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Rome As a Local: Hidden Gems & Ancient Wonders

If you have an interest in history or are a seasoned traveler looking for a unique Italian experience; our Rome Off-The-Beaten-Path tour is for you. For a full morning you’ll travel with an expert local guide to far-flung sights around Rome, visiting incredible spots rarely seen by visitors — the kind of sights that locals show to visiting friends.

The tour starts in one of the most important, but most ignored neighborhoods in the history of Rome: the Jewish Ghetto. Existing since 1555, this neighborhood was integral to the development of regional foods and Roman culture and still contains such landmarks as the Teatro Marcello, also known as the Jewish Colosseum.

Next, you will make two quick stops at the famous Mouth of Truth (stick your hand in and tell a lie if you dare) and the giant Circus Maximus, the ancient chariot racing arena. You will then leave the city in search of the most frequented thoroughfare in Ancient Rome, the Appian Way or Via Appia Antica.

Stroll down the original paving stones as your expert guide tells stories of the thriving empire that once clogged this great road every day. From the veneration of Emperor Augustus to the crucifixion of Spartacus, this road is played central role in many of Rome’s greatest events.

Just like visitors to Ancient Rome, your trip outside the walls will take you past the Park of the Aqueducts. Here, you can gape at the giant structures that once provided Rome with fresh, running water on demand. You will also see the famous Baths of Caracalla which channeled water from the aqueducts into a public bathing area that accommodated over 1,600 people at a time.

Don’t get too busy soaking up all that history, you will need to take advantage of a few photo opportunities. Perhaps the best in the city is the Janiculum hill that’s home to the finest views of Rome. A picture here will be the envy of all your friends.

Along with Rome’s coolest optical illusion and a few other secret gems, you will see a part of the city that most visitors never see. With an expert English speaking guide, a driver to chauffer you in an air-conditioned, private vehicle, and a small group of no more than 15 people, you will really be experiencing the city as an insider.

Experience Includes

  • Enjoy a 30 minute walking tour of Rome’s old Jewish Ghetto, stopping at the Teatro Marcello (The Jewish Colosseum) and learning about the important historic and cultural influences that the Jewish community had on Rome.
  • Gape at the size of the Circus Maximus, Ancient Rome’s chariot racing arena.
  • Stroll along the Appian Way, ancient Rome’s greatest road as you pass the giant mausoleum of Cecilia Metella.
  • Marvel at the ancient aqueducts that once provided running water to all of Rome and stop off at the baths of Caracalla – public bathing pools from the 2nd century AD that once held more than 1,600 people at a time.
  • Take in the best views (and best pictures) of Rome from Janiculum Hill.
  • Relax between stops in an air-conditioned private vehicle with a private driver and an expert guide to accompany you throughout, with small groups of only 15 people or fewer.

Experience Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departs

Varies, please see calendar.

Departure location

In front of the Antico Caffè al Teatro Marcello on Via del Teatro Marcello, 42

Start times

8.45am

Duration

Around 3 hours 30 minutes

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.