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Rome is an incredible city, full of places to visit, some more known than others, although all equally important. In fact, in Rome, every statue, street or stone could tell a story of this city. Even though there is so much to do and see here, it would take an eternity to cover everything, do not be discouraged.
Here are the top 20 best attractions in Rome that we highly recommend for a weekend visit or less. So put on your hiking shoes, print out this list and get ready to visit the Eternal city in the best possible way!
It could host up to 50 thousands spectators that went to see wrestling matches, animal fights, men fighting animals and even Naval battles! For this particular occasion the Arena was filled with water, a process that could take 7 hours.
The Colosseum is one of the World’s most fascinating sites to see. A pillar in Roman history, tradition and architecture. It welcomes so many people, from 7 to 8 thousand people on a daily basis!
Crossing the Square on Saint Peter’s you’ll reach the Basilica. The majestic church that comprehends three Naves; if you look up above the papal altar and Bernini’s Pulpit, you will see the silhouette of the Dome, planned by Michelangelo it is 42 meters wide.
Inside the Basilica you can see so many masterpieces and artwork, like “The Pietà by Michelangelo”, in the right nave, in the chapel just after the entrance. A marble sculpture, perfectly detailed, depicting Holy Mary holding Jesus’s body. Other interesting sculptures like a giant sculpture of Saint Peter’s, particularly dear to pilgrims, believers and Romans in General. Visitors of the Basilica stop by this statue, say grace or a little prayer and rub their hand on Saint Peter’s foot.
There are still other beautiful things you can admire, masterpieces, artwork, mosaics and sculptures. This place is not just a place of faith, it’s a place of art and history and architectures. Entrance is completely free, but if you are feeling like being more adventurous, you can book a ticket to climb the Dome and enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire city of Rome from the tipy top of the World’s first church.
And because it was hidden from sight, framed by nearby architectures and buildings, imagine the surprise a Roman citizen could feel by entering this impressive circular masterpiece, thinking he was entering a traditional building. But the triumph of marbles and the materials of the largest dome of Ancient Rome, just make it impossible not to be surprised and delighted by it, in ancient times or present.
And last but not least, the Jewish Ghetto. With kosher shops and restaurants, surrounded by an ancient Roman atmosphere. This neighborhood is perfect for a stroll to take in the true beating heart of the Roman lifestyle.
One of the most evocative spots of Castle Sant’Angelo are the little narrow prisons, basically niches where cardinals were held prisoners, guilty of plotting against the Pope, but also humanists considered uncomfortable for their idealistic point of views on at all inlined with the christian doctrin, one of whom was Giordano Bruno. The visit of this extraordinary monument lasts approximately an hour and it is definitely worth a tour and walk through its walls.
The Ghetto is also famous for a splendid synagogue: The Major Temple which dates back to the 1900s. The building was created keeping the Assyrian-babilonian forms in mind. Inside the Temple is the Jewish museum of Rome, a marvel you cannot miss while visiting the city.
Many visit the ghetto also to have a taste of the roman-kosher cuisine. In fact it is one of the most important location in any itinerary for the “foodies”. The ghetto is a city inside the city, and you can tell by the youngsters trodding around in typical garments and the hebrew signs outside Kosher restaurants. The Ghetto can be visited all year round. Obviously traditions change with the seasons.
Surely spring in Rome and in this neighborhood, with all the easter traditions, is one of the most important periods of the year.
→ One last advice: while walking along the narrow cobble stone streets of the ghetto, don’t forget to take a look at the ground, every once in a while. You’ll find innumerous blocks between the cobble stones, where names of people who lived here were carved. Their called the “skipping stones”, to remember the roman citizens that were deported in nazi camps.
The Villa is an embassy facility of the Military Sovereign Order of Malta in the Italian republic. It hosts beautiful gardens, almost as beautiful as the adjacent Orange Grove. Although this one is closed off to public, you can still admire the inside of the property from a key hole.
The most famous keyhole of all, perhaps. As it shows a tree-lined path, with white gravel and rose bushes here and there. The trees at the end of the path frame the breathtaking view of Rome, but from this particular keyhole you can see the perfectly aligned dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, and if you place your camera or your phone lens on the key hole and with a little zoom and focus, you are able to take an absolutely stunning picture of a view and a perspective you will never find anywhere else in Rome. Be patient if there is a long line to see the view. Visitors arrive from all of the world just for this.
The best way to visit this attraction in our opinion, is to go there during Spring or Autumn, to avoid the heat or the cold winter rains. We talked about Cecilia Metella, but who was she? The daughter of a Roman counsel. When she died it was ordered to build this tomb in a castle-like style, resembling Augustus’ Mausoleum.
