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Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: 8:45 AM

Tour Highlights

  • Explore those hidden sites locals reserve for visiting friends, discovering secret histories and traditions you’d never hear otherwise. We’ll take you on a whirlwind adventure through Rome and further afield for a half-day tour you won’t forget.

  • Discover an unexpected side of Rome at the Jewish Ghetto and so-called ‘Jewish Colosseum’; walk a section of the ancient Roman Appian Way; see the Aqueducts; witness the best panoramic views in Rome (including the Janiculum Hill where if you are lucky you will get to see the daily cannon fire) & much more!

  • We have a lot of land to cover, from the almost-rural Appian Way to the top of Janiculum Hill, so we’ve arranged for the most comfortable, air-con transport in Rome. We’ve kept groups small (15 or fewer) so your experience is intimate & you’ll be led by an expert local.

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EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

Ancient aqueducts on the Appian Way

EXPLORE OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH ROME, DISCOVERING ITS HIDDEN GEMS.

We start our day in a fascinating little corner of Rome usually ignored by visitors – the Jewish Ghetto. In 1555 the Pope ordered that all Jews (a community which arrived in Rome before the Christians) had to live within this walled neighborhood, where the gates were locked at night. The wall, built on the order of the Pope, was to be paid for by the Jews. And although it didn’t help to suppress regular flooding from the Tiber River, it did a fantastic job of feeding disease and poverty inside.

We’ll enjoy a walk through the Jewish Ghetto tour by foot, passing by Teatro Marcello (a.k.a. “The Jewish Colosseum”), learning about life behind the walls and the influence that the Jewish community had over the development of Rome – including the creation of some of the best regional foods.

View from Janiculum Hill

TRAVEL TO AREAS NOT USUALLY ACCESSIBLE TO INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS.

We’re covering a lot of ground so we’ve included a luxury vehicle to shuttle us with aircon for those hot summer days. After our walk through the Jewish Ghetto, we’ll make a stop at Circus Maximus to see the Ancient Roman chariot racing arena before heading outside the city to find Ancient Rome’s greatest thoroughfare – the Appian Way (a.k.a. Via Appia Antica).

This ancient road is where Spartacus and 6,000 of his followers were crucified, where war veterans lined up to pay homage to Emperor Augustus, and where St. Peter had a vision of Christ as he left Rome in 64 A.D. You’ll go for a relaxing stroll on this peaceful road (which still retains many of its original paving stones!) hearing stories like that behind the fortress-like mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, an enormous tomb built for a Roman noblewoman in the 1st century B.C.

Our next stop is the Park of the Aqueducts. You’ve heard about how the Ancient Romans invented running water, their greatest gift to modern civilization – but you haven’t seen it yet. We promise that your jaw will drop when you see just how huge and well-constructed the ancient aqueducts were, carrying millions of tons of water into Rome (and you’ll feel badly for tourists who never get to see them!) After taking a chance to walk along the aqueducts, snapping those perfect pictures, you’ll head to the overlook of an ancient site that put all that water to good use: the Baths of Caracalla. These 3rd-century baths included an Olympic-sized swimming pool and could hold more than 1,600 people at a time.

Canon fire on Janiculum Hill, included on our off the beaten path tour

EXPLORE THE SECRET SITES THAT LOCALS SHOW TO VISITING FRIENDS.

We can’t tell you all of the sights you’ll visit on our hidden gems tour because that will ruin the surprise – but we do promise to surprise you more than once during your time with us. One site we will guarantee however, is Janiculum Hill. This is where you get the best view of Rome. Enjoy this breathtaking view of the city and snap the pictures that friends back home will envy as your guide points out the Colosseum and major sights of historic Rome.

During the drive from Janiculum Hill there’s a stretch of road where, even though the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is very far away, it looks extremely close! And stranger still, the further you drive away from it, the closer it seems – while the closer you get, the further it travels. Fun and surprising, this optical illusion is just one of those secret sites we promise will surprise and delight you.

GET AN OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE, VISITING DIFFICULT-TO-ACCESS SIGHTS.

Perhaps the most satisfying part of our tour is the peace and quiet you’ll find at so many of the sights and the knowledge that you’re traveling further and seeing more than the average visitor. These sights aren’t known to most travelers and are difficult to access by public transport – which is where we can help. On this exclusive exploration, you’ll enjoy a private vehicle with a group size of just 15 people or fewer, a driver and a separate tour guide who will bring the sights to life for you as you travel, with stories and local legends.

So if you want to see the “real Rome,” and its true off-the-beaten-path gems, in comfort and with a local insider, take a walk (or a drive) with us! We’d love to share our city with you, introducing you to Rome as a local.

Sites visited

  • The Jewish Ghetto
  • Teatro Marcello, a.k.a. “The Jewish Colosseum”
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Circus Maximus
  • View of Palatine hill
  • Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella (from outside)
  • The Appian Way
  • Park of the Aqueducts
  • Overlook of the Baths of Caracalla
  • Views over Rome from Janiculum hill
  • Aurelian walls
  • Pyramid of Caius Cestius
  • Optical illusion of St. Peter’s dome
  • & more surprises!

