Rome is one of the worlds most famous cities thanks to the Roman Empire’s long history.
It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in Europe.
As well as that, it contains Vatican City, the home of the Pope and centre of the Catholic Church.
It’s no wonder that a trip Rome is rich with culture and ancient history.
As a result, tourists flock to Rome to discover more about Rome’s interesting past and it is now a busy, exciting city to visit.
Perhaps the best way to learn more and escape the crowds as much as possible is on a private tour, most of which you can customize to your own interests.
We uncovered 22 of the best private guided tours in Rome for your next trip.
1. Skip-the-Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums
The Vatican is actually it’s own city, so a visit means you can add one more county to your list if you wish.
As with much of Italy, the Vatican is a wealth of cultural heritage and history.
With so much to learn and discover, the best way to visit is on a skip the line private tour.
During the three hour long tour you will explore the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.
In addition, the private tour is customized especially for you, so if you wish to spend more time on one place or have something specific to see, you can.
Some examples of the attractions you will see include Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries.
As well as seeing the amazing frescoes and other artwork, your guide will regale you with interesting tales, including some involving scandalous popes!
2. Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History
When people say Rome, most people think of the iconic Colosseum.
It’s definitely a must visit during your trip to Rome.
The Colosseum is a landmark of ancient Rome, with tales of death and glory, triumph and trials of gladiators and fights.
Begin your three hour tour at Colle Oppio where you will have stunning panoramic views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
Continue to the Colosseum listening to tales of famous gladiators and its interesting history.
Also, you will enjoy views from the most famous of Romes seven hills, Palatine Hill.
Finally your tour will lead you down Via Sacra or ‘Sacred Way which was used for triumphal processions.
3. Private Tour: Imperial Rome Art History Walking Tour
Discover Rome’s Imperial art history on a walking tour.
You will be lead by a local guide and expert in art history.
As it’s a private tour you can determine where you wish to stop and customize the tour.
You can also specify at time of booking what your main interests are for a customized tour.
For example, you can mention culture, architecture or art.
Generally the tour includes attractions such as Arch of Constantine, Colosseum and Forum, and Capitoline Hill.
This in depth tour is perfect for anyone who wants to learn as much as possible about Romes intriguing ancient history.
4. Borghese Gallery & Church of Santa Maria Private Tour
Head to the Borghese Gallery to see Rome’s most impressive art collection.
Exhibits on display include Bernini who sculpted marble to the point of transparency.
His works include Apollo and Daphne, David and the Rape of Proserpine.
Also exhibited are Canova’s reclining nude of Paulina Borghese and art by Titan, Raphael and Caravaggio.
Afterwards you will go to Piazza del Popolo and visit church of Santa Maria del Popol.
There you will see Caravaggio’s most famous paintings, “The Cruxifiction of Saint Peter” and “the Conversion of Saint Paul”.
During this tour your expert art historian guide will teach you more about these famous artists and their work.
5. Skip the Line: National Roman Museum and Diocletian Thermal Baths
The National Roman Museum of Palazzo Massimo holds a brilliant collection of classic Roman art.
With four floors of exhibits there is plenty to discover during your two hour tour.
Some of the famous exhibits include the Boxer at Rest, sleeping hermaphrodite and the Discus Thrower.
Also on display are ancient artwork, coins and mosaics and jewelry.
Extend your tour to include a visit to the Diocletian Baths.
After your tour you will be very knowledgeable about Roman history and culture thanks to your expert guide.
6. Private Walking Tour of Roman Squares and Fountains Plus the Pantheon
If it’s your first time visiting Rome this is the perfect introductory walking tour that encompasses several of the main attractions.
Begin your tour at the Piazza di Spagna which was the ‘drawing room’ where Romans would meet the foreign elite.
It is still a popular meeting place today.
Next visit the iconic Trevi Fountain before exploring the narrow streets on foot to gain a true sense of Roman cities.
Along the way you will see obelisks, engraved columns and beautiful squares before arriving at the Pantheon.
The famous antique Roman temple is now a church but retains all it’s ancient splendor.
Finish your tour finishes at Piazza Navona where you will see Bernini’s famous Fountain of the Four Rivers.
As you walk your knowledgeable local guide will tell you more about ancient Rome and it’s culture.
