Monti and Celio Walking Tour, Rome

To stay close to the action in Rome but be able to mingle more with the locals, look no further than the districts of Monti and Celio. Although Monti – the city's oldest district – doesn't boast grand monuments, it more than makes up for that with its lively, friendly atmosphere. Sitting on the fountain steps at Piazza Madonna ai Monti and watching the world go by is as rewarding as any visit to the Colosseum or Palatine Hill. Neatly enough, you'll find both of these in the neighboring Celio. There's much more, however, than impressive archaeology that you can discover by taking this tour.
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Guide Name: Monti and Celio Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Rome (See other walking tours in Rome)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: clare
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Republic Square

1) Republic Square

Viminal Hill is the smallest of Rome’s Seven Hills, and on its summit you will find the charming Republic Square. This semi-circular piazza was built over the exedra of the Baths of Diocletian; the porticos around the square were built between 1887 and 1898 by Gaetano Koch, in memory of the ancient buildings that once stood on this site.

In the center of the square you can admire the Fountain of the Naiads. The fountain was commissioned by Pope Pius IX in 1870. The original statues of four lions by Alessandro Guerrieri were replaced in 1901 by Mario Rutelli’s sculptures of the Naiads: the Nymph of the Lakes holding a swan; the Nymph of the Rivers riding a river monster; the Nymph of the Oceans riding a horse that represents waves; the Nymph of the Underground Waters riding a dragon. The centerpiece depicting the Greek sea god, Glaucus, fighting with a large fish was placed in 1911. It represents man’s domination over Nature.

Of particular note is the church Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martin. Inside this small Basilica you will find a Meridian Line, commissioned by Pope Clement XI in 1702, built by Francesco Bianchini. Its main use was for checking the accuracy of the Gregorian Calendar and as a tool to predict the exact dates of Easter for the next several centuries. (Easter falls on the Sunday after the first full moon of the Spring Equinox).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Santa Maria degli Angeli

2) Santa Maria degli Angeli (must see)

The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs (Italian: 'Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri') is a titular basilica church in Rome, built inside the frigidarium of the Baths of Diocletian in the Piazza della Repubblica. The basilica is dedicated to Christian martyrs, known and unknown. By a brief dated 27 July 1561, Pius IV ordered the church "built", to be dedicated to the Beatissimae Virgini et omnium Angelorum et Martyrum ("the Most Blessed Virgin and all the Angels and Martyrs"). Impetus for this dedication had been generated by the account of a vision experienced in the ruins of the Baths in 1541 by a Sicilian monk, Antonio del Duca, who had been lobbying for decades for papal authorization of a more formal veneration of the Angelic Princes. A story that these Martyrs were Christian slave labourers who had been set to constructing the Baths is modern. It was also a personal monument of Pope Pius IV, whose tomb is in the apsidal tribune that culminates the series of spaces.

Why You Should Visit:
A mysterious and fascinating place, which also houses some fine contemporary works.

Tip:
Don't miss the chapel within the chapel, and the thornless rose garden with its interesting story.

Opening Hours:
Sun: 6:45am-12:45pm; Sun-Sat: 2:30pm-7:30pm; Mon-Sat: 6:15am-12:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano)

3) National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano) (must see)

The National Roman Museum is a vast complex spread out over four buildings and it’s worth taking a packed lunch to avoid missing any part of this fabulous museum. The museum comprises four parts; the first to be found in a 16th-century cloister built by Michelangelo at the site of the Baths of Diocletian which were created in 298AD. This is the main base of the museum where you will see funerary slabs, altars and a section dedicated to Prehistory. Relics of the baths can be seen in the museum’s gardens. The main halls of the baths have been preserved and are used for temporary exhibitions.

The museum opened in 1890 and the cloister and Bath areas were re-adapted and enlarged at the beginning of 1911 for the International Exhibition of Art, the work terminating in the nineteen thirties. Two other buildings connected to the museum are the Crypta Balbi and the Palazzo Altemps. Another section of the museum is to be found at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, built as a Jesuit seminary in 1887 on the site of a villa that once belonged to Pope Sixtus V. This part of the museum displays iconographic artifacts from the Flavian Age to the end of the late Empire, and 1st century BC frescoes salvaged from imperial villas. There are two fine copies of “The Discus Thrower” by Myron. There is a mummy in its sarcophagus with jewelry items, found in 1964 on via Cassia. There is also an important coin and jewelry collection and many statues.

