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The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus , the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps-- Rome is abounding with what some consider the most impressive historic sightseeing in the world. Aside from this, there are museums, hundreds of charming side streets, incredible shopping, and world class food.  

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Rome Experiences and Attractions

Top Rome Experiences

Walking among the ruins of the Roman Forum

Touring the amazing ancient ruins of the Colosseum

Gazing up at the beautiful murals and famous open air dome of the Pantheon

People watching at Trevi Fountain, and throwing a coin in over your shoulders for good luck! 

Lingering in Piazza Navona and feeling the energy of the city

Going on a guided tour of Vatican City  to learn the incredible Papal history and experience the beauty of the Sistine Chapel

Marveling at the haunting but incredible art made from human remains in the Capuchin Crypt

Having a cone of delicious gelato while relaxing on the Spanish Steps

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Rome Trip Reviews

1,918 Rome Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 1,335
Great 485
Average 64
Disappointing 20
Terrible 14
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4.6
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Italy as you have never experienced it!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

In 10 days we watched and learned how wine is made, visited some of the best restaurants of our lives, tasted a black truffle for the first time, cooked some incredible dishes with expert hands and made some friends in the process! We could not have asked for more. Simply perfect! Thank you, Page and Richard

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Operator The Italian on Tour

Nice to be on my own, but with backup if needed.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It was nice to be own my own in Rome, but with a back-up contact at the ready if I needed it. I didn't need it, but it was a comforting feeling to know it was there. I was working part time from the apartment in Rome, and it provided just the right atmosphere to work part of the day, and then go out and explore on my own from the excellent central location. Mary, the on-site rep was so friendly and knowledgeable. The apartment was very comfortable and so well located.

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Operator Untours

I had the time of my life!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

I booked the Amalfi Coast trip for my summer break. I had so much fun during the Amalfi Coast tour and our guides were fabulous! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is visiting Italy, especially for the first time!!

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Operator Italy on Budget Tours

We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! The tour through Venice, Florence, Cortona, and Rome exceeded our expectations. Absolutely everything was FIRST CLASS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We gave it 5 stars only because there aren’t 6. The published itinerary was delivered in spades with special additions, sometimes twice a day. We never touched luggage, as it was moved for us from location to location. We never had to deal with tickets for transportation or museums. The local, private guides were super. The included dinners and wine were superb. This is a no driving, hassle free tour. We are planning to take another Story Small Group tour.

AND, as a special treat, the owner of the company was our tour captain. We tried several things that may be included in future itineraries. In the course of 9 days nothing flustered him. Everything was taken in stride, dealt with and resolved quickly. Nothing interfered with his fantastic service to his guests. We were not customers in any sense of the word. There was never a hint that Story was trying to watch the budget.

For those of you reading this and trying to decide, there are some things you need to consider. (When you have questions, call. You'll find that the Story help line is very knowledgeable and helpful.)

Small group - There were 15 people on our tour (16 is maximum). The tour caption had the time to get to know all of us. We saw lots of groups that appeared to be 40-50 people! You get to decide which is best for you. The smaller group = higher cost. We thought that it was easily worth it.

Walking - There is a lot of walking on this tour. There is always the option to use a taxi to get from place to place (extra cost). Some of the people on the tour with us had apps to count steps. Most showed more than 10,000 at noon time! MANY of those steps are on stairs and rough/cobble stone streets. Many of the stairs are inside attractions - not between them – so they can’t be avoided. By the end of our nine days, some tour group members were opting out of some planned activities. Opinion: If you can't complete a three mile walk, over uneven terrain, at a three mph pace (that's faster than most people walk), comfortably; get in shape. You’ll never do a constant three mile walk, on the tour – but it’ll feel like it.

Weather - We had fantastic weather! Temperature in the mid/low 70's and two sprinkles in nine days. Mostly sunshine. A great time to go.

