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Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

1. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore one of the most exclusive ancient sites in Rome throughout a special guided visit to the opulent Golden House of Nero. Experience the magnificent architecture of the notorious emperor’s vast palace, which was a vivid symbol of his immense ego. After a fire devastated the capital of the Roman Empire in 64 A.D., the emperor had his architects fashion an immense dwelling over the smoldering remains of the devastated city. What they came up with was awe-inspiring, with scarcely believable highlights including a rotating dining room open to the starry night sky and a massive artificial lake. Unfortunately for Nero, the good times didn’t last long. In 68 A.D., the emperor’s wicked ways caught up with him and he was forced to commit suicide. Nero’s immense party pad was bulldozed by his successors in an attempt to erase the memory of the despised despot almost before the paint had even dried. His artificial lake was also filled in, in its place the Flavian Amphitheatre was erected only a few years later. The fabulous Domus Aurea, with its wonderful succession of spacious rooms and soaring vaults decorated with stunning frescoes, lay buried and forgotten for centuries beneath the earth. After a long and meticulous restoration, the surviving rooms of Nero’s Golden House are once again open to visitors. As you make your exciting descent into the eerie excavated remains of Nero’s Golden House today, you’ll be journeying back in time to the extravagant heyday of the Roman empire. Learn all about the fascinating life and times of Nero in the company of a guide.

Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

2. Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

Discover the glorious villas of Tivoli that date back to the times of the Romans and the Renaissance on a half-day tour from Rome. Following an optional pickup from your hotel in the capital, transfer by comfortable transport to the little town of Tivoli just a few kilometers from the city center. Discover a splendid natural environment between the “Eternal City” and the high hills to the east of Rome. Stop at the remarkable architectural complex of the Villa Adriana, built in the 2nd century AD by the Emperor Hadrian. Marvel at its different architectural styles, with influences from Egypt, Rome, and Athens. Learn how it was designed as an "ideal city," and explore some of the symbols of ancient times. Then, go to the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este and explore its palatial setting, surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks, and fountains. Admire a masterpiece of Italian landscape gardening, and its numerous nymphs, grottoes and fountains that were inspired by the Gardens of Babylon.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

3. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

As part of a small group led by a professional local guide, skip the lines at the Castel Sant'Angelo to set off on a 2-hour tour. Start the adventure of the famous castle that was erected by Emperor Hadrian to be his tomb. The building has also been used by popes as their private residence, the state treasury, a prison, and as a location for public executions throughout its history. In just 2 hours you’ll have the chance to discover the rich history of the castle and its magnificent architecture and paintings. You’ll be introduced to the emperor's burial place, the papal apartment, and treasury room. Admire the beautiful angel sculptures along the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels. Finish off the incredible experience with a panoramic view from the castle's terrace and take stunning photos of the city.

Rome: Ancient Roman Domus with Multimedia Experience

4. Rome: Ancient Roman Domus with Multimedia Experience

Start your experience with a multimedia video which shows the past and the present of the most important monuments in Rome, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peter's Basilica, Castel St. Angel, Circus Maxiums and Ara Pacis. The video is shown inside the Touristation Office before you begin exploring the Domus. Then, using a VR headset, admire the virtual reconstruction of rooms, walls, mosaics, peristyles, kitchens, baths, furnishings and decorations. Everything will come back to life during this virtual tour of the great Domus of Ancient Rome. The experience reveals an area that was of great importance in Roman times and helps piece together the ancient, medieval and modern parts of Rome. You will also have the opportunity to observe how the area of Trajan's Column looked in olden times. A virtual reconstruction of the column gives you a close-up look at the bas-reliefs and the story they tell of the Trajan’s military campaign; the conquest of Dacia in present day Romania. Also take advantage of audio commentary conveniently on your smartphone as you explore this huge part of Roman history.

Haunted Rome Walking Tour

5. Haunted Rome Walking Tour

Take a walk on the creepy side with this fascinating tour of Rome’s spookiest places. Together with an experienced guide, you’ll unearth some of the Eternal City’s darkest secrets, discover the ghost stories of landmarks such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo, and come face to face with the skeletal remains of some of Rome’s previous residents at the Capuchin Crypt. This walking tour is an intriguing dive into Rome’s long and twisted history. Visit the Capuchin Crypt and descend deep underground to see a side of Rome that you’ve never seen before. The tour continues above ground with a walk through Rome’s cobbled streets to reach the Pantheon where demons were said to roam free, looking for innocent souls to tempt. See the Piazza Navona a beautiful Baroque square known for its stunning architecture and dazzling fountains, as well as the ghosts that haunt the palaces facing the square.

Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

6. Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

Take part in a small group tour led by a professional guide to admire some areas of the Castel Sant'Angelo that aren’t normally available, such as the Olearie, the historical prisons, and the theater of Clemente VII.  With your skip-the-line entry ticket, enjoy a fast entrance and start the 2-hour guided tour of the famous castle erected by the Roman emperor Hadrian as his tomb. Throughout the years, the historical building has served as a private residence to numerous popes, as a treasury of the state, a prison, and as a place of public executions.  In just 2 hours, discover the rich history behind the castle and marvel at its magnificent sculptures and paintings. Your guide will show you the burial place of the late emperor, the pope’s apartment, and the treasury room. End your incredible experience with a panoramic view from the castle's terrace where you can take pictures of the splendid city.

Rome: Villa Farnesina Renaissance Tour

7. Rome: Villa Farnesina Renaissance Tour

Enter a world of Renaissance luxury on a private Villa Farnesina tour. You'll discover spectacular frescoes whilst learning all about the life and work of Raphael and his contemporaries. This grand early-16th-century villa in Trastevere was once the private home of the banker Agostino Chigi, one of the wealthiest men in Europe at the time. Chigi hired some of the greatest painters of the age, including Raphael and Baldassare Peruzzi, to decorate the rooms of the villa. Throughout your visit to Villa Farnesina you’ll see masterpieces such as Raphael’s Galatea and Cupid, as well as the spectacular Hall of Perspective, accompanied by an expert guide who will you show the secrets of the villa as they guide you through the various gardens and sumptuously decorated rooms. During your visit to one of the most beautiful establishments in Rome, you’ll also gain a unique insight into the Renaissance high society.

Rome: Small Group Guided Tour of Castel Sant'Angelo

8. Rome: Small Group Guided Tour of Castel Sant'Angelo

Skip the line and enter Emperor Hadrian's Tomb. Walk through its fortified corridors and learn the mysterious and multi-faceted history. Explore the five floors of the castle and learn of those who were once incarcerated there. Take memorable photos of the city once you reach the terrace. Meet your guide in front of the entrance and enter the castle. Prepare to hear the troubled and one of a kind history and learn why it is considered a monument, museum, and archaeological site all at once. Walk the spiral ramp to reach each of the five floors and discover the fortified corridor, Passetto di Borgo, built to connect to the Vatican City so the Pope could escape should he be in danger. Find the chamber of ashes and the cells which imprisoned many historical figures. Make your way to the upper parts of the castle and find different rooms that served as a Papal residence. Observe the perfectly preserved frescoes from the Reneaissance period, and the extensive collection of weaponry. View the city from the top terrace and take beautiful photos of the skyline.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

9. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a guided tour. Enter the Colosseum, admire the vast building from every angle, notice where the building has crumbled from past earthquakes, and tread in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Walk up to Palatine Hill and take in breathtaking views of the ruins from the top. Upon entering Palatine Hill, you'll see the House of Augustus and witness a vast collection of frescoes that would give you a deeper insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. Visit the Roman Forum, a place that used to be the site of triumphal processions and elections and the venue for public speeches in ancient Rome. See the Temple of Romulus, an architectural wonder located within the Roman Forum. Hear fascinating stories about these sites from your tour guide.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

10. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the mysterious monument on the Tiber, following an expert and local guide, who will tell you the interesting and historical facts. Together with your expert guide, you will admire the paintings, ancient fortified walls and statues that adorn the castle. Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome was originally built as the tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian in 135 AD. This mausoleum was later converted into a military fortress that protected Rome during the Middle Ages. Since then, it has served as a papal residence, a prison during the Renaissance era and now, as one of Rome's museums. In addition to serving as a repository of historical information, it is a site of immense cultural value that houses many sculptures, architecture, frescoes and more.

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What people are saying about Lazio

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,420 reviews

The art historian who led the tour was fantastic. She made me appreciate the art by showing us how to view it, especially the sculptures. She was so responsive to questions. Just wonderful.

Don’t do visit this tour unless you are on a tour. Otherwise it’s too difficult to appreciate the history of the site. Alec was a fantastic engaging guide.

Our guide was excellent. Very informative with good stories about the place. We learned a lot about Castle St Angelo which made visit very worthwhile.

Pleasant minibus ride to Tivoli, beautiful gardens, not very busy (low season).

Wonderful and quiet place, not crowded you have to see this