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Best Tours of Rome

As a famous city with plenty of tourist attractions, it is no surprise that Rome is full of different tours to take. But how do you know which tour to take? We’ve rounded up the best tours of Rome to help you decide. Whether you’re interested in historic sites, nature tours, or food, there's a tour for everyone. Take a look at our list of the best tours of Rome below, including...

  • The Vatican
  • St. Pete’s Basilica
  • Castel Gandolfo
  • Pantheon
  • Food Market
  • Heart of Rome
  • Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off
  • And more!

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Admission to these top tours is included with the Go Rome pass. You could save up to 47% on admission vs gate price.

The Vatican

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For a comprehensive overview of the Vatican City, take a guided tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica of St. Peter. The Vatican may be the world’s smallest city-state, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to see. On this 2-hour 30-minute tour, your guide will take you around the Vatican’s most famous sites, complete with fast track entry so you won’t waste any time waiting in lines. The Vatican has a spectacular art collection, with masterpieces by Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael, Dalì and Matisse, and of course, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

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One of the most convenient ways of touring Rome is with the Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Rome Tour. Jump aboard a bus at any stop, take a seat on the upper deck, sit back and take in the city views. Your knowledgable guide will narrate your journey through Rome, pointing out important landmarks and telling you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Eternal City. When you see a landmark or attractions you’d like to visit, simply hop-off and explore!

St Peter's Basilica

If you prefer touring at your own pace, the self-guided audio tour of St Peter’s Basilica is a great option. You’ll see classic works of art like Pietà by Michelangelo, the Baldacchino by Bernini, as well as the famous ceiling. Plus, you’ll get to see ornaments and statues at the Treasury Museum. Your audio guide will narrate everything you see, so you’ll understand the significance and context of the stunning works of art. Use your Go Rome pass to skip the line, too!

Castel Gandolfo

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If you want to escape the business of Rome and spend some time with nature, head south to Castel Gandolfo. Here, you can visit the beautiful Lake Albano, and take a guided kayak tour of Castel Gandolfo. Your guide will take you around the lake to see Roman villas and historic sites, as well as teaching you about Roman history and traditions more generally. All while kayaking around the lake! This is a great opportunity to see another side to Rome, away from the inner city.

Heart of Rome

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For an immersive Rome experience, take the Heart of Rome walking tour. On this 90-minute tour, your guide will take you to top sites like the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountains. This is a great way to experience Rome like a local, as your expert guide will give you insider tips and recommendations. Plus, your guide will tell you all the historic detail you need to know about Rome’s most important landmarks, so you’ll go home feeling like a local yourself.

Pantheon

The Pantheon was constructed way back in 125 AD and is one of Rome’s best-preserved buildings. Take a guided tour of the Pantheon to learn all about its rich history and significance to the Roman Empire. Learn all about the works of art and the artists who are buried in the tomb. Additionally, your one-hour guided tour will take place in the morning, so you get to avoid the crowds, which will make taking photos a lot easier!

Horseback Riding

Another tour for those who want to escape the city: a horseback riding trek of Ancient Via Appia Antica. The Appian Way is one of the most important and earliest Roman roads. On this 2-hour trek, you’ll get to learn about the road’s significance, see Rome’s beautiful landscape and Roman ruins, all on horseback. This a unique tour and a great opportunity to see a different side to Rome. Plus, it’s sure to be a memorable vacation activity.

Roman Food Market

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This one’s for foodies: a tour of a Roman Food Market. On this self-guided audio tour, you’ll explore Italy’s regional cuisines, complete with food tastings at multiple stalls. You’ll get to try Italian olives, salami, Parma ham, pizza, wine, and more! This is a great way to understand how Romans shop for food, and the importance of fresh, local ingredients to making delicious, authentic cuisine.

In summary

There are plenty of tours in Rome, and no matter your interest, you are certain to find one that suits you. History buffs, culture fiends, nature lovers, and foodies alike will each find a tour to help them experience Rome in a way that’s right for them.

Save on admission

Admission to these top tours is included with the Go Rome pass. You could save up to 47% on admission vs gate price.

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