Rome Walking Tours – Stroll, Sip, Skip & Click!



In the compact, layered city that is Rome, it's clear that the best way to see it a lot in a short time is on a guided walking tour. With its long history, plethora of neighbourhoods, and extensive list of monuments to cover, it's simply too much to figure out on your own. Here we review and recommend the top Rome walking tours.

We are particularly fond of tours that let you skip the long lines, and these tours do that. We also favour tours that combine more than one activity, and you'll find those here as well. Of course, walking the Eternal City as it begins to light up at night is always an attraction for us! The pace of these walking tours is leisurely, but you should be physically able to walk at least a mile (or a couple of kilometres). Some of these tours provide transportation to and from your hotel — no walking required!

All The Vatican in One Day, Skipping the Lines!

The Vatican in One Day, Skipping the Lines!

We especially like this tour because it combines two essential routes into one fascinating day of discovery. In fact, this is the only tour that gives you to the best of the Vatican City, its museums, plus the three Basilicas in Rome. With 9 miles of of art in the Vatican alone, you can understand why it helps to have a trusty art expert at your side.

Be prepared to walk & learn. The Vatican Museums walking tour takes 2 hours. The basilicas & Holy Stairs take 3 hours. St. Peter's Basilica is 45 minutes long. Don't worry, though, you won't be walking the whole time! There's plenty of time to admire the art and pause for breaks.

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"This is the best tour so far we both have done in our life. Simply, no words to explain. It was perfect.""
– 5-Star Review

Ancient Rome + Colosseum + Wine Tasting

Skip the Line Ancient Rome + Colosseum Walking Tour + Frascati Wine Tasting

Part I — Ancient Rome
The day starts at the Colosseum, where you walk the vast circumference of the amphitheater, taking in the bird's-eye views as you imagine the atmosphere when it was filled with 50,000 spectators. Next up is the Roman Forum, to see the Temple of Julius Caesar and the House of the Vestal Virgins. Up on Palatine Hill, walk amidst fragrant pine trees and look over the summit to Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. The tour then pauses as you take a two-hour Italian lunch break.

Part II — Wine Tasting
Travel to Frascati, the famous wine region just outside Rome, to be a guest at the legendary Principe Pallavicini estate. The winery has been in the family since 1670! Wander the vineyards, visit the cellars, and taste award-winning wines, fresh-pressed olive oil, and bruschetta in their 17th-century farmhouse.

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The Colosseum and Roman Forum tour was the stuff of bucket list! Our guide was fantastic — interesting, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. Unmissable tour. Visit to vineyard and wine tasting was highlight of our stay in Rome. Angela was friendly and warm. Wine fantastic and bus karaoke simply unforgettable!"
– 5-Star Review

The Art & Life of Caravaggio + Wine Tasting

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour of Rome + Wine Tasting

Here's another tour we like because it combines two activities we love — viewing great art and sipping wine.

Part I — Viewing Caravaggio
Michel Angelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was responsible for one of the most startling revolutions in the history of art. Although born in Milan, he spent much of his life in Rome and the city is home to many of his masterpieces. Take to to the streets with your art historian guide to visit Caravaggio paintings found hidden in plain sight throughout the city. Learn about his dramatic & dark past and visit one of Rome's true hidden gems, a little-known church packed with priceless art, with works by Raphael and Caravaggio's Madonna del Loreto.

Part II — Wine Tasting
Spend the final hour at a local wine bar, where you'll sip wine and discuss Caravaggio, art, Rome and life. Rome being Rome, there'll be a platter of local cheeses, meats, olives and bread to complete your rich cultural experience.

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This was a fabulous tour. We had expected a perfunctory explanation of the work and the artist, but our guide was very knowledgable and interesting. The background information on Caravaggio's life was very useful in putting his work into context. If you truly want to come to know his work, and to get a very strong experience for this section of Rome, between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, this is a great way to do it."
– 5-Star Review

Rome at Twilight Walking Tour

Rome at Twilight Walking Tour

We love a twilight tour that explores the best of Rome as the city begins to light up. You meet your guide just as daylight turns to dusk in Piazza Venezia, where ancient and modern Rome meet. As the sun sets over the Eternal City, your guide leads you through alleyways, piazzas, and grand palazzos. One of the first stops is Trevi Fountain. Also on the route is the Pantheon, Piazza Navona & Campo dei Fiori.

We suggest that this is a perfect way to start your visit to Rome. You'll get an in-depth orientation of the city and your local guide with share hidden gems — where to eat, shop, and live la dolce vita.

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Our tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He took time to explain things, but kept the tour moving and interesting. Would highly recommend this tour!"
– 5-Star Review

Walk, Shoot & Click!

Rome Photo Walking Tour

Last on this list is another favourite thing of ours — going on a photography walk in a new European city.

You join a local photographer with a passion both for the city and for the art of photography. Bring your camera and be prepared to walk, shoot, and click. Your photo-guide will reveal the best vantage points of Rome and teach you how to tell a story with images. Here's a sample of the routes :

  • The Ancient City — You visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Campidoglio, Theatre of Marcellus, Fontana delle Tartarughe, and more.
  • Walking the Vatican — This starts with the Pantheon and includes St Peter's, Piazza Navona & Castel Sant Angelo (the Mausoleum of Hadrian).
  • Discover Hidden Rome — Piazza Navona, Piazza Pasquino, Piazza Farnese, Campo de' Fiori, Palazzo Spada & Trastevere.
  • Roma Grand Tour — Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Villa Medici, and more.

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Luca provided the best photography walking tour. He asked good questions, listened to my concerns, and expertly guided me. It's clear he loves Roma and he made me see it with fresh eyes. I have a new approach to travel photography as a result of this tour. Thank you, Luca!"
– 5-Star Review