Why You Should Visit:
Quality museum having a superb collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, second only to the Vatican.
Easily accessible via public transit, not crowded whatsoever, and reasonably priced (get the 5 museum ticket for a few euros more and it becomes seriously worth it).

Tip:
Give it 2-3 hours as there are 3 floors: basement, 1st and 2nd.

Operation Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-7:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Teatro dell’ Opera

4) Teatro dell’ Opera

If you are thinking of taking in an opera while you are in Rome, you couldn’t do better than to book your seats at the Teatro dell’ Opera on Piazza Beniamino.

This lovely opera house was built in 1880 by Achille Sfondrini, commissioned by Domenico Costanzi, after whom it took its first name: Teatro Constanzi. It had an amphitheater, three tiers of boxes and a dome with lovely frescoes by Annibale Brugnoli. Costanzi struggled to keep the opera house going, in spite of its success, ploughing in most of his personal fortune and remaining an impresario until his death.

In 1926 the building was bought by the Council of Rome, who changed the name to the Teatro Real dell’ Opera. They hired Marcello Piacentini to renovate it; he demolished the amphitheater and added another tier of boxes and a balcony. He also added new stuccowork decorations and the magnificent chandelier, which is over 6 meters in diameter and counts over 27,000 crystal teardrops. At this time, the entrance was moved from one side of the building to the other.

At the end of Italy’s monarchy, the “Royal” was dropped from the opera house’s name. In 1958 the Rome City Council once again hired Marcello Piacentini to remodel the facade and the foyer.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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La Bottega del Cioccolato

5) La Bottega del Cioccolato

What to buy here: Artisan chocolate – Italy has a long tradition of producing artisan chocolate. Apart from being delicious, it makes for a very nice gift because it's possible to find it in the most diverse and colorful shapes and packages that can be considered a proper form of art. A typical Italian product is Gianduia, created in 1856 by Caffarel, the oldest Turin's chocolatier, a mix of hazelnut and chocolate. Famous brands such as Caffarel, Perugina, and Venchi always have beautifully packaged chocolate ready to be bought as a gift, and their name is always a guarantee of high quality. Venchi, operating since 1878, works on improving and polishing traditional Italian recipes using strictly selected ingredients belonging to the Italian tradition such as hazelnut and almond. Either chocolate finely packaged bars or boxes with small pieces, they all make for a gift that can hardly disappoint. Prices depend on quality and weight, and can start from 2€ to up to 20€, with the possibility to create your own basket.

If tourists want to buy freshly made chocolate, there are many artisan shops such as La Bottega del Cioccolato in 82 Via Leonina, where the chocolate is made in the workshop right behind the store. Among their products there are also typical Roman symbols such as Colosseum, Pantheon and the Mouth of Truth. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7,30pm. Sunday closed.
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San Pietro in Vincoli

6) San Pietro in Vincoli (must see)

The church of San Pietro in Vincoli ('St Peter in Chains') is to be found on the square of the same name and is one of Rome’s many minor basilicas. In 432, a small church was built to house the relics of the chains that the Apostle wore while he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. According to the Acts of the Apostles, the Lord sent an angel who caused the chains binding Peter to fall and then the angel led him from his prison without waking the sleeping guards. Today, the chains are kept in a reliquary under the main altar.

The basilica was constructed around this shrine in 439 by Pope Sixtus II. The building was restored several times over the centuries: by Pope Adrian I in 790, again in the 11th century and once more by Pope Julius II. The front portico, created by Pontelli, was added in 1475. In 1493, Sangallo installed the cloister.

Once again restored in the 18th century by Fontana, the coffered ceiling with its central fresco depicting the “Miracle of the Chains” was executed by Parodi. You can admire two paintings by Guercino, one of St Augustine and the other of St Margaret, and the monument of Cardinal Girolamo Agucchi by Domenichino, who also painted the fresco of the “Liberation of St Peter” in the sacristy.

The item that makes this church one of the most visited minor basilicas in Rome is the magnificent statue “Moses”, sculpted by Michelangelo in around 1505. It was commissioned by Pope Julius II, who intended it to be part of his funerary monument, along with various other religious figures. Unfortunately for the syphilitic pope, the master artist was occupied with repainting the Sistine Chapel and the monumental tomb was never realized. San Pietro in Vincoli inherited “Moses” and Pope Julius II was buried in St Peter’s Basilica.

