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Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

1. Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Try out authentic delicacies as you immerse yourself in the local culture of Rome on a walking tour. Taste unmissable Roman foods such as pizza from a family-run establishment, Supplì (fried mozzarella rice balls), and typical seasonal dishes from Rome’s Jewish Quarter. Meet in Piazza del Biscione before whetting your appetite at a local charcuterie at your first stop. Sample some typical Italian cured meats and some local wine there. Then head off to try Rome's well-known tasty street food, Supplì. Your guide will fill you in on these rice delicacies' 19th-century beginnings and how they earned their name. Next, taste some classic Roman pizza and Menabrea beer at Roscioli, an establishment run by the founder’s grandchildren. After this, you’ll be heading to the Roman Ghetto, Rome’s old Jewish Quarter. Here, sample traditional zucchini flower fritters or carciofi alla giudìa (deep-fried artichokes), depending on what is in season at the time. Finish up the tour with a delicious artisanal gelato at Punto Gelato near Largo di Torre Argentina, the site of four ancient Roman Temples and Pompey’s Theater. Savor the unique northern Italian flavors at a gelateria that featured in Gambero Rosso’s Top 10 list of the best gelato in Rome.  Choose from either a private experience just for your group or a small-group experience. Benefit from personalized insider tips about what to do next in Rome city center after the tour has finished.

Colosseum: Guided Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

2. Colosseum: Guided Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

Experience one of Ancient Rome’s most impressive monuments from a new perspective on a virtual reality tour of the Colosseum with an English-speaking guide. Explore the legendary building via animated and interactive 3D historical reconstructions, combined with multilingual audio and heroic musical backgrounds! Meet your guide to collect your skip-the-line ticket and state-of-the-art Oculus VR (Virtual Reality) headset. Then, follow in the footsteps of the emperors, gladiators and Roman citizens who would fill the arena to watch the blood-curdling spectacles of the Roman Empire. Experience the roar of the ferocious lions and gladiators in combat as the monument is brought to life before your eyes. Access different areas of this mighty symbol of Rome, including the exterior statue to Nero and the upstairs tiers where the crowds would sit. Accompany your guide to the ground floor to complete your virtual reality expedition, and experience the mysterious (and typically unknown to tourists) underground areas to see the slaves moving silently around as they prepare to make each show a success. Using your VR glasses, travel through various corridors and see gladiators getting ready to go into battle. Get a good look at a detailed reconstruction of the hoists (normally invisible to visitors) that were used to suddenly project beasts into the arena, and much more!

Rome and The Vatican: Angels & Demons Mystery Game

3. Rome and The Vatican: Angels & Demons Mystery Game

Play the role of Robert Langdon in Angels and Demons as you walk around Rome in search of clues and amazing stories. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you precise directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places seen in the movie, such as the Vatican and Saint Peter's square, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant Angelo or the Santa Maria della Vitoria church. You will find out secret stories about the places you discover, and you will get to solve the mystery of the Illuminati. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. It will take you about 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you'll discover new locations and stories. 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 voucher. 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.

Civitavecchia Port: Shuttle Bus to/from Rome Termini Station

4. Civitavecchia Port: Shuttle Bus to/from Rome Termini Station

Pre-book the SIT shuttle bus service between Civitavecchia Port and Rome Termini railway station, and benefit from a reliable service that departs daily at 9:30 AM. Redeem your voucher at the bus stop just outside the Port. Then, hop aboard and sit back and relax. Make use of the luggage storage to keep your bags safe, and stay online with the onboard WiFi. For departure transfer, simply make your way to the bus stop at least 15 minutes in advance. You can also change your destination dropping off at the Vatican area instead of Termini Station. Wherever is more convenient for you to start your visit to Rome.

Rome: Small Group Golf Cart Highlights Tour

5. Rome: Small Group Golf Cart Highlights Tour

With a truly small group of only 6 people and led by an expert local guide, cover large amounts of ground and see the major sites of Rome, as well as off-the-beaten-path treasures. Tour around the city in a private golf cart to enjoy a comprehensive overview of Rome, admiring monuments and hearing stories that range from Rome’s ancient past up to the 20th century. See the Colosseum, the Aventine Hill, the Pantheon, the Mouth of Truth, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, and so much more.   This outing is perfect for you if you’re only in the city for a short stay, helping you to make the most of your time. In Rome, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all of the things to do and see, but this tour shows you the highlights and can give you an idea of what you will want to return to and discover more in depth later on.   During the ride, enjoy an ice-cold gelato or a coffee to refresh yourself and get a taste of this wonderful city.