7. Villa Farnesina Private Tour
Villa Farnesina was built in the sixteenth century by Agostino Chigi, who lived a fairly colorful life.
Designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi, the Villa is a masterpiece of architectural design and intricate interior design.
Coupled together seamlessly, Villa Farnesina is a spectacular example of Roman exuberance.
Inside are frescoes painted by masters including Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, and Peruzzi.
During your three hour private tour you will learn about the Villas creation and its inhabitants.
You will also see the Farnese Palace which today is the embassy for France but still houses a collection of the families treasures.
8. Photo Portraits Walking Tour in Rome
Make the most of your time in Rome with professional photo shoot around Romes attractions.
This will be great fun for families and a romantic experience for couples.
Begin at Villa Borghese for photos taken in locations including the Spanish steps, piazza del Popolo and the villa itself.
Continue to Vatican City for iconic photos with the Vatican, Castel sant’Angelo and Piazza Navona.
Finally head to the Colesseum for your final photo shoot of the day.
It’s a great way to make your visit memorable and get some unique personalized photographs.
9. Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
Grab a golf cart and go exploring with a knowledgeable local guide.
During your three hour tour you will see many of Romes main sights and travel further than you could on food.
Included attractions you can visit are hidden gems such as Aventine Hill and Villa Celimontana.
Also stop at beautiful piazza’s including Piazza Barberini and Piazza Colonna.
However, you can personalize the route to see the attractions you’d most like to visit.
Along the route your guide will tell you plenty about Rome’s history and culture.
10. Rome by Vintage Vespa: Classic Rome Tour
When in Rome, do as the Romans do and discover the city by Vespa for an authentic travel experience.
Following a quick safety briefing, hop on the back of the Vespa behind your guide for this private tour.
Options include a morning, afternoon or evening tour.
You will see all the major sights including the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia.
As well as the main attractions you will discover some lesser known places including the Baths of Caracalla and the Ancient Appian Way.
Along the way enjoy plenty of stops for photos and exploring the sights.
Also included is a coffee or gelato for a taste of Italy.
11. Rome Private Segway Tour
Spend a day exploring Rome by Segway on a private guided tour.
You will cover much more ground than on foot, and won’t need to worry about getting lost or planning the best route.
Especially as your guide will have the route all sorted, and can tailor it to you so you won’t miss out.
Along the way you will stop at attractions such as the Pantheon, Spanish steps, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Venezia.
Also included are lesser visited sights including Column of Trajan, Capitol hill & Aventine Hills and the Jewish ghetto.
During your tour there will be plenty of great photo opportunities.
Your guide will also tell you plenty about each attraction and Roman history and culture.
12. Private Roman Food Tour: The 10 Tastings
If there’s one thing Italians are great at, it’s coffee and food.
Discover the flavors of Rome and some of the best places to sample them during this amazing food tour.
After meeting your guide at Campo de’ Fiori you will visit Via Portico d’Ottavia for a Jewish ricotta pie.
Continue to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and visit the most authentic coffee shop in Rome.
Follow with a second coffee stop at Basilica di Sant’Eustachio, one of the best coffee stops.
Finally your tour ends at Via del governo Vecchio after you have enjoyed a total of 10 tastings.
Afterwards you are free to explore more and perhaps discover other great places for foodies on your guides recommendations.
13. Private Michelin Star Food Tour in Rome
This is the ultimate tour for foodies.
Not only will get to dine at Michelin star restaurants, you will also get to meet four Michelin star chefs.
Beginning with canapes at Enoteca Achilli, this tour is a sensory experience for your taste buds.
Continue to Pipero Roma where you will have 2 dishes at either Pipero or Moma.
Finally you will enjoy a delicious desert at Aroma Restaurant.
As well as eating fantastic food you will get to explore Rome’s streets and neighborhoods.
Your local guide will also provide you with plenty of foodie knowledge and recommendations for the rest of your trip.
14. Wine Tasting in a Historic Roman Vineyard
Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome for an afternoon spent enjoying the serene surroundings of a historic winery.
Head to the hills of Castelli Roman, a scenic wine making area.
Within Castelli Roman and the 13 villages located in the area is Santa Benedetta, the regions oldest winery.
