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Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

1. Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one! Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes:  • Fast track entrance to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - fast track entrance needs to be booked when collecting the pass, not before.  • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio guide  • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica - including a free audio guide worth €15.00! • "Experience" tour of St. Peter’s Prison with multimedia audio guide The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions:• Capitoline Museums• Castel Sant'Angelo• Colosseum (don't forget you need to book in advance)• Palatine Hill & Roman Forum It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

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Rome: Trastevere Food Tasting with River Boat Ride

2. Rome: Trastevere Food Tasting with River Boat Ride

The journey begins in Rome's charming Trastevere neighborhood, where you will wander through the piazzas and cobblestone streets to an open-air market. Meet Emiliano, who has been running a stand in the market for decades and tase local gourmet products such as seasonal fruit skewers, cured ham, and cheese.  Next, enter one of the oldest churches in Rome, the Basilica di Santa Maria, and admire its gilded murals and Cavallini mosaics. Head to the Tiber River and enjoy a 25-minute ride downstream to reach Sant'Angelo Bridge. Take in the views of St Peter's Basilica from Sant'Angelo Castle and regroup for the second part of the tour. Learn about the Via Dei Coronari, know locally as the artists' strip and walk down to Navona Square to admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers, built by the famous Italian artist, Bernini. Hear about the history and legacy of the Pantheon from the outside before enjoying 1 hour of free time to explore the area and grab a snack at a nearby trattoria.  Finally, learn the history of the Trevi Fountain and make a wish by tossing a coin into its water. The guide will then drop the group off at the Spanish Steps and give recommendations of nearby areas.

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Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

3. Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

Rome is a city filled with ancient monuments, bustling city streets, fascinating alleyways, and small, hidden squares. It is a sprawling city with many hills, and by foot it can be completely overwhelming. Today, you'll hop on an E-bike and experience the joys of Rome - from its elegant shopping streets to its ancient monuments - on a fun and healthy day of bike riding! You'll stop off many of the main attractions of Rome, and also have a chance to visit many charming smaller squares and buildings that are lesser-known. Your guide will take you from the Imperial Forum all the way through to the Pantheon and will share all about the history and curiosities that have made Rome's story - from its foundation to the present day. Morning Tour Highlights: Colosseum Imperial Forums Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano monument Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza del Popolo Park of Villa Borghese and scenic view of Rome Piazza Navona (former Stadium of Domitian) Pantheon Jewish ghetto and Portico di Ottavia Theatre of Marcellus Panoramic view of the Roman Forum Afternoon Tour Highlights: Colosseum Circus Maximus and view of the Palatine Aventine Hill and Orange Garden with a romantic view of Rome, including Saint Peter’s dome Trastevere Santa Maria in Trastevere basilica Piazza Farnese Hidden charming alleys: the soul of real Rome Piazza Navona (former Stadium of Domitian) Pantheon Jewish ghetto and Portico di Ottavia Theater of Marcellus Panoramic view of the Roman Forum

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Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

4. 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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Rome In A Day Full-Day Tour by Electric-Assist Bike

5. Rome In A Day Full-Day Tour by Electric-Assist Bike

Explore the beauty of the “Eternal City” on a full-day bike tour, either on a quality trekking bike or an electrically assisted bicycle - that makes climbing Roman hills effortless. Meet your guide close to the Colosseum for an impressive view of the mighty arena of the Roman Republic. Then, continue to the Imperial Forum to see the temples dedicated to the gods of Ancient Rome. Cycle down small alleys, admiring Renaissance and Baroque palaces and churches along the way. Your local guide will lead you to some of Rome’s hidden and most famous squares and fountains, such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Piazza del Popolo. Learn some of Rome’s 2,000-year history as you pedal, pausing at sites such as the Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Venezia, and Villa Borghese. Take a break for a typical Italian lunch in an authentic trattoria, along with short breaks for an espresso coffee or delicious Italian gelato. After a ride in the quaint Trastevere, pedal up Capitoline Hill for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Roman Forum and to experience one of the legendary Seven Hills of Rome. Admire Michelangelo’s urban planning on the main square of the Capitoline, and bike to the Vatican City for a view of St. Peter’s Basilica and Bernini’s graceful colonnades.

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Trastevere: Food and Drink Tour

6. Trastevere: Food and Drink Tour

Spend an evening exploring Rome’s picturesque Trastevere neighborhood with a friendly local guide. Hop from enoteca to local bar, from ristorante to trattoria, as you dive into the world of Roman gastronomy and Italian wines. Try regional cured meats and cheese, delicious local pastas, a variety of different Italian wines and, of course, Rome's favorite aperitivo cocktail. Consider this your crash course in Italian food and drink, setting you up to dine better for the rest of your stay. End your tasting tour with dessert at a truly local sweet eatery. Learn what you need to look out for in order to separate the real deal from the tourist traps.

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Rome: Highlights of Trastevere Exploration Game

7. Rome: Highlights of Trastevere Exploration Game

Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You are Luisa Valiena and after nine years in the U.S, you are returning home to Rome’s Trastevere district. Though you are returning to visit family, you will not stay long. In fact, you wish you hadn’t come at all. However, with the death of your younger brother, Pietro, and the letter he sent you before he died, you had no choice but to enact his last wish...” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game?. Start at Ponte Fabricio, cornering Lungotevere dei Pierleoni. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Explore at your own pace, pause the game, and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Statua di Trilussa. Receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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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Rome: 3.5-Hour Segway Tour of Trastevere

10. Rome: 3.5-Hour Segway Tour of Trastevere

Experience Roman history first-hand in one of Rome’s most historic neigborhoods on a 3.5-hour Segway tour of the Trastevere. Following a short briefing, cruise from the historic heart of Rome to see almost every church and piazza in Trastevere, gliding down almost every street of the ancient neighborhood to soak up the charming atmosphere in a leisurely fashion. Along the way you will discover the Tempietto del Bramante, one of Rome’s most extraordinary yet unexplored pieces of architecture. See the golden mosaic of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome. Then, go to the Fountain of Janiculum Hill for one of the most breathtaking views of the Eternal City.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria in Trastevere

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,275 reviews

Great experience. Had only one day to visit Rome. This tour was perfect. Quick access to most highlights. Alessandro was our tour guide. Very friendly, humble and knowledgeable.

I've done many bike tours all over Europe, but none has been as exciting and informative as this one! Excelllent bikes and awesome guide!

Incredible guide, excellent bikes. I have taken bike tours in many cities throughout the world and this was simply the best!

A brilliant and fun way to see Rome in a short space of time. Fantastic views. Rick was a great guide

Barbara was a fantastic guide, extremely knowledgeable