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Rome: Shuttle Bus Transfer to or from Fiumicino Airport

1. Rome: Shuttle Bus Transfer to or from Fiumicino Airport

Enjoy a frequent and reliable roundtrip shuttle bus transfer between Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and three central locations in Rome. Ride in a regularly-maintained, air-conditioned bus with Wi-Fi on board. For your return transfer, simply refer to the timetable on your voucher. Choose from pickup or drop-off locations at one of these conveniently located stops: Fiumicino Airport, Rome Termini Train Station (Via Marsala 5 as opposed to the Best Western Hotel Royal Santina), the Vatican (Via Crescenzio, 2), or Circonvallazione Aurelia, 19 (in front of a CRAI supermarket). Choose a 1-way shuttle bus service to or from the airport, or alternatively an open return ticket. Best of all, be greeted by staff who will be waiting for you by your bus. Jump on board once you’ve checked in and your luggage is safely stowed away.  Avoid the hassle of navigating the public transportation system before or after a long journey, instead, relax and enjoy the views of Rome from the comfort of your seat.

Rome: Colosseum Escorted Entrance Ticket with Arena Access

2. Rome: Colosseum Escorted Entrance Ticket with Arena Access

Bypass the long line to the Colosseum with a Priority Access Ticket and get escorted through the restricted entrance of the Arena Floor and explore one of the world's most popular attractions in Rome. Discover the epicenter of Roman political, religious, and social life at the Roman Forum before taking a walk up to Palatine Hill. At the meeting point, you'll find your host waiting for you and from there you'll go straight to the Gladiators Arena. Get enough free time inside the Colosseum to explore by yourself and take photos of this historic site. For the second part of the tour, meet your host at the exit of the Colosseum and make your way to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover one of the most ancient parts of the city. Gain panoramic views over the city from Palatine Hill, the center of Rome’s 7 hills, and make the most of an unmissable photo opportunity.

Rome: 4-Hour Combo Pizza and Pasta Cooking Class

3. Rome: 4-Hour Combo Pizza and Pasta Cooking Class

Experience the most authentic way to enjoy pizza. Make it yourself from beginning to end in Rome. Your guide/ chef will take you through all the steps, from preparing the dough to cooking your pizza in a wood fired oven and learn to more than 10 different pasta shapes. After meeting at a central location, your group of no more than 10 participants will be transferred to the kitchen where you will learn the art of Neapolitan style pizza making. You will also have unlimited red wine. For dessert, you will enjoy the Italian original tiramisu. You will be making Pizza Margherita or Capricciosa and Pasta alla Carbonara or Amatriciana and more. Make sure to come hungry because the pizza and pasta is all-you-can-eat. At the end of your experience, you will be brought back to the original meeting point.

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

4. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Rome: Day Tour of Villa D'Este & Hadrian's Villa Tivoli

5. Rome: Day Tour of Villa D'Este & Hadrian's Villa Tivoli

Depart Rome and transfer to Tivoli to tour 2 of Italy’s most impressive villas on this full-day tour of the Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa, with time to explore both magnificent country estates. Drive to Hadrian's Villa, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian, and once greater than the center of Imperial Rome. The largest and most luxurious residence ever built in Italy, it features an impressive array of imperial palaces, temples, theaters, thermal baths, and pools. After lunch, explore the grounds of the Villa D'Este and learn about the history and development of the villa, an enchanting site of the late Italian Renaissance. Once the home of Lucrezia Borgia's son, it is renowned for its spectacular gardens and trees, as well as its waterfalls and fountains. Highlights include the caryatids and columns of the Canopus and Serapeum, the pool and artificial grotto, named after an Egyptian city and temple dedicated to the god Serapis, and the Maritime Theatre, where a small Roman house was thought to have provided a retreat from the demands of court life.

Rome: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Entrance Tickets

6. Rome: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Entrance Tickets

Make the most of your time in Rome and avoid wasting time in long lines with skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums. Navigate your way to the Vatican and pass through security with ease. Once inside, feel free to roam around the museums at your own pace. Admire works by Renaissance masters in the museums and marvel at Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

7. 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: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

8. 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.

Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

9. Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

Train to be a gladiator at a school in Rome! Go back to school, but a school with a difference! Take this fun 2-hour course at a gladiator school on the ancient Via Appia in Rome, and learn to be a Roman fighter. Suitable for children and adults both, you will live like a warrior for 2 hours, wearing the gladiator tunic and mastering the skills of swordplay – safely of course. After an introduction to Roman history, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial swords fighting. Each session includes a description of life as a gladiator and top tips on techniques with Roman weapons. Enjoy a unique experience!

