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Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

1. Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

Take in the sights in the center of Rome in the evening light during this guided walking tour. Travel from the grand Piazza del Popolo to the vibrant Campo de’ Fiori market. View iconic sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the ancient Pantheon. Meet your guide at Piazza del Popolo, where churches, fountains, and monuments tastefully embellish the square. Walk up to the Pincio Terrace to admire the sunset over Rome and enjoy breathtaking views over the city. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Continue your walk to the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome one day. Visit Piazza della Rotonda and admire the exterior of the historic Pantheon. Built in 27 B.C. the Pantheon was dedicated to all the Roman gods. In the 7th century, it was converted to a church dedicated to Mary and the martyrs. It is also the resting place of some major Renaissance artists, including Raffaello. Admire Bernini’s magnificent 4 Rivers Fountain in the center of iconic Piazza Navona. The square also features other important sculptural and architectural creations, including the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Palazzo Pamphili, the Neptune Fountain at the northern end, and the Moor Fountain at the southern end. End your evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a site that at one time was noted for races and executions. In the center of the square you’ll see the statue of Giordano Bruno. Today Campo de’ Fiori is a busy marketplace in the morning and a center of nightlife after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect place to continue your evening in the Eternal City after your guided tour.

Discover Rome Tour by Segway

2. Discover Rome Tour by Segway

Your tour will depart from the Piazza del Popolo at the foot of the panoramic Pincio (Pincian Hill) terrace, where you will have a brief introductory training session on use of the Segways to ensure you are confident riding, before taking you on a tour of discovery of Rome’s most magnificent piazzas. You will see Piazza della Rotonda with the Pantheon and its many cafes located around the 13 obelisks of the city, Piazza Navona with Bernini’s colossal Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) and Campo dei Fiori with its famous daily market. Then, you will go across the Sant’Angelo bridge to the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo and Via della Conciliazione where you can admire the magnificent Cupola di San Pietro (dome of St. Peter’s), finishing in Piazza San Pietro with its superb colonnade. On the way back to Piazza del Popolo you will pass by the Ara Pacis Museum with the Mausoleum of Augustus.

Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

3. Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

After you buy the quest, receive a code which grants you access to the quest in the app (the app is free to download). Along the way, find the story of the most prolific executioner in Rome, discover the church of chained spirits, and see the woman who was cursed to lose her hands. Find out many other stories of the people who lived and died in these 10 places that you’ll visit. The quest can be played at any hour, but it is recommended that you try it at night, for the full haunted experience. It will take you from 1 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map or GPS. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point (Piazza del Popolo) and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

4. Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

To enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican you need to have an appointment, and priority viewing tickets are limited. On your way to the Papal audience, you will travel by air-conditioned coach through some of Rome's major sightseeing spots, including the Piazza della Repubblica, the historic Aurelian Walls, the well-known Villa Borghese Gardens, and the northern gate of Rome, which leads into majestic Piazza del Popolo. Here you will have a chance to see the Egyptian Obelisk, dating back to the time of Ramses II. Before arriving at St. Peter's Square, and preparing for your audience with the Pope, you will glimpse the impressive Castel Sant'Angelo and the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. The Papal audience will be held in either St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica, or the Audience Hall, depending on seasonal conditions and the number of visitors taking part in the audience. Before the beginning of the audience, you will be given further information on when and where to meet.

Rome: Private Night Tour by Car

5. Rome: Private Night Tour by Car

Experience a private Rome tour by car to cover the city from top to bottom. You will follow the river, traveling along the ancient walls and driving through Rome's beautiful hills. Along the way you will begin to understand the innumerable expansions and contractions that the city has undergone from its birth, over 2,700 years ago. Throughout your private Rome tour by car, you will be told about the people who inhabited the city, the wealthiest neighborhoods, changes in population, what they did for a living, their relationships with the river, the hills, and the monumental ruins of the ancient city. You will learn how the cultural and political center of the city was moved and redesigned several times, especially as part of the journey from Paganism to Christianity. Starting at Capitoline Hill, the ancient and sacred heart of the Pagan city, you will explore the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, the Aventine Hill, the Boarian Forum, the Olitorian Forum, The Spanish Steps, and the Pincio Hill which has spectacular views over the rooftops of downtown Rome. You will also discover Piazza del Popolo, Augustus' Mausoleum, Castel' Sant'Angelo, The Bridge of Angels, St. Peter's Basilica, Trastevere, and the Janicolum Hill, with the entire city glittering at your feet. At the conclusion of your comprehensive Roman experience, you will return back to Piazza Venezia.

Rome: Highlights Guided Evening Stroll

6. Rome: Highlights Guided Evening Stroll

See Rome in the romantic glow of an Italian sunset on this relaxed stroll, what they call a “passeggiata” in Italy. Meet your professional guide at the Piazza del Popolo obelisk, and embark on a highlight walking tour. Climb to see the view from Pincio terrace then the iconic Spanish steps. Toss a coin into the Trevi fountain so you know you’ll return someday. Visit the best-preserved ancient building in Rome: the Pantheon, then stop at Piazza Navona with its Baroque fountain to watch the street performers. This evening walking tour takes you round some of Rome’s most beautiful sights, with your guide teaching you about the culture, history, architecture and art of the city over the years. This was once the centre of civilization, relive it as the sun goes down. The intimate tour consists of a maximum of 12 people but can be booked privately for an even more romantic experience. Your local guide will be able to suggest the best spots along the way for food, Apertivo or gelato.

