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Rome - guided city tours & excursions

Simply select the ideal date for your visit by clicking on the calendar.

Once you've selected a date on the calendar we'll show you the tour options that are available, one or more of which may be of interest to you.

If you are interested in more details about these tours check the list below.

tickitaly.com offer an ever-increasing range of Rome guided tours, and on this page we attempt to summarise them for you. From guided tours, walking tours, art tours, and tours with lunch included, to cooking courses, tours by bike or Segway, we hope to cover most everything that could possibly enhance a visit to the eternal city of Rome.

Again, everything listed below is a Rome guided tour, in one form or another - if you're after straightforward ticket booking for the Colosseum, the Vatican, or the Borghese Gallery then, please, use these links.

Colosseum and Ancient Rome walking tour

Reservations on a guided walking tour of Ancient Rome including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

A fully escorted English language guided walking tour of the monuments of Ancient Rome; the tour last roughly three hours and includes entrance to the Roman Colosseum; the tour begins near the Colosseum itself and runs seven days a week, heading off at 2.30 in the afternoon during high season, 2.00 PM in low season. The tour will end close by the Forum. Again, this is an escorted walking tour - we also offer the same tour of Ancient Rome with pick-up and drop-off at your central Rome hotel included - click here for that.

Explore the wonders of Ancient Rome in the company of a qualified tour guide, retracing the foot-falls of millenia. The tour heads off to the Roman Forum and after exploring the surrounding area (the Curia and Reggia, the Temple of Vesta, the Arches of Titus and Constantine) is a visit to the Roman Colosseum (again, entrance ticket is included in the cost of tour and there'll be no queuing, security checks aside). Next it's on to the Palatine Hill, home of the Caesars.

We have information pages here for the Colosseum and here for the Roman Forum, but you hardly need telling that a visit to Rome would be incomplete without seeing them both. With this walking tour, you'll have the benefit of a fully qualified local tour guide travelling with you at all times. You'll usually be listening in on supplied headsets. Tours are always in English though are also given in Spanish and German, French too at weekends.

Tour of the Trevi Fountain and the Squares of Rome - T1BIS AM

A 3 hour, professional guided tour of the highlights of Baroque Rome.

The tour starts from Piazza Navona and you'll then enjoy a fascinating walk through the ancient capital, with visits to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, the Church of St. Louis of the French and the Trevi Fountain. You'll be in the hands of an experienced, qualified guide with headsets so that you can hear the descriptions of the Roman secrets that you're visiting. The tour ends in the Trevi area.

This tour runs on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 8:30 AM, and is available in English, Spanish, Italian and German.

Tour of the Trevi Fountain and the Squares of Rome (with pickup) - T1 AM

A 3 hour, professional guided tour of the highlights of Baroque Rome.

Pickup from centrally-located hotels included.

The tour starts from Piazza Navona and you'll then enjoy a fascinating walk through the ancient capital, with visits to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, the Church of St. Louis of the French and the Trevi Fountain. You'll be in the hands of an experienced, qualified guide with headsets so that you can hear the descriptions of the Roman secrets that you're visiting. The tour ends in the Trevi area.

This tour runs on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 8:30 AM, and is available in English, Spanish, Italian and German.

Semi-private best of Rome sightseeing tour

Lasting about 3 hours, this is a fascinating walk through the ancient streets of central Rome, illuminated by anecdotes from your guide. The tour will take in the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Pantheon.

This tour is for a maximum of eight people and includes headsets.

Rome like the locals food tour

Led by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, you will combine a walk through this fascinating part of Rome with sampling the best and most genuine of Roman cuisine accompanied of course by typical Italian wines. Move from place to place, accompanied always by your local guide, hearing anecdotes about Roman cuisine and the fascinating district of Trastevere. This is a small-group (never more than 10 people) tour that heads off at 5.30 PM.

Ensure an authentic Roman eating experience with this ‘Locals’ food tour of Rome. The sheer choice of restaurants can make dining in this city a bit of a lottery but with this tour you will be guided to some special eateries that you would probably never find on your own.

