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Discover the secret heart of Rome and magnificent views
Discover the secrets of Rome on a tour through the heart of the city, from grand piazzas to atmospheric back streets. Our exclusive private tour of Rome focuses on the secret side of the city - centuries of hidden scandals and dramatic stories involving emperors, popes and artists. With your personal guide you’ll uncover the mysteries of the Jewish Ghetto, Campo de’ Fiori, and some of the most beautiful Renaissance palazzi in the city. This private walking tour takes you across the Tiber to the iconic Castel Sant’Angelo, where you’ll enjoy magnificent views of Rome.
There are many beautiful hidden places in the labyrinthine centre of Rome, which are too often overlooked by visitors. Our private tour explores the heart of Rome, going off the beaten path to discover the dramatic events that have shaped Rome over the centuries.
Your journey begins on the Capitoline Hill, which has been the heart of the political world since the very foundation of the city. A vast temple dedicated to Jupiter once stood here, towering over the Roman Forum, and some remains of the building can still be seen today. As you explore the hill on your Rome private tour, you’ll learn about the significance of the Capitoline in its early history, and discover the myths and legends of Ancient Rome. After walking through the graceful piazza, which was designed by Michelangelo, and admiring the iconic statue of Marcus Aurelius on horseback, you’ll head to the back of the hill to admire the breathtaking views of Rome. The Capitoline Hill offers panoramic views across the most ancient part of the city, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. These archaeological sites are explored in-depth on our private Colosseum tour.
Your tour of unusual places in Rome will then take you to the legendary Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, built over the remains of the Temple of Juno Moneta In the 6th century AD. By this time the Roman Empire had fallen; during the rebirth of Rome in the Middle Ages, new places of worship were built over the ruins of Rome’s former splendour. The Basilica is a treasure trove of myths and legends, as you’ll discover from the fascinating stories told by your personal guide. On your unusual tour of Rome you’ll discover the remarkable cosmatesque floors, and learn how craftsmen reused ancient marble.
Among the many treasures of the Basilica are the tombstones designed by Donatello and Michelangelo. Of great religious interest is the statue of the Santo Bambino, which was enriched with precious votive offerings over the centuries, and once stolen. Outside, you’ll climb the imposing staircase and discover the sad story behind its creation. During the plague, the city commissioned the staircase as an offering to the Virgin Mary, in the hope that she would put an end to the disease.
Explore the back streets of central Rome on our walking tour of unusual Rome
A short walk from the Capitoline Hill takes us past the Theatre of Marcellus to the Jewish Ghetto. This neighbourhood is one of the most picturesque in Rome, yet it has a dark history of discrimination and persecution that lasted for centuries. The Ghetto is still the centre of Jewish life in Rome, and as you walk through the cobbled streets, past the Synagogue, Jewish bakeries and restaurants, you’ll discover that it’s one of the most authentic parts of the city. Accompanied by your private guide on your Jewish Ghetto tour, you’ll explore characteristic alleyways and learn about the Ghetto’s turbulent history. In the charming Piazza Mattei you’ll admire one of Rome’s most unusual fountains and hear the legendary story of its creation.
With the nearby market square of Campo de’ Fiori, your private tour of secret Rome will reach one of the most lively parts of Rome, buzzing with local life. This is where Romans come to buy fruit, vegetables and flowers in the morning, and enjoy a glass of wine at aperitivo time. But many of the visitors who gather in the flower market remain oblivious to the hooded figure who watches over the piazza. When you discover the sinister story behind the statue - a tale of persecution and cruelty - you’ll see the beauty of Campo de’ Fiori in quite a different light.
After following the winding back streets that take us to the river, we’ll cross Ponte Sant’Angelo, the most beautiful bridge in Rome. The bridge is lined with statues of angels, and leads to the formidable Castel Sant’Angelo. This labyrinthine castle is the product of centuries of transformations. Your private guide will explain how the castle was originally built as a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, and was later transformed into a fortress and papal residence. When you visit Castel Sant’Angelo you’ll discover the castle’s multi-layered history, as a tomb, battleground and prison.
This exclusive private tour of Rome also allows you to explore the luxurious private rooms inside the castle. These richly decorated rooms were once papal apartments, and contain beautiful frescoes and antique furniture. We’ll then climb to the roof of the castle, which offers spectacular views of the river, the Vatican and the historic centre of Rome. As you watch the sun set over the rooftops of the Eternal City at the end of your tour, you’ll gain a new perspective of Rome and its fascinating history.
To discover the hidden side of Roman history in some of the most atmospheric parts of the city, join our Secrets of Rome private tour.
You will meet your guide at at a designated point. Details, a map, and photos provided upon booking.
This is a private walk through various areas of Rome city center, with steps and uneven walkways
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for Rome's inspiring cultural heritage. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!