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Rome Early Bird Walking Small Group Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Max 8
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 2.5 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 8:30 AM
  • Price:
    Price: From 82 €
  • Cancelation:
    Cancellation: Free Cancellation*

Tour Overview

Our perfect introductory tour to Rome will guide you through the picturesque alleyways and straight to the most iconic highlights of Rome’s Historic Center. Admire Ancient architecture and Baroque fountains in the Eternal City’s “outdoor museum” with a charismatic guide to provide stories and anecdotes that bring the sights to life! In an intimate group of 8 or fewer, you’ll have ample opportunity to mine your guide for insider tips and knowledge as you explore the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and more.


Tour Highlights

  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Pietra
  • Pantheon
  • Complimentary Gelato
  • Piazza Navona
  • Campo Dei Fiori

What's included

  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 8 or fewer
  • Artisanal Gelato

What you’ll See Along the Way

Spanish Steps

Since their inauguration in 1725, the Spanish Steps have captured the hearts and minds of prolific poets, artists, and musicians of the centuries. The staircase was designed by lesser-known architects Alessandro Specchi and Francesco de Sanctis in order to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, located in Piazza di Spagna, to the Trinità dei Monti Church, which was under the patronage of the Bourbon Kings of France, above. The butterfly steps expand downward and outward, opening up to a unique Bernini fountain, “La Barcaccia”, which is said to have been made by both Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his father, Pietro.

Trevi Fountain

The very existence of this shining gem of Rome is owed to an architectural design competition, which had become a very popular fad in the Baroque era. The contest, which had been organized by Pope Clement XII in 1730, was initially won by a Florentine man named Alessandro Galilei - but when the public cried out for a Roman artist, the project was ultimately awarded to Nicola Salvi for his iconic Trevi Fountain design. In 2016 fashion house Fendi funded a $2 million restoration of the Trevi, ensuring a fresh look at the fountain as it looked upon its completion over 200 years ago.

Piazza Pietra

This lesser-known corner, hidden along the backstreets of Rome’s historical center, boasts ancient ruins of monumental scale. The name Pietra, meaning “stone”, references the imposing 15-meter-high columns which line the width of the square. The columns, which serve as a grand testament to Ancient Rome’s incredibly advanced approach to engineering, have been standing since 145 BC, when they were erected as part of the Temple of Hadrian. Today the plaza is bordered by charming stops for coffee, cocktails, and sandwiches.

Pantheon

This perfectly preserved Pagan-temple-turned-Christian-Church is bound to make an everlasting impression on anyone who visits. Its nearly 2,000-year-old dome, which remains to be the largest unreinforced dome in the world, has inspired artists and architects for millennia, including Michelangelo and his design for the cupola of St Peter’s Basilica. From inside, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the dome’s open oculus, the exquisite marble walls, and the tomb of famous Renaissance artist Raphael.

Complimentary Gelato

Soaking up centuries of history can really work up an appetite – so we’ve planned ahead for an ice cream break. Our experts have all of the insider info and know exactly where to go for a truly authentic Italian gelato. Cool down in a picturesque piazza as you savor your sweet treat – on us! And find out what the Italians mean when they refer to the “dolce far niente” – “the sweetness of doing nothing”.

Piazza Navona

This stunning piazza, whose fame is partly attributed to cinematic classics like “Three Coins in a Fountain” and Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons”, centers on one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s most magnificent works “The Fountain of Four Rivers”, which glistens in the shadow of the Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone. The oblong plaza, built directly above Domitian’s 1st Century stadium below, is bordered by charming Italian bars and restaurants, making it a perfect place to grab a bite to eat and take in the remarkable Roman ambiance.

