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Historic Center of Rome (Centro Storico di Roma) Tours

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Historic Center of Rome (Centro Storico di Roma)
The exact borders of the Historic Center of Rome (Centro Storico di Roma) is the subject of much debate among Romans and visitors. Officially, however, it’s the area inside the ancient Aurelian Walls plus Vatican City, and it encompasses some of the city’s most famous sights. 

The Basics
UNESCO designated the “Historic Center of Rome” a World Heritage Site in 1980, declaring the area inside the Aurelian Walls (plus Vatican City, just outside the walls) as the city's Centro Storico. Many consider the smaller area covering what was once the ancient Campus Martius (now the location of the Campo Marzio rione, or quarter) as the true Centro Storico, however. Regardless of how you measure it, the Centro Storico, home to the Pantheon, Temple of Hadrian, the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Piazza Navona, and Campo de' Fiori, is one of the most important neighborhoods in the Eternal City. The Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Colosseum, and Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps are just outside the narrowest interpretation of the Centro Storico, as is Vatican City across the Tiber River.

Because of its narrow streets and pedestrian-only areas, the best way to visit the Centro Storico is on a walking or electric-bike tour that includes Rome’s most important sights. Many Ancient Rome tours also cover some or part of the Centro Storico, as do night tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Rome's Centro Storico is a great place to get a taste of Italian nightlife—the area is filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs.
  • There’s a lot to cover during Centro Storico walking tours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The cobblestone streets of the Centro Storico may be a challenge for wheelchairs and strollers, but the squares are wide and flat.
  • The lion's share of Rome's most popular attractions are located inside the confines of the Centro Storico, so be sure to bring your camera.

How to Get There
The Centro Storico can loosely be defined as the area of Rome's city center that’s sandwiched between Piazza Venezia/Via del Corso and the Tiber River. Take the 64 bus from the Termini station to the Piazza Navona stop.

When to Get There
Rome is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and the Centro Storico is where most visitors head. To escape the wall-to-wall crowds, visit the capital city during winter, or low season (excluding the December holidays). 

Nearby Neighborhoods
The Centro Storico is situated close to a number of other interesting neighborhoods, including trendy Trastevere just across the river, bohemian Monti to the east, and elegant Prati to the north.
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Rome Walking TourCultural Tours

Rome Walking Tour

→ VENICE SQUARE → TREVI FOUNTAIN → SPANISH STEPS → PANTHEON → NAVONA SQUARE This tour offers you the very best of Rome’s most famous squares, monuments, fountains and artists. Let the Eternal City enchant you as you stroll through its picturesque cobblestone alleyways and discover some of the world’s most famous sites, such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Travel through time and admire all of Rome city center must-see art and architecture, all in a single afternoon!
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Discover the Ancient Ruins of Pompeii: Day Trip from RomeDay Trips

Discover the Ancient Ruins of Pompeii: Day Trip from Rome

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Intrigued by the sights of Italy’s south? Take a day trip from Rome to Naples and Pompeii, and discover their sights as you listen to tales of Bourbon kings and ancient volcanic eruptions. Travel around Naples by coach to see Castel dell’Ovo, Piazza del Plebiscito and Naples Royal Palace. Then, enjoy lunch and finish with a tour of Pompeii’s UNESCO-listed archaeological ruins to see the monuments that lay buried for centuries.
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  • 13 hours
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Rome by Golf Cart Private TourHalf-day Tours

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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

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Experience over 2,500 years of history on a private tour through one of the world’s most popular and influential regions—Rome’s beautiful historical district. Roam the streets of this city in a comfortable, covered, street-legal golf cart—providing access unavailable on foot. This family-friendly sightseeing tour offers a narrated journey of the palaces, monuments, churches, fountains, and statues that define the rich heritage of the capital and largest city in Italy.
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  • 3 hours
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Rome by Night TourBus Tours

Rome by Night Tour

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Rome is magical at night. Find out just how incredible the Eternal City is at night with this 2-hour guided sightseeing tour of Rome. Criss-cross the Italian capital via comfortable coach and, in the Centro Storico by foot. See the sites of Ancient Rome and visit Vatican City. See the Colosseum illuminated. Stroll through romantic Piazza Navona and toss a coin or two in the Trevi Fountain for good luck and to ensure you'll return.
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Rome Highlights Segway Tour with Pantheon and Trevi FountainHalf-day Tours

