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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 536 Customer Reviews

Really enjoyed the tour Marta was excellent. Would definitely recommend this as a change from the must do’s.
Andrea was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.
I was very satisfied with the 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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Really enjoyed the tour Marta was excellent. Would definitely recommend this as a change from the must do’s.
Andrea was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.
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I was very satisfied with the tour.
We have gone on dozens of tours and can tell you that Marta was one of the very best tour guides that we have had. She was very friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We very much enjoyed the tour and will recommend it to others and well as telling them to ask for Marta.
Without doubt this was one of my favorite tours during my stay in Rome. Julia was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. We had a great lunch at restaurant she recommended in the Jewish Ghetto and then went on to tour the Synagogue on our own. One of the highlights of this tour for me was my pre-tour experience with the ginger cat that lives at the Caffe where we met the tour. It was very friendly and jumped into my lap. As I was missing my cats from home this was a very welcomed event. I would highly recommend this tour.
Andrea was great! Very knowledgable, informative and engaging. Kept the group interested. I loved this tour. If I get back to Italy, I will be book with you again. Thank you so much for making my first trip to Rome so memorable!
This is a little known tour that should not be missed. Very Very Good!
Another great tour. Walks is awesome!
Julia was an amazing tour guide. The tour was informative, touching and entertaining. She did a wonderful job adapting to terrible weather at the start of the tour and modifying stories as needed to accommodate the younger tour group members! You could tell that she is very knowledgeable and passionate about Rome's history and we really enjoyed the experience.
I loved this tour; it was my favorite of all the tours I took in Rome! My guide, Julia, was so informative without being boring! This tour really allowed me to see parts of Rome I would not have found on my own, and I thought it was fascinating! I would recommend this tour, especially with Julia, to anyone visiting!
Excellent!!!
Julia was wonderful. She knew her stuff, and put a really fun tone to things. Even to things that could have been a bit dry or depressing. She was stellar.
Loved the tour and guide, much fun, good length and balance of walking and riding.
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Excellent guide,good transport, good mix of sites to see, great to get away from the crowds.
Excellent tour with a charismatic guide.
Our guide was excellent, the best we have had on all the tours we have been on, top marks to her. The tour was great value for money and I would recommend it.
It was a great tour and Thea was an excellent guide!
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Loved every minute of it. The tour was unique and the guide knew everything. Thank you!!!
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This was a last-minute add-on for us, but it was easily the best of our tours in Rome. The guide was amazing! Smart, funny and very engaging, and I learned a lot from her. This tour also was a nice blend of walking along with some time in a van to get to some of the farther away sites. After three days of walking all over Rome, it was nice to have a little bit of time in an air-conditioned van. Loved the experience!
Really enjoyed this tour. Definitely beats the awful queues everywhere else. Andrew was excellent and especially appreciated his quirky humor, as I am also an Australian!!
Great experience and learned so much from our guide. Gaia was so knowledgeable and had a degree in history so she knew what she was talking about not just reading a script.
We really enjoyed Camilla, we thought she was the best of the guides that we had on our trip to Rome.
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Andrea was wonderful! Great outing to great sites.
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Martha was great and we loved seeing places of Rome that we would have never got to see on our own. It was a great tour to lay back a little bit but still hearing and seeing interesting parts of Rome. Martha was very knowledgeable and also very helpful on giving us suggestions to do around the city . We did three tours with walks and all of them were amazing! I would suggest this company to anyone . Thank you!!
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Marta was awesome! She had wonderful insight throughout the tour, and was kind enough to share a couple nearby restaurants that she would suggest. I enjoyed all the sites that were visited, and all of the information and stories. I would definitely recommend this tour to others!
Anna was a friendly guide! She was a bit distracted during the first part of the tour as one of the parties did not arrive. Overall we enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.
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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