Crowds - On the other hand, it wasn't such a great time to go. The crowds of tourists were overwhelming, everywhere except Cortona. I.E.: Our private, skip-the-line guided tour of the Vatican was especially BAD. We waited in line for about an hour and then once inside, we were literally shoulder to shoulder for the remaining two - three hours. It was nearly impossible to enjoy/understand what we were seeing. We spent more time trying to keep in sync with the group than looking at the art. The Sistine Chapel was NOT worth the time it took to get there. This was not something that Story could control. If the Vatican is important to you, go some other time of the year! If you are there during the busy season, opt out. There are thousands of fantastic things to see in Rome that won't be busy.

Security - We had a tour guide point out a small group of gypsy/pick-pockets as we exited the Vatican and steered us around them. That was the only "issue" in nine days - not a big deal. But, we were reminded to be "vigilant" many times - especially around crowds.

Navigation - Venice, Florence and Rome are VERY difficult to get around. There are many streets/alleys that run in apparently random directions. The maps available through hotels/tourist agents are not in adequate detail. Consider a hand-held GPS navigation system MANDITORY. Our phone did not have cell connectivity, so we down loaded the Google map. It worked once. Be very careful that you have a navigation device that works! Download a local map and test, test, test in airplane mode (?) before you go.

Driving – If you are going to Italy and renting a car, during the busy season, Venice allows no cars, problem solved. Driving in Florence and ESPECIALLY Rome is crazy. You've been forewarned.

Hotels - As it says, the hotels are in the center of the city/attractions. For example: the hotel in Rome was 200 feet from the Pantheon! This means that some of the buildings are more than 1,500 years old. You'll get used to seeing corners that you'd think should be 90 degrees, but aren't. Be prepared to spend time learning how things work and how to find your room - it'll be different from hotel to hotel and what you are used to! WiFi worked good in each hotel, except Rome. (See review of Grand Hotel de Minirva on TripAdvisor)

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Operator STORY Land & Sea

We had a wonderful trip!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

We had such a wonderful time on a tou! Excellent hotels, a lot of activities and interesting guides, fast paced adventure with some free time that was really nice and we visited all the cities in Europe I was dreaming about in one trip!

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Operator Discovery Nomads

Great Tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Loved all of the locations. Small group and personalized attention.

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Operator The Relaxed Explorer

Rome Tours and Travel Guide

Rome Attractions & Landmarks Guide

One of the most flocked to cities in Europe, Rome is truly a sight to behold. From the Colosseum, to the Forum, to Circus Maximus, impressive history is everywhere you look. Then there's Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, countless museums, and hundreds of charming side streets with shopping and delicious local food.

It may be impossible to see Rome in a day, (because of course it wasn't built in one), but the best Italy tours will make sure you hit all the sights, and still have plenty of time to enjoy this spectacular city at your own pace. Let Stride help you craft your own personal Roman Holiday!

Ancient History

One cannot visit Rome without exploring at least some of its rich archaeological sites including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and baths of Caracalla. But even if you are strolling around Rome, searching for your next meal, or the street leading to your hotel, you may find yourself walking down a road to find a historical spot that isn’t in your guidebook. The sheer amount of history in Rome can be overwhelming. A guided tour can help you feel the sheer magnitude of this significant city.

Dine the Night Away

One major highlight on any tour of Italy, especially Rome, is the food. Italian food is all about fresh ingredients, and eating is not just about becoming full -- enjoying food, and spending time with family and friends over a meal is an important part of each day in Italy.

Dinners in Rome are held late at night, sometimes beginning as late as 9pm, and can last for several hours. When you need a break, the obvious solution to go relax in an outdoor cafe, sipping wine or having a delectable Italian coffee.

When you meet someone new in Rome, expect them to invite you over for a meal. You will soon find yourself eating delectable Roman-style artichokes that melt in the mouth, or handmade pasta, drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with sharp Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh black pepper. Take all of this in stride, and don’t be shy - help yourself to the bottle of red wine on the table!

Embrace Piazza Life

Piazza’s in Rome and throughout Italy, are designed as gathering places. They are a perfect spot for people watching. Find your way to the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps for a vibrant and fun local experience.

If you want to stray away from the tourist hot spots, try visiting a smaller Piazza in a residential area. Strike up a conversation with any of the locals, and you may find yourself making a whole set of close friends.

