Rome is a city bursting with charm, history and culture. There are so many ways to explore the Italian capital, regardless of whether it’s a fleeting visit or a longer vacation. From private tours of Rome to free walking tours, you can adjust your trip to suit any budget and really make the most of your time in the city. There’s something for everyone in this magical place, and you’ll be able to make lasting memories that you can look back on forever.

Private tours of Rome

Tourists on a private guided tour of the streets of Rome

If you want your trip to be extra special - if it’s a honeymoon or big birthday, for example - then private tours of Rome are a great way to explore. At Dark Rome we offer a variety of private tours, with something to suit every type of traveler. You can choose from our Private Best of Rome Walking TourPrivate Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, or our 10-hour Private Full Day Major Sites of Rome Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, specifically for those visiting the Eternal City as part of a cruise. These private tours of Rome mean you’re in your own group, with a dedicated tour guide who can tailor each tour to your interests and ensure you get to see everything you want with absolutely no disruptions. They are flexible, convenient and more intimate than group tours, and still let you see the very best of what Rome has to offer.

The Private Best of Rome Walking Tour lasts 2.5 hours and will allow you to discover the most iconic sites across the city: the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and much more. It is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours in the city, drinking in the scenery and architecture as you move between Rome’s highlights. Feel like a VIP as you traverse the cobbled streets, and be sure to ask your guide for recommendations in terms of food, drink and where to chill out after your tour.

Our Private Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is an amazing insight into ancient Rome. Allow yourself to step back in time and imagine what life was like for the people who spent their day to day at the Forum. Picture the Gladiatorial battles that took place at the Colosseum, and look out across the city from Palatine Hill - your guide will regale you with stories of times gone by, and enlighten you about the colorful history of the early days of this amazing city.

And of course, the Private Full Day Major Sites of Rome Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia allows you to discover all of the most iconic landmarks throughout the city. It is one of the best and most in-depth private tours of Rome - and when you’ve only got one day in the magical Italian capital, it’s an amazing way to make the most of it without feeling overwhelmed. Head back to the ship feeling like you’ve learned everything there is to know about Rome, and experienced the city in a way you won’t forget.

Walking tours of Rome

Happy couple posing for a picture in front of the Pantheon

A walking tour is an incredible way to experience any city, and Rome is absolutely no exception to that rule. It’s a really personal way of discovering somewhere new, and you can almost turn walking tours into private tours of Rome, by taking yourselves off to explore with nobody else around. Head out early in the morning or of an evening, to see landmarks when they’re a little bit quieter. You can download walking tour routes from online, or just head off and see where your feet take you. Every corner of Rome has something to offer, and you’ll fall in love as you wander the streets and take it all in.

Rome by night

People admiring Castell Saint Angelo at in Rome

Another exciting way to explore the city is to do so at night, or during the evening. Dark Rome offer a variety of after-dark tours, which give the city a whole new look. You can see the way the buildings glow in the golden light, and experience an ambiance that’s completely different to how it is during the day. Choose from the Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends of Rome Night Walking Tour if you want to see the spooky side of this amazing city, or embark on the Best of Rome Evening Walking Tour with Wine and Appetizers and see the city at dusk, complete with something delicious to eat and drink. While these aren’t private tours of Rome, they are really interesting ways to discover the Eternal City. Expert, English-speaking tour guides will tell you stories about the Italian capital, from the horror stories to the history and what made Rome the city it is today.

The Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends of Rome Night Walking Tour takes you to locations you might not visit otherwise: Via Giulia, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via del Governo Vecchio and more. Listen as your guide explains about the ghost carriage on the Ponte Sisto, and try to hide your fear as you hear all about building where Rome’s most notorious mass murderer worked…

Our Best of Rome Evening Walking Tour with Wine and Appetizers is naturally a little more light-hearted, and a great way to see the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain out of the heat of the day and with fewer crowds. Not to mention, of course, the wine and snacks that come as part of the tour - a wonderful Italian experience, and a fantastic way to try something new.

On any of our private tours of Rome, or any other tours of the city, be sure to ask your guide for recommendations of other things to do and places to eat, drink and have fun. This amazing city is one that you’ll treasure your time in, and you’ll be sure to come away with the best memories regardless of how you choose to spend your time here.