Why do it the normal way, when you can be just a bit different, and maybe even have more fun? As you know, we love guided tours in Rome — you go to places and learn about things you would never discover on your own. But, above all, we love to seek out unique tours in Rome.
How about getting up early to meet your guide and beat the crowds while seeing the best of Rome at sunrise? Or a nighttime panoramic tour with the lights of the city spread out all around you? Since we love going deep, we also recommended a tour that takes you to hidden churches. Let's take a look at the top unique tours in Rome… Italy, that is!
Start the evening out with a typical (and delicious!) Italian dinner at a restaurant near the Trevi Fountain. Actually, we're getting ahead of ourselves. (That often happens when Italian food is involved.) The night starts with pick up at your hotel — you also get dropped off at the end of the evening.
After dinner your guide leads you on a stroll over to the Trevi Fountain, where you might want to toss in a coin to ensure your return to Rome. Just be sure to turn your back and throw in the coin using your right hand over your left shoulder. (The coins all go to charity, by the way.)
Now it's time for a night walking tour of the enchanting city that is Rome. With the famous monuments and sights lit up it's an amazing and fulfilling sight. You also stroll through the Traveste quartiere, full of restaurants, nightlife, and Romans having a good time!
This was a great tour during our first night in Rome… The tour guide… was funny and very knowledgeable of the history. The guy had charisma. We really enjoyed this tour and recommend it. The food at the restaurant was great and so the company. After dinner we walked in different areas. Thanks for the great memories in Rome."
– 5-Star Review
If you don't want to include dinner (although it is scrumptious!), and if you don't really want to walk, you might want to sign up for this panoramic tour of Rome at night in a luxury coach.
You see all the iconic monuments in their nighttime glory — the Colosseum, Capitoline Hill, Palatine Hill, St Peter's Basilica, the Trastevere and more. You also have time to stop at the Trevi Fountain. The tour runs nightly in most months.
Had so much fun on this tour! Hilarious guide, and a wonderful experience that I will never forget. You should, however, do this tour on one of your first days in case you see something you want to see in daylight as well."
– 5-Star Review
We like this tour because someone else drives us around while we view the city lights at night. So, it's similar to the tour we just talked about. But what's different in this activity is that includes a walk through Trastevere one of the most picturesque and intriguing quartieres of Rome.
It's a truly Roman neighbourhood, where people live, work, shop and go out at night. We love the many, narrow, cobblestone streets; the trattoria; the night scene; and the sense of being in another place and another time.
Those are some of the unique tours of Rome at night. Let's flip that over to see the Eternal City at sunrise. If you don't mind getting up a little early, then you're going to love being in Rome as the sun in coming up and taking in the views and monuments before the crowds arrive.
The early-morning light casts Rome in a rosy hue, colouring the terracotta roofs, the domes of the churches, the marble of the monuments with a warm glow. Okay, maybe that's a bit flowery — but, really, it is lovely. You get a chance to view all the important sights, and even stop on a secret hillside perfect for viewing the sunrise. A unique thing about this tour is that each guest gets an iPad to view a multimedia presentation about many of the sites you visit. Your bus picks you up early in the day, don't forget!
We love seeking out unique places that most tourists never see, so this activity is perfect for us. Rome, at 3,000 years old, is filled not only with well-known arts and architecture, but also with unknown, secret marvels that are just as fascinating. Ever heard of Caravaggio's painting in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi? We hadn't either!
It's just one example of how great artists also worked on little-known churches. On this tour you walk through ancient streets in the heart of Rome with a professional art historian as your guide as you discover architecture and art by great artists like Caravaggio, Rubens, Piero da Cortona, Fra Angelico, and Borromini. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.