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Trastevere: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour

1. Trastevere: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour

Meet your guide on Tiber Island in the center of Rome, the only urban island of the Tiber river. Together, start the tour in the medieval side of Trastevere. Your guide will take you to the Church of Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, and your first stop will be in one of Rome's oldest bakeries.  Trastevere remains very traditional and boasts the presence of many old-school craftsmen and traders. Discover their  work, unchanged by modernity, like the cold cuts store where you can taste salami and cheese cured in the local Italian tradition.  Explore the magnificence of Santa Maria in Trastevere, the biggest and most important church in the district. Keep on walking and enjoy the atmosphere of Trastevere, strong along its alleyways to get to the Piazza Trilussa, named after a famous Roman poet from the last century. Bring your camera with you to catch the shape of big Cupolone, the Saint Peter's dome that reveals itself by Sistus Bridge, before closing the tour with the grand finale, a tasty handmade gelato cone.

Trastevere: Segway Tour

2. Trastevere: Segway Tour

There’s a lot to see in Trastevere and there are several different Segway Express tours for you to choose from. These 2-hour guided rides are operated daily and led by a multi-lingual tour leader who’ll show you around. This popular Roman neighborhood is located on the Tiber’s west bank, south of the Vatican. The area’s cobbled streets, medieval houses, and unique character continue to draw artists, celebrities, and expatriates to live and play here. After a short but intense training session with an authorized instructor, you’ll be taken along Trastevere’s narrow streets to see the main attractions, including some of the most beautiful squares and fountains in Rome. The tour is short, fun, and designed to leave you with pleasant memories of your time in Rome. You can choose from the following itineraries for your Trastevere Express tour: • From Santa Maria in Trastevere to Santa Cecilia and return • Up Gianicolo Hill to the Bramante masterpiece and a panoramic view of Rome • Piazza Trilussa, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona and return • The Jewish Ghetto and Teatro Marcello

Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

3. Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide near the beautiful Tiber River, then travel back in time as you explore the picturesque streets of Trastevere. Head to the medieval Basilica of Saint Crisogono, which boasts an impressive interior. Next, go underground and find yourself in 4th century Rome. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this underground basilica, admiring its ancient frescoes and mysterious crypts. Head to the Church of Santa Cecilia next, and find its 3rd century mosaic flooring underground. Learn about the legendary Santa Cecilia, as well as her macabre death. Arrive at the Cavallini Room next, and marvel at the Last Judgement masterpiece (morning tours only). End the tour in the heart of Trastevere, in front of the golden mosaics of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome.

Rome: Trastevere Roman Street Food Tour

4. Rome: Trastevere Roman Street Food Tour

Join this tour for a nice stroll around the Trastevere district and get a better understanding of how a typical Roman aperitivo looks and tastes. Admire the 5th-century mosaics that decorate the interiors of the Basilica dedicated to Santa Cecilia. Discover the narrow alleys that characterize the Trastevere district. Visit the Antica Caciara, where you will have the chance to taste delicious homemade mozzarella. Taste Roman porchetta at the Antica Norcineria Iacozzilli and stop at Venanzio, the first supplì shop in Rome.       Last but not least, visit the Cantina di Spirito, an underground wine cellar. With the help of a professional sommelier, taste a selection of local wines. Stop in front of the marvelous Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and end the tour in Piazza Trilussa.

Rome: Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

5. Rome: Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

Get a little closer to the history, legends, and folklore of Tiber Island and one of Rome's most significant neighborhoods, Trastevere. Follow your guide through the hidden squares, gems, and monuments while learning about the sacred stories and legends of Romans passed. Meet your guide at Fabrico Bridge and begin the walk to the only island in the Eternal city. Cross over the oldest Roman bridge still in use that connects the left bank of Tiber River with the island. Travel back in time and retrace the steps of the Greeks and Romans. Once on the island, learn of how it was originally formed by volcanic rock and river sediment that accumulated over many millennia. Admire the island's ship-like shape and discover the stories about the smallest inhabited island in the world. Continue on to Rome's prettiest neighborhood, Trastevere. As you walk, come across the Basilica of San Crisogono, one of the oldest Roman Basilicas. Take the time to admire it without the presence of many tourists and prepare to be enchanted by the frescoes. Once at the Piazza di Santa Maria, discover the first official place of Christian worship in Rome and the beautiful Basilica with artistic treasures and masterpieces to explore. Wander the crooked streets and romantic alleys and reach the Piazza San Cosimato. Admire its homonymous church dating back to the 10th century from the outside and reach the Baroque Church of San Francesco a Ripa. Finish the tour passing by the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, and head back to Tiber Island.

Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

6. Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

Wander through the picturesque cobblestone streets of Rome's Trastevere neighborhood and admire the centuries-old gold mosaics in the Basilica of Santa Maria on this 3.5-hour private walking tour.  Meet your local guide outside the Villa Farnesina and admire the extensive fresco decorations by artists such as Raphael, whose lover was said to have lived in this district. Continue on to the Basilica of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome, and the nearby Church of Santa Cecilia, known for its elaborate crypt and a magnificent Baroque-era sculpture of the saint. Walk past the pizzerias and lively restaurants that have made this neighborhood so famous and learn about this area's role in the city's history.

