Due to the sheer size of the city and number of attractions to see in Rome, some first-time visitors like to start with an organized tour. There are a number of experienced tour guides who will take you on a memorable tour of the city, stopping at some of Rome's world-famous attractions. Whether you're interested in history, art, architecture or all of the above, there's a tour to suit your interests, but if you're the type of individual who is more interested in experiencing the very best of Rome, Italy as recommended by locals, then these top-rated Rome tours and renowned Roman attractions will be a perfect fit for you!
Spend time exploring the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica on this one-of-a-kind Vatican walking tour. Usually in groups of no more than 20 people, you'll discover 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history. The Vatican's spectacular museum complex can be overwhelming to see on your own, so it's best to let an expert guide introduce you to its highlights on this three-hour tour. Skip the long lines as you enter the Vatican Museums through a private entrance, letting your guide point out all the must-see artistic and architectural sights.
Leave the crowds behind and make your way straight inside the Colosseum with your jump-the-line entrance ticket! Small groups of 25 people or less explore the first and second tiers of Rome's most infamous attraction, and finish with a tour of the Roman Forum. Explore an ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar.
Practically every tour in Rome will make a stop at the Colosseum. Whether you choose to see it as part of a group, or opt to see the Colosseum on your own, its crumbling, oval bulk is a monument of ancient engineering that remains a blueprint for present-day stadium construction. Contemplate the cruel games that once took place inside its now falling walls, as you attempt not to be impressed by its size.
Looking to experience some of Rome's more quirky attractions? This three-hour tour through the underground catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente showcases the best of Rome's underground attractions, like the crypt made from Chaupchin monks' bones and the Domitilla Catacombs where early Christians worshipped in secret. Marvel at the centuries of history displayed in the architecture of the Basilica of San Clemente and see Rome's history displayed through architecture.
Cycle through Rome and discover ancient monuments, high-end shopping boutiques, intricately ornamented churches and iconic fountains. Take in Rome's main attractions along with hidden squares and winding alleys that are off the tourist-beaten path. For a laid back but authentic look at Rome, this all-encompassing bike tour should be part of your itinerary.
While these last three Rome attractions are sure to stops on an array of guided tours, if you find yourself on a tour that doesn't include them, make some time to visit each on your own.