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Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

1. Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

Immerse yourself into a green archeological area a stone’s throw from the Colosseum and explore two of the ancient Romans’ favorite places of leisure. Save time with an express and complete guided tour featuring insider tips. Let your guide bring to life the impressive ruins of the best-preserved baths in Rome. Marvel at their gigantic walls and wander through the monumental rooms of the Caracalla thermal complex. Be an ancient Roman as you go through the exact steps of a typical day at the baths in the 3rd century AD. Discover the bizarre range of services offered in this ancient spa for both the body and mind. Appreciate the architectural greatness of Imperial Rome and be surprised by the abilities of the ancient engineers. Learn about the labor-intensive underfloor heating system, find out the techniques used to maintain the desired temperature in every room, and admire the geometric motifs on the beautiful mosaics all over the place. Then, head toward what is considered to have been the largest structure for public games ever built by mankind. Standing where the Circus Maximus once existed, learn about the glorious Roman “Ludi,” the spectacular multi-venue celebrations held for up to several days. Let your guide drive your imagination through chariot races, gladiator fights, and the clamor of the public while walking on the soil where they used to take place. Finally, travel back in time to a quasi-legendary era before Rome itself and find out the circus’s foundations in the early myths and gods.

Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

2. Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

Meet your guide in the city center and head towards the Appian Way in a comfortable minivan. Reach one of the largest and oldest catacombs of Rome and venture 52 feet (16 meters) below the surface into the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Explore its endless maze of underground burial chambers, spread across 4 levels. Be captivated by ancient wall paintings of mythological and biblical figures and discover the religious symbolism of the frescoes. Learn about the shift from paganism to Christianity and hear about early martyrs and persecutions. Live the excitement of gradually exploring different layers of history. Complete your underworld experience in the 4th-century subterranean Basilica of Nereus and Achilleus. Then jump back in the minivan return to the city center.

Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

3. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Experience Rome by Golf Cart

4. Experience Rome by Golf Cart

Go on a 4-hour tour of Rome to check out all of the major highlights of the city. This tour includes all of the major sites like Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Colosseum (from outside). In addition, head to Campo de Fiori and Ghetto.  You can either take the train from the port to the city and meet your guide in town or round-trip transportation in a private car or minivan can be arranged for you. The train station is not too far from the port and a shuttle bus can pick you up from the pier where your ship docks and drop you off by the fortress designed by Michelangelo located within the boundaries of the port next to a tourist information kiosk just a few minutes walk from the train station. 

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

5. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome on a guided tour with fast-track entry. Explore the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you explore this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

Rome: Half-Day Tour by Vespa with Driver

6. Rome: Half-Day Tour by Vespa with Driver

Rome is the perfect city to explore on 2 wheels, and there are no 2 wheels more iconic than a Vespa moped. The quintessential Roman mode of transport will see you turn heads for your sense of style as much as you will be turning yours to admire the historic and hidden sights of the Eternal City. Accompanied by an expert driver, visit the most important monuments of Ancient Rome, such as the Circus Maximus, Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Pantheon. Discover why romantics (and the Romantic poets) love the city at enchanting churches and decorative monuments, such as the Baroque Trevi Fountain - throw a coin in to make sure you return to Rome one day - and the Spanish Steps. Go to some of the city’s lesser known attractions, such as the carved face of the Bocca della Verità in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, recognizable to film fans from the Audrey Hepburn movie “Roman Holiday.” Keep your eye out for the new Pope Francis as you cruise past the Vatican City, and more.

From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

7. From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and nature of this peaceful lake, located just a short distance from Rome, on a kayak tour with plenty of interesting stops and technical kayaking tips. After a quick paddling, navigation and communication lesson, you will begin your tour of the lake. Stops will include the village of the millstones, the Roman port of the Villa of Domitian, the Trampoline of the Pope, and a beautiful beach reachable only by kayak, where you can swim if the weather is right. Along the way you will see the summer residence of the Popes, atop the mountain of Castel Gandolfo and surrounded by untouched nature. You can Listen to the sound of local wildlife and the water lapping, a unique and unforgettable experience so close to Rome. Your guide will provide technical assistance throughout the tour, and offer stories and anecdotes about the lake. After arriving back at the starting point, you will have the opportunity to take a shower before heading back to the capital.

Rome: Self-Driven Sightseeing Tour by Vespa

8. Rome: Self-Driven Sightseeing Tour by Vespa

Climb aboard a Vespa, and experience the streets of Rome like a local. Discover enchanting areas in the “Eternal City” at a relaxed pace, and ride to some of the most picturesque places that can only be reached by scooter. An expert guide will accompany you throughout. Ride the streets for 3-4 hours, with the chance to customize the itinerary to suit your interests. The guide will avoid the sights you have already seen and make sure all your interests are satisfied. One Vespa and helmets are provided per 2 participants. Hear interesting information about the places you visit, and take a quick coffee break along the way to become a true Roman.

Rome: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Host

9. Rome: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Host

Discover Rome through the eyes of a local on a private, customized walking tour. Meet your host at your accommodation to get familiar with your neighborhood and learn where the best places to buy groceries or eat out are located. Alternatively, you can arrange to meet at a central landmark or main intersection in the city. Avail of the services of a local who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. The right host will be hand-picked based on your interests and each tour is completely unique. Choose the meeting point, start time and length that you prefer. Learn about the easiest ways to get around and hear about the top things to see and do. Chat about life in the city and exchange cultural differences. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own, confident that you have all the information you need.

Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

10. Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

This tour offers the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums at your own pace with entry before regular opening time. Skip the ticket line and first discover highlights of the Vatican Galleries, with its collection of precious artworks. Your guide will then take you to see the spectacular Sistine Chapel, where you will be able to admire Michelangelo’s work free from the crowds you find during the regular opening hours. Then, get privileged access to the Cabinet of the Masks, which is usually a restricted area of the Vatican. Enjoy a unique experience with your professional and knowledgeable guide and discover one of the Vatican's most precious treasures.

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What people are saying about Rome

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,325 reviews

What a fabulous way to see some of Rome city then you are taken into the quiet beautiful countryside full of history and along with the visit to the catacombs. This excursion would be the highlight to our latest visit to Rome. Massimo was a fantastic tour guide, extremely knowledgeable about all we saw along the way and just a great guy

Fabulous way to get an intro to Rome's highlights. Knowledgeable and very entertaining guide (can't remember his name but he explained he had worked as a guide for 15 years). Highly recommended!

Marco was such a delight. He was very informed( born and raised in Rome) and so accommodating. It was our first night in Rome and he made is spectacular! Highly recommend!

The knowledge and love of Rome really showed through with our guide. We had fun and learned an incredible amount. I would highly recommend this tour.

Exzellent Service, no waiting time at all.Very friendly guide,it couldn’t be better.