Should I do guided tours in Rome?

Rome is the capital city of Italy and has been a travellers dream city for years. It is a thriving metropolis filled with vivacious locals, incredible architecture, and an extremely rich and significant history. On top of this, the food is unbeatable – you are in the land of pizza and pasta after all.

While some travellers prefer to go at their own pace, a guided tour is a fantastic option for those who may be short on time but want to see all the main attractions. Rome is filled with historical sights, and whilst walking the entire city in a day is possible, a tour is much more convenient.

A tour will also mean expert guides share valuable insight into the attractions you visit. For example – instead of just seeing the Colosseum and taking a few photos, you will learn about its fascinating origin and uses and gain a deeper appreciation of this massive monument.

The Roman Highlights

The Colosseum
This mighty amphitheatre was once a stage for gladiator fights and public spectacles, and many fighters and civilians lost their lives within the walls of the Colosseum. Much of the structure still stands from Ancient Rome, being built in 80 AD.

The walls and interiors were damaged over the years through earthquakes and robberies, yet it remains an iconic landmark, with millions flocking to see it each year. You can walk the perimeter or join a tour with audio guides.

Vatican City
The smallest country in the world is in the middle of Rome. The official home of the Pope, this holy city is stunning to explore. Beautiful architecture flows through the city, and famous artwork can be seen in the Vatican Museums. Walk through the Sistine Chapel and gaze at the iconic roof – painted over 5 years by Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

The Pantheon
This former Roman temple is the most well-preserved building from ancient Rome. You can walk through the Pantheon and take in the history that surrounds you. From the large marble columns that arrived from Egypt to the large dome with an oculus in the centre – the Pantheon is a feat of engineering. It has inspired buildings around Europe and the world, with many architects replicating the impressive structure.

Trevi Fountain
It is often packed with travellers, but for good reason. The Trevi Fountain – constructed in the 18th century – is arguably Rome’s most beautiful landmark. The baroque style fountain sits in the middle of a busy piazza and is surrounded by apartment buildings. It takes your breath away when you see something so intricate surrounded by everyday life.

The Spanish Steps
Climb the steps from the base of Piazza di Spagna to Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top. Take in a sensational view of Rome from the top. Made up of 135 steps, it is the widest and longest staircase in Europe. The steps were commissioned by a Frenchmen, though the location of the Spanish Embassy in the 17th century led to the name becoming the Spanish Steps.

Roman Forum
The remains of the Roman Forum and surrounding ruins represent what was once the thriving centre of Ancient Rome. Comprised of government and administrative buildings, stores and a central market, archaeologists learnt an unbelievable amount from the discovery of the Roman Forum and artefacts. It fell with the fall of the Roman Empire.

Villa Borghese
A landscaped garden, historical villa and the Borghese Gallery are a peaceful and picturesque escape from the mayhem of Rome’s busy streets. You can wander through the public park on the paths, visit the galleries or the zoo.

There is so much to see in Rome – the above list only scratches the surface. Your days will be filled with walking, learning, eating and plenty of photo opportunities. You can join a walking tour if you’ve got a morning or afternoon to spare, while private tours are more personalised with modern transport and a local driver – they know the area and the history like no other.

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