Most guided tours of Rome see just the historical center of the city. By combining a bus tour and a night walking tour, we go beyond the usual itinerary to experience the length and breadth of Rome. Covering so much ground, you’ll get a full introduction to the history and architecture of all Rome’s most important sites – from big name spots like the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica, to the little streets and piazzas that give the city its character. We’ll give you a full orientation on the city of Rome so you’re all set to explore on your own afterwards, or to take more detailed tours of the sites that pique your interest.
With an expert, English-speaking guide on hand throughout, you’ll also learn the little details that can make your vacation – like which neighborhoods have the best restaurants, where should you go for nightlife and how best to navigate the city. And with a full four hours to explore, we’ll have ample time at each stop for photos and for you to ask all the questions you want.
Our tour starts as all good nights in Rome do – with aperitivo in a central Rome wine bar. You’ll have a glass of quality Italian wine (or something else, should you choose) and a selection of delectable regional appetizers before we start on our introduction to the city. Travelling in small groups of 20 people or less, we’ll cross the compact historical center by foot. We’ll pass the Spanish Steps first, a favorite hangout spot for locals, before winding our way through the streets towards the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. On our way, we’ll visit Bernini’s‘Fountain of Four Rivers’ in lively Piazza Navona, where you’ll see the heart of Rome’s nightlife.
As you walk your guide will point out all the most important sites and those little corners you would have missed on your own. They’ll teach you about the most interesting characters in Rome’s history – from Bernini to Michelangelo, Galileo and Raphael – bringing the Eternal City to life at its most bewitching hour. Since we visit at night, the major sites of the city are quieter now and, while piazzas and restaurants are lively, the streets are much easier to navigate.
Continuing with our relaxed pace, we’ll take a bus for the next leg of our journey. Driving through the quiet streets of the city we’ll see Castel Sant’Angelo, where you’ll learn about the secret tunnels once used by the Vatican, and we’ll pass St. Peter’s Basilica & Square. Then it’s on to one of our favorite spots. Seldom visited by tourists, Janiculum Hill offers the most spectacular view of Rome with the Ancient City laid out at its feet. Disembark the bus here to take photos and understand more of the orientation of Rome – your guide will help you pick out the concrete dome of the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the imposing Victor Emmanuele II monument, the so-called ‘Wedding Cake’.
The bus will take us onwards for a spectacular finish at the Colosseum, more imposing by night than day. Here you’ll leave the bus and your guide will introduce you to gladiators, empires and the nearby Roman Forum, piquing your interest in one of the world’s most iconic structures.
With small group sizes and expert, English-speaking guides, this varied tour is the perfect way to get orientated in the city of Rome. Perfect for first-time visitors, we give you a taste of everything to help you use the rest of your time in the Eternal City wisely.