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Best Rome Tours to Take and Why: Guide to Rome’s Experiences with Videos + Map

written by Sean Finelli April 17, 2019
BEST ROME TOURS

People flock to Rome for a variety of reasons, understandably.

Whether you’re journeying to the Eternal City to see the sacred Vatican Museums, explore the Colosseum, or even just try some incredible cuisine, Rome has tons of attractions to satisfy all kinds of visitors.

We offer a ton of Rome tours. Sometimes, it’s hard to pick the right ones for you. In this guide, we will help you understand the best Rome tours we offer.


How Many Tours Should I Take?

We recommend a minimum of three tours during your visit to Rome.  Tours and experiences can have a massive positive impact on your trip to Rome, especially when the group sizes are small which allows you to interact with the guides.

We also have the pleasure of working with the best tour guides in Rome and the Vatican.  We pay guides very well and in return, they offer a great experience for our customers.

We categorize tours into three genres:

  • Vatican
  • Colosseum
  • Rome

There is a bit of overlap but it is our way of classifying them.  You’ll want to pick one of each.

The Vatican 

You’ll want to choose this based on the length of tour and your interest in art-history.  If you just want to see the Sistine Chapel and get an explanation, pick one of our shorter tours.  If you want to see as much as you can, we have longer tours.

The Colosseum 

Your choice here is based on how many exclusive areas you want to see.  Vising the Underground, Arena Floor, and 3rd Level is extremely popular.  If you are one of those awesome people that makes up your mind in advance, book one of these tours right away because they sell out.

Rome 

Yes, the Colosseum & Vatican are in Rome but when we refer to Rome tours we are referring to bike tours of the city, catacomb & Appian way tours and food tours.

We definitely recommend taking at least three tours and one from each category.

 

Our Best Vatican Tours

You can read the below content or watch this video for better visual context.

So let’s start off with the biggest museum in Rome. The Vatican Museums can welcome as many as 19,000 visitors on a typical day.

This means crowds, lines, and of course, congestion. Luckily, we only offer to skip the line Vatican tours that relieve the burden of waiting in line and entering at crowded times. We even make special agreements with the Vatican to enter during off-peak hours.

Additionally, all of our tours include entry into the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (some tours offer entrance but not a tour of the Basilica – see tour details). We recommend entering as early as possible, though we do offer Vatican tours in the afternoon as well if that works best in your schedule.

Recommended Vatican Tours:

Detailed Itinerary Vatican in a Day Tour (5hrs- €€€)– For the art nerd (includes Pinacoteca) 

Super Early Vatican Gold Tour (2hrs – €€€) – For the claustrophobes and/or early risers

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel (3.5hrs – €€)  – For the classic Vatican experience (best seller)

Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica (3hrs – €) – For flexible start times (least expensive)

Our Best Colosseum Tours

Read or watch this video for additional visual context.

Right up there with the Vatican Museums, visiting the Colosseum is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Rome. This grandiose structure stands in the center of Rome, reminding us of the city’s rich history.

The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world and can hold up about 70,000 spectators. During its functional period, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial matches, in which gladiators and animals would often fight to the death.

All of our Colosseum tours enter the Colosseum through a back entrance, making sure you not only skip the lines, but also enter through a shorter security line.

Recommended Colosseum Tours

VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor (2.5hrs- €€) – For the night owl (ends between 10pm and midnight depending on start time)

Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (3.5hrs – €€€) – Our most exclusive Colosseum ttour:

Arena Floor Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum (2.5hrs – €) – For the budget traveler that wants exclusive (great value)

Colosseum Highlights Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (3hrs – €) – For no-frills travelers that want a great guide (lowest price):

 

Our Best Rome Tours

Read below or watch the video for more context and visuals.

Part of the reason we love Rome so much is that its robust history is crammed into the center of a city.  It is all relatively close together and walkable (within reason).

Once you visit the Colosseum and Vatican, you’ll still have a lot on your plate to see.  We plan on filling that plate up on one of our food tours (#1).

Our most popular is a walk through Trastevere and other parts of the center.  We also offer a pasta making class that has incredible reviews (#4).

Another great product is our electric bike tour through the city.  This is a great way to see the center in a few hours.  It is a great way to learn your way around the center and you’ll definitely find some local treasures to revisit (#2).

The Roman Catacombs are a huge attraction to see.  They are located outside the city near the Appian way which gives visitors an opportunity to get out of the center (#3).

1) Local Foodie Tour in Trastevere with Wine and Dinner

trastevere tour

This is our classic Rome food tour that we recommend to anyone seeking a true Roman foodie experience.

Expect to try out some mouth-watering Roman pizza, classic Roman street food such as filetto di baccala, a sit-down Italian pasta dinner and refreshing gelato for dessert.

It’s a great way to learn the local way of doing things and find out why you rarely will find salt and pepper on the table will dining in Rome.

2) Electric E-Bike Tour of Rome

What better way to cruise around the city? A battery powered bike to get you over the seven hills of Rome and a pedal bike that allows you to take all the back-streets and go down pedestrian ways!

This is a really cool way to get a ton of great photos of the city and fully acclimate yourself.

Your English speaking guide will identify a ton of great places to eat and drink.

3) Rome Catacombs Tour with Bone Crypt

The Roman Catacombs were used for hundreds of years to bury the dead.  Christians primarily used them and in large numbers.  Some catacombs are home to half a million tombs and burial plots.  

Your English speaking guide and small group will explore the Catacomb of Domitilla which boasts frescoes over 1500 years old and an ancient chapel.  You’ll go deep below the Earth and probably wonder why the graves were so small?

This experience also brings you to the Appian way to walk on the same stones as many Romans like Julius Caesar!

You’ll finish your journey through the dark history of the Roman dead with a visit to the Capuchin Crypts.  This is a famous crypt where the Capuchin Monks “buried” thousands of their dead.  A better word may be “arranged”.

4) Rome Walking Tour with Pasta Making and Lunch

pasta making class

If you’re looking to explore the city of Rome and its cuisine, look no further.

On this walking tour through downtown Rome, you will not only visit some of Rome’s main sites, such as the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain; you’ll also join a local chef and learn how to make traditional Italian pasta.

You’ll also learn the art of crafting the perfect tiramisu. And, not to worry, wine is included.


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