Rome: Small-Group Night Tour

6. Rome: Small-Group Night Tour

Spend a relaxing evening exploring Rome after the sun sets with a professional local guide. You will enjoy the slow pace of a walking tour along streets that are free from the daytime traffic and crowds. The 2-hour experience begins from the Piazza Campo de Fiori. From there you will visit Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and a number of rarer sites you would not be able to find on your own. This is a tour suitable for all ages, as well as for singles, groups, and families with children. Tours are conducted in small groups not exceeding 15 people. This means that no earphones are required, and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with your guide.

Rome: Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer

7. Rome: Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer

Create a unique souvenir of your time in Rome during a photo shoot with a professional photographer. Benefit from an itinerary that will be tailored to your requirements, whether you are visiting for a family getaway, a romantic trip, or break with a group of friends.  Book the package that suits you, and then meet your photographer at a pre-agreed location. Enjoy the journey as they capture the magic on their camera. Visit 1 or more locations, depending on the option booked, to get a contemporary and candid photo document of your time in the city. The photographers are hand-picked and highly experienced, with local knowledge so that you can experience the city like an old friend. Receive a link to your password-protected online gallery within 5 working days of the experience to download your edited photos for free. Look back over your time in the Eternal City with fond memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

8. 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: Off-the-Beaten-Track Private Walking Tour

9. Rome: Off-the-Beaten-Track Private Walking Tour

Go off the beaten track and avoid the crowds on this private guided walking tour of Rome. Bring the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” to life as you uncover city secrets and find on-trend bars. Meet your guide at the Ponte Sant’ Angelo at a time suited to you. Then, escape the usual tourist traps by keeping away from the crowds outside the Colosseum or Pantheon and strolling to hidden squares and local boutiques instead. As your stroll down picturesque streets you will barely notice that Rome is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Wander down quiet alleys in some of the oldest districts to find groovy bars and restaurants and a more authentic local culture. The tour can be tailored to your own pace and interests, but the suggested itinerary will take you to a cozy street full of small boutiques and on to a hidden library with a stunning garden. Local breweries will also be on the itinerary. Then, walk along streets full of local bars, and enter a beer café and brewery. Stroll across the Ponte Sisto to sit down in a square in the Trastevere and enjoy a gelato. Return to the city center via the Isola TIberina.

Rome: Exclusive Small-Group Catacombs by Night Experience

10. Rome: Exclusive Small-Group Catacombs by Night Experience

Your incredible tour begins at the the Crypt of the Capuchin Monks on Via Veneto, where you will meet your professional expert guide and join your exclusively small group of 6 people maximum. This historical crypt holds the bones of over 4,000 deceased Capuchin monks, which have been decoratively laid out creating an eerie atmosphere which is sure to leave you impressed. As your tour of the Capuchin Crypt ends and night begins to fall, your guide will escort you to a private chauffeured car where you will be taken to ancient catacombs for the next part of your tour. Your chauffeur will drop you off at the incredible Basilica of Saint Agnes outside the walls, which was built in honor and protection of the remains of Saint Agnes, a young Christian martyr executed under the reign of Diocletian. Here you will have the chance to visit the beautiful interior of the Basilica, and can descend into the impressive catacombs through exclusive access granted only to your guide's groups. A Saint Agnes affiliated and certified guide will here take you and other groups through the underground hallways lined by hundreds of tombs. Once above ground again, you will continue your visit with your exclusively small group of only 6 people. Your next stop will be just behind the Basilica di Saint Agnes in the Mausoleo di Costanza. This basilica is part of a larger, prominent palaeo-Christian funerary complex which is also home to a mausoleum dedicated to Costanza, Emperor Constantine’s daughter. The access to these incredible catacombs and funerary complex is privileged and exclusively granted to your guide's company's groups. This is sure to be an off-the-beaten-path, beautiful, and inspiring adventure which you will surely not soon forget. Once your tour has ended, you will hop back in your comfortable car before being taken back to the city center.

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What people are saying about Rome

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,677 reviews

Great way to taste food and drinks while learning a bit more about the culture, history and stories of Rome from an experienced local guide. Elisabeth Pettinari, our guide, was absolutely amazing by accommodating a bit of a last minute request as it was my wife birthday! Prosecco went down nicely with a "thchim thchim"!

We did this tour on the first day and that way you get to know a lot about the city right away. Our tour guide was Elisabeth and she did such a good job, she knew everything about the city and its history. Highly recommended and especially if she can show you around

So glad we chose this tour! Our tour guide Natasha was very knowledgeable and super friendly and the food we sampled was amazing. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Rome, the information passed on definitely helped make our trip even better.

Natascha led the tour very well, had an open ear for all participants and informed a lot about history, the country and its people. With her again and again.

Great tour guide, very informative and entertaining. Food was delicious and stops were at places we would not have found on our own.