Special Tours in Rome
Sophisticated Italy is pleased to offer these special half or full-day tours to visitors to the Eternal City. We have a group of special guides—all highly trained and informed—who will make the various aspects of this incredibly rich city come alive. When required, we provide cars and drivers.
Ancient Rome (4 Hours)
Enjoy a magnificent tour of the eternal city’s most fascinating ancient monuments. Ancient Rome where Emperors and Gladiators once ruled. Your itinerary begins at Capitoline Hill, home of Michelangelo’s Renaissance piazza, and proceeds to the Roman Forum, where the ruins of this busy marketplace—temples, palaces, shops and the Senate—give you a glimpse into the daily life of ancient Rome. See the famous Venice Square and its Palace, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. Your tour finishes at Rome’s most famous monument, the Coliseum in all its grandeur.
The Vatican (4 hours)
Visit the world’s smallest walled country. Wander through the Museum’s 4 miles of eclectic art from Ancient to Egyptian, Etruscan to Contemporary highlighted by Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The tour finishes with a visit to Saint Peter’s Basilica, the most famous Cathedral in the world.
The Castel Sant’Angelo, the original fortress and safe house of the Vatican can be added to this tour (1 hour).
Rome Overview (3 hours):
This tour with a driver and guide gives you an overview of Rome’s main highlights. You will pass by all of its famous monuments, piazzas and fountains and even special keyhole in which you can see a spectacular view of Rome. You will see Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon.
Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto (3 hours)
Explore another side of Roman life, beginning in Trastevere where one finds some of the oldest buildings of Rome. The Jewish Ghetto offers a contrasting view of Roman history and architecture with its shady, winding streets lined with trendy shops and cafes. Tour the magnificent Roman Synagogue.
Roman living past and present: A special view of Rome’s Renaissance and Baroque monuments (3 hours)
A stroll through Rome’s most famous squares and fountains: from the Piazza del Popolo to the Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza della Rotonda (including the Pantheon), Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese.
Borghese Gardens and Gallery (3 hours)
Stroll through Rome’s tranquil paradise, the Borghese Gardens, and the magnificent and decadent Borghese Palace which houses one of Europe’s most astounding art collections with works by Bernini, Canova, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and others.
The Mysteries of Rome (4 hours)
Sparked by Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons, Rome holds many mysterious and mystifying treasures. Investigate and unravel the mysteries of Santa Maria del Popolo, Bernini’s fountain in Piazza Navona, and the secrets of the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Square and Castel Sant’Angelo.
Underground Rome (4 hours with car)
Visit Rome’s hidden treasures starting with the Church of San Clemente and its fascinating archaeological sites—a church within a church. Proceed to the Caelian Hill, an ancient condominium 1900-years old followed by a drive down the scenic Via Appia Antica, called “Queen of the Roman Roads”, Europe’s first true highway. Today it is lined with villas of Italian movie stars and dignitaries. Explore the underground Catacombs, the burial sites of early Christians.
Tivoli Gardens/Hadrian’s Villa (half day or full day with car)
Visit the magnificent Villa d’Este, built for the wealthy and powerful Cardinal Ippolito d’Este. Stroll through the Villa’s rolling hillside gardens, with over eighty water fountains and a spectacular panoramic view. Villa Adriana, the playground of Emperor Hadrian features ruins from the second century AD. The grand estate covers more than 300 acres.
Ancient Ostia (half day or full day with car)
Imagine life 2000 years ago while walking the streets of the well preserved Roman port of Ostia. Visit apartments, villas, baths, and warehouses and the theatre, which is still in use during the summer months. Ostia is situated 15 miles from Rome at the mouth of the Tiber River.
Returning to Rome
Rome offers many surprises for the experienced travellers who have “been there done that.” If you have already visited the popular attractions of Rome, explore some of the city’s hidden treasures:
Machines and Gods (3 hours)
Escape from the crowds and discover Montemartini, a former power plant which now houses some of Roman civilizations finest sculptures that have been tucked away since Mussolini’s reign. The museum compares and contrasts history with modern-day life through a display of industrial age machinery, marble statues and goddesses, Etruscan artefacts and mosaics.
Roman Nobility – Doria Pamphilj Palace (3 hours)
As one of Rome’s largest palaces with over 1000 rooms, the Doria-Pamphilj Palace houses the Pamphilj family private art collection including works by Velázquez, Titian, Caravaggio; the palace also contains personal mementoes of the family dating back to 1435. Many of the rooms still contain the original and extravagant furnishings.
The Capitol (3 hours)
Capitoline Hill is the historic and religious center of Rome where Emperors once ruled. The central palace houses the world’s oldest museum from 1471. The underground Tabularium once housed the state archives and today offers spectacular views of the Roman Forum. The museum boasts an amazing collection of historic and political artefacts and ancient sculptures. Be sure to admire the frescoes depicting Roman legends.
The Altemps National Museum (3 hours)
Visit the recently re-opened Altemps Palace situated in Piazza Navona. The building was owned by a noble family, which then became the home of Cardinal Altemps where he housed his personal statue collection and built his own private church! Today, amongst the frescoed rooms depicting the story of Moses, you will visit the elaborate sculpture collection and the Church of St. Louis containing three Caravaggio paintings.