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Rome: E-Bike Night Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

1. Rome: E-Bike Night Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

Begin your adventure close to St. Maria Maggiore, one of the most beautiful basilicas of Rome. Pedal up to the top of the Aventino hill and admire one of the most striking sunset panoramas of the eternal city. Enjoy the views over the Fori Imperiali, Campidoglio, and Circo Massimo by dusk. Then, head for the Trevi Fountain, and make a wish as you throw a coin in. See popular landmarks such as the Colosseo and San Pietro, illuminated by the moonlight biking through little-known streets far away from the city traffic. End the adventure with the cold cuts accompanied by a glass of wine.

Rome: Nighttime Tour of the Eternal City by Open-Top Bus

2. Rome: Nighttime Tour of the Eternal City by Open-Top Bus

See the highlights of Rome under the light of the night sky on an open-top double-decker bus tour. Drive by the city's most iconic landmarks, including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Circus Maximus, and the Colosseum, and stop for a bite to eat at Eataly, an Italian food hall/grocery store. Hop on board the bus at Termini station just as the sun is beginning to set. Pass through the historical center and watch as the night sky illuminates the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Pyramid of Cestius. Listen to the onboard audio guide to learn more about the history of each location. Stop for a break at the Eataly food hall. Enjoy some free time to grab a bite to eat or pick up some fresh Italian produce from one of the stalls. Choose whether to enjoy a pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven or sit down at Terra, the new restaurant, with its 3-meter handmade grill. Refreshed and refueled, hop back on the bus to continue your sightseeing. Pass by landmarks like Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, and Saint Angelo Castle. You will also drive through the charming square of Piazza Barberini and Via Veneto before ending outside the Colosseum.

Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill

3. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill

Experience the best of Rome with a 24-hour open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus taking you through the Eternal City and its major highlights. Hop off and explore at your own pace, plus receive admission to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour While aboard the bus, listen to engaging audio commentary in 9 languages to learn about Rome’s long and rich history. When hopping off, continue the adventure by taking advantage of the complimentary digital, self-guided walking tours. Explore the Vatican first, passing Castel Sant’Angelo en route to St. Peter’s Square to take in awe-inspiring views of St. Peter’s Basilica. Discover Barberini Square and the iconic Spanish Steps before taking a stroll nearby to soak in the stunning beauty of Trevi Fountain.  Big Bus Rome Red Route: • Termini Station• Santa Maria Maggiore• Colosseum• Circo Massimo• Piazza Venezia• Vatican / Castel Sant’Angelo• Spanish Steps• Piazza Barberini  Colosseum Enjoy the included access to the Colosseum, an amphitheater built during the Roman Empire that entertained Romans for over 500 years. Explore the site and use the audio guide to hear tales of exotic animal exhibitions, prisoner executions, ancient battle recreations, and most famously, the fierce gladiator fights. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Visit the Roman Forum, the birthplace of Ancient Rome, and explore what was once the heart of the Empire. Learn how the Forum was the central point of Ancient Rome’s politics, religion, and culture. See where Romans voted in their elections, watched trials, and gathered to hear speeches. Explore Palatine Hill, which was once the high-society neighborhood of Ancient Rome’s grand elite. Explore the ruins that Roman emperors and aristocrats once called home.

Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

4. Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Join a walking tour of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, located on Esquiline Hill. Discover the secrets of this impressive monument, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream of pope Liberius. This is also where a blanket of snow appeared on the hill in the middle of summer. Find out how the locals commemorate this miracle every year with white flower petals. See the 14th-century bell tower, the highest bell tower in Rome standing tall at 75 meters. It is said that there are pieces of wood from Jesus' crib underneath the altar (Sacra Culla). Visit the patriarchal basilica, which contains the funerary monuments of Pope Clement IX, Paul V, and Nicolas IV. Discover a number of other famous Catholics who are buried here as well, including saint Jerome and the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Rome: Open-Top Bus Tour with Colosseum Audio Guide

5. Rome: Open-Top Bus Tour with Colosseum Audio Guide

Experience the majesty of Rome at your own pace aboard an open-top  hop-on hop-off bus. Travel easily to top sights like the Vatican and Trevi Fountain. Discover the history of Rome with audio commentary on the bus and digital audio guides for the Colosseum, Pantheon and Castel S.Angelo. Skip the hassle of taking public transit or the expense of hiring a taxi with a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get to the city's top attractions smoothly aboard a comfortable bus with open top to allow you to capture pictures of the city. Board the bus at centrally located stops like Terminal via Marsala (Termini station), the National Roman Museum, Saint Mary Major Church, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Venice Square, the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain. Stay connected along the way with access to complementary WIFI on the bus. Travel in comfort aboard a climate-controlled bus.

Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

6. Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

Although enlarged and redecorated, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore retains much of its original structure of the fifth century. In the years following the return of the papacy to Rome from Avignon, part of the church was used as a papal residence until the complete renovation of the Vatican palace. Admire its mosaics of the fifth century, a reliquary that is said to contain a piece of the crib that once held baby Jesus, an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary, and the tomb of St. Jerome and the tomb of the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes all extraterritorial properties of the Holy See in Rome. See the Sistine Chapel in the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, dedicated to Pope Sixtus V.

Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

7. Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

Discover Rome and explore the sites that have made this city the center of Christianity. Relive this ancient history walking through the impressive Papal Basilicas, places where history, faith and art blend together through the lives of popes, saints and artists. You can visit the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls, with its beautiful medieval cloister, then move on to the first basilica in Rome, St. John Lateran, the place of the agreements between the political powers and the power of the church. Continue your journey in Catholicism at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the most important of the Roman churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with many mosaics and decorations. At the end, admire the elegance and the artistic and architectural majesty of St. Peter's Basilica and the masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo.

Rome: Open-Top Bus and Domitian Stadium Entry Ticket

8. Rome: Open-Top Bus and Domitian Stadium Entry Ticket

With this ticket you can enjoy Rome from a unique perspective and discover the history of Rome by listening to a multilingual audio commentary, you can get on and get of the IOBUS at any of the stops whenever you want for the entire validity of your ticket. Moreover, you will have included the entrance ticket to the Domitian Stadium one of Imperial Rome’s Seven Wonders, located around 15 feet (4.5 meters) under Piazza Navona and also a digital audioguide of the Square. Board the bus at centrally located stops like Terminal via Marsala (Termini station), the National Roman Museum, Saint Mary Major Church, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Venice Square, the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.

Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

9. Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

Embark on a 3.5-hour private guided tour with a focus on the spirituality of Rome and some of the churches linked to the Passion of Jesus. Start out at the Basilica of Santa Prassede, where you’ll see a relic of the pillar of the flogging, a segment of the column upon which Jesus was flogged before his crucifixion. Mentioned in 3 of the canonical gospels, this relic was brought to Rome during the Middle Ages. Next is a visit to the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This is the largest Marian Church in Rome and is home to a piece of wood said to come from the crib of Jesus. Move on to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the first of the 4 papal basilicas to be built, and the Cathedral of Rome. See the Scala Sancta, or Holy Stairs. These are the steps leading up to Pilate's headquarter in Jerusalem, on which Jesus stepped before he was sentenced to death. To gain the plenary Indulgence, believers climb the steps on their knees. Nearby is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It was built in the 4th century A.D. to preserve the relics brought to Rome by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine. Several relics are preserved in the Cappella delle Reliquie. See the panel that hung on Christ's cross, 2 thorns from his crown, and 3 pieces of his cross.

Holy Rome Church and Catacombs Guided Tour

10. Holy Rome Church and Catacombs Guided Tour

On this historic tour, marvel at intricately created art masterpieces and visit Scala Santa, one of the most important locations for those who came to Rome on a spiritual pilgrimage. Start your tour by visiting two of the world's most important Basilicas, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and the Basilica of Saint Mary Maggiore. Saint John Lateran, the oldest Basilica in Rome, is famous for its Holy Steps, which were the first path for the pilgrims coming to Rome on a spiritual journey. The other basilica of interest, the Basilica of Saint Mary Maggiore, is the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome where you can admire the fabulous 5th-century frescoes and mosaics inside. Under the basilica's altar lies the famous Crypt of the Nativity, which is rumored to contain wood originating from the crib of Jesus Christ. This holy tour of Rome ends in the historic Appian Way, descending underground to the ancient Catacombs of Rome. Dating back to the 2nd century, these subterranean burial sites are an amazing sight to witness. They also house numerous works of art and are of immeasurable importance to Early Christian art history.

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LOVED THIS TOUR!!! You get to experience the beauty of Rome with all the lights and cooler weather on a fun ride on an e-bike. The tour guide is amazing: super fun and gives some history at each stop. It was fun riding the e-bike (you don’t have to put much effort in on one) and rome at night was even more beautiful. Also, you stop for food and drinks along the way and it was a delicious charcuterie board and wine and they let you have as much as you want. Highly recommend!

Our tour guide was so amazing and fun. She had so much knowledge about the area! We were able to see so many things that we wouldn’t have been able to by just walking. The night views and ambience of the city were spectacular! We loved the food and wine stop, where we chatted with our fun fellow tourists! Overall such a great experience. Our host - tiny red-haired woman was absolutely the greatest

Bruno did a great job keeping an eye on us and stopped often to explain the history of Rome and it's many churches, monuments and statues. he was very knowledgeable and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Rome at night was spectacular.

Sarah our guide was amazing so lovely and informative and lots of fun! This activity made our trip to Rome so special I will never forget it!

cannot recommend enough! It was our favorite tour of the trip!