Further down the road are the ruins Emperor Massenzio’s Palace, a gigantic, majestic Roman villa left in ruins for everyone to admire. Connected to this Palace is the Tomb of Romolus. Not the famous one (the one who was raised by a wolf with his brother Remus), unfortunately. In spite of its name, it is actually a mausoleum of Massenzio’s palace. A circular structure which hosted the sarcophagi… ruined by a more recent building in the 1800s.
Other point of interest is the church of Saint Sebastian. To see before you leave is definitely Saint Callixtus’ Catacombs, in the Appian way. An intricate system of underground tombs and tunnels and crypts that it said to cover the entire undergrounds of Rome, although only a very small portion have been explored.
You can enjoy a private guided tour of the undergrounds with expert historian guides that are so passionate and funny. Bring a sweater, it gets pretty chilly down there.
The entire land under which Saint Callixtus is located belonged to Saint Cecilia and her family which later donated it to the Church. Most of the Appian Way and its archeological sites are now property of the Vatican.
Originally the Holy Stairs constited of 28 white marble steps, when it was situated in Lateran Palace. It was ordered to be moved to the sanctuary in 1589 by Pope Sixtus the 5th. After they were moved several restaurations were commissioned and subsequently, Pope Pius the 9th ordered the construction of a convent of the Passionist Fathers, who were in charge of the Sanctuary’s management in order to promote the Christian cult and preservation of this extremely important relic.
There are certainly many more attractions to consider on a day out in Rome. But from our point of view, to get the real Roman experience from Imperial Roman times, passing by the middle ages and then Renaissance times, we believe the above 20 attractions are definitely to consider. The True Essence of Rome: a perfect blend of Christianity, with art, curiosities, traditions, architecture, and nature.
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As if a day in Rome wasn't enough, we will take you for a private tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel! A private tour in Rome to remember Enjoy a full day tour in Rome and the Vatican City with your private luxury vehicle. Your personal tour driver will pick you up directly from any place you want, from your hotel or other. And your tour begins! Drive by Piazza Venezia,the impressive circular square, with buildings and monuments enclosing it. With the infamous Balcony from which Mussolini gave his speeches, on one side. Or L'Altare della Patria, Monument to the last king of Italy Vittorio Emanuele the Second, a giant marble white, ancient temple-shaped building that climbs on the side of one of Rome's legendary Seven Hills, Capitoline Hill. Also known as Campidoglio, it hosts incredible views of the Piazza Venezia on one side and the Roman Forum on the other, the perfect division between the ancient Roman past and the present. Speaking of Ancient Roman times, you will head for the Colosseum A stop to see the Mighty Colosseum up-close is definitely a must! Walk Ancient ways of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Drive by the Circus Maximus,a field used mostly for concerts and political events today, but it was once an arena used to entertain Romans while they watched and cheered during water spectacles, fights or reenactments. It was often used as movie sets, like in the film BenHur. To remain in the Roman theme, circle back around into the City Center, characteristic for it's narrow cobble streets that lead to so many wonders. Like the Pantheon! An ancient Roman Temple with a beautifully decorated dome and an incredible history. Created in ancient times, to worship All Gods, it is now one of the active Catholic churches in Rome. To learn more about the Pantheon, visit our blog! Then there's Piazza Navona, not to far from there. A Renaissance delight, with incredible architectures and beautiful fountains, like the Four Rivers fountain, by Bernini. The streets filled with cute little boutiques, old buildings, ivy crawling over the facades and window sills, reveal beautiful wonders, that you will not find in any other place on Earth! Like the Spanish Steps. A beautiful street with the famous sets of stairs that climb into the shape of a giant butterfly up to the square of Trinità dei Monti, which offers incredible views of the Spanish steps below and the busy Via dei Condotti, famous for the most in vogue haute couture stores. One of the adjacent streets hides possibly the most famous Fountain in the WORLD The Trevi Fountain is another mandatory stop. Embedded in a tiny little square, is the world famous fountain. With sculptures of different water related scenes, sea shells, dancing horses and Poseidon. Waterfalls and pools of crystal clear water. What an amazing work of art. Make sure to toss a coin over your shoulder and make a wish! Legend has it, it will guarantee your return in Rome. All this touring can sure work up an appetite! Lucky for you, all of our tour drivers not only know the perfect places to see in Rome, they also love food and know the best restaurants in town! So your tour driver will be happy to recommend