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Bypass Rome’s tourist hotspots and uncover the lesser-known gems that many visitors miss. Guided by an expert in art history, the 3.5-hour tour introduces you to Caelian Hill with its history-steeped churches and archaeological digs. Check out Case Romane del Celio, an ancient Roman house, and step inside the city’s so-called medieval Sistine Chapel. Visit the papal seat, aka the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, and learn about the city’s history from Roman Empire days to the Middle Ages.  The tour can be tailored to your preferences.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour walking tour of Rome’s gems and historical churches
  • Hear history from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages
  • Visit the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome’s official cathedral
  • Discover rare medieval frescoes at the Chapel of Sylvester in Santi Quattro Coronati
  • See the Claudianum and Case Romane del Celio excavations at the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo
  • Step inside the round Santo Stefano Rotondo church on Caelian Hill
  • Enjoy personal attention from a private, art-historian guide throughout the tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Santo Stefano Rotondo is an eye-opening church with its round design and large interior. But, gaze at the walls, and you’re in for a more gruesome surprise. Grizzly frescoes of Christian martyrdom and death bedeck the interior, making it a church you won't easily forget.

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches

Discover the lesser-known sights of Rome with a private guide

Customer Reviews

Richard A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely one of the best tours we have taken in the last 40 years. Use this guide and this company as much as you can. IT WAS AN HONOR TO TAKE THIS TOUR. WELL DONE!

Thomas E

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

This was a wonderful tour. It showed us a side a Rome and it's history that we did not know existed and would have missed. Our guide was knowledgable, charming and very patient with all our questions. This tour helped us tie together the ancient and Renaissance Rome we had gotten to known over the previous several days

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