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Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

1. Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide near the beautiful Tiber River, then travel back in time as you explore the picturesque streets of Trastevere. Head to the medieval Basilica of Saint Crisogono, which boasts an impressive interior. Next, go underground and find yourself in 4th century Rome. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this underground basilica, admiring its ancient frescoes and mysterious crypts. Head to the Church of Santa Cecilia next, and find its 3rd century mosaic flooring underground. Learn about the legendary Santa Cecilia, as well as her macabre death. Arrive at the Cavallini Room next, and marvel at the Last Judgement masterpiece (morning tours only). End the tour in the heart of Trastevere, in front of the golden mosaics of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome.

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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

2. 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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Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

3. Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

Wander through the picturesque cobblestone streets of Rome's Trastevere neighborhood and admire the centuries-old gold mosaics in the Basilica of Santa Maria on this 3.5-hour private walking tour.  Meet your local guide outside the Villa Farnesina and admire the extensive fresco decorations by artists such as Raphael, whose lover was said to have lived in this district. Continue on to the Basilica of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome, and the nearby Church of Santa Cecilia, known for its elaborate crypt and a magnificent Baroque-era sculpture of the saint. Walk past the pizzerias and lively restaurants that have made this neighborhood so famous and learn about this area's role in the city's history.

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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Private Walking Tour

4. 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 Roman Street Food Tour

5. Rome: Trastevere Roman Street Food Tour

Join this tour for a nice stroll around the Trastevere district and get a better understanding of how a typical Roman aperitivo looks and tastes. Admire the 5th-century mosaics that decorate the interiors of the Basilica dedicated to Santa Cecilia. Discover the narrow alleys that characterize the Trastevere district. Visit the Antica Caciara, where you will have the chance to taste delicious homemade mozzarella. Taste Roman porchetta at the Antica Norcineria Iacozzilli and stop at Venanzio, the first supplì shop in Rome.       Last but not least, visit the Cantina di Spirito, an underground wine cellar. With the help of a professional sommelier, taste a selection of local wines. Stop in front of the marvelous Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and end the tour in Piazza Trilussa.

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Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

6. 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: Isola Tiberina 3-Hour Tour with Hotel Pickup

7. Rome: Isola Tiberina 3-Hour Tour with Hotel Pickup

Learn about the Tiber River and how it helped shape the Italy of today. Travel back to the time of the Greeks and the Romans and learn what events took place on this small strip of land. The tour starts with hotel pickup from your accommodation in Rome. With the experienced guide, stroll through Rome's most peculiar neighborhood, Trastevere, and cross one of the two bridges connecting Isola Tiberina to the Eternal City. Stroll around the island and visit the inside of the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all'Isola. Admire its architecture and hear about its unique history. Take pictures in the Piazzas (plazas) and admire the centuries-old facades of some of the island's oldest buildings. Hear the story of Santa Cecilia, a martyr and patron saint of musicians, while touring the Basilica in her name. Admire her statue and visit the crypt, all the while marveling at the relics and learning about the Mannerism-Baroque style.

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What people are saying about Church of Santa Cecilia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 22 reviews

The walking tour was excellent!

My guide was excellent! She use to live in Trastevere so she knew the history of the town. We had a very enjoyable morning strolling through the alleys, streets and churches. Very happy I chose this tour.

Great moment, unusual places that you can't find in the guides. Thank you very much for this excellent visit and in perfect French. I highly recommend :)

Very interesting tour through the district of trastevere and the Jewish ghetto in the company of Antonella, a friendly and very knowledgeable guide.

It was very informative and entertaining. Very nice and competent guide.