the perfect restaurants, trattorias or pizzerias depending on what you are in the mood for. Finally, you driver will take you at the Vatican Museums where you will continue the tour to explore the Museums and the Sistine Chapel! Prepare to sigh! We dare to find something as beautiful as the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel *Upon request, we can arrange one of our qualified guides to take you to a once in a life time experience inside the Vatican. Not to mention, you'll be able to also visit the Basilica of Saint Peter aside from the Museums and Sistine Chapel. In fact, since the entrance in Basilica is free and they've devoted its access only from outside, all the way in Saint Peter's Square, our personal guide would be able to have access of the Basilica from inside the Museums, through an exclusive entrance for guides. So this is certainly something to consider, should you want to include Saint Peter's Basilica to your tour. Other wise you will enjoy your time inside the Museums and Sistine Chapel alone, freely and at your own pace! Without having to stick to a strict itinerary a guided tour would inevitably have. Just know that depending on the number of visits in a day, some wings might be closed. But this won’t matter at all, we can assure you, there is just so much to see, you’ll hardly even notice! To fully assist you, we do offer the possibility of adding Skip the line tickets with privileged entrance directly during the booking process. At the entrance, the customer service will hand you a map of the site, for you to explore the different areas of the Museums and the Sistine Chapel! What you will experience would includes is a system of wings and halls and terraces, including the Cortile Della Pigna, Belvedere, Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and Raphael’s Rooms. Next, you will visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel. The breathtaking, overwhelmingly beautiful creation for you to admire! From there, you'll head back to the exit, a trod on the famous cylindrical stair case. Another undisturbed masterpiece, called "Momo" designed by an Italian architect in the 1930s, inspired by Bramante's double helix staircase from the 1500s, inside the Pio Clementine Museum, a wing of the Vatican Museums. From the Momo stair case you'll exit the Museums to find your private tour driver eager to hear your opinions on the experience. And you'll return to your Hotel location in Rome in time for the afternoon tea.
Have you ever imagined just how incredible the story behind the mighty Colosseum really is? Well this private tour is the perfect opportunity to learn all about it An exclusive tour of the Colosseum with your very own fun and entertaining guide! Everything will be take care of for you. All you have to do is get ready to enjoy this amazing Exclusive Colosseum tour! Meet with your guide in Via San Gregorio, adjacent to the Colosseo. After a quick introduction, the tour begins! What is there to say about this site? Where to start? The Colosseum was declared one of the World's Seven Wonders in 2007. It was built between 72 and 83 a.D by the Roman Emperor Vespasian. It is a massive amphitheater that could host an immense amount of spectators. Over 50 thousand people to gathered to view gory, gruesome games, anything from Hunting scenes, to animal killings and gladiator fights. Visit the Colosseum in the most interesting and entertaining way! The Colosseum is certainly one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. You will learn about the gladiators, the emperors, and society that attended to the gruesome spectacles, that this amphitheater hosted. Your guide will then lead you into the Roman forum, known as the heart of the ancient city and Roman Empire. The first Roman civilization began here. Legendary for its contribution in Christianity’s evolution, it became the administrative and commercial center of ancient Rome. Last but not least, the Palatine Hill! The Palatine Hill is located in the heart of the Seven Hills of Rome. It is one of the most ancient parts of the city and has been called “the first core of the Roman Empire.” It overlooks on the Roman Forum on one side and the Circus Maximus on the other. We don't want to spoil your experience any longer. Just know that your private guide will give you a tour to remember in a lifetime!
We will pick you up at your hotel or restaurant, for this Private Rome By Night Tour. You can feel the charming atmosphere of this romantic city among the monuments, over the Capitol Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, the unmissable Trevi Fountain and the Vatican City for the breathtaking view of St. Peter’s Basilica illuminated. Then, you will continue onto the Gianicolo Hill for an unforgettable view over the monumental, ancient Rome on the other bank of the Tiber River. From here, you can admire Piazza Navona, a fashionable and crowded meeting point for Romans, or decide to stroll around and explore Testaccio District, the best place in the city to eat a very good pizza and have a traditional glass of Italian wine. Get inspired, by the magic of the Eternal City. In the cobble stone streets, you can only hear the water simmering from the fountains in every hidden corner of every alley.