Why You Should Visit:
Understated exterior, incredible interior; a Michelangelo must-see.

Tip:
Entry is free.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-12:20pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Parco di Colle Oppio

7) Parco di Colle Oppio

While you are on holiday in Rome don’t miss the Parco di Colle Opio, situated not far from the Colosseum. The idea for a park here started in the late 19th century, but the work was carried out by Raffaele de Vico in 1938. It is a large area of about 11 hectares and you will find here the ruins of the Thermae di Traiano, or Baths of Trajan, a complex consisting of several pools (warm, hot, cool), gymnasia, changing rooms and two libraries. The south-western exedra is still intact, as is the massive underground cistern called the “seven rooms”. The cistern was maintained by slaves and contained 8 million liters of water. The Baths were constructed in 109AD and were used until around 537 when the Goths destroyed many of the city’s aqueducts.

Another interesting ruin in the park is the Domus Aurea, the Golden House. This was commissioned by Nero and built in 64AD, after the Great Fire had destroyed most of the surrounding area. The building stood in the middle of a vast tract of land where Nero had an artificial lake created and a forest planted. When the emperor died in 68AD, the lake was drained and the Colosseum built in its place, the Domus Aurea was filled in with soil and various buildings were put up over it, including the Baths of Trajan, the Baths of Titus and a temple to Venus.

The buried ruins of Nero’s palace were discovered in the 15th century, and artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael visited them to admire the magnificent frescoes preserved underground. Unfortunately, exposure to air and water did a great deal of damage, but during excavations in 2009 a rotating banquet hall and the mechanism beneath it were discovered. Entrance to the palace was closed to the public in 2010 when a large part of the vault in one gallery collapsed after heavy rain.
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

8) Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (must see)

The Papal Basilica of St Mary Major is one of the four ancient major basilicas and the largest Marian church in Rome. According to legend, Mary, the mother of Christ, appeared in a dream to Pope Liberius in August of 356 and told him to build a church in a place where a miracle would take place. The next day, news of a strange snowfall on Esquiline Hill was announced to the Pope and he hurried to the top of the hill to sketch in the snow the design for the new church.

The present basilica was constructed nearly a century later, commissioned by Pope Sixtus III, and although the facade was renovated in the 15th century, the interior still bears the original 5th century mosaics in the nave, depicting Moses leading his people out of Egypt and the Egyptians being drowned as they tried to follow him across the Red Sea.

The Triumphal Arch, raised to Pope Sixtus III, dates back to the 5th century, but other decorations, such as the cosmatesque pavement by Paparone, the Nativity scene by Di Cambio and the coffered wooden ceiling by Sangallo, are from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The church has numerous chapels, commissioned by various popes, cardinals and noblemen. The most beautiful is the cappella sistina – not to be confused with the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.

In 2001, Pope John Paul II inaugurated the Basilica Museum, dedicated to the history of the museum and the spread of Catholicism throughout the world. Here you will see ecclesiastical paintings, ritual vestments, scores from the choir and manuscripts detailing church events.

Why You Should Visit:
Ordinary outside and jaw-dropping inside.
Magnificent interior, especially the ceiling.

Tip:
Make sure not to miss the small tours of the church’s treasures.
It is worth the money to go to the balcony loggia area as well, since you get to see more of this beautiful church.
At night, you can sit by the fountain and enjoy the view all lit up!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Teatro Brancaccio

9) Teatro Brancaccio

Teatro Brancaccio is a popular venue staging various type productions - theatrical plays, musicals, and concerts. Celebrities the caliber of Aldo Fabrizi, Louis Armstrong, and the Beatles have performed here.
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Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

10) Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran (must see)

The Basilica of Saint John Lateran was constructed in the 4th century BC and is the first church to be built in Rome. This cathedral is the official ecclesiastical seat of the Pope, and as such is the oldest and foremost building of the four Papal Basilicas. Although it is located outside the Vatican City, it has extraterritorial status because it belongs to the Holy See.