Led by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, you will combine a walk through this fascinating part of Rome with sampling the best and most genuine of Roman cuisine accompanied of course by typical Italian wines. The tour runs every day of the week apart from Sunday and does not run in August.

Meeting in Piazza Farnese, tours begin at 5.30PM (5.10PM in September) and last around 3.5 hours with a maximum group of 10 people. Strolling through Trastevere you will make at least 6 stops in various food outlets, with a minimum of 8 tastings and at least 3 glasses of wine.

Starting in the Campo de’Fiori area you will begin your Roman food tour with the ‘aperitivo’, a glass of prosecco or wine with an array of delicious local finger snacks.

After crossing the river into Trastevere you will find yourself in a foodie’s paradise packed with hundreds of excellent Roman restaurants. Stops will be made at a typical ‘Pizza al Taglio’ shop where you’ll see this most authentic of fast foods cut and weighed for consumption, another to sample a favourite Roman street food, baccalà, and at a sit-down restaurant famed for its genuine Roman cuisine where you will usually be able to dine ‘al fresco’ in the beautiful piazza.

You will stroll through the Jewish Ghetto where you will learn about some of the oldest culinary traditions of Rome and finally end the tour with a last stop at an artisan gelateria where you can sample some of the many flavours on offer.

We will do our best to accommodate any food allergies or dietary restrictions - please let us know in advance. Please be aware that the scheduled stops on this tour are subject to change due to seasonal and holiday closures.

Rome Underground Tour, Catacombs & Mithraeum

An expert-led small-group (never more than 12 people) tour into a world that was quite literally forced underground by three centuries of being declared illegal by the Roman Empire - the secret world of early Christianity in Rome. Explore a buried basilica, discover hidden-for-centuries frescoes, walk the ancient Appian Way and discover some of Rome's most spectacular churches and catacombs.

This small-group (never more than 12 people) tour, lasting around 3 hours and starting at 9.30, takes you underground to discover Rome’s fascinating history of religious faith and worship. The tour, led by an expert local guide, takes in the Basilica of San Clemente (nicknamed the ‘Lasagne Church’), the Catacombs of Domatilla a short distance outside the city and the Appian Way and Aurelian Walls. Transport is provided in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and the tour starts and finishes close by the Colosseum.

For nearly 3 centuries, when Christianity was illegal in the Roman Empire, Christians were forced to bury their dead outside the city walls and perform their religious rituals in secrecy. Walk on one of the ancient roads that was the main artery to the Roman Empire, the ancient Appian Way and see some of the most spectacular churches of the Eternal City including the underground basilica of San Clemente.

The tour of the Basilica of San Clemente takes around 1 hour. One of the only remaining medieval churches in Rome and richly adorned, it hides secrets only uncovered in the late 19th century. Your guide will take you down a staircase to discover a 4th Century church built immediately below the current one and boasting frescoes of Christian martyrs and saints dating back well over a thousand years.

Yet another level down and you will come to a lost Mithreum, an ancient pagan temple, and yet another descent to 60ft below the current ground level and you'll discover the foundations of an ancient Roman house and see and hear running water from the original Roman waterways.

Next comes a tour of the Catacombs of Domatilla, lasting around 90 minutes and located around 15 minutes outside Rome - Roman decree forbade Christian burials in the city itself. You'll learn truths dispelling many myths of early Christianity, discover an underground church that honours a pair of Roman soldiers who opted for a brutal death rather than pledge allegiance to the Emperor, and pass along narrow corridors that were the final resting places of hundreds of thousands of early day Christians.

The last section of the tour covers the Aurelian wall, built by the Emperor Aurelius to encircle the whole city and protect a priviliged and increasingly decadent way of life - to keep the barbarians at the gate - as well as walking a part of the Appian way, the main road south from the city and the scene of the revolt led by Spartacus.

A tour, then, that will lead you down and through a very different Rome, and a tour that is likely to stick with you long after the memories of gelato and the Trevi Fountain have faded.

Colosseum and Ancient Rome walking tour, hotel pick-up

Ticket booking for a guided tour of ancient Rome including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill area.