Private Rome Highlights. The title says it all! If you are not big on long day tours, this just might be the perfect solution for you. A nice, 7 hour private Rome Highlights tour from pick up to drop off, to visit the absolute best sights in Rome. Highlights of Rome is the perfect combination of convenience, time and comfort. Your personal tour driver will welcome you with open arms (with a sign with your name, between them) directly at the dock of your cruise ship! All of our tour drivers in Rome have special permission to access the restricted docking areas of Civitavecchia Port After a quick introduction, a nice chat to learn more about your day, you will arrive in Rome. The Eternal City. Of course, we are famous for being flexible and for offering tailored options, to satisfy every possible need. But just, for a review on what a Highlights of Rome tour would entail, here is all the details. Driving on cobblestone streets, surrounded by centenary pine trees, you'll be transported in different period in times, just by looking out the window from your passenger's seat. Bypassing some Archeological sites as the Piramide of Caio Cestio, embedded in the surrounding atmosphere of the Aurelian walls and the entrance of the neighborhood of Aventino, one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of Rome. A Pyramid from the Roman Ages, standing on the exact spot where the primary ancient Roman roads intersect. Driving along Viale Aventino you'll find the famous Circus Maximus to your right The famous Ancient Roman stadium hosted so many competitions that it's purpose, perfectly suits the name. A circus, of ancient times, traditions and glorious stories. Just behind the Circus Maximus, still visible are the ruins of the Palatine Hill. Another historical Landmark in Rome. Behind Palatine Hill stands tall the Colossus, the one and only Colosseum,. While you enjoy your tour drivers anecdotes and details, as you approach the Colosseum you can step out to take pictures! If you'd like to visit it on the inside, your tour driver will be happy to wait for you by the vehicle. And you can find options to book skip the line tickets during the booking process, just in case. The drive around continues Next off the list is Capitoline Hill, where the Town Hall and Mayors office is. Capitoline Hill may just be the symbol of Rome, aside from the Colosseum, since it's where the politics and well-being of the city are discussed. Passing by Piazza Venezia, you will find Italy's last King's Memorial. As many Italian landmarks, it is quite hard to miss, not just because of it's enormous sizes. Driving toward the city center, take a detour, to the Amazing Pantheòn, hidden in the Piazza della Rotonda, surrounded by tall buildings in tiny cobble streets. Then off to the Trevi Fountain. You can't say you've seen Rome, if you haven't made a quick stop to see this gigantic fountain. More importantly, if you haven't tossed the coin into it. Since you are already in one of the most gorgeous areas of the City, we highly recommend stopping in Campo de Fiori, or Trastevere, two ancient neighborhoods, filled with so much beauty and history. But more importantly, filled with amazing places to eat! Enjoy a traditional Roman meal in one of the squares of the neighborhoods. Sip on a glass of red wine and take it all in. Your highlights of Rome will continue with one, very special, final stop. Saint Peter’s Basilica! One of the Holiest places on Earth! Admire its High Renaissance and baroque architecture. With its greatness of art and golden details, marble and mosaics, the atmosphere is overwhelming. Be sure not to miss Michelangelo’s Pieta, completed when the master was only in his 20s. Just when you think you've seen it all, heading back to your cruise ship, you will drive through some of the most enchanted, picturesque scenery in Italy.
Your tour driver will welcome you at your hotel or any other place of your convenience, for your private Rome Underground Tour. You will start the tour with a trip outside the Aurelian Walls and down the ancient Appian Way to the Catacombs of Rome. Explore ancient burial grounds and learn about early Christian worship and symbology. Next the Basilica of St. Clement, the gracious Catholic cathedral that hosts some of the most unique undergrounds in Rome, in full Ancient Roman style. In fact, this church rises on top of the ancient ruins of separate buildings, a storage area, an adjacent residential villa, and a Mithraeum, a sort of temple, an area where people would gather in the Cult of Mithras, an ancient God. Returning to the historic center, your tour driver will accompany you on a visit to the Capuchin Crypt, also known as the “Bone Church.” Few attractions in Rome rival this underground crypt created by the Capuchin Friars using thousands of bones of their fellow monks to decorate the walls and ceilings. At the end of the tour, your driver will drive you back to your hotel or other area of your convenience.
Today you will learn about 22 centuries of history, which will be shared with knowledge, humor and passion on this Jewish Rome tour. The Jewish ghetto was established in 1555 and was controlled by the papacy until the capture of Rome in 1870. Jewish people were confined in a walled area often subject to floods of the nearby river with three gates that were locked at night. Not only were the Jews confined, they were also subject to professional and economic restrictions. It is a common misconception that Rome is only a Christian city, but it’s not. In fact, in Rome you will see more Jewish sites you could imagine. This tour will offer you the opportunity to visit the Jewish Ghetto with its complex variety of history, architecture and tradition. It’s one of the most fascinating areas of Rome, one with the highest number of examples of Roman and Medieval architecture – out of the very few – that still stand in Rome. You will be taken on an interesting tour of this very rich cultural heritage, visiting the Ghetto and its highlights. The Roman Ghetto is also full of restaurants offering delicious Jewish-Roman dishes, like the famous fried artichokes, the “carciofi alla giudia”. A stop in the Jewish bakery is a must and will make your trip to Rome unforgettable. At the end of your tour, your driver will take you back to your Hotel in Rome.