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  • Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    The Colosseum
  • Tour guide at the Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    Roman Forum
  • Pantheon and its fountain, Rome, Italy
    Pantheon
  • Trastevere neighborhood, Rome, Italy
    Trastevere
  • Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
    Vatican Museums
  • St. Peter's Square and Basilica at night, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
    St. Peter's Basilica

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Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour

from $1,995 per person + air

Single Supplement $525

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Our Rome tour serves up Europe's most intoxicating brew of dazzling art, earth-shaking history, and city life with style. On this Rome vacation, your tour guide will resurrect the grandeur of ancient Rome's Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, and nearby Ostia Antica. From the Renaissance and Baroque eras, you'll marvel at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Borghese Gallery. You'll also enjoy today's Rome, with neighborhood walking tours, memorable restaurants, and time to explore on your own. Join us for the Best of Rome in 7 Days!

Dates & Prices

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 16 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of Rome tour:

  • Pantheon (when available)
  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain
  • Rome panoramic bus tour
  • Catacombs of San Sebastiano
  • 7-day Metro Pass
  • Ancient Rome walking tour
  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum
  • San Clemente Church
  • Rome neighborhood walking tour
  • Trastevere food tour
  • Day trip to Ostia Antica
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Borghese Gallery…and more

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Rome come alive for you
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Rome
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rome

We'll meet at our hotel at 3 p.m. this afternoon. After a short meeting and an orientation walk through our neighborhood, we'll get introduced to Rome's efficient metro system and then enjoy an "Am-I-really-here?" dolce vita stroll through the heart of Rome, soaking up the city's evening ambience at the classy Piazza Navona and in the remarkably preserved, 2,000-year-old Pantheon (when available). Our day will end with a chance to get acquainted during a "Welcome to Rome" dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 2: Ancient Rome

After breakfast, we'll ride the metro back in time to ancient Rome. We'll arrive at multilayered San Clemente — a 12th-century church sitting atop a fourth-century basilica and an even older Roman temple. Then we'll tour and hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum. After a break for lunch, we'll tour ancient Rome's birthplace: the Forum. You'll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to wander through the nearby Palatine ruins, see Michelangelo's Moses at St. Peter-in-Chains Church, or climb to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument to enjoy the city view (don't forget to savor a foamy cappuccino in between).

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 3: Neighborhood Rome

This morning we'll take a more intimate look at Rome, with a Vespa-dodging walking tour through our guide's favorite neighborhood. Then we'll eat our way through Rome's Trastevere neighborhood, learning about the tradition of Italian cuisine from the generations of families producing these tasty Roman specialties, including (but not limited to) porchetta, pizza, and parmigiano. Afterward, you'll have a free evening to make your own neighborhood discoveries.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 4: St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums

Today we'll focus on Renaissance Rome. We'll meet our local expert on the other side of the Tiber River and take a guided tour of the sprawling Vatican Museums, where we'll see an endless collection of treasures as we make our way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. We'll continue on to the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, the greatest church in Christendom. The rest of your day is free to wander through this immense church and explore more of the Eternal City on your own.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 5: Day Trip to Ostia Antica

Today we'll venture outside the city, touring the ruins of Rome's first colony, Ostia Antica, the ancient seaport which connected Rome to its ever-expanding Mediterranean empire. Unlike Rome's politically oriented Forum, our walk through Ostia gives us a chance to envision the daily lives of merchants and craftsmen and appreciate beautifully preserved mosaics. As we head back to Rome, we'll take a panoramic bus tour as we continue to peel away the jumbled layers of this fascinating city, learning about Rome as Italy's political capital, the capital of Catholicism, and the center of the ancient world. On the way, we'll continue down the ancient "Queen of Roads," the Appian Way, stopping to tour the eerie Catacombs of San Sebastiano. Arriving back in our Rome neighborhood, you'll be free for dinner on your own.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Rome.

Day 6: Rome's Baroque Treasures

We'll begin with a guided tour of sheer beauty in the Borghese Gallery. Bernini's most graceful and lifelike sculptures reside here — his athletic David and delicate Apollo and Daphne — as well as masterpieces by Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael. Your afternoon is free to relax in the surrounding park, ramble through more of Rome, or do some last-minute shopping. Tonight, we'll have one last dinner together to share travel memories and toast new friends. Salute!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Arrivederci, Roma!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Rome in 7 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate through the city on your own.

