Top 10 Things to do in Rome
Due to it's very rich history and lots and lots of monuments that are still standing as the testament to the power of the Roman Empire, Rome is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Really, not so many cites can compare to its massive and ancient structures and monuments - and every one will leave you breathless. Apart from the visual aspect of each monuments, the story of Rome is one epic novel that no writer could write. Wherever you go across Europe you will see some remains of the Roman Empire, but here, you are in the hearth of all the political, religious and economical agendas that ruled Europe for centuries.
To fully experience Rome you need to hear this amazing story, and there is no better way to hear it than from a local expert. Apart from the guide, there are lots of possibilities on how to explore this city, such as by walking, by bus, by the famous scooter Vespa or other and more modern ways of transportation.
Apart from the ancient history, Italy is very famous for their cuisine and for their wine so in might be a good idea to learn more about it and what are the secrets that make this cuisine world famous. We hope that you will enjoy Rome to the fullest and that this article will help you better understand the options that are available while visiting Rome.
Walking Tours with Skip-the-Line Tickets
If you don't mind walking a lot, taking one of the available guided walking tours is really a must do. Not only you get to hear all about Rome from a local expert, but most of the tours include Skip-the-line tickets. You enter the monuments using the group entrance instead of the individual entrance which saves a LOT of time. There are walking tours that take you to almost all significant monuments, but if it's too much for you, we suggest taking at least a short walking tour so that the guide can direct you on all the important monuments that you should visit during your stay in Rome. View all Rome Walking Tours
Taste and Learn More About the Local Cuisine
You haven't been to Italy if you haven't tasted the Italian cuisine. Their cuisine is now world famous and their specialties include pasta, pizza, ice cream and traditional sweets such as Tiramisu. While you can enjoy the food in any restaurant, these gourmet tours will walk you through the whole Italian cuisine and you will get the feeling of what makes their recipes so tasty from a local expert. View all Food Tasting and Gourmet tours in Rome
Explore Rome on a Bike (or E-bike)
A lot of the parts of the city are not accessible by car, so a great way to seed up your visit to the most important monuments is by taking a bike tour. With the bike you can quickly reach almost all important monuments and if you are particularly not in shape, there are even ebikes available for hire. All the tours are escorted by a professional local guide so no worries on getting lost and you will hear all the important facts of the sights you will visit. Compared to other means of transportation on tours, the bike tours are the most economic so we highly recommend them. View all bike tours in Rome
Take a Cooking Class on Italian Specialties
What better souvenir to take home from Italy than the hands on experience of making traditional Italian food. These cooking classes are tailored to teach you the little tricks and secrets of the professional Italian chefs to make the best Italian dishes. Not only do you make the dishes but of course get to eat them later :) Whether you would like to learn how to make the perfect pizza, pasta or the traditional Italian sweets, you will find the perfect class for you to choose. View all available cooking classes in Rome
Explore Rome on the Classic Italian Scooter Vespa
If you know how to drive a scooter, than this is a tour for you. Combine visiting the most important monuments of Rome with the romantic and adventuress experience of riding the classic Italian scooter Vespa around the busy streets of Rome. There are several tours to choose from, such as tours visiting the highlights or tours that take you to the best spots for panoramic viewing of the city. View all Vespa tours in Rome
Visit other cities in Italy from Rome on Day Tours
If you have some extra days in Rome, there are lots of opportunities to visit other cities and destinations in Italy, such as Naples, Pompei and even Florence or Venice. All the tours take you there and bring you back the same day, and most of them have the possibility to pick you up from your accommodation so its really a good way to spend an extra day in Rome (of course after you visited all the important landmarks of Rome :)). View all day tours and trips from Rome
Taste and Learn More about Italian Wines
Italy is a world famous producer of wines and if you are a wine lover and would love to hear more about the Italian tradition of wine making, we can suggest taking one of the available winary and wine tasting tours that are in offer in Rome. View wine tasting tours in Rome
Explore Rome by taking a Bus
If you have limited mobility, we suggest taking one of the available bus tours that take you very close to each monument so that the walking requirement is reduced to a minimum. There will still be some walking required as lots of the monuments are not accessible by cars, but taking a bus tour is one of the physically easiest and cheapest way to see the city. View all bus city tours in Rome
Explore Rome by Segway
Most of tourist cities have now an option to explore the city by using a Segway, and so does Rome. Using a Segway is much faster then walking but it is of course more expensive :) It might be nice to experience driving a Segway if you haven't tried it before and there are lots of available tours so you will definitely find one that is right for you. View all Segway tours in Rome
Explore Rome using a golf cart
While maybe one the most expensive ways to see the center of Rome, this tour requires almost no walking as the golf cart can take you almost anywhere where you could reach by foot. So this is an ideal tour if you are traveling with your elders or with small children. View all golf cart tours in Rome
Our guests personal experiences on Rome tours
We really liked the tour with Judy as our guide; she knows a lot, is super-friendly, is open to any of our questions and worried of our well-being in such a crowded place!
The only thing I felt was missing was a visit to the dome (top) of the St Peter's Basilica, which is a famous spot according to other tourists.
One thing I would definitely change, was the meeting-point. In the mail it was stated that it was the corner of two streets, but no one was there. There was another group halfway the street, but when I contacted them and they verified my name, they stated they weren't waiting for us.
Some more time waiting until another person from that group came to us and asked our name and saw that we were on the list.
It worried us a lot and the communication could/should be better in this!
Besides that, a recommended tour.
On excursion: Skip the Line Tour: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Tour
I liked the tour, but in the Roman Forum we didn't visit Palantino-hill from where the best view of the forum is possible. That disappointed me and afterwards it was not possible to re-enter without purchasing another ticket to enter.
Also, the radios used in this tour were very bad! My son and I continuously had trouble understanding the spoken information, as other radios kept breaking up our connection.
We did another tour and the radios there didn't have this quality issue, even though that place was more crowded. So replace the radio's!
And the meeting point was totally not specified in the received e-mail. It stated about hotels in the area, but not an exact location. This left me sending a mail to your organisation the day before. Please state exact address where to meet in these mails!
Also, when we got to the meeting-place it was chaos. It was totally not clear where to meet, which forced me to go from group to group and aks if they were from your organisation in a crowd of over 100 people. When we finally got to our group, we were put in a Portuguese-group, even though we requested the English one. I then had to state my point to the guide which seemingly was out of patience (at that time of the morning already!) and pointed to the other side of the plaza to go to the other group, instead of taking me there. Not customer-friendly and this left me not happy about my choice to take this tour at your organisation.
If things are corrected and changed for the better, I would recommend this tour from your organisation. Otherwise not.
On excursion: Skip the Line: Ancient Rome Walking Tour - Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill