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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.

The Rome driving tour starts in a fascinating little corner of Rome usually ignored by visitors – the Jewish Ghetto. We'll walk through the Ghetto on foot and learn in fascinating history. You'll also see the Teatro Marcello (a.k.a. “The Jewish Colosseum”), an authentic hidden gem of ancient Roman architecture, and get restaurant recommendations from your local guide.

View from Janiculum Hill

TRAVEL TO AREAS NOT USUALLY ACCESSIBLE TO INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS.

This driving tour covers a lot of ground, so for your next stop you'll hop in a private, air-conditioned minibus and head out to 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 where some of the original stone structures that brought water into the city have been beautifully preserved. 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 won't tell you all of the sights you’ll visit on this driving 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, where you will enjoy the best view of Rome.

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

Perhaps the most satisfying part of this Rome driving 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 620 Customer Reviews

Roberta was wonderful, friendly, personable and very knowledgeable. Thanks to our driver, too, for braving Roman traffic.
Amazing tour!
Julia did an amazing job explaining so much history in 3 hours. I wish I had had someone like Julia as a history teacher in high school... she had some humor but mostly made it so interesting. Huge thanks to Julia for a job well done. Am so glad I saw your tour!!

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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Roberta was wonderful, friendly, personable and very knowledgeable. Thanks to our driver, too, for braving Roman traffic.
Amazing tour!
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Julia was as an excellent guide who provided interesting and important information during our tour. She answered any and all questions, focused on what she felt we needed to know and made the tour most enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour with Julia as the guide. Bill B. Plano, Tx P.S. She also looked fabulous in her white boots! :)
Julia did an amazing job explaining so much history in 3 hours. I wish I had had someone like Julia as a history teacher in high school... she had some humor but mostly made it so interesting. Huge thanks to Julia for a job well done. Am so glad I saw your tour!!
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Melanie was an excellent tour guide. Enjoyed getting a behind the scenes history of the Jewish Ghetto and the other gems in Rome.
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Despite the poring rain the tour was extremely interesting and entertaining. Andrea is great and knowledgable storyteller.
Julia is an absolute treasure! Her knowledge of Roman history is very, very impressive, and she made the tour one to remember with her witty commentary!
We have taken over 50 guided tours in the last 10 years. Julia was simply the best tour guide we have encountered. She was knowledgeable; she could teach her knowledge. She was personable, witty and, when appropriate, irreverent. Julia made our vacation that much more memorable. 10 stars plus.
I took 8 Walks of Italy tours. Each tour and guide was terrific.
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This tour and the tour guide were fantastic. Walks of Italy continues to offer top notch tours and guides that always meet or exceed our expectations! The planning is exceptional from the detailed information on the meeting point to the sites and information to be covered in the tour. The transportation provided on this particular tour was clean and comfortable and the driver was excellent. Our first tours with Walks was in 2013 in both Venice and Rome and the tours and guides continue to get better and better.
One of our most favorite experiences in Rome. Julia knows her business; she was the best guide we experienced (we took four tours w/ Walks of Italy). Excellent ability to weave historical insights into the trip. This tour was out first...a great way to begin a Roman holiday. Kudos to Julia!
Me and my sister thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable, kind and courteous.
Great tour, and even better tour guide.
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Melanie was terrific! She chose to give the tour despite her injuries from an accident, and was noticeably limping. But she was cheerful, knowledgeable, and considerate.
Very interesting tour. Ahmed was an excellent guide - knowledgeable, informative, and funny. He was able to answer every question I asked so he knows his stuff.
We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the tour
This was our third tour with Walks of Italy and it was amazing! All tour guides we had were super knowledgeable and seemed to genuinely enjoy sharing that knowledge. We had a great time.
Excellent tour. Our guide, Barbara was very knowledgeable, professional and had a good sense of humour. It was obvious that she was a very proud Roman! Larry& Pris ODonoghue. Ottawa, Canada
Very enthusiastic about sharing information and history of Rome
A visit to Rome is not complete without this tour! The name speaks for itself - hidden gems and Ancient Wonders. You will be in awe to discover the gems of Rome and the stories behind it. I appreciate how Andreas, our tour guide, prepared pictures to further explain facts, history. The phase, audio guide, vehicle are all perfect! Highly recommended.
Andrea our guide was excellent and we found the places visited interesting. Nice mini busm. Thanks
Great time of the day for this tour. The Ghetto was tour was very informative. I was very moved by the stumbling stones. The appian way was amazing to walk on the very road that was there when the romans conquered all. And dont forget the aqueducts ....awe inspiring and huge!! Thank you Anthony
Andy was excellent!
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Andy was a fantastic guide in every way and our tour could not have been better! It is a highlight of our time in Rome!
Fantastic tour and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved our guide Marta who was really engaging and full of knowledge. Walking on, and hearing about the history of the Appian Way was very special, as was our time in the Jewish Ghetto. We will recommend your company to others.
Camilla was outstanding! Loved the small group size (10).
Excellent tour! Highly recommend it!
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We really liked this tour, and our guide, Marta was fabulous. She was very engaging and full of great stories. We got to see so much of Rome that would have been difficult for us without the guide and the minibus. This tour was great value for money. Thank you!
Julia was excellent. Of the four guides we had, she was by far the best. She read her audience very well and was sensitive to their potential needs.
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A most excellent day with Andrea (sp?). He kept our attention throughout the tour... a wonderful storyteller! Many thanks for a wonderful day.
Andrea was a wonderful guide, very professional with an excellent command of the English language.
I have lost count of the wonderful times we have had with Walks of Italy tours. Andrea is a wonderful guide with a wealth of knowledge on the areas we traveled to. Our bus driver was also very good. We look forward to continuing our holiday in Italy and enjoying our tours booked with Walks of Italy tours.
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Great tour. Melanie was a very knowledgeable guide.
Our guide was fantastic very knowledgeable friendly and easy to understand
Julia was one of the best guides I have ever been with. Her knowledge was astounding, her delivery was brilliant, peppered with humor, opera, facts and figures, local knowledge, poetry where appropriate. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this tour
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Melanie was super great. Very informative and made the trip extremely interesting.
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