Reviews

Marianne

Tour: 10/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience. With excellent guides. I advise getting in shape before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first visual seeing the Collisium from our bedroom window."

David

Tour: 10/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves Tours and Lisa thought of it all. Expertise, variety, educational, fun and tasty. Excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tours were all good. The Vatican was a really good tour."

Michelle

Tour: 10/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa was a fantastic guide. Rome was glorious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Modern living amongst the ancient ruins of the Colosseum."

Kathryn

Tour: 10/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one, so many amazing sites"

Greer

Tour: 10/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the time of my life on my mid-October "Best of Rome" tour. I was nervous about travelling as a woman on her own for the first time ever, but the guides, hotel staff and my like-minded tour group pals put me immediately at ease. It was one of the best very weeks of my life and I'm still reliving it in my dreams every night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite "wow" moment was my visit to the Colosseum with Francesca. She's my idea of a celebrity and her philosophical approach to explaining the majesty and the horror of ancient Rome really resonates, bringing the past into the present. The centuries of violence and bloodshed at the Colosseum meant that it was the site I least wanted to visit, but thanks to Francesca's interpretation, I left amazed."

Bev

Tour: 10/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything about this tour! The hotel had great amenities and was within walking distance to most sites. Our guide, Nina, was fabulous! She was very knowledgeable, had a great sense of humour and was very organized. She has a unique perspective of Rome, being a transplant from the U.S., but now a resident - so she understood how to prepare us to look/experience Rome in a meaningful way. We are still processing what we learned from this amazing trip. It was a life changing experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow" moments! (1)the magical first evening walk by the ancient ruins, illuminated by the setting sun; entering the palpable atmospheric ancient Parthenon; experiencing the convivial present-day crowd around the luminous Trevi Fountain. (2)When Francesca "gave us" a philosophical set of lenses to look at Ancient Rome through instead of just trying to remember sizes and dates about it, e.g. time is an "infinite, present moment in Rome", that Rome is a mix of the sacred and profane, etc."

Robyn

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great way to immerse oneself in a city

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking inside the Pantheon and looking up"

Andy

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There was a lot more walking than I would have liked. Tour guides were outstanding. Sites included were very good. Air conditioning in hotel would have helped. Gelato shops were the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery."

Deborah

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the tour guides were friendly and told wonderful historical stories to bring the ancient ruins to life as we toured Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was standing in the Pantheon on the first evening of the tour. Seeing all the architectural designs still holding together 2,000 years later and knowing the building is still in use today was very impressive. The experience provoked deep emotions. Truly amazing!"

Dustin

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Great balance between seeing sights in a way it would have been difficult to on out own, while still providing plenty of free time to customize our trip ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the floor of the colosseum with barely anyone else around, right as the morning sun was turning the interior of the arches on one side gold."

Susan

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour, made seeing Rome easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Colosseum"

Frances

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed learning about the history and culture of Rome and Italy, and most definitely had fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being introduced to Borghese Gallery art"

Lindsey

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cecilia and Francesca were amazing and made the trip for us. We were so grateful to meet them and there is so much to see in Rome that if a Rome II tour was constructed we would book it in the first 12 months. We had three tour-group-participants that were unable to physically manage the needs of the tour and were disruptive and negative to our experience. We wish they could have been offered a ‘my experience’ option that would not pair them with a group. Everyone else was delightfully willing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Ostia Antica in the morning light, the Borghese museum with Francesca’s magic weaving the story, our incredible final dinner with Cecilia’s family wine; we’re telling everyone we know about this wonderful itinerary. We loved this trip so much and hope to return to Rome to learn more again in the future!"

Jim

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were great and the free versus planned time was good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going thriugh the Sistine Chapel"

Christine

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour director & local guides were very knowledgeable & truly made us want to enjoy Rome & its culture as much as they did. The Lancelot hotel staff were very attentive to our needs & its location near major attractions & transportation options made exploration much easier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to walk inside the Colosseum & imagine what it must have been like to see the spectacles that happened there, not to mention the engineering it took to build such an arena."

MaryLouise

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Pretty intense schedule , great to have easy access to sitesdeta

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Details of the coliseum history since it was built"

John

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Like our travel agent we at this time of the into October month and so many out visitors to Rome became the way over crowed to the City, but all in all very enjoyable even with so to many people. Might of waited another year because of the virus which I did come down with and would of came the 1st of June of 2023.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What else, the Coliseum! and the museums of statues."

