Duration: 3.5 hours
Start Time: 9:15 am
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 about its fascinating history. You'll also see the Teatro di Marcello (a.k.a. “The Jewish Colosseum”), an authentic hidden gem of Ancient Roman architecture. Next it’s on to Tiber Island and the medieval neighbourhood of Trastevere. Here, we’ll stop off at a traditional Italian bakery for a taste of delicious Roman biscotti. (You’ll want to make sure to stock up on some for the road too!)
The beautiful Santa Cecilia awaits next, where we’ll visit the intricate 5th century basilica of the benedictine nuns. Admire its stunning 17th century facade and spellbinding interior as your guide reveals the moving story of the church’s patron saint, who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her faith.
This 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.
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 strolling along the picturesque aqueducts, snapping those perfect pictures, you’ll head to the overlook of an ancient site that put 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.
Home to some of the capital’s best eateries, there’s no better place to end the tour than in Testaccio. On our final stop, we’ll walk the streets of this charming, authentic Roman neighborhood exploring its secret corners, then stop by the market where you’ll get to try a traditional Roman pasta. Furnished with recommendations from your local guide, you’ll be spoilt for choice deciding where to eat, drink and shop next along these storied streets.
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 as you travel, with plenty of stories and local legends.
So if you want to see the “real Rome,” and its hidden 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.