Rome Highlights Segway Tour with Pantheon and Trevi Fountain

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Discover the landmarks of Rome’s historical center on a Segway tour along the city’s charming streets. With the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside, a Segway is the ultimate way to see Rome’s many attractions, from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon. Pass by squares like Piazza del Campidoglio and Piazza Navona, and learn about Rome’s rich history from audio commentary. Limited to eight people, this tour provides a small-group experience with a tour leader. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Segway Tour of Ancient RomeHalf-day Tours

Segway Tour of Ancient Rome

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See the best of Rome in a 3.5-hour small-group tour by Segway. Explore the highlights of the Eternal City with ease on a Segway, including the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and the famous Colosseum, along with some unexpected attractions along the way. See the Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum with a self-guided tour at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Full-Day Trip to Florence and Pisa from RomeDay Trips

Small-Group Full-Day Trip to Florence and Pisa from Rome

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If you only have a limited amount of time to explore Italy’s highlights, this full-day tour from Rome offers a seamless way to sightsee. With just a small group for company, head out in the morning in a comfortable vehicle directly to Florence. See Brunelleschi’s Dome, visit the leather market, and more—you have the freedom to explore independently. Next, continue to Pisa and its UNESCO-listed Piazza dei Miracoli, where you can see the world-famous Leaning Tower among other attractions.
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Haunted Rome Ghost Tour - The OriginalHistorical Tours

Haunted Rome Ghost Tour - The Original

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Uncover the dark side of Eternal City and dowse for ghosts on this ghost tour of Rome. Explore the spooky streets, piazzas, and bridges still haunted by the souls of heretics and witches executed, murdered, and burned alive. Listen to the spine-chilling ghost stories and experience the eerie atmosphere of Rome after-dark. Learn about the ghosts of Julius Caesar and Emperor Nero and discover the truth about the crimes committed by the worst Popes Rome has ever seen. Your guide will provide you with a pair of divining or dowsing rods so you could experience ghost hunting first hand. • True gore stories told by the guide • Dowsing rods provided • Small groups (10 people or less) • 90-minute ghost tour of Rome • Expert story-teller guides • Explore the city after dark with an expert guide
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Rome by Night e-bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Rome by Night e-bike Tour

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Experience the warmth of a night in Rome during a 3-hour electric bike tour that departs in the evening. Watch the sunset and take in monuments such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon; famous plazas such as Piazza Venezia; and soak in the views from Capitoline Hill. Riding an electric bike makes it easy to cover more ground without getting tired, making this tour suitable for most people.
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Rome Night Photo TourHalf-day Tours

Rome Night Photo Tour

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Photogenic, charismatic, and ancient, Rome’s historic center is a photographer’s dream—and the ultimate location for a photography tour. Set out at twilight, also known as the "blue hour", and get off the beaten path with award-winning professional photographer Marco Bulgarelli. Under his guidance learn practical techniques, visual perception, move and interact with your subject, practice special effects and more. This is a small-group tour, with a maximum of four people to ensure personal tuition.
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Ask her to marry you in RomeCultural Tours

Ask her to marry you in Rome

Have your ever dreamed to propose in marriage your fiancèe in a romantic city? Now you can try this in the eternal city! Take your opportunity to have the most exciting experience of your life, a propose in marriage in one of the most beautiful spots of Rome!
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Rome Basic Citytour of 4 hoursHalf-day Tours

Rome Basic Citytour of 4 hours

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Reliability and efficiency of the service. We take customers to their hotel in the center and take them on a panoramic tour to all the most important places.
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Affresco Masterclass in RomePainting Classes

Affresco Masterclass in Rome

You will learn how to make a fresco, and you will have a fabulous time! Take your masterpiece home! If parents do not participate they may take pictures!
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Shopping in Rome Half-day Tours

Shopping in Rome

Rome has something for all shoppers, from swanky designer boutiques to flea markets, but the city’s shopping areas can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. By booking this bespoke experience, you’ll shop with a Rome local who has all the insider knowledge you need to find the most stylish and unique finds around the capital. You’ll also get tips for the best coffee and aperitivo in town.
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Best of Rome Bus Tours