The basilica was built on the site of a fort put up by Septimus Severus in 193AD, the remains of which lie beneath the nave. During the early Roman Empire the rest of the site was occupied by the Laterani – the emperors’ administrators. When the Basilica was finished it became the seat of the Pope and known as the Mother Church of the whole Catholic world. It holds the Papal cathedra and is more important than St Peter’s Basilica. During the Avignon Papacy St John Lateran fell into disrepair and was twice damaged by fire. When the papacy returned to Italy, the basilica was in no state to receive the pope, in spite of renovations, and the Pontiff settled in the Palace of the Vatican.

The basilica has been renovated over the centuries and its present facade dates back to the 18th century. On the roof are statues of Christ and the Apostles. The central bronze doors come from the ancient Roman imperial forum. Beside the doors is a statue of Constantine I. The cosmatesque floor of the nave dates back to the 14th century and was fashioned by Colonna. The statues of the Apostles in the nave were sculpted in the 18th century. 17th century bas reliefs depict scenes from the Old Testament and the Altar of the Holy Sacrament is a table believed to have been used during the Last Supper.

Why You Should Visit:
Filled with the history of the early Catholic Church; splendid in its architecture, light, and artwork.

Tip:
The archbasilica is free to enter.
There is also a cloister behind it, for which you'll be charged a small fee, but you will get to tour a random range of true antiquities dating to pre-Roman times, together with some odd Catholic relics.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-6:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Basilica of Saint Clement

11) Basilica of Saint Clement (must see)

The Basilica of Saint Clement (Italian: 'Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano') is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I, one of the most richly decorated minor basilicas in Rome. You will find it not far from the Colosseum, on Piazza St Clement. Archaeologically speaking, the structure is a three-tiered complex of buildings: (1) the present basilica built just before the year 1100 during the height of the Middle Ages; (2) beneath the present basilica is a 4th-century basilica that had been converted out of the home of a Roman nobleman, part of which had in the 1st century briefly served as an early church, and the basement of which had in the 2nd century briefly served as a mithraeum; (3) the home of the Roman nobleman had been built on the foundations of a republican era building that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of 64 AD.

In the 1st century AD the house of the Roman Consul Titus Flavius Clemens stood on the site of the basilica. In the cellars of the house was a Mithraeum with an altar shaped like a sarcophagus bearing a relief of Mithras slaying a bull, a bust of the god Sol and a statuette of Mithras. These relics can still be seen in the crypt of the church. In the 4th century, the first basilica was built on the site of Titus Flavius’ house, dedicated to Pope Clement I. In 1084, the church was destroyed during the Norman sacking of Rome, and a second basilica was constructed in its place. The church has the second largest collection of early medieval wall paintings in Rome. The Episcopal Seat is to be found in the apse, which is extensively decorated in Byzantine arabesque mosaics. In the presbytery, a ciborium, supported by four marble columns, stands over a shrine of Clement, whose tomb is to be found in the crypt below. The beautiful stucco work, frescos and Ionic capitals, as well as the carved, coffered ceilings of the aisle and nave, date back to the 18th century.

Why You Should Visit:
A very interesting glimpse into the ancient past – below street level!

Tip:
Bring a small flashlight to get a better look at the frescos and wall paintings.
Note that, like other churches, this one is closed from noon to 3pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Villa Celimontana

12) Villa Celimontana

The Villa Celimontana is a wonderful place for a leisurely afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of Rome.

Situated on Caelian Hill, one of the Seven Hills, the park covers a large part of the valley between this hill and Aventine Hill, and adjoins the Baths of Caracalla. The land, which at the time was a vineyard, was bought in 1553 by the Mattei family and the villa was built in 1580 by Del Duca.

The first gardens were also laid out at this time. The villa was mainly used to house the extensive Mattei family art collection. Although the collection has long been sold to various museums, the villa remained in the family until the early 19th century. In 1926 it was given to the Italian National Geographical Society.

The gardens became a public park in 1926 and today it is one of the favourite picnic areas for tourists. The park is very beautiful with its marble statues, its fountains and fishpond. There is a splendid arboretum, a children’s playground and pony rides. In the summer jazz concerts are held here as well as temporary art exhibitions.

You can admire a small obelisk with hieroglyphs about the life of Ramses II. The obelisk was given to the Mattei family in 1582 and it was the centrepiece of the park. In 1817 it was moved to its current position to the left of the park’s main entrance. While settling the obelisk on its base, a workman got his hand and foreman trapped underneath and had to have part of his arm amputated. His hand and forearm are still under the obelisk.