A fully escorted English language guided walking tour of the monuments of ancient Rome; the tour last roughly three hours and includes entrance to the Roman Colosseum; the tour begins near the Colosseum itself and runs seven days a week, heading off at 2.30 in the afternoon during high season, 2.00 PM in low season. The tour will end close by the Forum. We offer this tour with meeting 'on-site', the only difference here is that pick-up and drop-off from your central Rome hotel is included.

A fully escorted English language guided tour of the monuments of Ancient Rome; the tour lasts around three hours and includes entrance to the Roman Colosseum as well as both pick-up and drop-off at your central Rome hotel. The tour runs seven days a week - we'll confirm an exact hotel pickup time when sending you your voucher, but pickups will begin around an hour before the tour is due to start. At the end of the tour you'll be dropped off at, or very close by, your hotel.

If you'd rather make your own way to the meeting point (no hotel pickup), then we offer the same tour at a slightly lower price here.

The scope of this tour is to demonstrate the might and majesty of the Roman Empire as it survives in modern day Rome. The tour heads off to Piazza Venezia, passing the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier en route to the Capitoline Hill and the Roman Forum and surrounding area (the Curia, the Reggia, the Temple of Vesta, the Arch of Titus and the Arch of Constantine). Next is a visit to the Colosseum (again, entrance ticket is included in the cost of tour and there'll be no queuing, security checks aside) and then on to the Palatine Hill, home of the Caesars. We have information pages here for the Colosseum and here for the Roman Forum, but you hardly need telling that a visit to Rome would be incomplete without seeing them both. With this tour, you will have the benefit of a fully qualified local tour guide travelling with you at all times. You'll usually be listening in on supplied headsets. Tours are always in English though are also given in Spanish and German, French too at weekends.

Rome sightseeing tour & Papal Audience.

Ticket booking to take part in a Papal Audience at the Vatican.

Papal audiences (Wednesdays only) are held either in St Peter's Square or the Nervi Hall, as decided by the Pontificial State on the day. Included is a short panoramic tour, tickets, transport and assistance with check in and security checks.

The day begins with a short guided sightseeing trip taking in Rome's many monumental and panoramic views, and finishes with you taking part in an audience with the Pope. The tour only runs on Wednesday as that is when the Pope holds his Public Audiences, either in the square of St Peters or in the Sala Nervi (Nervi Hall) if deemed necessary. Please note that seating is not guranteed as this cannot be reserved in advance.

You'll be shown around Rome on a deluxe coach with an English speaking tour guide; this is not a tour of Ancient Rome, but a tour that aims to show you some of Rome's more panoramic and striking views, such as the Via Veneto, Via Flaminia, Piazza della Repubblica, the views alongside the river Tiber - Lungotevere and Castel Sant'Angelo - the Foro Italico and Ponte Milvio, to name a few.
You'll approach the Vatican along Via della Conciliazione from whence it's onto St Peters for the Papal Audience - Udienza Papale.

The Papal Audience is in the main a series of small readings, largely in Italian, although there will be greetings in many languages. There is a reading of the Lord's Prayer, in Latin, and the Audience concludes with the Pope's Apostolic Blessing. Usually starting at around 10.30 in the morning, there may well be an earlier start in the case of very hot weather. As the Pope, like many a Roman, heads for the cooler hills during the high Summer, we do not offer this tour during July. Your tour will head off from central Rome at 7.30 in the morning, finsihing roughly 5 hours later in St Peter's Square.

Bus tour of Christian Rome & catacombs (3 hours)

Lasting around three hours and setting off from the centre of Rome in mid-afternoon, this guided tour takes in some of the major sights of Christian Rome, terminating with a trip down into the atmospheric catacombs of early Christian Rome.

The tour is by deluxe coach, but you'll step off from time to time for a closer look at some of the attractions involved. The tour runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in high season, Friday and Saturday only in low-season.

Heading out from Piazza San Bernardo, crossing Piazza della Repubblica, you'll take the Via Nazionale for a visit to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (St Mary the Major). One of the four papal basilicas of Rome, legend has it that the church's location was chosen by the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the church is the largest in Rome dedicated to her.

