- City: Rome
- Duration: 3hrs 30mins
- Start Time: 8:45 AM
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.
EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION
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.
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.
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.
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