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Best of Rome Private Tour with Hotel Pick-Up

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Private
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 3 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 9:00AM/ 5:00PM
  • Price:
    Price: From 99 €
  • Cancelation:
    Cancellation: Free Cancellation*

Tour Overview

For those who prefer not to pound the pavement (or in this case, cobblestones), see all of Rome’s major highlights – and a few hidden gems – in only 3 hours without breaking a sweat. This is an ideal option as an introduction to Rome for first-time visitors or for those with limited time to explore the city.


Tour Highlights

  • Basilica of Saint Mary above Minerva
  • Pantheon
  • Campo dei Fiori
  • Piazza Navona
  • Complimentary Gelato
  • The “Greek Ghetto”
  • View from the Orange Garden (Aventine Hill)
  • Keyhole (Aventine Hill)
  • Circus Maximus
  • Campidoglio
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps

What's included

  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Private customizable tour
  • Luxury vehicle transport

What you’ll See Along the Way

Basilica of Saint Mary above Minerva

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.

Pantheon

The Pantheon is undoubtedly one of Rome’s most magnificent destinations, boasting both unique architecture and rich history. During our morning tours we will step inside to admire the oculus (the open hole in the center of the dome ceiling), the slanted marble floors, and the tomb of the famous Renaissance artist Raphael Sanzio. For evening hours, the Pantheon doors will be closed – but there is much to admire from the outside as well. The Pantheon we see today was built under the command of Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD, and its dome remains to be the largest unsupported dome in the world. The temple-style portico is made up of massive monolithic columns that were imported all the way from Egypt. Needless to say, the surrounding Piazza della Rotonda is a perfectly picturesque place to pause and ponder the 2,000-year-old structure and the advanced abilities of the Ancient Romans.

Campo Dei Fiori

Since 1869 Campo dei Fiori has served as an important market square, bustling and brimming with marketeers, fruit vendors, and flower sellers every day, with the exception of Sundays. In the evenings it takes on an equally lively ambiance with tourists, locals, and international students mingling together amongst the surrounding bars and restaurants. While for many years the piazza remained empty, as it’s name “field of flowers” suggests, in the mid 15th century its development began. The area was paved and Palazzo Orsini was erected to look over it. It soon became an important commercial area where entrepreneurs and artisans could make and sell their products. From fresh produce to pretty flowers, liqueurs to baked goods, the Campo di Fiori market has what you need!

Piazza Navona

The popularity of this magnificent piazza grew exponentially in modern times when it was featured in Dan Brown’s thriller novel Angels & Demons in 2000 and later appeared in the popular film adaption in 2008. Nevertheless, this stunning square has a much wider significance. In fact, it is built directly above the 1st century Stadium of Domitian, of which ruins remain below, proving that Piazza Navona was a popular destination even in Ancient Roman times. Today visitors find an elegant cobblestone plaza centered on three beautiful fountains, the largest and most central one being Bernini’s “Fountain of Four Rivers”, nestled perfectly in front of the 17th century baroque church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone.

Complimentary Gelato

Tourists travel from every corner of the world to visit Rome – to explore its incomparable collections of art, to admire its impeccable architecture, and to delve into its incredibly rich history. But, let’s not forget, no one plans a visit to Rome without a plan to try some truly authentic Italian gelato! While the Eternal City will undoubtedly bombard you with ice cream shops on every street corner, we want to be sure that you try the real thing. Italians take pride in making their gelato from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients with no unnecessary additives. We look forward to offering you a truly tasty gelato experience – on us!

The "Greek Ghetto"

In Ancient times this area was heavily occupied by Greek merchant settlers, hence it’s name. Here we will find the oldest surviving marble building of Rome: the Temple of Hercules, which dates back to the 2nd century BC. Its Greek “monopteros” design includes a round temple encircled by columns, 19 of which remain of the original 20. Neighboring the temple is the 8th century Basilica of Santa Maria Cosmedin, which boasts the tallest medieval belfry in Rome but is certainly better known for its feature in the 1953 romantic comedy “Roman Holiday”. This is, indeed, the home of the ancient “Mouth of Truth” sculpture. Legends suggest that if a person swears falsely while their hand is inside the mouth, the mouth will close and sever the hand.