Next it's on to the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano (St John Lateran), the 'Cathedral of Rome and of the world'. The ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, aka the Pope, it is the oldest and first ranking - above even St Peters - of the papal basilicas, the ecumenical mother church.

Some images from sights on the Christian Rome and catacombs tour

The group then moves on to the Scala Sancta, the 'Holy Stairs'; tradition has it that these were bought from Jerusalem to Rome in AD326 and were the steps that Christ ascended during his Passion, en route to trial. The 28 white marble steps are now encased and protected by wooden treads.

Rejoining the coach the tour heads off to the Via Appia - the Appian Way - to reach the catacombs of San Callisto. The catacombs are ancient burial sites, carved out of the soft rock underlying surrounding areas of Rome. They are not only sacred burial grounds, but are also immensely important in the history of early Christian art, home as they are to splendid early frescoes and sculptures.

The catacombs of San Callisto are among the greatest and most important of Rome, covering an incredible 90 acres in a network of galleries roughly 9 miles long. Do please remember that this is partly a walking tour, roughly 45 minutes of which will be spent underground.

Rome-by-night tour.

A fully guided tour revealing the splendour of Rome by night. The tour, by deluxe coach, lasts roughly two and a half hours and offers panoramic views of Rome after-dark. Also including is a walking tour of the Trastevere district of Rome.

The trip leaves promptly at 8:45 PM in high season and 8:00 PM in low season and lasts about two and a half hours, seeing the Trevi fountain, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, all illuminated by evocative nightime lighting, all from the viewpoint of a private coach. The tour also includes a walking tour of Trastevere in the company of an experienced local guide. We also offer this tour with the option of dinner included.

Rome-by-night tour, with dinner.

A fully guided tour revealing the splendour of Rome by night with a traditional Italian restaurant dinner included. The tour, by deluxe coach, lasts roughly four hours and offers panoramic views of Rome after-dark. Also including is a walking tour of the Trastevere district of Rome.

The trip leaves promptly at 7:15 PM in high season and 6:45 PM in low season and lasts about four hours, seeing the Trevi fountain, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, all illuminated by evocative nightime lighting, all from the viewpoint of a private coach. Dinner is included and takes place in a typical local restaurant in the Trevi district, a short few steps from the Trevi Fountain. The tour also includes a walking tour of Trastevere in the company of an experienced local guide. We also offer this tour without the option of dinner included.

Day trip from Rome to Naples and Pompeii

This full day tour departs from central Rome early in the morning and returns at about 9:00 PM. Accompanied by an experienced guide you'll see the sights of Naples and explore the ruins and excavations of Pompeii. Lunch and all entrance fees included

The tour passes through the scenic countryside of Lazio and Campania, passing the Abbey of Montecassino, before arriving for a sightseeing tour of Naples. This will be a short panoramic tour, your coach ascending Vomero hill to afford wonderful views of the city below, over the bay of Naples and out to Vesuvius.

You'll descend towards the port of Mergellina and a short walk there, along the scenic coast road, before heading south to Ercolano (Herculaneum). After a restaurant lunch there (in a first class hotel, surrounded by centuries-old gardens), the tour moves on to Pompeii and Vesuvius, with a chance to see the wonders of this marvelous UNESCO World Heritage site, skipping any queues and accompanied by your professional guide at all times.

Day trip from Rome to Capri and the Blue Grotto

A day long excursion, leaving Rome early in the morning, to the enchanted Isle of Capri in the Bay of Naples, with lunch in the scenic village of Anacapri and a visit to the famous Blue Grotto.

The trip leaves central Rome by coach early in the morning, returning at about 9 PM. The drive down through Lazio and Campania passes the famous Abbey of Montecassino, arriving at Naples where you'll embark by boat for Capri.

Then it's a minibus to the beautiful village of Anacapri with its breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples and a restaurant lunch (price included.) The tour then returns to Capri to explore the Blue Grotto (if sea conditions don't allow this then you'll visit instead the famous 'Faraglioni' rocks). The boat back to Naples leaves at 4:30 and then it's a coach back to Rome.