Rome Off-the-Beaten Path 3.5-hour Walking Tour

7. Rome Off-the-Beaten Path 3.5-hour Walking Tour

Your 3.5-hour tour begins in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, one of the most important, but greatly ignored neighborhoods in the city. With roots dating back to the mid-16th century, the area was integral to the development of Roman culture and cuisine, and home to important landmarks such as the Teatro Marcello, which is also known as the Jewish Colosseum. Next, you’ll make quick stops at the famous Mouth of Truth (stick your hand in and tell a lie if you dare). Then you’ll leave the city proper in search of the Appian Way, the most frequented thoroughfare of ancient Rome. Walk along the original paving stones as your expert guide tells you stories about the thriving Empire. From the veneration of Emperor Augustus to the crucifixion of Spartacus, this road played a central role in many of Rome’s greatest events. Your trip outside the walls will take you past the Park of the Aqueducts. Marvel at the giant structures that once provided Rome with fresh running water on demand. Afterwards, head off the beaten path to to Tiber Island, the boat-shaped island which has connected both sides of the Tiber River since antiquity. Onwards, experience some of the lesser-known spots in bohemian Trastevere, starting with a visit and tasting at a historical bakery. Pop into the church of Santa Cecilia, a magnificent complex built upon a 5th-century Basilica, before heading to Testaccio Market, where you'll try a typical roman pasta with a soft drink included.

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

8. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover Rome's Jewish ghetto or Roman ghetto established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV for the 5,000 Jews that lived in Rome at the time. The former walled quarter sits close to the river Tiber, and today, is one of the most fascinating quarters of the city. Your 3-hour Rome Trastevere Walking Tour will start in this quarter before taking you over the Tiber to the historic Trastevere neighborhood. Trastevere is a picturesque neighborhood dating back to medieval times and charming area filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. These 2 areas are often overlooked by tourists but this intimate walking tour of these magnificent neighborhoods will take you to its top landmarks. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to see all of the monuments and landmarks, as well as get a great feeling for this Bohemian area of Rome. This Rome Trastevere walking tour will start in the Jewish ghetto, where you will learn about the Jewish history and presence in Rome, which is still much visible today. Led by an experienced guide, see Jewish-owned businesses, visit kosher restaurants and, when possible, even take you to the synagogue of Rome. The Porticus Octaviae will be one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which sits in the middle of Piazza Mattei. Your guide will then take you across the river Tiber to Trastevere, which was once home to the wealthy Etruscans. Here, you will visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Francesco a Ripa and the Ponte Rotto, which is the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome. 

Rome: Guided Tour of Trastevere & 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

9. Rome: Guided Tour of Trastevere & 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Experience one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Explore the Bohemian district of Trastevere on a guided tour and benefit from access to the Gray Line - I Love Rome hop-on hop-off bus. Access the bus for 24 hours from 8 stops in the city to see the best of Rome. Guided tour:Enjoy a guided tour of Trastevere, a funky district with craft beer pubs, artisan shops, and a young crowd. Immerse yourself in the rich, vibrant culture and feel like a local. Start at Ponte Fabricio, the oldest Roman bridge in Rome, and make your way to Tiber Island. Learn about the island’s incredible history before crossing over the bridge into Trastevere. Discover hidden gems and peaceful squares in the bohemian district, following your guide past the historic churches which make this area feel so special. Look out for the Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere, famous for its 12th-century mosaics. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus:Ride around the capital city of Italy on an open-top hop-on hop-off bus. Access this convenient transportation for 24-hours, allowing you to visit some of the best sights in Rome with ease. Enjoy views of the streets of Rome and observe the daily lives of locals, keeping an eye out for spots to visit if you want to get off the bus. Use the detailed map to plan your route through the city. Get on again easily at one of the eight bus stops distributed around Rome. Listen to audio commentary in 13 languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic.

Rome: Isola Tiberina 3-Hour Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. Rome: Isola Tiberina 3-Hour Tour with Hotel Pickup

Learn about the Tiber River and how it helped shape the Italy of today. Travel back to the time of the Greeks and the Romans and learn what events took place on this small strip of land. The tour starts with hotel pickup from your accommodation in Rome. With the experienced guide, stroll through Rome's most peculiar neighborhood, Trastevere, and cross one of the two bridges connecting Isola Tiberina to the Eternal City. Stroll around the island and visit the inside of the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all'Isola. Admire its architecture and hear about its unique history. Take pictures in the Piazzas (plazas) and admire the centuries-old facades of some of the island's oldest buildings. Hear the story of Santa Cecilia, a martyr and patron saint of musicians, while touring the Basilica in her name. Admire her statue and visit the crypt, all the while marveling at the relics and learning about the Mannerism-Baroque style.

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What people are saying about Church of Santa Cecilia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Donnie was an amazing tour guide with so much knowledge and enthusiasm. He really brought Travestere and the Jewish Ghetto to life and seemed genuinely happy to help us discover its history. Solid 3 hour tour - would recommend.

Great moment, unusual places that you can't find in the guides. Thank you very much for this excellent visit and in perfect French. I highly recommend :)

the nicest tour guides. both Mario and Maia were incredibly kind, patient and fun. thank you

It was very informative and entertaining. Very nice and competent guide.

Thanks to Zenda for her preparation and kindness, good experience