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Rome: Piazza Navona 1-Hour Underground Audio Guide Tour

1. Rome: Piazza Navona 1-Hour Underground Audio Guide Tour

Discover what lies beneath Piazza Navona in central Rome on an audio guide tour, available in 6 different languages. Travel back in time and look at a selection of unpublished photographs, 3D reconstructions, videos and informative panels that tell the story of the Stadium of Domitian. Learn about the development of the site into the current piazza and the evolution of ancient Roman sports. Descend 5 meters below street level to explore the former circus in all its dimensions, and get details about the travertine blocks, brickwork and marble columns of the main entrances. Hear how up to 30,000 spectators were divided at the arena. See artifacts from the days of the Roman Empire found during archaeological excavations, including fragments of sculptures and a torso made from Pentelic marble from the quarries of Penteli north of Athens. 

Rome: Guided Underground Tour

2. Rome: Guided Underground Tour

Find the concealed side of the ancient city of Rome on a guided tour of the Catacombs. Descend into the Navona Underground and explore the former circus in all its glory. Look at unpublished photographs of the Stadium of Domitan and examine discovered artifacts from the days of the Roman empire. Begin in Venice Square, next to Town hall and step into a VIP minibus ready to transport you to the Catacombs. Learn of this second century response to the land shortage for burial sites. Snake through the extensive network of tunnels, once a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. Enter Navona Underground by descending 5 meters below street level to explore it in all of its dimensions. Receive details about the travertine blocks, brickwork, and marble columns of the main entrances, away from the towering monuments of the above ground city. Travel back in time and look at a selection of unpublished photos, 3D reconstructions, videos, and informative panels that tell the story of the Stadium of Domitian. Learn about the development of the site into its current piazza, as well as the evolution of ancient Roman sports. Access many artifacts found during archaeological excavations like fragments of sculptures and a torso made from Pentelic marble from the quarries of Penteli. Finish the day at Venice Square to explore the upper grounds.

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

3. 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: 3-Hour Highlights and Underground Guided Walking Tour

4. Rome: 3-Hour Highlights and Underground Guided Walking Tour

Discover the most important landmarks in Rome on a walking tour with a professional art historian and local guide. Begin at the Spanish Steps and make your way to Trevi Fountain and the ruins of Vicus Caprarius which lie beneath. Learn about art and history as you explore Rome's famous 2,000-year-old temples including the Pantheon. Your guide will take you underground so you can see what life was like for some of Rome's oldest inhabitants. Browse artisan shops along the way to Piazza Navona, and admire Bernini's and Borromini's masterpieces including the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, then head underground to see the remains of the ancient Stadium of Domitian. End your tour in Campo de Fiori square, a stone's throw from Trastevere, where you can unwind in authentic wineries and tavernas or enjoy some of the best nightlife in the city.

Rome: Piazza Navona and Trevi District Underground Pass

5. Rome: Piazza Navona and Trevi District Underground Pass

Discover what lies beneath Rome with a combo pass to the Stadium of Domitian at Piazza Navona Underground and the Trevi District Underground. Learn about two important archaeological sites that showcase the architectural wonders of Ancient Rome.  Begin your tour by descending 5 meters below street level to explore the former Stadium of Domitian at Piazza Navona. Receive an audio guide that will provide commentary as you walk through the ruins. Learn about the travertine blocks, brickwork, and marble columns of the main entrances of this sporting center. See a selection of unpublished photographs, 3D reconstructions, videos, and informative panels that tell the story of the Stadium of Domitian. Learn about the development of the site into its current piazza, as well as the evolution of Roman sports. Continue by visiting the underground passages of the Trevi District. Explore this intricate maze of ancient vestiges and the archaeological site of Vicus Caprarius, also known as the City of Water. Touch some of the historic foundations of ancient Roman buildings.

Rome: Colosseum with Arena Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

6. Rome: Colosseum with Arena Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators when you stand on the Arena Floor of the Colosseum! On this exciting tour, follow your friendly, professional tour guide as you enter the ancient stadium of the Colosseum and go to the restricted access area where you can walk through the gladiator gates and stand on the reconstructed arena floor. The scene of the famous games and gladiator battles is open to you for a whole new viewpoint in the Colosseum. Your incredible guide will tell you all about the styles of gladiators, the famous battles and the other games and entertainment that took place in this magnificent stadium. After your special walk on the arena floor, you will go up to the next level and get the vantage point from where the spectators would have sat and cheered for their favorites to win. With the knowledge, not only of the amazing history of this monument, but also where to go for the best photo opportunities for you and your family, your guide will be sure you get the most from your visit. After the complete tour of the Colosseum, you will follow your guide into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to see the very heart of Ancient Rome. Rise up onto the Palatine Hill to see the ruins of the palaces of the emperors and discover the beauty that made them want to reside here. Get a view of the Circus Maximus and the Stadium of Domitian before heading over to the Farnese Aviaries to see the stunning view of the Forum laid out below. From here you will descend into the Forum and walk on the roads still here from over 2000 years ago! Truly walk in the footsteps of Romans and emperors as your guide takes you past the Temple of Romulus, the Temple and House of the Vestals and even Julius Caesar’s Temple where his ashes remain. You’ll see the senate house and the ancient library and learn about how the Forum functioned in the Romans’ day to day life. When you visit the Eternal City of Rome, be sure not to miss this truly special experience.