Vatican City: Basilica, Dome, & Papal Tombs Early Bird Tour

10. Vatican City: Basilica, Dome, & Papal Tombs Early Bird Tour

Be mesmerized by the ancient history of the Vatican City with our local guide, including the marvelous St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican city, filled with statuesque columns and majestic pilasters. Our guide will walk you through the 1st balcony, decorated with amazing frescoes and works of art at a close distance up until you reach the summit of the Dome after 320 steps, where a panoramic view awaits you over the city centre. Have some free time to enjoy and take photographs at your own pace, observing from a wide-range view of the Dome’s summit, overlooking to some of the ancient monuments including the Roman Colosseum and Pantheon. There’s no need to line up again as the guide escorts you back to the Basilica with an instant access. Be captivated by the interiors filled with masterpieces of the illustrious Bernini and Michelangelo and the remains from the Renaissance and Baroque period. As the tour ends, follow your guide towards the Vatican’s historic Grottoes to get a closer look of the rooms, chapels and the papal tombs, where many Popes, royalties and other dignitaries are laid to rest.

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in Rome with kids– what to do with kids

Looking for things to do in Rome with kids? Rome is more than museums and old ruins. Show the kids what old really means. The Colosseum, Palatine Hills, and Forum still stand after almost 2,000 years and the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica are not much younger. However, Rome is not just history.

Rome’s attractions and activities spark imagination and fun. Discover old-fashioned fun at San Carlino’s puppet theater. Learn authentic pizza or pasta making at a local ristorante. Take on a treasure hunt through the Vatican. Imagine flying da Vinci’s inventions at Palazzo della Cancelleria. And after seeing art, create art. Try some papier-mâché sculpting or watercolors at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. There is so much more to try when in Rome for the whole family.

Where can the entire family have fun in Rome?

Journey through fun and learning in Rome and go for more than just the typical attractions.

Visit the Villa Borghese: More than just a park

Rome takes its gardens seriously when it comes to relaxation and fun. More than just greenery and statues, you and your family can walk on the wild side. The petting zoo has peacocks, penguins, and more for the kids to get close to nature. The Casina di Raffaello has toys and costumes for play and dress up. You can even ride a bike as the whole family by renting a two-, four-, or six-seater bike. The park is almost 200 acres, so a bike may be a good idea. Try and find the Secret Gardens or feed the swans from a rowboat.

Visit Explora Children’s Museum: Kids learn through fun

Take a break from history at Explora, and get the kids involved in the real world. Fully interactive, they might not realize they’re learning while they’re having fun! They can operate a train and learn about transport, go grocery shopping and learn to be a bargain hunter, or even go fishing and learn about ecology. Every child must be accompanied by an adult, so you can participate with them. Everyone gets to learn! There are activities suitable for infants to pre-teens (12 years old). Keep in mind that visits are sometimes limited to about 2 hours to prevent over-crowding.

Visit Welcome to Rome: Time travel with the family 

Today, you and your family walk by ruins. Take a tour back in time to their heyday and watch history unfold. A multimedia show will enthrall the kids as they learn and see Rome built before their eyes. Then watch it burn and then get rebuilt. Almost 3,000 years pass by in about 30 minutes. Then check out the interactive exhibitions of St. Peter’s, Castel Sant'Angelo, and more. Recommended for 6 years and older, this is ideal for a break from walking or from the heat if you’re there in the summer.

Visit Gruppo Storico Romano: Test fighting skills at gladiator school

After touring the Colosseum, see if you and your kids have combat skills. Put on a tunic and live like a gladiator at Gruppo Storico Romano. There’s nothing like living history to learn about the past! Safely learn sword fighting, then take to the ring. This is recommended for older children and adults, but there’s seating in the arena. Cheer on your favorite fighter and watch them graduate with a gladiator certificate!

Visit the squares of Rome: Search for animals in the fountains

Make strolls through the squares, or piazzas, and fountains a safari. The kids may discover a love for art or at least enjoy the walks a bit more. Turtles and dolphins play at the Fontana delle Tartarughe (Fountain of the Turtles) in Piazza Mattei. The elephant in Piazza di Santa Maria sopra Minerva looks like it has a secret. Lions fill Fontana del Mosè (Fountain of Moses) at the Piazza San Bernardo. And of course, there are the winged horses and sea creatures at the Trevi Fountain. Don’t forget to toss in a coin for good luck!

What should I expect when visiting Rome with my kids?

Rome is very much a walking city, but some of the streets aren’t that stroller friendly. You may want to consider a wearable carrier instead. Museums and other attractions should have coat rooms to store bags and strollers, but you should check with your guide. As you wander through the squares, you may need some, well, relief. Look for a p-spot. Yes, that’s what they are called. These are set up all over the city and for a small fee, you can use the facilities – water fountains, bathrooms, and baby changing stations. They are extremely welcoming and there’s even free Wi-Fi.



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What people are saying about Rome

Lots of different tour guides/people in location, get there in plenty of time to locate the right guide/preparation prior to start the tour- labels, earphones etc. Well paced tour. Easy to book. Well organised. Informative and thoroughly enjoyed.

Great service! Spacious bus and clear instruction on which spot is best to get out depending on your accomodation. To get there, get out of the airport and walk to your right until you see the big busses parked in diagonally.

Excellent tour. Bianca, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patience. I believe without her guide we just go around without knowing the areas and what represent it. Thank you Bianca!

We were a group of 15 people. Guide Rosalia Gangemi wowed us on the Forum/Palatine Hill/Colosseum tour. We enjoyed this moment of history very much.

I have great tour but sorry I couldn't remember my tour guide name