Ellen

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized. Enjoyed the structure, but appreciated the free time to explore on our own. The tour guides were exceptional, so knowledgeable and it felt like they were taking us back to Ancient Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning and seeing the work of Bernini. I am still overwhelmed."

Teren

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While I consider this tour well planned and worth every cent, I cannot rate it "outstanding" because I, and many others, felt far too rushed throughout. The Vatican tour, in particular, was ridiculously fast, missing any options for museums and barely 20 minutes (including bathroom time) in the Sistine Chapel. Thank goodness it the was led by the exceptional Francesca, who helped us develop a personal connection with what we were seeing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Italians themselves. So gracious and easygoing I fell in love with the culture!"

Patricia

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun trip, excellent guides, esp local guide Francesca, lots of interesting sights. The only disappointment was the itinerary for Monday said we'd see San Clemente as a group and have a chance to see Palatine Hill on our own but we did neither. Instead of San Clem we went straight to the Colosseum and Forum then exited for a group lunch.We saw & pd for San Clem on our own but chose not to buy another Colosseum ticket and reserve a time just for Palatine Hill so missed a sight we had hoped to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's Basilica! I've seen it three times and it wows me every time. Or maybe it was Ostia Antica. Or maybe the pasta."

Tony

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our RS guide Cecilia was absolutely wonderful and all the local guides as well. With special recognition to Francesca who was so knowledgeable and very insightful. Couldn't have asked for anything more....even getting soaked in the rain while touring the Coloseum. Loved our time in Rome and Ostia. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed Cecilia and her leadership and her sense of humor. She is most charming and kept all of us on our toes. She is a treat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe Francesca pointed this out but coming to realize that every step we took we were standing on 2000-3000 years of history. That was my "WOW" moment"

Caroline

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved my time in Rome. Had the perfect amount of guided time vs free time. Meals were great, planned activities were interesting and the guides were so incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca really made Ostia and our 2 local sites (Colosseum/Forum and the Borghese Gallery) really come alive. I loved Ostia so much."

Kevin

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredibly informative and personally enriching; a broad, balanced exploration of Rome's history and its foundational, enduring impact on Western European civilization. Excellent opportunities to also experience contemporary Italian cuisine, culture, and current events. Mille Grazie, Cecelia!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica; to explore an ancient Roman city, in a park-lie setting and with Francesca's guidance and expertise, was truly memorable."

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very organized and covered all of the main sites. The hotel was very nice and it was in a convenient location. Very much enjoyed getting to know Rome and its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Borghese Gallery with local tour guide Francesca. The Bernini sculptures were amazing and Francesca made them come alive for us."

Thomas

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent leaders great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one, daily wow moments"

Mary

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was one of the best weeks of my life. The comparison of Rome to a lasagna is utterly apt, but it’s a lasagna with all the layers exposed so you can see how they build on one another. And you’re not just seeing Italian history being developed, but the history of Western civilization. By visiting Rome, I became acquainted with part of my own past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the street casually, with my mind on something else, and glancing down at a hole in a ground only to find an excavation underway from the 3rd century BC. Connecting that to what Francesca Caruso said about Rome being the “eternal city” and thinking about how being surrounded constantly by millennia of history would have helped to mold the Roman character."

Mary

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of fellow travelers, stimulating guides, comfortable hotel, good eats and saw new places and works of art- my idea of a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bernini sculptures at Borgheze Gallery - a first for me"

Michael

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rome was a bucket list destination and I finally got there after having to cancel two other RS tours due to COVID. So, the bar was set pretty high and the experience exceeded my expectations. The tour was incredible. Our main guides, Maryella and Wally, were fonts of information and very welcoming. Francesca gave an amazing tour of the Coliseum, the Forum, and Ostia Antica! The pacing of the tour was great, leaving blocs of time for me to see sites of particular interest to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. The porchetta we at in Trastevere. Incredible. Francesca's Coliseum and Forum tour brought the place to life. The Raphael Rooms at the Vatican. Breathtaking! My first time seeing the Mediterranean! St. Clement's basilica: going from the 21st to the 1st century as I walked downwards through time. The Bernini sculptures at the Borghese (and Francesca's description) were amazing. Rome is just one big Wow moment and this RS tour gave me an incredible introduction to it."

Linda

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Met our expectations, although Rome was more crowded than we thought for September.