Best of Rome

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Cover all the main sights in Rome in a single day on this private "best of" tour. With private transportation and a guide dedicated to your group only, it will be easy to make your way around the city in an efficient way. The itinerary is flexible, but will typically include the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica. This is a great option for those short on time in Rome.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Food, Art and Motors: Rome, Bologna, Parma, ModenaMulti-day Tours

Food, Art and Motors: Rome, Bologna, Parma, Modena

This excursion allows to visit the main italian cities like Rome, Bologna, Parma and Modena, the cultural centre of the country. The guided trip offers the opportunity to explore with a walking tour the symbolic places in Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican City. Day by day you will also discover the reality of other cities through their tradition, like the visit to Ducati Museum in Bologna, then passing through the city town exploring Piazza Maggiore, Basilica di San Petronio, Basilica of Saint Stephen and the famous Asinelli Tower. Finally, you will know the italian cuisine, with some specialities like Lasagna and Tortellini and other typical plates produced in Parma: after visiting Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral and the Baptistery you can learn how ham and parmigiano cheese are prepared.
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Day trip to Tivoli from RomeDay Trips

Day trip to Tivoli from Rome

Head out of Rome for a day trip to Tivoli, located about 20 miles (30 km) east of the city. With skip-the-line admission, you'll visit the area's two villas—Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa—where you can admire their architecture and landscaping and hear about them from a guide.
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  • 7 hours
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Rome in One Day Segway Tour with LunchDay Trips

Rome in One Day Segway Tour with Lunch

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Cruise through Rome to check out its ancient and baroque sights on a Segway tour. With the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside, a Segway is the ultimate way to admire Rome’s famous attractions like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. Visit lively squares like Piazza Navona, and learn about Rome’s rich history from audio commentary. Lunch with wine is included. Limited to eight people, this small-group tour provides a more personalized experience.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours 30 minutes
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Tour of Rome with photo shootHalf-day Tours

Tour of Rome with photo shoot

Take our photo tour of Rome to photograph the beautiful historic center and have yourself photographed by our professional photographers. This is an excellent opportunity to bring home an unforgettable collection of photos of the real Rome by night.
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Squares of Rome Tour with Street Food, Tiramisu & GelatoPrivate and Luxury

Squares of Rome Tour with Street Food, Tiramisu & Gelato

Explore Rome’s iconic piazzas on a walking tour with stops for tasty treats along the way. In addition to navigating for you, your guide offers little-known facts about the piazzas’ history, as well as inside tips on how to choose the best gelato. With a small group size and all food tastings included, this tour is a popular choice for visitors looking for an authentic taste of Rome.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Rome full day sightseeing tour by golf-cart with a delicious lunch breakFull-day Tours

Best of Rome full day sightseeing tour by golf-cart with a delicious lunch break

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Discover the top sights and hidden gems of the Italian capital on a private 7-hour tour. Travel by golf cart and get the best of both worlds: Discover the city’s charming streets too narrow for normal cars and cover a huge area of the city too far for feet. Pause for photos at the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and more. Your Roman experience also includes lunch a traditional Italian restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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Rome: Private Full-Day with Private TransportationDay Trips

Rome: Private Full-Day with Private Transportation

See Rome in style—with a private guide and driver—on this customizable tour of the Eternal City. Your English-speaking guide takes you to some of the most-visited monuments and landmarks in Rome including the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Museums. Stop for lunch along the way and feel free to ask your dedicated driver/guide any questions you may have about the city. You’ll visit highlights including Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and more.
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Heart of Rome Private Family Tour with Gelato and PizzaKid-Friendly

Heart of Rome Private Family Tour with Gelato and Pizza

Leave the navigating to your private guide during this walking tour in Rome. Stop to snack on pizza and gelato in between seeing famous landmarks in the historic center such as Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. Designed for families, this walking tour includes games and history geared toward kids. Personalize the flexible itinerary according to your interests.
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Rome by Night PRIVATE e-bike Tour Mountain Bike Tours

Rome by Night PRIVATE e-bike Tour

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Explore Rome after dark, when the crowds have dispersed, on this nighttime electric bike tour. This family-friendly private tour is appropriate for kids of all ages and bike seats and trailers are included. Your guide will tailor the tour to your interests, stopping at top sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Capitoline Hill, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and others.
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  • 3 hours
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