Included

  • Jewish Ghetto walking tour
  • Private transport between sites
  • Expert tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 498 Customer Reviews

Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time and got to see new things. This tour is perfect for anyone who has been to Rome before or who just wants to get away from the crowds of tourists.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Hidden Gems tour with Andy! It was well organized, very informative, and we saw so many things we would not have known to look for ourselves. Highly recommended!
Everything was great. The guide was very good...Julia, I think. We particularly enjoyed the Appian Way and Aquaducts. I was disappointed the Knights of Malta keyhole was not part of the tour, as I had read reviews stating it was... but was great anyway.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Unfortunately our vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. Please contact our Customer Service team to discuss a suitable alternative.

Most vehicles will not have additional space for strollers. If you are traveling with an infant, please contact our Customer Service team before booking.

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Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time and got to see new things. This tour is perfect for anyone who has been to Rome before or who just wants to get away from the crowds of tourists.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Hidden Gems tour with Andy! It was well organized, very informative, and we saw so many things we would not have known to look for ourselves. Highly recommended!
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Everything was great. The guide was very good...Julia, I think. We particularly enjoyed the Appian Way and Aquaducts. I was disappointed the Knights of Malta keyhole was not part of the tour, as I had read reviews stating it was... but was great anyway.
Marta was an excellent guide.
Marta is fantastic! Loved the chance to see new things in Rome.
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The tour was a James-Bond-like change of wonderful sets, like in a cinematographic dream. We took off in the Jewish Ghetto, where Andrea described the particularities of this most interesting Roman neighborhood that goes back to antiquity. Off we went to the Appian Road, with a most useful photostop at the Circus Maximus. The culminating point was on the highest hill of Rome, Janiculus, where we watched and heard the cannons banging. Andrea did his job excellently, we had a marvelous time.
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She was a wealth of information, totally energetic and enthusiastic. Can only recommend this tour.
I was not expecting so much history (some I glazed over because it was too much) and I really enjoyed learning the etymology of English words from the Roman language. Some of Michael’s Jewish history was not quite right (I filled him in on some) and I really wish we could have gone inside the synagogue to look. It would be nice to be given earplugs when we view the cannon ceremony so we could take pictures and/or video instead of holding our ears closed.
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Melanie was an excellent tour guide. My wife and I enjoyed hidden gems tour.Melanie was very gracious and knowledgeable.We learned a great deal.
Great tour, made all the better by having Michael as a tour guide. His historical knowledge was outstanding but it was his ability to put it all together in a logical entertaining manner which really shone through. He is a natural storyteller and his observations on how ancient historical beliefs have influenced contemporary culture were fascinating. He also injected humour into the tour which made it great fun for all.
Excellent tour. Superb guide and driver.
great tour to see a lot of sights in a half day with some history thrown in and being driven in smaller group - highlights of aquaducts and old appian way. good young personable guide
Julia was the best tour guide! Definitely the best tour we had while in Italy. Would recommend the tour to anyone especially because of Julia- she is a wealth of knowledge and very funny!!
She was so passtionate and knowledgeable. I travel a lot, and she was by far the best tour guide I’ve ever had. I loved every second of my tour. I learned so much, and it was at a perfect pace. Loved everything!
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Very knowledgeable guide ,Andrea. Great personality and humor. Would recommend.
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The guide was very good. We really enjoyed the tour.
Excellent knowledgeable guide. Bus was comfortable as well.
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Michael was an amazing guide. Like a good meal, this tour hit the spot!
We had a great time and learned a lot. Our guide was friendly and funny! We highly recommend this tour.
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We thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this Hidden Gems tour with Andy! He was a fantastic guide! We saw so many wonderful sights including the Jewish ghetto and the Appian Way and so much more! We would highly recommend this tour!
So glad we took this tour! Learned so much we would have never know and seeing the aquaduct was a highlight for sure. Everyone should see these parts of Rome!
Thoroughly enjoyed our walk with Andy. 3rd visit to Rome and you were certainly able to provide us with a ‘new look’ to the Eternal City, thanks very much. Jackie and Terry Dewar Australia
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A most interesting tour with an excellent guide.
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Excellent tour, guide wad very informative and funny. The guide made a good tour great. Have recommended to friends already.
Great tour and Marta was very friendly and knowledgable. Will recommend walks to my friends
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Loved Marta. Very well versed in history. Very pleasant.
It was perfect. Shannon was great!
Marta was a Top Class tour guide. Knowledgeable, entertaining, thoughtful & hospitable... I believe she rates as one of the hidden ‘Gems’ of Roma Tourism🤗
This tour is not kidding with its description of hidden gems and ancient wonders, highlighted by a great tour guide Andrea. We were fortunate to have him in two Walks of Italy tours. This tour and this guide is highly recommended!!!
Another excellent Walks of Italy tour! Fabulous!
As with my previous tour with you, this tour was everything and more that what was promised. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided additional pictures so we had visual information also. For me, walking on the actual Appian Way was wonderful.
We have been to Rome 4 times and seen the “popolur” tourist attractions, it was time for us to look for the hidden gems. Andrea was a brilliant guide. He was so informative. The gems that we saw on the tour were incredible. It was so interesting and we would highly recommend it.
Marta was the best! I really enjoyed this tour and it was my parents' favorite. There should be more tours like this that take you off the beaten path. I loved this tour and would even consider booking it again! So laid back and informative. The Appian Way was very nice. Loved everything!