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Rome: City Highlights Segway Tour

1. Rome: City Highlights Segway Tour

Start your tour with a brief training session to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your Segway. Set off to see the most iconic sights of Rome in a unique and informative way, learning about the history of the city as you go. You'll visit lots of Rome's most important landmarks, such as the Trevi Fountain, the Capitoline Hill and the Spanish Steps. The exact number of attractions seen on the route will depend on the duration chosen. If you have never been on a Segway before, you are in for a treat. It's a fun way to get around the seven hills of Rome, and your guide will show you all the most important sites in a fun and environmentally-friendly way. Your guide will also tell you personal stories and experiences about local life in the city.

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Rome: Jewish Ghetto & Campo de Fiori by Night Food Tour

2. Rome: Jewish Ghetto & Campo de Fiori by Night Food Tour

Enjoy an intimate food and culture tour of Rome in the evening, and see the major sights of the “Eternal City” as you feast on homemade pasta, pastries and more. Meet your guide on Piazza Mattei in the Jewish Ghetto, and stroll off to discover ancient squares that hum with restaurants and market life. See baroque fountains and statues that strike poses before imposing architecture. Stop at 7 different tasting venues en route, including restaurants, delicatessens, and other notable sites. Go to Piazza Navona, built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian and site of a city market in the late 15th century. See some of Rome’s finest baroque architecture, and Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers). Visit the site of a medieval market at Campo de’ Fiori and admire the local atmosphere. Learn about the death of Julius Caesar at Pompey Theatre, and pass some of the most significant remains of Ancient Rome, including Theatre of Marcellus, Temple of Apollo, and Portico of Octavia. Fine wine and local fare take center stage throughout, with tastings at venues loved by the locals. Discover sites the guide books don’t mention, and listen to stories of local lore. Meet people who take great pride in the quality of their produce, whether it’s pizza, pasta, or fresh vegetables prepared as they have been for generations.

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Rome: Ghosts and Mysteries Guided Walking Tour

3. Rome: Ghosts and Mysteries Guided Walking Tour

Follow your guide as you explore Rome and learn about the dark secrets buried beneath the city's ancient ruins and churches. Your ghoulish sightseeing tour begins at Castel Sant'Angelo. Initially commissioned as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, this impressive structure later served as a prison. From here, your tour takes you along Via del Governo Vecchio to Piazza Pasquino. See the battered Hellenistic-style statue believed to date back as far as the third century BC before heading to your next stop, Piazza Navona. Visit one of the most animated squares in Rome, built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian. See the Pantheon, a masterpiece of Roman engineering and one of the best-preserved temples of ancient Rome. Continue to explore the most picturesque part of Rome as you head to the nearby Piazza della Minerva. Admire the Elephant and Obelisk at the center of the Piazza. This statue was designed by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini and unveiled in 1667. Next, visit Largo di Torre Argentina. See what remains of the Theatre and Curia of Pompey and hear the powerful story of power struggles and treachery as you learn about the site where Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Your sightseeing tour comes to a close at Piazza Mattei, a beautiful little square that takes its name from the palace of Giacomo Mattei that overlooks it.

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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

4. Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

Your guided tour will start in Rome's Jewish ghetto, established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV for the 5,000 Jews that lived in Rome at the time. The former walled quarter sits close to the river Tiber, and today, is one of the most fascinating quarters of the city. Learn about the Jewish history and presence in Rome. Led by an experienced guide, visit Jewish-owned businesses, explore kosher restaurants and see the synagogue of Rome. The Porticus Octaviae will be one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which sits in the middle of Piazza Mattei. Next, head over the Tiber to the historic Trastevere neighborhood. Trastevere is a charming area filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. Visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, and walk over the Ponte Rotto, the oldest stone bridge in Rome. These two areas are often overlooked by tourists but they have plenty to offer. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to get a feel for this Bohemian area of Rome.

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Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

5. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

Go in search of Europe's oldest Jewish community accompanied by a professional guide and learn about the fascinating and tragic history of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Join your guide as you stroll through the narrow lanes of the remaining parts of the old Ghetto around Portico d’Ottavia. Retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city, from ancient times to the modern-day. Hear the tragic tale of how the Roman Jews were rounded up in the Ghetto to be sent to Auschwitz and see the brass cobblestones installed as a memorial to the Holocaust victims. Learn about Roman-Jewish cuisine and take the opportunity to sample traditional foods such as fried artichokes or an authentic sour cherry cake. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Rome and one of the largest in Europe. End your tour in Piazza Mattei at the Turtle Fountain.

