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See Rome through the eyes of a local
Looking for the perfect way to kick-start your stay in the Eternal City? This best-selling 2.5-hour guided walking tour of Rome gives you the chance to immerse yourself completely into Italian culture – as well as millennia of mind-blowing history! Our guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic Roman locals (some natives, others adopted), who are keen to show off their beloved hometown to our guests. From traversing the prettiest vistas to enjoying the most mouth-watering cone of gelato in town, the What a Life team is passionate about giving you an unforgettable evening in what we believe is the most beautiful city in the world.
At dusk, one of our top-rated guides will meet you at the spectacular Spanish Steps. Ever since its inauguration in 1725, this 138-step long flight of marble stairs has been the heart of Roman cultural life. During the 1700s and 1800s the steps served as a favorite hang-out for writers, snobs and bohemians alike (including some very notable names such as Lord Byron, John Keats and the notorious ladies’ man, Casanova). In more recent decades, the breathtaking location has been immortalized on the silver screen in films like Roman Holiday and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Explore the Eternal City’s highlights – at twilight
As you delve into the maze of the tiny alleyways, majestic squares, and well-hidden courtyards that make up Rome’s historic center, your lively cicerone will breathe life into an enthralling history which stretches back more than 2000 years. When hearing the stupefying tales of the historical events that transpired on this very ground, you will soon realize that this beautiful city holds more than meets the eye – it’s an outdoor museum, where every cobblestone has its own captivating story to tell. They say a good anecdote is the best souvenir and, after having roamed Rome with one of our esteemed raconteurs, you’ll have plenty of those to bring back home with you!
Walking in the company of a local means you can get off the beaten track to discover tucked-away jewels, visible only to those “in the know” – but, naturally, we won’t leave out the must-sees either! Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your safe return to Rome – and learn why its witty creator placed a vase on the right hand side to block the view from a neighboring barbershop. Get the inside scoop on the construction of the city’s oldest temple – the Pantheon – and then head to Piazza Navona to unlock the hidden symbolism Bernini chiseled into his Four River Fountain (in which Tom Hanks took a reluctant dip in Angels and Demons!).
Glorious gelato and great guides
Dulcis in fundo, last but not least, your guide will unveil our best haunt for the favorite guilty pleasure of all Italians - gelato! There are hundreds of well-renowned gelato shops in the Eternal City, but after years of extensive research (it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!) we can guarantee that this is the “crème de la crème” of Roman gelaterias and the cherry on top of our evening together. Try their fruit flavors for a refreshing, or rich creams for melt-in-your-mouth indulgence!
At What a Life Tours, we know that size does matter and our experience suggests that the “more the merrier” theory doesn’t really apply to tour groups. By limiting our group size to just 8 guests or fewer, we leave plenty of room for last-minute flexibility and one-on-one interaction with your tour guide. Our insider experts are eager to please, so don’t hesitate to pick your guide’s brain for hidden nuggets of wisdom to keep you exploring the city like a native Roman even after the tour has finished. The perfect finale to the perfect night tour of Rome!
What You'll See Along the Way
The ever-romantic setting of the Spanish Steps is owed to the esteemed architect Francesco de Santis, who earned the prestigious commission through a competition in 1717. His winning entry combined curves, straight lines, views and terraces in a design that blended perfectly with the surrounding buildings – a stunning example of Baroque architecture. Centered perfectly in front of the stairs and at the end of one of Rome’s classiest shopping streets is one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s first fountains, which he actually made in collaboration with his father.