Rome: Early Morning E-Bike Tour

7. Rome: Early Morning E-Bike Tour

The morning e-bike tours are led by expert local guides who ride with you inside the Eternal City. They explain how to use the 3D visor during the tour, while providing you with history and curiosities about each monument. Explore the Colosseum as never before through the interactive 3D certified reconstruction, integrated by a narrative voice of your guide and epic background music. Explore the city as it was 2000 years ago. A real moving and multi-sensory family experience, suitable for all ages.  The tour follows a carefully-designed itinerary, stopping at Rome’s most popular sites and recreating the ancient settings. You will see 3D reconstructions of the Circus Maximus, the School of the Gladiators, and much more. Your guide will always be with you, who will inform you about everything you really see with the 3D visors. Other viewpoints throughout the route include the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine and Imperial Forum, Venice square, Trajan forum Pantheon, Navona square, Campo dei Fiori, Trastevere, and Capitoline Hill.

Piazzas of Rome Small Group Sunset Tour

8. Piazzas of Rome Small Group Sunset Tour

Enjoy a romantic walking tour of Rome at dusk, and see the sunset over the “Eternal City’s” beautiful squares. Meet your guide in Piazza del Popolo, formerly used for popular games and public executions, and now a lively space for concerts. Learn about the vision of its architect, Giuseppe Valadier. Continue to Pincio Terrace to see the sunset over the rooftops of Rome. Marvel at the broad sweep of the Spanish Steps and Barcaccia’s fountain to a half-sunken ship. Next, go to the Trevi Fountain on Piazza di Trevi, and throw a coin in the pool according to tradition. See the historic Pantheon on Piazza della Rotonda, built in 27 BC as a temple to all the gods of Rome. Wander over to Piazza Navona, built on the site of a Roman amphitheater. Experience “La Dolce Vita” of Rome around Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in its center. End on Campo de' Fiori, dominated by the statue to the poet and philosopher, Bruno Giordano. Learn about his trial for heresy, and how he was burned at the stake at the medieval marketplace in the 16th century.

Rome: Combination Colosseum and Evening Walking Tour

9. Rome: Combination Colosseum and Evening Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Rome with a combination guided walking tour for small groups of up to 18 people. Skip the lines to explore the Colosseum and the Roman forum in the afternoon, then reconvene later in the evening for a romantic walking tour of historical Rome. After making your way to the first meeting point at 1:30 PM, enter the Colosseum directly with your skip-the-line access. Hear stories of gladiator fights while exploring the Colosseum's first and second tier with your professional guide, then learn about monuments like the Curia inside the Roman Forum after skipping the lines to enter there too. Next, admire the Capitoline Hill and its great view over the Roman Forum. Enjoy photo stops at Rome's big-name attractions, such as Piazza Venezia, Largo di Torre Argentina, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. The first part of this combination tour takes 3.5 hours. Later, join another group tour at 6:45 PM, beginning at the Piazza del Popolo. Follow your guide to the romantic Pincio Terrace to see the sunset over the Eternal City's beautiful squares, fountains, and rooftops. After sunset, visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s famous Barcaccia Fountain. Then, make your way to the stunning Trevi Fountain, the biggest Baroque fountain in Rome. Throw a coin into the fountain, which traditional legend holds will ensure a return to Rome in the future. Visit the historic Pantheon from the exterior, and admire beautiful Piazza Navona with Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in the center. End your romantic evening walk on Campo de' Fiori, a perfect place to continue your evening in the Eternal City after your guided tour. The second part of this tour also takes 3.5 hours. You can choose between an English or Spanish-speaking tour guide.

Rome: Small-Group Tour with Street Food, Tiramisu & Gelato

10. Rome: Small-Group Tour with Street Food, Tiramisu & Gelato

Experience the Rome of emperors and popes on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the historic piazzas and fountains, starting at Piazza del Popolo. Stroll through the famous fashion streets before getting to Piazza di Spagna with Bernini’s unusual fountain of a half-sunken ship. Stop to taste one of Rome's best tiramasu. Enjoy and taste the rela roman pizza with cheese, suppli and a glass or wine ( or other beverage) Head towards Piazza di Trevi, where legend says that if you toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain and make a wish you will one day return to Rome. Along the way, stop to sample some of Rome’s legendary gelati at typical gelaterias, each one famous for their unique flavors, such as chocolate orange or pistacchio stracciatella. Learn the secrets of artisanal gelati, and how to distinguish a good one from a bad one! As you walk, your guide will provide a fascinating history of Rome’s fountains and piazzas, telling stories of some of the city’s notorious characters for added color, before you end in the grandeur of Piazza Navona with a typical Italian coffee.

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What people are saying about Piazza del Popolo

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Andrada was an excellent guide, careful to keep track of our wandering group. She was very informative and engaging. I feel so much more at home here in Rome now, and in awe of the amazing architectural feats everywhere to be found in Rome. Highly recommended!

Our tour guide was Andrada, and she was awesome! She gave a fascinating tour and answered all of our many questions. She was personable and incredibly knowledgeable.

was a great experience! had a great guide who explained a lot and also brought a lot of humor with him! great!! gladly again!

Great tour, very informative. Segways are easy to ride and far better than walking. Guide was very good. Mark and Mareia

Andrada, we loved the tour and your excellent stories. Thank you for making memories with us.