8 hour private guided tour, tickets additional
  • €960 for an 8 hour private guided tour with private sedan and driver, tickets additional (3 guests max)
  • €1,040 for an 8 hour private guided tour with minivan and driver, tickets additional (6-7 guests)
  • 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

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.

Tour Description

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 Art & Food tour

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • €320 for 4 hour guided tour, tickets additional
  • 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

Customisation Options

  • Add a visit to a restoration studio and see master art restorers at work in their studio (additional cost)
  • Focus the tour more on off the beaten track city center neighbourhoods like Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto
  • Do this tour by golf cart or private car to get around easier (additional cost)
  • If you have younger kids in your group, this tour can be organised as a scavenger hunt through Rome, discovering symbols, animals, and motifs that turn Rome’s city center into a game of discovery

Tour Description

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, Baths of Caracalla, & 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. 

Tour Details

  • 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.

Tour Description

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

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • €320 for a 4 hour tour, tickets additional
  • Tickets: Entry tickets to the Colosseum/Forum are €30 per adult and free for children under 18. Entry tickets to the underground site are €10 per adult and free for children 15 and under.

Customisation Options

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!

Tour description

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. 

Ancient Rome Tour + Special Access to the Colosseum Arena Floor

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • €320 for a 4 hour tour, tickets additional
  • Tickets: Entry tickets to the Colosseum/Forum with special access to arena floor are €35 per adult and €5 for children under 18.

Tour Description

This tour is the same as the Classic Ancient Rome tour listed above but you have the opportunity to gain access the Colosseum arena floor (pictured).

Colosseum Arena Floor Access: 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 on Colosseum Underground tickets: this is not something we can offer at this time.

Classic Vatican Tour

A private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica.

Tour details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • €320 for a 4 hour tour, tickets additional
  • Suggested start time: 9am or 2pm
  • Tickets: Entry tickets are €35 per adult, €20 per child under 18 with ID and free for children under 5 years old.

Customisation options

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) but it will not be possible to skip the line.

Tour description

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 from Laocoon to the Belvedere Torso that inspired artists from the Renaissance to Rodin. You’ll pass through the tapestry room, the map gallery and see the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms before hearing 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.

It is possible to include a climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter’s (this will require an additional 30 minutes to the tour and the ticket is €10 per person payable directly at St. Peter’s).

Early Access Vatican Tour

Tour details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meeting time: 7:20am
  • €320 for a 4 hour tour, tickets additional
  • Tickets: Entry tickets are €60 per adult, €35 per child under 18 with ID and free for children 5 years old or under.

Customisation options

Want to spend less time in the museums? Talk to us about what else you can combine with this tour. One idea could be the Castel Sant’Angelo which can be more fun for kids!

Tour description

Start your tour of the Vatican by entering the museums one hour before general access. This tour has a meeting time of 7:20am. This is mostly the same tour as the general access but you have less time in the museum in order to get to the Sistine before general access. If you want to spend a lot of time in the museums (and seeing the Raphael rooms) I recommend the general access tour.

Note on the Vatican Breakfast option: Many guests find this option online or on the Vatican website. This isn’t something we usually recommend as you get into the Vatican early but then are required to remain in the breakfast area for a set period of time, reducing your early access admission to the museums themselves to just 30 minutes before general access – not a great deal in our opinion! You also are required to pay an entry ticket for your guide that is otherwise free for all other Vatican access tours. The breakfast is American style breakfast with bacon, eggs, pancakes, a typical hotel quality American breakfast.

Additional Tour Options

Talk to Lauren about adding one of the following options to your tour of Rome:

  • Visit to a painting restoration studio
  • Trastevere neighbourhood tour
  • 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
  • Food Focused private tours