Top Tours & Activities in Rome
So, the Eternal City is on your bucket list? Prepare to mix and match 2500+ years of history and discover your own version of Rome. You could fall in love with this city without ever seeing a museum -- but here are some of the more noteable sights.
Vatican City is the world's smallest independent international state, a walled-off enclave within Rome. It's home to 842 people, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica.
Some of the world's most important relics -- the Sistine Chapel, for example -- are located inside the Vatican Museum. A guided tour here is worth every penny.
Located inside the Apostolic Chapel, within the residence of the Pope, Michelangelo's ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel is a sight to see. Also, spend time studying The Last Judgement on the altar wall.
This is where to go when you want to see Roman ruins. The Roman forum itself was once a marketplace or plaza, and is surrounded by the remnants of ancient government buildings.
Tour this famous ampitheatre and reflect on the incredible architecture from 72 AD. The Colosseum is more impressive than any football stadium you've ever seen, AND it's 2000 years old.
It's thought that Palatine Hill is where Rome began. Excavations show that people have lived there since 1000 BC, and the ruins are steeped in mythology.
This tourist attraction is also the center of the Catholic world. The stunning St Peter's Basilica was built on the site where Peter, the apostle and first pope, was buried.
Raphael's 16th century frescoes line the walls of the Palace of the Vatican's four public reception rooms, also called Raphael Rooms.
Known to be one of the best museums in Rome, the Galleria Borghese is a 17th century villa is located in the sprawling Borghese park. You'll see antiquities, Rennaissance art, and early Baroque pieces.
Rome's world-famous Trevi Fountain depicts the mythological Neptune, backed by two Tritons. A fun place to grab a gelato, throw a coin in the fountain, and people-watch.
We can promise you won't get bored! You could manage to hit a lot of attractions in 4-5 days, or you could stay for months. Rome is incredibly walkable -- meaning it's easy to get a sense of the city just by exploring the neighborhood where you decide to stay. You'll quite quickly discover hidden-gem Italian restaurants or accidentally stumble upon Roman ruins.
The big attractions charge you an entrance fee. Colosseum tickets start at 10€ to tour the inside. You can plan on seeing a lot of the ruins and churches from the outside for free, and you will find delicious Italian food for reasonable prices. One very cool free activity: the Casa del Cinema at Villa Borghese. The city of Rome subsidizes the outdoor film screenings here. Buy some wine and pizza, sit on the grass, and take in a free movie.
This completely depends on your budget and style. You'll probably walk down Via Connotti on your way to the Spanish Steps. That's where to go if you're looking for the great designer houses of Italy, like Prada and Gucci. Alternatively, check out the Mercato Monti in the neighborhood near the Colosseum. It's open daily for your fashion and trinket flea market fix.
Roman tradition suggests the city was founded in 753 BC, and archaeologists suggest that inhabitants were settled there even earlier!
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- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitRome is in southern Italy, so winter weather is mild. One tip: keep major Catholic holidays in mind. It may mean things are closed; more likely, it will mean huge crowds. Whether or not you want to see Easter at the Vatican, it will help your hotel (or flight) plans if you know in advance.
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The trip started in a wonderful medieval mountain top city. The guides on this portion were knowledgeable and funny. Only wish would be that we could stop in all the interesting shops along this route, but another reason to visit. The Abby was nice but a quick diversion to stretch the legs before the meal at the winery. The food was excellent and the wine was good. A quick explanation of the wines made sure that we took something away besides a good meal. The last stop of the renaissance city allowed us to walk around at our leisure for a little less than an hour. While the city had amazing views of the valley and picturesque scenes, there wasn't enough time to visit the two meusems and the shops were a bit overpriced from what we have seen around. The trip was enjoyable though as a great break from the city and seeing the country side of Tuscany.
The location to meet for this tour was great. Guido was a good guide. I can't believe how well the guides do considering how busy each place is. It was amazing to me that we all managed to stick together through the museum, what a zoo. Each place is absolutely magical though so the masses didn't bother me too much. Having head sets to hear Guido as we moved from place to place was great. It have been nice to have an opportunity here and there to ask questions but Guido never invited any. I suspect it was because of the crowded spaces but there were places he could have invited conversation. He also didn't get to know any of us before or during the tour. A quick, where is everyone from, has anyone been here before, who knows about Roman history, etc. could have really helped him gear his info to the crowd he had with him.
We really enjoyed this tour - the Colosseum was amazing to see and going in the Gladiator's Gate was awesome - plus the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Our guide Davide was very funny and knowledgable - even the kids were interested for the 3 hours. Recommended!
A perfect way to see Rome for cruise passengers arriving to Civitavecchia. Loved it and would highly recommend for anyone coming with a cruise ship. Pros: -great price, MUCH cheaper than overpriced tours sold on board - very comprehensive tour, all main attractions (including Vatican) are included - multilingual tour guides (all major languages are available) - each bus includes an assistant from Civita tour company in addition to a tour guide - great comfortable buses - very easy to find: the free shuttle takes everyone from the cruise right to Civita tour staff/buses waiting area
I was impressed by how knowledgable our Guide Gabriella was and the time she took to really explain the history of the Colosseum. I would recommend this tour to any who wants to have a better understanding of Roman history. This tour made the history come alive!!!