Deborah

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was exceptional. Our guides, Cecelia and Francesca along with specialists at the Vatican and the Borghese were absolutely phenomenal. The itinerary was expertly designed and although we were quite tired by the end of a full day, we felt the pace was comfortable and each element of the day was interesting and compelling. There was a good balance of organized touring and time to explore independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colosseum visit on the first day was amazing! We also thoroughly enjoyed the final dinner along with Cecilia's wine tasting presentation."

George

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed everything about the Rome Tour. Only one short bus ride on one day. Tour description lived up to description of the itinerary as well as the "information sheets" provided prior to the vacation

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Francesca and CiCi "in our ear" while touring. Wonderful to experience the museums, streets and transit systems with such ecperts."

Adrienne

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Cecilia was fantastic, as were all of our local guides. Enjoyed the hotel and feeling that we were in a neighborhood setting and close to metro. Enjoyed the sights included, would have enjoyed being able to walk down to the floor of the Coliseum and a little more time to explore around the Pantheon

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from ALL the food, we enjoyed our farewell dinner that Cecilia arranged with the guitar player and wine tasting."

Craig

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was superb. The sites were excellent. The guides generated excellent conversation. There was a right amount of scheduled tours and free time. The food was superb. The hotel was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't a "wow" moment, but rather a "wow" person. Our local guide Francesca is brilliant. Her grasp of history, art and culture is staggering. I could listen to her lecture any time. She said that she will appear in a Rick Steves video in 2023. I will be looking forward to it. Francesca is an invaluable asset."

Patricia

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Action packed 7 days of the best of Rome as promised! The guides made the experience so meaningful…thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese gallery….Bernini sculptures…took my breath away."

David

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina --was very Knowledgeable and ALWAYS helpful -- Was glad she got me out of just getting Pizza --and trying other Italian Food --- B/C of Nina--learned a lot about the culture too --Very pleasant to have a Tour Guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica ---the church I attend will NEVER look the same --- Plus , understanding the history of Rome --just amazing"

Janice

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Italy Rick Steve's Tour, and this tour was outstanding like the past tours. Nina, the Tour Guide is exceptional. The itinerary was well-balanced with the major city-highlights and the walking tours through different neighborhoods for the Rome of today, and outside the city excursion to Ostia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to Rome before, my "wow" day was at Ostia Antica; beautiful archaeological site different than others in Italy, a beautiful day excursion from Rome, not crowded, and a wonderful tour guided by Francesca gave me more insight into ancient life there."

Sandra

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, and fun. Could have used a little more free time, with better public transportation information. I enjoyed getting around on my own more in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca’s tour of the Ostia Antica, especially the epitaphs on the roads. She was so knowledgeable and sincere."

Arthur

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

More than just “very good,” but what In this poor world is “0utstanding?”

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ho Ho Ho."

Nancy

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative and exhaustive for the period toured

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The magnitude of the architecture and visual history and the people and atmosphere! The people are so kind and welcoming and loving life!"

Karie

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Several items from the itinerary of the tour were not included. I plan ahead to accommodate key sites that are not on the itinerary, so this was a disappointment to find out too late that certain sites would not be on our tour. For example, we did not get a tour of the Pantheon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting and being guided by Francesca Caruso. She is so knowledgeable and an amazing guide!"

Ryan

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good food, good wine, great art, history, lovely hotel and knowledgeable guides. what's not to like.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Francesca read quotes from some of the 2000 year old tombs in Ostia Antica. One in particular was from a husband describing his wife. It was very moving and brought the couple to life for me."

Augustus

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was not our first time in Europe, but it was our first time in Italy and our first ever group tour. So we didn’t know what to expect. Donald, our guide was wonderful — knowledgeable, patient and a good sense of humor. The schedule for the week was balanced and well thought out. The group lunches and dinners were delicious and convivial. The local guides, Ilaria, Francesca, and Toni, were all fabulous. They handled our group’s questions and quirks with ease and grace. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the sculptures, though hard to choose between them. Laocoön, The Pieta, all the Bernini in the Borghese Gallery, and we went on our own to see St. Theresa in Ecstasy. The sculptures were worth the trip. In close competition are just all the ancient ruins and rebuilding them in your mind: the coliseum, the forum, and Ostia Antica."

Marvin

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The local guides were amazing! Francesca and the art historian at the Borghese made viewing come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese tour was awesome. The first time I came to Rome was ten years ago and I didn’t remember anything about the visit but this trip was memorable."