View from the Orange Garden (Aventine Hill)

As if the smell of an orange garden weren’t blissful enough, this one comes with a spectacular view, too! Since Aventine Hill is not very central, many tourists unfortunately miss out on its treats and treasures. What’s even better is that you won’t have to climb to get to the top! The lush orange garden offers a fantastic backdrop as you take in one of the most breathtaking views of the city. Get your cameras ready or simply kick your feet up as you gaze over the treetops at St Peter’s dome glistening in the distance.

Keyhole (Aventine Hill)

Take a look at one of Rome’s lesser known – but absolutely brilliant - secret treasures: The Knights of Malta keyhole on Aventine Hill. While unsuspecting tourists pass by without a clue, we’ll guide you directly to the most unique and unusual view of Rome. Located on the door of an unmarked building is the keyhole, but it’s not just any keyhole. When you look through it you will find rows of trees forming a perfect frame to St Peter’s Basilica in the distance. It is a truly spectacular thing to see, as photos simply do not do it justice.

Circus Maximus

Nestled in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills lay the remains of the largest stadium of Ancient Rome: the Circus Maximus. At a length of 621 meters and width of 118m, this massive venue once hosted up to 150,000 spectators at a time (as opposed to only 50,000 at the Colosseum) for spectacular games, chariot races, and even gladiator battles. Circus Maximus, which dates back to the 6th century BC, is now a public park and is occasionally used as a concert venue for large events such as the Rome concert of Live 8 in 2005 and The Rolling Stones in 2014.

Campidoglio

Michelangelo’s 16th century Piazza del Campidoglio sits atop Capitoline Hill at Rome’s very center. The piazza features a grand sculpture of Marcus Aurelius on horseback, which is bordered by Medieval and Renaissance palaces that now house the Capitoline Museum and the modern Mayor’s office. Discover the symbolism behind Michelangelo’s design and why he chose to block the view of the Roman Forum and open the hilltop plaza towards The Vatican and get your cameras ready to capture the extraordinary views of the city below.

Trevi Fountain

Though Nicola Salvi’s Trevi Fountain has been loved and adored since its completion in 1762, fashion house Fendi funded a $2.4 million restoration project in 2015 – which means that the fountain is currently the cleanest it has been in many years! The travertine spectacle, which rests at the end of the ancient Aqua Virgo Aqueduct, has been featured in films throughout the decades, from 1953’s “Roman Holiday” to “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” in 2003. Visitors come from every corner of the world to admire its beauty and capture postcard perfect photographs.

Spanish Steps

In 1725 the Spanish Steps were opened, connecting the Piazza of Trinità dei Monti, with its towering church, to the lower lying Piazza di Spagna. The 135 steps were built in order to create a link between the Bourbon Spanish Embassy and the Bourbon Kings of France. The plan indeed worked out, making the Spanish Steps a perfect area for the mingling of people of different cultures. Some famous frequenters of the area include many English Romantic poets and writers, like John Keats and Lord Byron. Now, the Steps remain to be a place for resting and socializing, by day and night, where visitors can admire the windows of high-end fashion shops and even Bernini’s “Fountain of the Ugly Boat”.

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 city’s 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!

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 di 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.

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What our Customers say...

Highly recommend!

We bonded with our guide Giuliano immediately. He was energetic and extremely knowledgeable of the city and deep history. We loved the small group guided tour as we were able to ask questions and dig deeper into Giuliano's knowledge of history. Seeing the city come alive at night was wonderful and encouraging for the rest of our trip. The gelato stop was delicious. Highly recommend What a Life Tours.”

Best Tour ever

This was the best thing we did on our week long trip in Rome. Elaine was friendly, knowledgeable, and quite funny. She kept our four children engaged and entertained. We learned more from her in one day than we had in our lives up to that point. I highly recommend this tour and specifically Elaine.”

Wonderful Private Day Tour!

Elaine did a wonderful job showing my wife and me many of the top spots in Rome. She was very passionate about describing the sites and educating us on the history of this amazing city. We would highly recommend her and this tour!!”

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