Rome bus tours.

The Line A open top sightseeing bus tour of Rome lasts 100 minutes. You have the opportunity to see all the main points of interest, including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, and as the tours operate on a 'hop-on, hop-off' basis you may leave and subsequently rejoin the buses whenever and as often you like at the 8 stops on the route, giving you a chance to tick all your must-see boxes in this incredible city!

There is an accompanying audio tour available in 8 different languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese). If you decide to hop off you can download the ROME WALKING TOUR onboard, and listen to it when you want without the necessity of an Internet connection.

You can download a detailed route-map (PDF) here.

Policy on the admission of pets:

Small/medium domestic animals will be permitted on the bus only on the understanding that they are inoffensive and do not pose a risk to the bus or passengers' security. If the driver at any point decides that the animal poses a risk to passengers or the bus, they can insist that the animal is denied access to, or is removed from the bus, at any point and at their incontestable discretion and with NO right of refund.

The animal must be kept on a leash and muzzle at all times. Animals that cannot for whatever reason use a muzzle must be kept in a pet carrier. The pet carrier must be in good condition, clean, must not contain food, and must not pose a risk to other people on the bus.

Line A timings and stops

The 'Line A' tour starts and ends at the bus terminal on Via Marsala (close to the main 'Termini' railway station) – with buses running every 15 or 20 minutes depending on season. The first departure is 09.00 in the morning, the last at 17.00 in the evening (November to March) and 19.00 (April – June). Please be aware that times are subject to change depending on traffic conditions and local events.

The 8 stops are as follows:
01: Via Marsala (bus terminal).
02: the Santa Maria Maggiore.
03: the Colosseum.
04: the Circo Massimo.
05: Piazza Venezia (Roman Forum, Campidoglio and Capitoline Museums).
06: St Peters (Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums).
07: Fontana di Trevi.
07B: Piazza di Spagna (only on Sundays and holidays and Saturday after 15.00).
08: Piazza Barberini

Please note that the total price displayed above includes our service charge of Euro 3.50.

Rome Segway tour

Accompanied tour of Rome with a difference - on a Segway!

The tour takes in the following must-not-miss sights of Rome: Circo Massimo, the Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Traian column, the Palatine Hills, the church of Santa Maria and the Bocca della Verità wall sculpture, and much more besides.

Enjoy the splendours of the Eternal City gliding around on your own Roman Chariot on a guided Segway tour (in English)! The tour lasts three hours, including the orientation session, and you'll be accompanied by a personal tour guide. Morning tours begin at 09.30 AM and afternoon tours at 2.30 PM or 4.00 PM, according to time of year - group size is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 people.

Children: the Segway is appropriate for virtually anyone, but if your child is younger than 16 years of age, he/she will have to be at least 140 cm (4 ft 6 inches) tall and weigh over 40kg (90 pounds).

Please note that our staff will have the right to decline accepting your child without any obligation to refund you for her/his tickets.
Children under the age of eighteen are not permitted to take part in these tours if unaccompanied - they need to be in a group where at least one person is aged over eighteen.

Rome bike tour tickets

Guided bike tour of Rome - hire a bicycle and tour Rome

Explore Rome on a guided bicycle tour.

Rome on two wheels, and stylish ones at that - just wouldn't do to be seen on anything less chic than our cruiser bikes, don't you know! The bicycle tour lasts three hours and begins at 10.00 AM in the morning - group size is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 people.

The tour takes in the following must-not-miss sights of Rome: the Colosseum, the Vatican City, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), Lungotevere, Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), the Circo Massimo, the Imperial Forum and much more! Routes chosen endeavour to keep you away from vehicle traffic as much as is possible and we try to keep you to cycle lanes whenever we can.

Children - if your child is younger than 10 years of age, we require an EXPERT LEVEL of biking and that he/she rides her/his own bike. Children under 3 are not allowed to take part in these tours. Please note that our staff will have the right to decline accepting your child without any obligation to refund you for her/his tickets.