Donna

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel like we saw the really important pieces of Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the food tour with Valentina in Trastevere and the Colosseum Tour with Francesca."

Mary

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides and very informative discussions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have seen many ruins but the ones at Osteria Antica were ‘wow’"

Lorraine

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great to have everything planned. There were sites I wouldn't have thought to see if it wasn't for this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the ceilings of the old churches. They were beautiful!"

Mark

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Loved the hotel and it’s convenient location, great group of people, amazing tour, and a really great guide (Nina!).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Coliseum on the first day. Francesca opened our eyes and minds to the amazing history of the Roman Empire."

Laurie

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Nina was amazing! She brought ancient Rome to life. We had a great group, delicious food, an overall fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coliseum. Sistine Chapel."

Tracy

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The week in Rome was a fantastic experience. Our primary guide Nina, and the secondary guides/experts were all very personable, knowledgeable, and very approachable. It was very obvious they loved doing what they did, and that made the trip even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one, but the Bernini statues in the Borghese Gallery were breathtaking. But there were also some sights we visited on our own apart from the group that were equally enjoyable."

Carol

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves tour, four of them in Italy and Sicily. They have all been fabulous! Rome is spectacular, and our guide Nina Bernardo was wonderful!! If you are considering a Rick Steves tour, stop thinking about it and GO! You'll love it!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One thing I did this visit that I wasn't able to do before was walk on the old Appian Way. It's not spectacular like the Colosseum and the Vatican, but just walking on the original road to the center of the Roman Empire is something I've wanted to do for decades. Took me right back to my high school Latin classes!"

Julie

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful week. I couldn't have asked for a better post-covid reentry into the world of travel. From amazing guides, iconic destinations, delicious food, to just taking in the sights as we strolled- it was perfect. There was a lovely balance between structure and free time. Truly, I was just full of gratitude to be there after two years of waiting. With that sense of awe and anticipation, the experience was even richer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would probably say the Borghese Gallery. Especially since we had a beloved tour guide leading us through as the museum opened, we were able to have the place to ourselves for those moments before the crowds arrived, allowing us to just take it all in. I will also say, the parts I didn't think I'd enjoy as much (the Forum, Ostia Antica) really came alive in ways I hadn't initially anticipated. I also enjoyed seeing the Sistine Chapel in person."

Helen

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was outstanding. Guides were excellent, hotel couldn't be better. Too bad you couldn't control the crowds!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and Roman Forum was my bigger than life "Wow" moment. I had read a little about it, but I couldn't believe how huge and real the ruins were!"

Robert

Tour: 04/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour with only six guests. It is to Rick Steves' credit that they did not cancel the tour when only six guests confirmed. It was like having a small private tour. Our primary guide, Cecilia Bottai, was outstanding and so was Francesca, who provided special guiding detail for the Colosseum and Forum tours, the Ostia Antica tour, and the Borghese Gallery tour. The other specialty guides were also very good, but Cecilia and Francesca were truly special. Francesca was poetic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery with its wonderful Bernini sculptures was the biggest Wow moment for me, especially with the nuanced explanations provided by Francesca. Her deep love and knowledge of this art has driven her to develop a special expertise and appreciation for it, which she did a fantastic job sharing with us. Ostia Antica was another Wow moment with the mosaics of the Roman baths and the impressive Roman theater. This out-of-the-way archaeological site was well worth the drive to see."

Kathy

Tour: 04/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Rome was a great introduction to Rome and Italy in general. I love how the city tours help make you feel comfortable using available public transportation. Our group was small and I felt like we had a private tour of the city. The small size also allowed us to be nimble when Holy Week made some activities challenging. I loved our hotel and its location. Cecilia was an amazing guide and I was thrilled that Francesca was our local guide on 3 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First was the food. Second was perfecting navigation of the city on foot, bus, and taxi. Third was the Borghese Gallery with Francesca. The 4th occurred in Trastevere as my fellow tour members and I were headed to our hotel from the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Someone suggested we check out one of the other churches along the way. We went inside and discovered a small orchestra and a pair of singers practicing for a concert or Easter service. We sat in silence for 20 minutes. Wow!"

Melissa

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery"

Kathryn

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent balance of tour and free time. Very good guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing my grandson awed by the colosseum."

