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Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

1. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

Skip the ticket line and gain fast access to both the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Once inside, meet your guide who will conduct your tour and reveal the intriguing story behind the seminal design. Enter the Pio Clementino Museum and get up close to the astonishing classical Roman and Greek sculptures, before walking through to the Gallery of the Candelabras which is populated with majestic marble structures throughout. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the hanging renaissance artworks at Gallery of the Tapestries, and the four Raphael Rooms. Finally, marvel at Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

2. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

Explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of Rome's most famed and magnificent sites. Known as the Queen of all the Basilicas, this Renaissance-style church and its dome dominate the skyline of Rome. Discover why the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson described it as "an ornament of the earth...the sublime of the beautiful". Marvel at the interior, lavishly decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture, and gilding. At the heart of the basilica, beneath the high altar, discover the Chapel of the Confession, named after the confession of faith by St. Peter. Marvel at the curving marble staircases that lead to this underground chapel. After the tour, you can use the online Rome City Guide, a self-guided audio tour with stories from local experts, which is included in the experience. Learn about the city's points of interest, hidden gems, public transport, Wi-Fi access points, and best photo stops.

Rome: 4-Hour Food Tour by Night

3. Rome: 4-Hour Food Tour by Night

Take a guided evening walk through Rome´s foodie neighborhoods and try some of the best food, wine, and local products the city has to offer. Enjoy 20 different delicious food tastings. Start your tour with an aperitivo at La Nicchia Cafè, a water buffalo specialty shop. Taste a variety of the finest Italian cheese and cured meats. Sample fresh mozzarella di bufala, truffle cheese, DOP pesto, tomatoes, and artichokes, accompanied by a glass of white wine. After your aperitivo you’ll head to Pizzarium, Rome’s number 1 pizzeria. Taste a selection of the most creative and delicious pizzas by Gabriele Bonci. Prepare for laughter and fun when you arrive at the legendary Paciotti gourmet food shop. Meet the larger-than-life Stefano Paciotti and sample outstanding Italian cheeses, prosciuttos, and salamis, accompanied by fine wine. Find rare truffles, 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar, and other treats as well. Savor handmade Roman pasta, accompanied by wine, at an authentic restaurant that’s frequented by locals. Finish off your tasting tour with a piece of homemade tiramisu.

Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

4. Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

Discover the Colosseum in the serenity of night with a guided tour. Enjoy access to the main areas of the structure, as well as exclusive access to the underground dungeons and arena floor under the moonlight, where fierce gladiator battles once took place. Upon arrival at the Colosseum in the evening, meet your guide who will escort you on your exclusive journey. Away from the usual crowds of the day, enjoy the opportunity to admire the Colosseum in a more intimate and engaging way, as you first discover the grandstands. Then, you will enter one of the restrictive areas of the monument, the underground. Discover a network of tunnels where lions, tigers, and other fearsome animals were kept. See the remnants of cages, wooden elevators, and gladiator rooms where combatants awaited their frightful fate in the arena. Head up to the arena floor through the archway named "The Gate of Death." Hear thrilling stories from your guide under the eerie moonlight. Admire 360-degree views of the amphitheater as you imagine the sight of thousands of screaming spectators as you stand on a reconstruction of the arena floor.

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

5. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

Join an expert guide and discover the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, designed purely for pleasure by Emperor Nero. Hear about the history of the site and its former riches on a walking tour. Meet your guide at the meeting point and exchange your voucher for your entrance tickets. Then, enter the Domus Aurea and discover what must have been one of the most aesthetically overwhelming buildings ever created, home to luxuries like mosaics, marble furnishings, and even a rotating dining room. As you walk with your official guide, learn about the extravagance of Nero and the Golden House, which included a colossal 120-foot statue of Nero in the vestibule. Marvel at the tales of luxury in a house where everything was coated with gold and adorned with gems, shells, and ivory. Find out about the on-site lake, fields, vineyards, pastures, and woods filled with all kinds of wild and domestic animals. At the end of your tour, you'll understand why Nero was so pleased with the house, declaring, "Finally I begin to live in a house worthy of a man."

Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

6. Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

Escape the crowds of the Colosseum and Vatican, and explore the darker side of Rome on a 3-hour and 15-minute small group tour of the ancient catacombs and crypts. Venture to parts of the city that few visitors ever see, traveling between sites by air-conditioned minibus. First, follow your guide to 3 memorable sites, each revealing the extraordinary secrets of Ancient Rome. They include the labyrinthine Roman Catacombs that were part burial ground and part refuge for the persecuted early Christians of Ancient Rome. Then, visit the Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the “Bone Chapel,” and marvel at the walls, decorated with the bones more than 4,000 monks. To finish out the day in style, visit perhaps one of the most spectacular sites in all of Rome - the Roman Aqueducts. Enjoy time to explore and understand this monumental landmark from a stunning vantage point.

