See the Rome that the locals do in the comfort of a luxury minibus. See incredible secret sights of Rome, including the Appian Way & Jewish Ghetto.
You’ll feel right at home with the locals on this little friendly excursion of some of Rome’s best kept secret places and traditions.
Walk a section of the ancient Roman Appian Way, visit the Baths of Caracalla, discover the Jewish Ghetto and so-called ‘Jewish Colosseum’, witness Rome’s daily canon fire and observe the most panoramic view in all of Rome! All this and more in our comfortable, air-conditioned transport, along with the best professional, local guide. And in our usual, small group fashion, this tour will be a delight.
ROME’S LITTLE HIDDEN GEMS.
This tour starts in the little known section of Rome – the Jewish Ghetto. In 1555 the Pope ordered that all Jews had to live with the walls of this community, and the gates were locked at night. Even though the wall was built by order of the Pope, the Jews had to pay for it. This section was subject to regular flooding by the Tiber River, which made for a disease and poverty ridden environment. We’ll discover this section on foot, including the Teatro Marcell (“The Jewish Colosseum”), and learn about life behind the walls, both then and now, and the influence that the Jewish community has had in the development of Rome, including their contribution to some of the best regional cuisine.
DISCOVER AREAS NOT USUALLY ACCESSIBLE TO INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS.
Next, we’re off to see the infamous ‘Mouth of Truth’. Your tour guide will fill you in on the strange legend behind it.
From there, we then meet our driver for the day to see more sites. You’ll enjoy the comforts of a luxury air-conditioned vehicle to get to our other sites. Next in line is Circus Maximus where you’ll see the ancient Roman chariot racing arena, and then on to the city’s outer region where you can walk on the ancient Appian Way, Rome’s primary thoroughfare.
On this road, Spartacus and 6,000 of his followers were crucified, and it is where war veterans would line up to pay homage to Emperor Augusts. The apostle Peter also had a vision of Christ on this road as he left Rome in 64 A.D. It is now a very peaceful, scenic road, with many of its original paving stones still in tact. While on our peaceful stroll along this road, we’ll also visit the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, an enormous, fortress-like, tomb built for a Roman noblewoman in the 1st century B.C.
Then we come to the Park of the Aqueducts, the famous Roman invention of a way of supplying Rome with water by tapping into supplies far away and channeling the water all the way to Rome. This, in part, is what made the many pools and bathhouses of ancient Rome possible. It’s a true engineering marvel of epic proportions! Near the aqueducts, we’ll also visit the overlook of an ancient site that made good use of all that water: the Baths of Caracalla. This bath housed an Olympic-sized swimming pool and could hold more than 1,600 people!
A FEW SURPRISE SECRET SITES THAT LOCALS SHOW ONLY TO VISITING FRIENDS.
We have also included a few surprise stops in this tour. Sorry, can’t tell you or it would ruin the surprise. However, we will let you in on this one. We will make a stop at Janiculum Hill, which provides one of the best panoramic views of Rome. Your guide will point out the major sites of Rome from here. Be sure to bring a good camera!
A TRULY OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE WITH FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL GUIDES.
You’ll be surprised, and pleased, with the peace and quiet you’ll experience at some many of the sights on this tour. Many of these places are never visited by your average Rome tourist, but you’ll see them in comfort and in style in a true small, intimate, group, and with professional, friendly and enthusiastic guides that make all the difference.
So come see the “real Rome” with us. You’ll be glad you did!