Walking Tours in Rome, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

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Trevi and Colonna Walking Tour

Trevi and Colonna Walking Tour

The Trevi rione (district) of Rome, which is the 2nd rione, is most famous for the Trevi Fountain, as well as for being home to several magnificent public libraries. Colonna is the 3rd rione of Rome and takes its name from the rione's most famous landmark, the Column of Marcus Aurelius in the Piazza Colonna. Colonna is also home to several palazzos, churches and other landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Souvenir Shopping Tour

Souvenir Shopping Tour

It would be a pity to leave Rome without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rome, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Pincian Hill Area Walk

Pincian Hill Area Walk

Pincian Hill, overlooking the Campus Martius, lies outside the original boundaries of the ancient city of Rome. It was not one of the Seven hills of Rome, but it' is located within Aurelian wall. The Hill is home to the Pincio Gardens, an impressive park with terraces offering great views of Rome. Take this tour to explore the Pincian Hill and visit such famous sites as the Galleria Borghese, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna and Bioparco.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Trastevere Walking Tour

Trastevere Walking Tour

Take this tour to explore Trastevere, the 13th rione (district) of Rome, located on the west bank of the Tiber, south of Vatican City. Its name comes from the Latin "trans Tiberim", literally "beyond the Tiber". Although the rione was established during the times of ancient Rome, it grew and formed as a true part of the city in the Middle Ages, as a result it is characterized by narrow, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Sightseeing Walking Tour in EUR

Sightseeing Walking Tour in EUR

Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) is a suburban area in Rome established in 1942, it was designed to host an exhibition which didn't take place due to World War II. EUR is popular for the period architecture of Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. The area also contains some very important landmarks of history and culture, including Museo della Civiltà Romana, Pigorini Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico and Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Campo Marzio Shopping Walk

Campo Marzio Shopping Walk

It would be a pity to leave Rome without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs which are unique to Rome, and can be found in shops around the Campo Marzio district.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

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Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Rome's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Rome Tourist Card, OMNIA Card, Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass, or Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Rome and Vatican City's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time. Some of them you don't even have to pick up but can scan straight on your phone at any of the city's major attractions/museums!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Rome hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Corso 281 Luxury Suites, Hotel Cosmopolita, Hotel Piazza Venezia.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Rome, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Rome typically costs from around US$20 up to US$80 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Rome and the Vatican City from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the route.

- Cruise along the river Tiber on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view Rome's top attractions from a different angle and be able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the stops along the Tiber riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to include a hop-on hop-off bus tour as well.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Rome on a 3-hour bike and food tour to visit the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Eternal City from an informative group leader, plus savor some of the iconic food of the Italian capital.

- Come see all of Roman highlights at a great discount on the Rome Super Saver tour combining two best-selling guided tours for the price of one! Be guaranteed to skip the lines to all the major sights like Colosseum, Roman Forum, and more.

- Take a guided walk to explore Rome's renaissance after the demise of the Roman Empire, learn about the contribution of many popes towards the Eternal City's rise to its present glory. Along with viewing the iconic landmarks, on this tour you will also get a chance to taste Rome's famous gelato (ice-cream).

- Step back in time to the days of the Roman Empire on a 3-hour night tour of Rome to discover the city's top attractions in a different light. Experience Rome's nighttime ambiance amid the twilight and the evening lights adding a romantic touch to the famous sights.

- Explore the artistic trail of Caravaggio in the Italian capital on the Caravaggio walking tour of Rome paying tribute to the great artist's legacy manifested in numerous paintings throughout the city (churches and monuments). Ideal for those on a short visit to Rome and not sure where to start!

- Combine sightseeing with cooking on a 4-hour experience incorporating the “best of Rome” walking tour and the authentic pizza-making class led by a professional Italian pizza chef.

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Rome, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like the chic island of Capri, ancient Ostia, Siena and San Gimignano, Assisi and Spoleto, Amalfi сoast, or the ancient city of Pompeii. For as little as US$70+ to US$170+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including gorgeous coastal scenery, historic seaport, charming medieval structures, birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan religious order, ancient Roman ruins, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Rome, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned bus, boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.