Rome is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. It has a wonderful history that dates back thousands of years but there is a problem – how on earth can you take in those thousands of years of culture, art and history during a short visit? The key for your visit is to ensure you see the main sights and experience as much of Rome as possible. The best way to do that is to go on a tour.
But that presents another problem – there are a huge number of tours to choose from and, let’s face it, not all of them are up to standard. How can you ensure you go on a quality tour at a reasonable price? This is where we step in. We have done the leg work on the best Rome tours to consider so that you don’t have to. Some of the suggestions are obvious, but we also believe in experiencing the real Rome, so we have some top quality ideas that you might not find elsewhere. If you use this list as your starting point, you will get the most out of your trip to the most beautiful and fascinating city in the world.
Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: In-Depth Experience by Through Eternity Tours
Walking is the best way to get around Rome, and Through Eternity Tours offers a range of different walking tour options. They are staffed by experienced tour guides who speak fluent English, and they are limited to a maximum of between eight and 13 people. With such small group sizes you will learn more and will have more of a chance to interact with the guide. Private tours are also available.
The guides and the structures of the tours are unique. Many of the guides are historians or architects, but it is their delivery that sets them apart. You should expect dramatic and theatrical descriptions of the places you visit, rather than straightforward, dispassionate scripts.
The option we have selected will bring you through the history of the gladiators as well as ancient Roman politics with its influential senators and emperors. Over the five hours of the tour you will avoid the queues that most people have to join, and you will see Rome’s main historical sites.
Rome’s Secrets Off The Beaten Path by Through Eternity Tours
Our second option is by the same company – Through Eternity Tours – but it offers something different from the mainstream. Over 3.5 hours you will be taken off the beaten track away from the throngs of tourists to see the real story behind the city. The tour will take you through the Jewish ghetto, into charming piazzas, and along cobblestoned alleys where you will learn Rome’s secrets. Those secrets date from ancient times to the modern day, and include love affairs, political crises, crime, and more.
VIP Caesar’s Palace Tour with Colosseum & Roman Forum by Walks of Italy
Walks of Italy offers a range of tours that come highly rated. For example, the company has received Certificate of Excellence awards from Trip Advisor since 2011. It also offers some unique and exclusive experiences that you won’t get anywhere else.
We have chosen one of their VIP tours that will take you deep into ancient Rome. It includes exclusive access to the home of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus Caesar, which dates back to the 1st century BC. You will also see the Roman Forum and the Colosseum with experienced guides who will bring the history of the city to life.
Rome In A Day Tour: Including the Vatican, Colosseum, Historic Centre & Transfer by Walks of Italy
We have a second option from Walks of Italy that is perfect if you are really pressed for time on your trip to Rome. It is a packed 7.5 hour tour that includes all of the must-see sights of both Rome and the Vatican.
The group size is kept to a maximum of 14. Along the way you will see the Colosseum, the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and Campidoglio. There is a break for lunch and the tour includes transport from the Spanish Steps to the Vatican. Your guide stays with you throughout the day to look after you and enrich the cultural and historic experience.
Rome in a day by Rome in Limo
The final option on our list also offers you the main sites of Rome in one exciting day of touring. It is offered by the company Rome in Limo which is one of the top-rated tour companies on Trip Advisor. They differentiate their offering by including a luxury car which picks you up at your hotel to start the tour. It is also available as required throughout the day, and then drops you back at your hotel. The drivers are all experienced and English-speaking.
The tour starts with Ancient Rome and includes the old city, the Palatine Hills, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Pantheon. It also includes the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
You will then have lunch (which is included) before getting into your luxury, chauffeur-driven vehicle to travel to the Vatican. If you are looking for a private way of touring Rome in luxury, this is an option that you should consider.
If you have already been to Rome and have seen the main sights, there are a range of other tours you can consider. This includes specialist tours exploring Rome’s Christianity, or food tours where you can explore the rich culinary history of Rome. Taking a tour of Rome at night will also give you a unique perspective, as will varying your transport – as well as walking tours and tours that include cars, you can also go on bicycle tours, and even tours that include Segways.
But if you want to see as much of Rome as possible while learning about the history, architecture, politics, art, culture, and passions of the city, the options highlighted on this list are a good place to start.