The best Rome tours will take travelers on a mesmerizing adventure, from the famous Colosseum, to the unique Temple of All Gods, to local cafes where food lovers can let their taste buds explore. The Eternal City, the epicenter of the Roman Empire, is a city where modern day shakes hands with ancient mythology. The reasons to visit the Eternal City are close to endless. Walk through the Vatican Gardens, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and climb the Spanish Steps and stroll around in Via dei Condotti. There is something for everyone here, whether it is walking through history, eating authentic cuisine, or signing up for Gladiator lessons.
For the truly unique experience, the best Rome tours will show travelers the secret spots and tastes that only the locals know about. Even the most popular sites have features and history that only locals know of. Take an early morning stroll, buy a loaf of fresh bread, and visit Campo de’ Fiori, the “field of flowers,” to taste fresh oils and vinegars. From there, walk right down to the Palazzo della Cancelleria (Palace of the Chancellery), one of the earliest palaces built in the Renaissance style, sometime around the late 15th century or early 16th century. The Palazzo della Cancelleria is one of the many places in the region designated as a World Heritage Site. Travel along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as Corso Vittorio, which connects many palazzi and churches that are worth seeing, including the Piazza della Chiesa Nuova where the church Santa Maria in Vallicella (“Our Lady in the Little Valley”) stands.
The best Rome tours are flexible, with opportunities for activities that are unique and leave a lasting impression of the city and its offerings. Visit the site of the battle between the Garibaldi forces against the French at the hill of Janiculum (or Gianicolo). Janiculum is one of the best places to see the beautiful landscape of the city, including the many domes and bell towers lining the sky. Listen for the traditional cannon that fires around mid-day. View the beautiful gardens of Villa del Priorato di Malta, which graciously frames St. Peter’s dome, by peeking through a keyhole located on the gate that leads to the Knights of Malta. The best Rome tours will know of every secret and every view there is to the city.
Of course, Rome is a must see city for many travelers because of the art and architecture. The Galleria Borghese, with the nearby Villa Borghese gardens, is an art gallery that displays many sculptures from the Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Bernini, who is known for the baroque art style, is only one of the many famous artists. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, also known simply as Raphael, is one of the great master artists. His works are displayed in suites rightfully called the Raphael Rooms at the Apostolic Palace, or the Vatican Palace. The best Rome tours won’t let travelers miss seeing the Vatican museums or the Sistine Chapel. There is so much to see and do in the Eternal city, from art, to history, to hilltop vistas with breathtaking views, all of which makes Rome one of the most popular cities to visit.