Campo dei Fiori

Bustling market by day and lively hangout by night, Campo dei Fiori is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Mornings host visitors who come to browse stalls for fresh produce, cured meats, and other Italian delicacies while the bordering restaurants and bars overflow after dark. The unique character of the plaza can be attributed to its mismatched buildings, erected throughout various centuries and architectural eras.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

Stroll Through the Eternal City’s Art, Architecture & History

Start your tour in Piazza di Spagna, at the foot of the Spanish Steps, and find your licensed tour guide where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the classic 1950s film “Roman Holiday”. You’ll quickly see why the monumental Baroque-style stairs are such a popular hangout for both locals and tourists, offering plenty of space for visitors to kick back and take in the views. But, lucky for you, your knowledgeable guide will be there to unlock incredible secrets that most visitors miss out on while reminiscing about the days when the piazza was completely flooded, when Bernini and his father constructed the central “Fountain of the Ugly Boat”, and when the steps themselves were frequented by revered romantic writers like Percy B. Shelley and John Keats.

Our What a Life Tours team is a close-knit group of passionate Roma experts, well versed in the art and history of the city – and we’re thrilled to share our expertise with you and your loved ones! Each of our guides possesses a special knack for storytelling, so prepare to be transported back in time as you wind through the exquisite ambiance of the Eternal City and explore the must-sees of the historic center. For us, it’s about going beyond the dates and names to paint a bigger picture of Rome’s rich history, while connecting the dots along the way. In such a small group, you’ll get to truly interact with your cicerone and even ask them for local tips about what to do and where to eat. No need to ask about ice cream, though, as we’ll be taking a brief pause so you can cool off and enjoy a true Italian gelato – on us!

Discover Ancient Treasures Among Unparalleled Ambience

They say all roads lead to Rome but, once you’ve arrived, all roads lead to incredible artistic and architectural displays. Renaissance palaces, baroque churches, and buzzing market squares pave the way to ancient structures, such as the remains of the Temple of Hadrian. While Piazza Pietra isn’t as famous as some of our other stops, the eleven 15-meter-high Corinthian columns that line the square are sure to wow you. Erected in 145 BC, the columns represent only a tiny fraction of the monumental temple that once stood here in honor of Emperor Hadrian, who ruled Ancient Rome from 117-138 AD.

Just a short walk away, we’ll stand awestruck by one of Hadrian’s most extraordinary contributions to The Eternal City, the Pantheon. Gaze upon its grandiose portico from Piazza della Rotonda and discover how its enormous columns, each of which stands 39 feet tall and weighs 60 tons, were transported from Egypt nearly 2,000 years ago. Translate the Latin inscription and hear tales of how the once Pagan temple became a Christian Church. Make your entrance through the gigantic bronze doors and stand mesmerized on patterned marble floors beneath the world’s largest unsupported dome and its central oculus. Then, take a moment to ponder the life of artist Raphael beside his tomb.

Relish the Moment with Some of Rome’s Most Cinematic Sights

Walk in the footsteps of silver screen stars above a 1st-century stadium in Piazza Navona. While the plaza has always been celebrated as a truly breath-taking Roman destination, its popularity has increased through the decades with features in blockbuster hits such as the 1990 version of “Coins in the Fountain” and the 2000 film adaptation of Dan Brown’s thriller novel “Angels & Demons”. The square, surrounded by charming restaurants and bars, boasts three dazzling fountains, the largest and most central of which is the “Fountain of Four Rivers”, constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1651. Stand in the shadow of the Church of St. Agnese in Agone as your guide enlightens you with stories of Bernini’s fountain, the Egyptian obelisk it wields, and the ancient stadium that lies below.

Of course, our journey would not be complete without a stop at the iconic Trevi Fountain. Another cinematic highlight of Rome, this hydraulic wonder has made some noteworthy big-screen cameos of its own, with classic features in the 1954 American romance “Three Coins in a Fountain” and Fellini’s 1960 drama “La Dolce Vita”. This 18th-century marvel, considered to be one of the greatest manmade masterpieces in the world, sees thousands of visitors per day. Marvel in its glory, up close and personal, as stories of its origins, history, and symbolism unravel. You’ll have plenty of time to capture a picture-perfect photo and toss in a coin – or three – if you wish!

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Rome Early Bird Walking Tour

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