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

7. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore one of the most exclusive ancient sites in Rome throughout a special guided visit to the opulent Golden House of Nero. Experience the magnificent architecture of the notorious emperor’s vast palace, which was a vivid symbol of his immense ego. After a fire devastated the capital of the Roman Empire in 64 A.D., the emperor had his architects fashion an immense dwelling over the smoldering remains of the devastated city. What they came up with was awe-inspiring, with scarcely believable highlights including a rotating dining room open to the starry night sky and a massive artificial lake. Unfortunately for Nero, the good times didn’t last long. In 68 A.D., the emperor’s wicked ways caught up with him and he was forced to commit suicide. Nero’s immense party pad was bulldozed by his successors in an attempt to erase the memory of the despised despot almost before the paint had even dried. His artificial lake was also filled in, in its place the Flavian Amphitheatre was erected only a few years later. The fabulous Domus Aurea, with its wonderful succession of spacious rooms and soaring vaults decorated with stunning frescoes, lay buried and forgotten for centuries beneath the earth. After a long and meticulous restoration, the surviving rooms of Nero’s Golden House are once again open to visitors. As you make your exciting descent into the eerie excavated remains of Nero’s Golden House today, you’ll be journeying back in time to the extravagant heyday of the Roman empire. Learn all about the fascinating life and times of Nero in the company of a guide.

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

8. Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

If you are planning a visit to the Vatican and looking for the ultimate VIP experience, this 3.5-hour tour will provide a personalized experience with the guidance of a passionate tour leader. Whether you’re a first-time visitor wanting to hit all the must-sees or a seasoned Vatican connoisseur in search of hidden gems, you guide will ensure that your Vatican adventure leaves memories that will last a lifetime. Your tour group will not exceed 12 participants so that you can benefit from the personal attention of your guide. The Early Morning Vatican Tour makes it possible for you to take in all the highlights and a few lesser known parts of the Vatican’s big 3: the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Your expert guide has years of experience and knows this cultural complex intimately, making it possible to find the least crowded spots and the most breathtaking masterpieces.

Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

9. Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

Walk through the back door of the Colosseum and pass straight onto the arena floor through the gate named after Libitina, the goddess of funerals. Tread where dead gladiators and animals were once carried away. Feel the majesty of ancient Rome beneath your feed as you stroll over the steps of those who fought in gladiatorial combat. Enjoy astonishing 360-degree views of the Colosseum. Look up at ruins that were once filled with thousands of spectators. Snap excellent pictures, as a limited amount of visitors can be there for a given amount of time. Explore the general access area which includes the ground floor, the second tier and a balcony with astonishing views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine. Step onto the podium reserved for the most important Romans over the main entrance to the Arena and feel the thrill of the amphitheater. Let your guide paint you a picture of the past with engaging stories and legends.

Trevi District Underground: Aqueduct and Domus Guided Tour

10. Trevi District Underground: Aqueduct and Domus Guided Tour

Discover what lies beneath the Trevi District on a 45-minute guided tour through its underground passages. Roam through the three sections of the antiquarian and learn why this archaeological area is called the "City of Water." Start by making a wish at the iconic Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city. Next, venture underground to marvel at ruins that date all the way back to Ancient Rome. This history comes to life with the help of a professional guide, who will explain the story behind the Vicus Caprarius archaeological area. See how the water that flows from the Trevi Fountain filters through the ancient masonry of the archaeological area, continuing to supply the pipes and the pools of the luxurious Domus residence. Learn about the findings discovered during excavation, including precious polychrome marble coverings, the famous head of Alessandro Helios, a treasure trove of 800 coins, and the spatheia, special African amphorae for transporting oil.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How do the free tours work?

    Free walking tours are perfect for those visiting on shoestring budgets or simply unsure how much to pay in advance. You might not be surprised to hear that they're not strictly free, however. Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash in order to tip them what you think it was worth at the end. Otherwise skulk away guiltily!

  • Can you do it yourself?

    Rome's city center is almost wall-to-wall with significant landmarks. There are few cities so easy to tour with just a map and there are even apps available for further guidance. For a truly enlightening experience, however, you can't beat a good guide! And with so many distractions along the bounty of sights, you'll probably find sticking to an expert itinerary to be your best bet.

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What people are saying about Rome

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Well worth getting up early for this trip. Our guide Flavia was very knowledgeable and gave us a sheet showing the Sistine Chapel frescos before we entered the Vatican Museums. She gave us an insight into what we were about to see. The museums were not crowded, the groups were staggered, so we could see all the exhibits. Flavia was lovely. Her commentary was excellent. The Sistine Chapel was beautiful Just a shame that owing to Covid the corridor into the Basilica was closed This visit was the highlight of our trip to Rome Do book it if you can Even the cafe near the meeting point served excellent coffee at 07.00

Amazing experience, definitely recommend. Had Elizabeth as our guide, nice small groups and did all the classic food pairings with relevant drinks (e.g. cheese/meats and wine). Visited all local authentic Italian places and had information about their roots in Italy, did a nice loop on the tour so you weren’t traipsing around for hours. Very knowledgeable local guide who even helped give me directions to my next tour when my data stopped working on my phone!

The tour was very well planned and informed. Jessica our tour guide was awesome and very well presented sharing at each point and taking note of all travellers needs from point to point.

The guide Gigi made this tour ! It was fantastic and his knowledge along with his sense of humour made it really enjoyable .

Loved our tour. Dennis our tour guide was exactly what you would hope. Very informative and great company.