At a Glance Why You'll Love It
A Magical Experience!
I explained to our What A Life Tour coordinator, Pips, that we wanted to see Rome through the eyes of a Roman, and not tell us in advance what we would be seeing. WOW... did she ever deliver on our request! She matched us up with Beatrice, who turned out to be the best possible guide for us! We saw parts of Rome I would never have thought of. Thank you Pips for all your help arranging this great experience. Thank you Beatrice for the kindness during our tour, and thank you What a Life Tours for providing us the opportunity to see Rome from a totally different prospective.
- Gary S. October 16, 2018
Tour Summary Get in the Know
Hit Rome’s highlights with your very own guide from the comfort of a private car
As Rome is a city built on seven hills, it’s no small obstacle to cover its ground on foot. Throw cobblestone streets and an endless amount of small confusing streets into the mix and it becomes clear that navigating this metropolis would be significantly more enjoyable with someone else leading the way. That’s where we come in! Avoid wasted time, achy feet, and a public-transport-induced headache and let us lead you to the must see sights of the Eternal City. We go the extra mile with hotel pick-up and drop-off, so you and your loved ones can relax like VIPs from start to finish.
Enjoy a few hours with a professional driver to keep his eyes on the road while a five-star tour guide pampers you every step of the way, taking you straight to the highlights and sharing their insider knowledge. And, since this private tour is all about you, you’ll have every opportunity to interact with your friendly Rome expert and have all of your questions answered. While we’ve hand-tailored our Best of Rome Private Driving Tour to cover some of the cities most intriguing sights, it’s your tour and we’re more than happy to tailor it to fit you – so don’t hesitate to let us know about any requests you may have!
Visit hidden gems and not-so-central sights that many tourists miss out on
It’s your holiday – and we don’t intend to limit it! That’s why we keep it flexible on our end and let you decide whether you’d prefer to explore Rome by day or night. Regardless of the time, our suggested itinerary includes the same suggested sights. Without being limited to the places we can reach on foot or with public transport, we can reach greater heights – literally! Go beyond the Circus Maximus and conquer the most isolated of Rome’s seven hills, the Aventine Hill, without breaking a sweat. At its peak we can perch up in the Garden of Oranges, amongst it’s beautiful trees and fresh scent, to take in an awe-inspiring view of the city below. Nearby, we’ll make a stop at the Knights of Malta keyhole, through which you’ll find a surprising and unique glimpse at St Peter’s dome.
Traverse the Greek Ghetto, located between the Circus Maximus and the Tiber River. This lesser-travelled but undoubtedly amazing area, named after the large prominence of Greek merchant settlers in Ancient Roman times, boasts some truly impressive sites. The Temple of Hercules from 2nd century BC, for example, is the oldest standing marble structure in the city and stands out due to its inherently Greek design. Another popular bucket list item that we will cross off your list in the Greek Ghetto is a visit to the “Mouth of Truth” located inside the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin that was made famous in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. Learn about the legend of the ancient sculpture and, if you’re brave, put it to the test!
Take a casual stroll to admire the highlights of Rome's historic center
Stretch your legs and walk in the footsteps of ancient Roman emperors, gladiators, and artists. With one-way streets and high traffic areas, we guarantee that walking this territory is much more enjoyable than honking our way through it. This way we can relax as we reminisce and admire some of Rome’s most spectacular monuments, with an authentic Italian gelato in hand! Get up close and personal with the Trevi Fountain and revel in its incomparable beauty while we fill you in on the artist, the history, and the legend. We certainly won’t stop you from snapping some selfies and throwing a coin in over your shoulder!
Admire the astonishing architecture of Rome, and the extravagant artistic contributions of centuries past. Cross modern roads and charming alleyways to stand before the glorious Pantheon, built in 126 AD. Gaze upon Bernini’s dazzling 17th century sculptures at the Basilica of Saint Mary above Minerva and Piazza Navona. Sample some classic Italian products amongst the market stalls at Campo dei Fiori. Kick your feet up while you relive stories from the Renaissance and Romantic eras at the Spanish Steps. And, certainly, wonder about the unparalleled brilliance of Michelangelo Buonarroti as you stand in his exquisitely designed Piazza del Campidoglio, at the very heart of Rome.
What You'll See Along the Way
Located just steps away from the Pantheon, the Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva was named fittingly, as it was built directly above the ruins of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, who took the name Minerva in Greco-Roman mythology. The medieval church took on some Baroque and Renaissance style adjustments over the centuries, including some brilliant artistic embellishments. Francesco Lippi frescoed the ceiling in the 15th century while Michelangelo contributed his marble sculpture of “Christ Carrying the Cross” in 1521. Bernini also made his mark here when he erected his “Pulcino della Minerva”, a sturdy elephant sculpture with an obelisk on top, in front of the church in 1667.