Maria

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great group and fantastic local guides. Learned a lot, laughed a lot...walked a lot...and ate!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting St. Peter's (on our own) was too amazing to even find the right words to describe. With the tour group and our wonderful tour guide, visiting and tasting all the culinary delights was a time I'lll never forget!"

Joseph

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As first time travelers to Italy, we were amazed at the number of art and architectural treasurers that seemed to be around every corner. The obvious respect for the historical sights and traditions in Rome made this a rewarding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Receiving a Papal Blessing in person and being near the Pope were at the top of our list. Seeing the Colosseum and the Forum and learning their history was amazing."

Steven

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated being able to spend extended time in one city rather than rushing from city to city in order to see everything. In fact, I stayed after the tour for another 3 days in Rome. I now feel like I "know" the city and can return on my own to futher explore how rich and varied it is. The tour gave me a real sense of how layered the city is--or, as Cecilia put it, how "messy" it is. A wonderful mess!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard question, as there were so many wow moments. Because I had visited the Vatican before, I opted to tour the painting gallery rather than fight the swarms of people seeing the ancient treasures and Raphael's frescos. Thanks to Cecilia's flexibility, I had my own "wow" encounter with Raphael when I saw his "Transfiguration"--a painting I had seen in reproduction many times.I was utterly unprepared for how huge it is and how vibrant its colors are. Beautiful."

Linda

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves Tours made every experience a special one. The pace was perfect- even flexible as the days were not structured too tightly to allow for individual goals. The hotel and dining choices were excellent! The tour guide and city guides were all so knowledgeable and personable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose one moment, but literally walking where Julius Caesar walked is right up there!"

Sharon

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the best tour guide, Stephanie! Our group melded together quickly and enjoyed each others' company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Papal audience and all of the Vatican"

Francie

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We toured Sicily for 11 days. Sicily was absolutely amazing. Our guide, Virginia, was incredible. We could not have a better guide. She guided us through so much historical roads and added local guides to enhance our experience. Virginia also encouraged us to introduce us to Marie Grammatico who allowed us into her kitchen to help us make cannolis and other pastries. Eleven days flew by with a smile on our faces every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite “wow” moment was learning and seeing Mt. Etna. We actually met a Volcanologist. Hearing about Eetna’s eruptions, the historical implications to Sicily, and seeing smoke coming from the volcano was very impressive and interesting."

Christine

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary, great mix of structure and free time. We saw so much of the city including a Papal audience on Wednesday which was unexpected. Hotel location near the Coliseum was perfect, it was amazing to see that landmark every day. Stephanie our tour guide was engaging and attentive she went out of her way to make sure everyone was having a wonderful week. Francesca and the local guides were amazing, informative and fun! I learned some much from them all. Great group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the day trip to Ostia Antica, seeing the ruins and have Francesca and Stephanie try to bring us back to 300 AD was a WOW experience. Also attending the Papal audience on Wednesday was unexpected and moving."

Melinda

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Give the circumstances I thought the tour was very good and throughly enjoyed myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was with Francesca at the Borghese Gallery. To see David by Bernini, and contrast it with Michelangelo’s David was incredible. You see the strength, power and determination on his face and know he was on a mission from God. And Pluto and Proserpina, to see how Bernini was able to show the force that Pluto was using to hold on to Proserpina was just incredible as well."

Lori

Tour: 03/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely LOVED this tour! After two years of being grounded by covid, it was simply heartwarming to see this beautiful city that is rich in beauty and culture. The feel and energy of Rome was truly felt for me during this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment was when we visited the Vatican museum, the historic works of art was mesmerizing."

Cynthia

Tour: 03/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience overall. Terrific week with amazing guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beginning to understand what makes amazing sculpture great - in the Borghese Gallery."

Minda

Tour: 03/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my husband and my first Rick Steves tour and it was a great experience. We toured Rome on our honeymoon and were impressed with our guide, Nina, and with the general care that was taken around traveling during the pandemic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"touring the Galleria Borghese with the amazing Francesca Caruso. She made the art come to life!"

When To Go & Weather

Rome is a vibrant city to visit nearly year-round. However, the months of April, May, September, October, and early November are the best for combining the convenience of peak season with the most pleasant weather. Visiting between late November and March offers the benefit of missing out on the sweat, stress, and crowds of the tourist season, along with cool and crisp weather.

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's hotel is included in your tour confirmation email as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your tour hotel in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Rome guidebook.