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First-Timer's Guide to Rome

First-Timer's Guide to Rome

The Eternal City dazzles with iconic Roman ruins, a wealth of art and architecture, and lively historic squares, but Rome can also overwhelm first-time visitors who want to see as many highlights as possible in a limited amount of time. Here are tips for taking in local treasures on your first trip to Rome.

 

Opt for Skip-the-Line Tours

Rome is home to some of the most visited monuments in the world, and waiting in long lines to enter highlights like the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums can steal precious hours from your day. Pre-booking skip-the-line entry is imperative if you want to maximize your time admiring the magnificent amphitheater where gladiators once fought, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and other unforgettable sights.

 

Explore the City on Wheels

Rome is a sprawling city, and it can be a hike to get from one attraction to the next on foot. Hop aboard a Vespa, a vintage Fiat 500, an Ape Calessino tuk tuk, a bike, or even a Segway, and zip from square to square to take in the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon. If you want to do some walking, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour is ideal.

 

Sightsee from Dawn to Dusk...and Beyond

Opt for early entry or night tours to stretch your day to the max, and enjoy the added benefits of no lines or crowds (and cooler temperatures, if you are visiting in the summer). Experience the peaceful atmosphere of the Vatican at dawn, the La Dolce Vita vibe of the historic center at dusk, and the timeless romance of the Colosseum by moonlight.

 

Explore the Neighborhoods

Rome offers more than world-famous landmarks and museums. This historic city is a patchwork of unique neighborhoods, each with a distinct character. Discover bohemian Trastevere, chic Monti, and the storied Jewish ghetto. 

 

Stroll the Markets

Rome has a proud culinary tradition, and its outdoor food markets are centers of community life. Take a morning walk through stalls selling seasonal produce, artisan cheeses, cold cuts, and other specialties. Foodies can opt for a cooking experience that combines a market stroll with a hands-on lesson.

 

Get Out of Town

Rome’s delights aren’t confined to its urban center. Just outside the city walls, you can bike along the ancient Appian Way, head to the Castelli Romani for a wine tasting, or see where popes have summered for centuries at Castel Gandolfo.

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Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Skip the Line: Colosseum Small Group Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

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Skip the entrance line at the Colosseum so you won’t waste any time getting inside to marvel at this Roman icon. On this walking tour of Ancient Rome, you’ll explore the amphitheater’s first and second levels with a guide, who entertains you with tales of gruesome gladiator battles. Then visit the Roman Forum to see its ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar. This tour is limited to 25 people. If you want to enhance your experience, upgrade to a tour of the Colosseum’s restricted underground chambers, arena and upper tier.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.29
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing as you travel past attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. Relax aboard the double-decker Rome tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. Select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Discover Vatican City including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.04
$66.39
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Jewish Ghetto and Navona Food Wine and Sightseeing Tour of Rome

Jewish Ghetto and Navona Food Wine and Sightseeing Tour of Rome

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Immerse yourself in the flavors of the ‘Eternal City’ on a half-day tour through Rome’s iconic foods and wine. Visit a series of local restaurants in Campo Marzio and the Jewish Ghetto for tastings that range from fish and meat to pizza, pasta, and desserts served alongside Italian wines. Take in the city’s historic sites as you go, with time to explore classic piazzas, ancient Roman sites, temples, and a synagogue. Finish your tour with inside tips on the best places to eat, drink and explore in Rome.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rome by Vintage Vespa: Classic Rome Tour

Rome by Vintage Vespa: Classic Rome Tour

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Zip through the bustling streets of Rome as the Romans do — on a Vespa! Hang on for the ride as your private driver and guide whisks you around on a vintage scooter for an exciting half-day tour of Eternal City highlights. Wind through traffic circles and mazelike streets, easily hopping off for a closer look at Imperial monuments and baroque piazzas. Learn about the history of Rome, from ancient emperors to the modern metropolis, and get an insider’s glimpse at some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.85
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Rome by Night Tour Including Dinner

Rome by Night Tour Including Dinner

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See the Eternal City lit up at night on this evening tour of Rome with dinner. Begin at a restaurant near the Trevi Fountain for a traditional Italian meal, then take a walk around the area—part of Rome’s historical center—to enjoy the nighttime ambiance. Afterward, a panoramic coach tour takes you to see illuminated attractions, finishing at the Colosseum.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Course Cooking Class in Rome with Market Visit, Pasta & Dessert Making

Full Course Cooking Class in Rome with Market Visit, Pasta & Dessert Making

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Get the complete Roman experience and take a private cooking class during your holiday. This 4-hour excursion starts with shopping for your ingredients at the local market with your host. Then head to your class in a 17th-century palace and prepare a 4-course meal from start to finish. Sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor and sample local wines and create beautiful memories of your time in Rome.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rome Segway Tour

Rome Segway Tour

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Explore the landmarks of ancient Rome on a Segway tour with an experienced guide. On your own electric Segway, cruise by major Rome attractions like the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Circus Maximus. Learn about the Eternal City’s 2,000-year-old ruins while you zoom along the streets, and stop by the Mouth of Truth, Rome’s legendary ‘lie detector.’ Limited to just eight people, this tour provides a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rome Vintage Fiat 500 Self-Drive Tour by Convoy

Rome Vintage Fiat 500 Self-Drive Tour by Convoy

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Explore Rome as if you were in a classic Italian film on this sightseeing tour by vintage Fiat 500. Following a knowledgeable guide, you’ll drive yourself through the Eternal City in your own Easter egg–colored Fiat, cruising down lanes that are often inaccessible to larger autos. See Roman landmarks like Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine, and discover the Garden of the Oranges and other off-the-beaten-path sights, as well. Limited to just 10 people, this tour provides a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.33
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Frascati and Castelli Romani Private Wine Tour from Rome

Frascati and Castelli Romani Private Wine Tour from Rome

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Escape the bustle of Rome for a half-day private wine tour in the Frascati area. Visit vineyards and a wine cellar to learn about local production techniques and then taste a variety of the region’s wines alongside traditional foods. Round-trip transportation by private car transfer is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.33
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Rome by Ape Calessino Auto Rickshaw

Rome by Ape Calessino Auto Rickshaw

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Explore Rome by auto rickshaw, known locally by the name Ape Calessino, during this 4-hour private tour. Your experienced driver will pick you up at your hotel and whisk you around Rome in the backseat, which can accommodate up to 3 people. Round-trip hotel transportation and stop for coffee and gelato included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$289.70
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