Local City Tours in Rome, Italy

Local City Tours in Rome, Italy
If you love exploring winding streets to appreciate architecture, art and history in a city with friendly people and wonderful food, you will love Rome. One way to start off a tour of Rome is to take a city tour, which provides an orientation of the city and stops at main attractions. These tours can be booked from Rome or from home, which may be best way to go. Planning a tour will ensure that you do not waste one precious moment of your Rome vacation.

Tours to Popular Sites

When you take a city tour, a good way to make the most of it is to have a map of the city in hand and make note of the places you wish to explore later. Rome city tours often include popular sites such as the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. Another option is to team up with a few fellow travelers for a private, customized tour in a taxi or a van. The driver lets you look around at the site for as long as you wish. It may not be any more expensive to have a private tour, but if you choose this option, make sure that your guide speaks English and agree to the price, the duration of the tour and your itinerary ahead of time.

River Tours

Rome is an ancient city built on the Tiber River, and a wonderful way to tour the city is to take a "water bus" that takes you under the bridges along the water. Pick up the water bus at Ponte Sant'Angelo near the Vatican and enjoy local landmarks including St. Peter's Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo and Isola Tiberina, a small island in the Tiber. Treat yourself to spectacular views of Rome lit up at night during the two and a half-hour evening dinner tour.

Special Tours

If you have special interests and would appreciate a more in-depth tour, there are tourist companies that are staffed by archaeologists, historians, art historians and architects. These experts give the visitor perspectives on ancient Rome, Vatican City and other uniquely-Roman attractions. Small walking-tour groups often gain access to sites not available to the public at large, such as the underground chambers of the Circus Maximus.

Tours to Villa d'Este

When you are ready to venture outside of Rome, a popular tour destination is Villa d'Este, a mid-16th century structure with spectacular gardens. Fountains, including one designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, dazzle visitors. Tourists should prepare for hours of walking with some steep climbs. Buses leave for Villa d'Este from Rome and arrive at the villa five hours later. Tours of estate are available from spring through the summer until early fall.

Article Written By Sharon Penn

Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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