Museums Worth Waiting in Line For

Rome’s museums offer a window into the people who walked its roads decades ago. You’ll also find modern and contemporary art museums, if you need a break from the countless artifacts and Renaissance grandeur that Rome is overflowing with. If you are set on visiting specific museums, it’s best to book tickets in advance or schedule a tour to arrange the visits for you, to avoid the crowds and lines.

There are around 70 museums in Rome, and they vary immensely in what they have to offer. With so much else to see, do, and eat in Rome, it’s likely that you’ll barely scratch the surface on your Rome trip. To save you time, here is a list of the top five most popular museums in Rome:

  1. The Vatican Museum - Though technically not in Rome, this museum is a part of the Vatican, and home to the Sistene Chapel, amongst other treasures. 
  2. Galleria Borghese - One of the premiere art museums in the world, the building was built in the 15th century house a private art collection, and is known today for its jaw-dropping number of pristine Roman sculptures, Renaissance, and Baroque art. 
  3. The Capitoline Museums - Considered the world's first public museums, this string of galleries houses a renowned collection of bronze and marble Roman statues, as well as medeival art and Renaissance frescoes. 
  4. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna - This fantiastic museum houses iconic pieces from the 19th century onward, and has a massive collection of Italian artists, as well as international names such as Kandisky, Van Gogh, and Pollock. 
  5. Palazzo Massimo - One of the Roman National Museums, renowned for its garden frescoes of Villa di Livia, and other ancient Roman art. 

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Best Time to Visit Rome

As one of the most popular tourist destinations on Earth, Rome is one of those cities where the time you decide to visit can really make or break your trip. Rome is well known to get very crowded, especially during the summer months when the temperatures skyrocket and the number of people at attractions and in the streets can be overwhelming.

The best seasons to visit are the Fall and the Spring, when temperatures are still pleasant, but the number of tourists are reduced. The winter is also a great time to visit and experience the many pop up festivals and Christmas markets -- temperatures, on average, don’t go below the mid-50’s (Fahrenheit), so even in the coldest months you won’t have to worry about harsh weather or snow.

Food Tours in Rome

Italy is well known to be the land of pizza, pasta, and wine -- among many other delicacies -- and so it make sense that thousands of tourists flock to Italy each year on food & wine tours. Rome, in particular, is a great destination for a food tour.

However, taking a food tour in Rome isn’t about just trying the more authentic version of the dishes you love. It’s also about expanding your palate by trying new foods, and learning the history and process of making the things you get to eat. A good food tour will take you beyond margherita pizza and cannolis, and introduce you to different and unique tastes.

For example, you may not be eating main courses exclusively on your food tour. You may, instead, learn how to taste Italian wine, and distinguish between its varieties. You might also try different kinds of olive oil and balsamic vinegars, two products that Italians are very proud of.

Day Trips from Rome

If you’re going on a tour of Italy, you may find yourself based in Rome. Rome is on the West Coast of central Italy, and while you will, of course, spend some time touring this world renowned travel location and all it has to offer, it’s likely that you will also go on several day-long excursions, and even travel to different parts of Italy.

If you are going on a private tour of Italy or customizing your itinerary, here are some examples of the best day trips from Rome:

  1. Pompeii - This illustrious archaeological site is on many a traveler’s bucket list, and is only slightly south of Rome. The complete town takes about 3 hours to tour completely, but it’s worth the time and effort.
  2. Florence - Florence can be reached in under two hours, and if you don’t have time to experience the city in full, it definitely deserves at least a day trip while you’re staying in Rome. Seeing the Duomo, and visiting the Firenze Musei should top your list of activities.
  3. Ostia Antica - Today, Ostia Lido is one of the best preserved ruins of a Roman sea port, and is currently a well-maintained archaeological site.
  4. Tivoli - Take a break from the rush of citylife to see this beautiful small town in the countryside. Tivoli is well known for its elaborate fountains and beautiful gardens.
  5. Cerveteri - This town is best known for its city of Etruscan tombs, which lie just outside of the main town. You can visit the local museum to learn more about the Etruscans before you visit.
  6. Orvieto - This beautiful medieval town is perched on the hilltops, and its cobblestone streets are lined delicious restaurants and cute boutiques. It is also home to the Orvieto Duomo, a massive cathedral featuring famous facade.

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