16 Jan Top 10 Best Tours in Rome – Not to be Missed Rome Excursions
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Full of ancient Roman icons like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon , the city of Rome has a rich history as the once capital of the world. Its modern day attractions are pretty impressive too, with a wealth of art galleries, museums, shopping areas and pretty piazzas, a visit to Rome could see you be living La Dolce Vita!
You should also check out this guide to things to do in Rome at night for some inspiration. The city is just as much alive at night as it is during the day.
- Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter’s Guided Tour
- Crypts and Catacombs Tickets and Tour
- Colosseum 4–Hour Underground Group Tour
- Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius: Full-Day Trip from Rome
- Street Food Tour with a Local Guide
- Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Half-Day Tour
- Day Tour of Villa D’Este & Hadrian’s Villa Tivoli
- Rome by Night on Segway
- Ancient Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Bike Tour
- Classical Rome: Full-Day Bus Tour from Civitavecchia
Duration: 3 hours
This 3 hour walking tour is a must for art lovers, as you spend your time enjoying the masterpieces of some of the world’s most distinguished artists in the Vatican Museums. Your guided tour will be available in a selection of languages and will take you through all areas of the museum including the Raphael Rooms and the Gallery of Tapestries, before moving on to the Sistine Chapel, where you can admire Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece,”The Last Judgment.” The tour concludes with a visit to see the magnificent interior of St. Peter’s Basilica with a fast track entrance ticket to see another of Michelangelo’s great work, the stunning “La Pieta.”
Duration: 3.5 hours
Take a journey back in time to the days of Imperial and early Christian Rome as you venture underground into the city’s famous underground burial chambers and catacombs. This eerie tour will take you to the Capuchin Crypt, that is said to be decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks and featuring chandeliers made of human bones, before visiting the Capuchin Museum to wonder at Caravaggio’s magnificent canvas called St. Francis in Meditation. You can also discover the San Clemente Basilica, where you will travel down through the 12th century basilica to a 2nd century sanctuary and a well-preserved 1st-century Roman street. This tour takes you back to the earliest days of the empire, and beneath the streets of the city.
Duration: 4 hours
No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the famous Colosseum. This tour is divided into two parts – a visit to the Colosseum followed by a trip to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, with a expert guide at your side at all times. You will be able to visit previously restricted areas of the world famous amphitheatre, as well as the underground tunnels and chambers. At the Roman Forum you can walk on the Via Sacra, marvel at the Temple of the Vestal Virgins and admire the stunning Maxentius’ Basilica, before moving on to explore Palatine Hill, the most ancient part of Rome, where Romulus and Remus first founded the village that ruled the ancient world.
Duration: 13 hours
This popular excursion to the Roman town of Pompeii and the volcanic Mount Vesuvius is a full day tour, accompanied by an expert and highly knowledgeable tour guide. During the summer months, you can enjoy a 20 minute walk to the summit of Vesuvius, the infamous volcano that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii in 79 AD, to enjoy stunning views into the bowels of the crater and out across the Bay of Naples. After a pizza lunch, you will then be driven to Pompeii were you can explore the luxury houses, bath houses and even brothels of this once sprawling metropolis. During the winter months (from 19/11/2018 to 31/03/2019),when Mount Vesuvius is closed, the tour will stop in Naples, the beautiful ‘city by the bay.
Duration: 3 hours
Italy is famous for fine food and unique flavours. During this 3 hour walking tour, you will have the opportunity to sample some of the very best cuisine in the city. Starting out at the Campo de’ Fiori, you will meet some of the local food sellers and sample tasty local produce including prosciutto and truffle tartines, before trying some of the best pizza in the city in the Jewish Ghetto. The tour ends at the spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated, where you can now try delicious locally made gelato at a family-run ice-cream parlour before heading out to explore the city on your own.
Duration: 3 hours
Skip ahead of the other visitors with this unique tour that offers easy entrance to the beautiful Borghese Gallery and its stunning gardens. The gallery is home to a large and hugely diverse collection of sculptures and paintings produced by some of the most famous Italian masters, including Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, and Titian. With priority access to the gallery, your guide will take you back in time through the many different rooms, whilst revealing the secrets, stories and techniques behind the masterpieces. When you have finished inside the gallery, step outside into the oasis of calm that is the Borghese gardens, offering respite from the busy streets of Rome and stunning views out form the Pincio Terrace.
Duration: 7 hours
The Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa are both magnificent country estates in their own right, and this full day tour gives visitors to the opportunity to explore both of the splendid Italianate Villas at with an expert tour guide by your side. Built by the Emperor of the same name, Hadrian’s Villa is the largest and most luxurious residence ever built in Italy, that still features an impressive array of imperial palaces, temples, theatres, thermal baths and pools. After lunch, you will go on to explore the Villa D’Este, an enchanting late Italian Renaissance building that is famous for its spectacular gardens, the villa pool, the artificial grotto and the Maritime theatre, as well as the Fontana dell’Ovato and the Cento Fontane fountains.
Duration: 3.5 hours
These two-wheeled electric vehicles offer the perfect way to capture the sights and sounds of Rome. Glide through the streets as the sun starts to set and capture the energy of the city at night. Whizz past an illuminated St. Peter’s basilica, around the Piazza Navona and even through the Campo de’Fiori which comes alive at night with busy bars and restaurants. Your tour guide will also take you past the Trevi Fountain and through the romantic streets of Trastevere. You will also get the chance to stop at some of the many pizzerias, gelaterias and busy bars along the way.
Duration: 6 hours
Jump on a bike for a day long outdoor adventure in the stunning Roman countryside, taking in the incredible views and beautiful scenery. Ride along cobblestone roads that are over 200 years old, as your guide points out local places of interest including the tombs and ruins of an Imperial Palace. You will also get the opportunity to visit the Catacombs of St. Callisto, before following the ancient Roman aqua ducts to Caffarella Park, where you can enjoy a well deserved rest and some fine Italian wine at a local sheep farm before heading back to the city.
Duration: 7 hours
This magical full day tour encompasses many of the most iconic sights of Rome. Wonder at the magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, explore the Colosseum whilst hearing all about the lives of the famous gladiators, make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and marvel at Bernini’s 4 Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona. Departing from the port of Civitavecchia, your expert guide will be waiting to share important historical information about the city and the Roman empire, both whilst on the bus and during the walking portion of the tour. Capture a real taste of ancient Rome on this comprehensive 7 hour tour of the city.
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