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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Private Walking Tour

6. Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Private Walking Tour

Join a 3-hour walking tour to discover Rome's former Jewish ghetto and the historic Trastevere neighborhood, two areas that are often overlooked by tourists. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to see all their main monuments and landmarks and to get a feel for each neighbourhood's distinctive vibe. First, discover Rome's Jewish ghetto, established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV for the 5,000 Jews that lived in Rome at the time. The former walled quarter sits close to the river Tiber, and today, is one of the most fascinating quarters of the city. Led by an experienced guide, you'll see Jewish-owned businesses, and pass by kosher restaurants. The Porticus Octaviae will be one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which sits in the middle of Piazza Mattei.  Your guide will then take you across the river Tiber to Trastevere, which was once home to the wealthy Etruscans. Trastevere is a picturesque neighborhood dating back to medieval times, filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. Here, you will visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Francesco a Ripa and the Ponte Rotto, which is the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome. 

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Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

7. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover Rome's Jewish ghetto or Roman ghetto established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV for the 5,000 Jews that lived in Rome at the time. The former walled quarter sits close to the river Tiber, and today, is one of the most fascinating quarters of the city. Your 3-hour Rome Trastevere Walking Tour will start in this quarter before taking you over the Tiber to the historic Trastevere neighborhood. Trastevere is a picturesque neighborhood dating back to medieval times and charming area filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. These 2 areas are often overlooked by tourists but this intimate walking tour of these magnificent neighborhoods will take you to its top landmarks. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to see all of the monuments and landmarks, as well as get a great feeling for this Bohemian area of Rome. This Rome Trastevere walking tour will start in the Jewish ghetto, where you will learn about the Jewish history and presence in Rome, which is still much visible today. Led by an experienced guide, see Jewish-owned businesses, visit kosher restaurants and, when possible, even take you to the synagogue of Rome. The Porticus Octaviae will be one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which sits in the middle of Piazza Mattei. Your guide will then take you across the river Tiber to Trastevere, which was once home to the wealthy Etruscans. Here, you will visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Francesco a Ripa and the Ponte Rotto, which is the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome. 

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Rome: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

8. Rome: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Rome on a Segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide for a short orientation session to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your personal transporter before heading off. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the city's popular avenues and parks. On this tour you will glide past famous sites like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Rome, and tells you about the sites you head past.

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Rome: Private Jewish Ghetto Tour

9. Rome: Private Jewish Ghetto Tour

On this private tour of Rome's Jewish Ghetto you will enjoy roughly 3-hours touring the oldest Jewish community in Europe, appreciating the legacy of the first Jewish merchants who traversed the Tiber into ancient Rome, the remnants of the communities they built, and the rich heritage of a neighborhood that has been a center of faith and worship since the Middle Ages. Stroll the streets of the quarter once designated as the only location Jews could live or work - a neighborhood once boxed in by walls and plagued by the constantly flooding waters of the Tiber river.  Start your tour by walking the narrow streets that wind their way toward the river, where you will get to explore the Tiber Island before crossing to the other side and reaching Trastevere. The original home of Roman Jews from ancient times, here you will see the ruins of one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. Along the way, you will stop to enjoy some of the tempting delights at the Kosher bakeries and pizzerias in this historically rich section of Rome. Get to see the remains of the ancient synagogue that once stood in this quaint community that remains one of Rome's most characteristic quarters today. This tour will take you through narrow, cobblestone streets studded with kosher bakeries, restaurants, and make for one of the most atmospheric private tours in Rome. Discover the hidden Piazza Mattei, home to one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome. Marvel at Fountain of the Turtles, a 16th-century creation of Giacomo della Porta that is one of the great fountain sculptures of the Renaissance.  Nearby, witness Via della Reginella, a place that offers a snapshot of what life in the Ghetto was like during the days of confinement. The narrow street is lined with buildings stretching seven stories high - a testament to the tenements Jews were forced to build upwards due to the cramped quarters of the ghetto. Further into the quarter is the piazza between Portico d'Ottavia and Tempo Maggiore, the gathering place for Jews being deported under Nazi occupation. See the plaque that commemorates this piazza as the location where some 8,000 Italian Jews were taken to become victims of the Holocaust. Visit the Synagogue of Rome which sits on the Lungotevere and overlooks the river, a unique and beautiful structure completed in 1905. Witness the museum inside, chronicling the presence of Jews in the Eternal City, from the time before Christ through to the persecutions under Hitler. Enjoy a visit to the Teatro Marcellus, originally constructed by Julius Caesar and completed after his death in 11 B.C. by the emperor Augustus. This vast amphitheater, named after his favorite nephew and son-in-law, was one of the greatest theaters of ancient Rome.

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What people are saying about Piazza Mattei

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 313 reviews

It was a great experience. Our guide Maria was amazing, she knew a lot about the history, culture and food in rome. It was a pleasure to spend time with her. Her passion for food and culture shows in the conversation and the way she engages. I would definitely recommend this to family and friends.

Benjamin, our guide, was very punctual, kind and empathetic. He told us many anecdotes and curiosities, making us discover many sides of Rome that we did not know. Highly recommended activity, a nice way to spend an hour and a half walking in the center of Rome and at the same time learning things

Gretta was awesome! Food was great. Tried all the classic foods. Recommend this tour.

Fantastic guide! Well worth while. Extremely knowledgable and very interesting

So thorough knowledgeable pleasant and interesting! Wonderful guide!!