Rome As a Local: Hidden Gems & Ancient Wonders

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3 hrs 30 mins

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Why take this tour?

There are a lot of incredible attractions in Rome that fly beneath the radar. Some are a little out of the way, some are hiding in plain sight. This tour takes you to a handful that you won't find in many guidebooks. From ancient roads and aqueducts, to the old Jewish ghetto, Tiber Island and the colorful neighborhood of Trastevere, these wonders will let you see the Eternal City in a whole new light.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Take a full tour of the Jewish Ghetto, spotting landmarks including the Teatro Marcello (The Jewish Colosseum)
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a stroll through Tiber Island
  • Created with Sketch.Soak up the sights and sounds of Trastevere
  • Created with Sketch.Indulge in tastings at the Innocenti Bakery
  • Created with Sketch.Marvel at the beauty of Santa Cecilia Church
  • Created with Sketch.Walk the Appian Way
  • Created with Sketch.Explore the Park of the Aqueducts
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a few local surprises!

Take an afternoon to explore beyond the obvious

Your day of surprises begins in Central Rome, in a neighborhood that at first doesn't seem very Roman at all - the old Jewish Ghetto. As you stroll through the Old Ghetto you'll learn the history of Rome's vibrant Jewish Community and the oppression they suffered both under Papal Rule and the Nazis. One of the highlights is seeing the Teatro di Marcello, aka the Jewish Colosseum, an open-air amphitheatre that looks like a miniature Colosseum.

From here, you will enjoy a beautiful stroll through Tiber Island and then soak up the sights and sounds of Trastevere - known for being one of the most bohemian neighborhoods in Rome. Be sure to indulge your sweet tooth with a tasting at the Innocen...

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Your day of surprises begins in Central Rome, in a neighborhood that at first doesn't seem very Roman at all - the old Jewish Ghetto. As you stroll through the Old Ghetto you'll learn the history of Rome's vibrant Jewish Community and the oppression they suffered both under Papal Rule and the Nazis. One of the highlights is seeing the Teatro di Marcello, aka the Jewish Colosseum, an open-air amphitheatre that looks like a miniature Colosseum.

From here, you will enjoy a beautiful stroll through Tiber Island and then soak up the sights and sounds of Trastevere - known for being one of the most bohemian neighborhoods in Rome. Be sure to indulge your sweet tooth with a tasting at the Innocenti Bakery during a quick stop-off! After strolling to Santa Cecelia, you will be given a moment or two for reflection in the awe-inspiring 5th-century church.

You'll head outside of Rome until the pavement turns to paving stones and you find yourself on the Via Appia Antica or Appian Way. One of the longest roads in the ancient world, this Roman highway was the main road into and out of the city. It was also where Spartacus and his followers were crucified after their failed revolt. As you follow the road, which still has its original stones, you'll also stop at the tomb of Cecilia Metella, an enormous burial monument built in the 1st century BC for a Roman noblewoman.

Your next stop is the Park of the Aqueducts, where some of Rome's most iconic structures are on display. These enormous arched aqueducts once carried some 300 millions gallons of water into Rome each day and powered all of the fountains, baths, and public watering holes that you still see in the city. Although most of the aqueducts are no longer in use, they are some of the greatest engineering feats of the ancient world - you're definitely going to want some photos here!

With the memory of the aqueducts still fresh in your mind, you will be met with yet another impressive sight - the Pyramid of Caius Cestius. Take a moment to marvel at what is considered one of the best preserved ancient buildings in the Italian capital.

From here, you will make your way to Testaccio - a true haven for any foodie! This picturesque but lively neighborhood is home to many well-loved eateries, but don’t worry, you certainly won’t go hungry as you explore its charming streets! At the Testaccio Market, you will try traditional Roman pasta as you reflect on the events of your day spent touring Rome as a local!

This is not just a tour of lesser known sights in Rome, it's a tour of our favorite sights; the places we take our friends and family when they visit. We simply can't wait to take you.

  • Sites Visited
  • The Jewish Ghetto
  • Teatro Marcello (The Jewish Colosseum)
  • Tiber Island
  • Trastevere
  • Innocenti Bakery
  • Santa Cecilia Church
  • The Appian Way
  • Park of the Aqueducts
  • Pyramid of Caius Cestius
  • Aurelian walls
  • Testaccio Market
  • Tour Includes
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Expert tour guide
  • Driver
  • Tasting at Innocenti Bakery
  • Pasta and refreshment at Testaccio market
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FAQ

Are the sites on this tour accessible to wheelchair users?
Not all of the sites on this tour are wheelchair accessible. Also, our Transport vans are not equipped to transport wheelchairs. Please contact us at info@walksofitaly.com to make alternate arrangements.
Does the order of the itinerary on this tour ever change?
Occasionally the sights on this tour are visited in a different order. This happens due to logistical changes and snap decisions made by our guides to avoid crowds and thus improve your visit.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Do I need to bring a photo identification with me?
Yes! This is especially important if you have purchased a student ticket because some sights will check when we arrive.
Do we always see the sights in the same order that you have listed in the description?
No. Sometimes the order of our visits change due to logistical issues or your guide make a snap decision to avoid crowds in order to increase the quality of your visit.