Our professional, entertaining guide brings the Colosseum to life. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the Colosseum in just one hour!
Discover Rome’s greatest attractions with our Best of Rome Tour! Most of Rome’s best tourist attractions are all close enough together to see in one day, and this Best-of-Rome tour is our attempt to create a walking tour that does justice to the Eternal City’s history, agricultural heritage, and cultural identity. This Rome tour starts at Trajan’s Column and it takes guests through this ancient area of Rome, to the Trevi Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian ruins, the incredible Pantheon, and so much more in between. If you’re looking for a stronger focus on the ancient Roman aspects of Rome, you may like to take our Ancient Rome tour, or our Colosseum arena tour.
ESSENTIAL DETAILS OF OUR BEST OF ROME TOUR
BEST OF ROME TOUR | HIGHLIGHTS
Discover Rome at its best with a snapshot of the most intriguing sites the Eternal City has to offer. Your expert tour guide will take you on an enchanting journey through the cobbled streets of Rome, with tales of its ancient history from throughout the centuries. The tour will begin at the impressive Piazza Venezia where you can view Emperor Trajan’s Markets and his private forum. We will then walk to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps where you will learn the history behind these stunning Rome tourist attractions whilst soaking up the wonderful vibrant atmosphere of the city.
With a short walk through the maze of unique and enchanting cobbled streets, you will come upon the Pantheon, one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome. Housed in the Pantheon is a fusion of the ancient and Renaissance times, as you will see one of the great architectural feats of the Roman era and will visit the tomb of the remarkable Raphael. Next is Piazza Navona — one of Rome’s most beautiful squares and the site of Bernini’s incredible ‘Fountain of the Four Rivers’.
The Best of Rome Tour here at Show Me Italy will take you on a beautiful journey through the heart of the Eternal City and it includes an authentic Italian gelato for you to enjoy along the way! If you have any questions about this Best of Rome Tour or about any of our Rome Tours, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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- Piazza Venezia & Trevi Fountain
You meet your guide in Piazza Venezia at the Emperor Trajan’s column, an immense pillar with intricate carvings depicting his victory over the region of Dacia (present-day Romania). You learn about the Vittoriano, the grand monument to the unification of Italy, that dominates the square. Your guide also discusses Mussolini, who completely reshaped this part of Rome, and you see the balcony from which he would make his famous speeches. You then make your way to the Trevi Fountain. This baroque masterpiece by Nicola Salvi is not only one of Rome’s most treasured sites, but it is also one of the oldest water sources in the city.
After throwing your coins in the fountain, your guide leads you across the famous shopping street Via del Corso, and you see what is left of the Temple of Hadrian. Its remaining 11 Corinthian columns are now part of a modern-day building. A peek down the side reveals the original foundation, showing how the street level has risen over the centuries. Just around the corner, the Pantheon awaits. This is the third version of the building and has been standing since AD 125. Despite its age, it is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world!
After visiting the Temple of Hadrian, we turn the corner to see the Pantheon. Housed in the Pantheon is a fusion of the ancient and Renaissance times. Here you can see one of the great architectural feats of the Roman era and visit the tomb of the remarkable Raphael. We marvel at this incredible structure before making our way to the elegant Piazza Navona and admire the serenity of its fountains.
- Piazza Navona
The final stop on the tour is Rome’s most elegant square, Piazza Navona. This beautiful example of baroque genius is like a breath of fresh air in the winding streets of the historic center. With its figures that seem to come to life, The Fountain of the Four Rivers is the focal point of the piazza. Your guide describes its famous sculptor, Bernini, and the work of his so-called ‘rival,’ the architect Borromini, whose work can also be seen in the square.
More About Your Rome Tour
- Professional tour guide
- Other food and beverages
- Hotel drop-off and pick-up (can be arranged upon request)
- Please Note
- Latest check-in is no later than 15 minutes before the starting time
- Tour runs rain or shine!
- No refunds for no-shows or late arrivals
- What to Bring
- Comfortable shoes and clothing
- Bottle of water (especially in hot weather)