Rome: Walking Tour with Stadium of Domitianus

7. Rome: Walking Tour with Stadium of Domitianus

Your tour will begin at the Area Sacra of Largo Argentina, where your professional, local guide will be waiting for you. Travel back in time as you discover the Roman temples of the Area Sacra, discovered during Mussolini's dictatorship. The Area Sacra is known as the sacred area of Roman cats and is home to four temples. Follow your guide towards one of the highlights of Rome, the Pantheon. Built in the 1st century AD and a second time during Hadrian's reign, the Pantheon was the temple dedicated to all Gods. As you continue your tour, pass by the Church of Sant Eustachio, built in memory of one of the first Christians in Rome. Close by, you'll find Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful squares in the city, also known as the Stadium of Domitianus. Follow your guide below the modern pavement to explore what is left of this huge stadium. Seize the opportunity to live as a Roman athlete for a day, while discovering the structure of one of the largest stadiums of the Roman Empire.

Rome: City Center Hidden Highlights Guided Walking Tour

8. Rome: City Center Hidden Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Explore the heart of Rome on a guided walking tour. See top attractions like the Piazza Navona square, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. Admire an old aqueduct at the Vicus Caprarius museum and see the Stadium of Domitian. Meet your guide at fountain of Bernini in Piazza Navona and begin your guided tour through the center of Rome. Listen as your guide tells you an introduction and points out highlights in the square. Hear your guide clearly with the provided headsets. Continue to the stadium of the emperor Domitian where you can see this ancient athletic venue which seated 15,000-20,000 viewers. Make your way to the well-preserved Pantheon which was once a Roman temple before being converted to a Catholic church. Travel to the Saint Ignazio church to admire its stunning 3D frescos. Stroll to the Baroque Trevi fountain. Visit the underground excavations of the old aqueduct and the water city of Rome at the Vicus Caprarius museum. Finish your tour at La Rinascente. 

Rome: Private Tour of Navona Square with Undergrounds

9. Rome: Private Tour of Navona Square with Undergrounds

Get an insider’s view of Rome’s most famous square on a walking tour of Piazza Navona and its undergrounds with a local guide. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide at the square where you will fully immerse yourself in its history and archeology. Stop to admire the Fountain of Four Rivers and learn more about Bernini's creativity. Then, go below street level to the underground ruins and learn about Piazza Navona's fascinating past. Travel back in time to Ancient Rome and discover the ancient origins of the square’s name and peculiar shape.

Rome: Squares and Fountains Private Roman Art Walking Tour

10. Rome: Squares and Fountains Private Roman Art Walking Tour

Enjoy an evening stroll through Rome's imposing palaces and grand piazzas, where water dances in beautiful fountains, and time stands still in enchanting streets. Explore history and art on an impassioned journey to encounter popes and emperors, artists and ordinary people in the places where their lives took shape, where the ancient and the modern join to create the political and religious institutions on which Italian society rests today. Your tour begins in the city's most famous public space, Piazza Navona. The square began life as the Stadium of Domitian in the first century A.D: its distinctive form has been preserved for nearly 2000 years and is still obvious today. Here you will find yourself at the heart of Roman Baroque: spectacular optical illusions and theatrical buildings reveal signs of a revolutionary new approach to architectural space. Discover the twin genius of Bernini and Borromini, the two greatest rivals of their age and opposites in every respect. See Bernini's marvelous Fountain of the Four Rivers, a pyramidal masterpiece that culminates in the flight of a dove. Dominating the skyline above is Borromini's curving facade and bell tower of the church of Santa Agnese, where stone takes on the malleability of the softest clay. In your next stop, Piazza di Spagna, find yourself at the foot of the iconic Spanish Steps. Learn about the history of the church of the Trinita' Dei Monti that towers above the square, as well as why the young Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his sculptor father adopted the unusual subject of a boat for the fountain of the Barcaccia. Uncover the social significance of the majestic stairway that came to unite these two areas separated for centuries by a high cliff. After short stops at the Colonna dell Immacolata (Column of the Immaculate Conception) and the house of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, reach another of the city's most indelible landmarks, the Trevi Fountain. Here, be lulled by the magical song of the waters, immersing yourself in this wonderful piece of theatrical architecture that both recalls the great buildings of the past and allows you to imagine the impossible architecture of the mind. With the help of your guide, read the many legends written in the relief sculpture of the triumphal arch, where the god Ocean advances with his Tritons and winged horses to celebrate an ancient festival of water.

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Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 111 reviews

Small underground area with interesting audio guide. Wasn't too busy so it was really easy to get in and out of. They had a special audio guide for children which my 5 year old loved. She got to use the audio guide pen and map all by herself and the underground area was small enough I felt comfortable letting her explore a bit independently which she really appreciated. Not pram friendly.

Knowledge and passion! Throughout our tour of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, Mircea showed us ancient Roman history from multiple perspectives. We learned about the evolution of Rome, religion, social classes, and technology/construction. Great for kids and adults. We highly recommend that you book Mircea for a tour when you visit Rome!

Mitch our tour guide was amazing, very informative with a sense of humor which helped make the tour fun. We went with our kids-10 & 6 years old, he managed to keep them engaged and enjoying the trip. He even gave them gifts ( miniature soldier toy). Can’t recommend him more for families or anyone who is looking for the best tour guide.

The Roman Vacations tour guide Mike was extremely knowledgeable and very easy to get on with. The time flew by and we learnt so much about the colosseum and the Forum. Would highly recommend a tour with Roman Vacations!

The Underground Piazza Navona was actually excellent, the audioguide exhaustive. The tour under Trevi Fountain was a bit more difficult to follow. It was hard to pair the audioguide with what we were seeing.