While you are there you will get to sample 3 of their delicious wines.
Also included is a platter of local delicacies, such as bruschetta, cheeses and cured meats.
As well as wine Santa Benedetta also produces a lovely olive oil which you can try.
15. Private Tour: Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome
Combine 2 brilliant attractions in one private day tour to make the most of your trip.
Start your day at Pompeii archaeological site, where a guide will show you the the highlights and tell you about Pompeii’s history.
Pompeii is unique with its famous history of the city being buried beneath a volcanic eruption.
This preserved everyday life and tragedy under volcanic ash.
Continue to the beautiful Amalfi Coast and stop at Positano for lunch.
Afterwards you can explore Posianto and Amalfi where you can see and purchase their famous pottery.
Your guide will also tell you some of the best places to visit along the Amalfi coast while you are there.
16. Private Tivoli – Hadrian’s Villa and Villa D’Este Half-Day Tour from Rome
Villa Asriana is a beautiful imperial villa built by Emperor Hadrian at the beginning of the second century.
Surrounded by swimming pools and beautiful gardens, Hadrian’s villa is unique.
Afterwards you will visit Villa D’Este.
This charming villa has impressive Renaissance fountains, waterfalls and water features within its stunning garden.
Along the way your guide will tell you more about Emperor Hadrian’s rule and scandals.
You will also learn about the history of the villas.
17. Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio from Rome
Escape Rome for a day to explore the scenic countryside by bike.
After collecting your bike and a train ride you will follow a route through Tiber Valley on your electric bike.
Arriving at Civita di Bagnoregio, you’ll find a beautiful medieval town following your scenic ride through Italian countryside.
At this hill town, leave your bike behind and travel to Orvieto via cable car, giving you fantastic views of Italy’s scenery.
Afterwards you have time to explore Orvieto which has a beautiful cathedral.
Finally you can relax with wine and a meal dinner at a traditional Roman winery.
18. Private Tour: Christian Rome
Discover much of what there is to know and see of Christianities Roman roots.
During your tour you will visit religious attractions including the eternal city and its holy sites.
Stop at many impressive and unique Basillicas including Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore which retains its original structure.
Basilica of St. John is the oldest and one of the four most important in Rome.
As well as basillica’s you will visit Scala Sancta, 28 marble steps that are Roman relics.
You will also visit the Catacombe di San Callisto where Christians buried their holy dead.
Your English speaking driver and guide will tell you about each place you visit.
19. Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Rome
Spend a day discovering Italy’s medieval past at the Gothic towns of Siena and San Gimignano.
Beginning in Siena you have plenty of time to explore the medieval town including its Gothic plazas.
Try to visit the cathedral with its green pink and white exterior, and marbled black and white geometric interior.
An interesting fact about Siena is that it was the first European city to ban traffic in its main square in 1966.
Continue to San Gimignano, famed for its beautiful towers that became the centre of feuds and the cities downfall.
Today San Gimignano is known for tourism, wine and art.
20. Private Tour: Florence by Train from Rome
Head to Florence for a fantastic day tour and great introduction to this Italian city.
You will travel by high speed train with a guide to assist you all day, who will ensure you make the most of your trip.
Starting with a walking tour of Florence you will see many of the cities highlights.
These include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli.
Your guide will tailor the day depending on what you choose.
For example, there’s shopping, sightseeing, or finding great places to eat.
Perhaps you will visit the Galleria dell’Accademia which houses masterpieces including Botticelli’s David.
Alternatively enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the restaurants on Ponte Vecchio and visit some boutique shops.
21. Private Tour: Venice by Train from Rome
Venice is the ‘city of romance’ thanks to the like of infamous lover Casanova and composer Antonio Vivaldi.
Saint Mark’s square and the basilica and Doges Palace are must see attractions.
Explore the iconic canals by water taxi or gondola with the aid of your knowledgeable assistant.
Venice is a stunning city to explore with hidden alleys, beautiful canals and interesting architecture.
Dine on pizza in a quirky pizzeria and enjoy canal views or views of Venetian architecture.
Traveling by high speed train ensures you will get to make the most of your day trip to Venice.
22. Private Walking Tour of Mussolini’s EUR District
Discover Romes political past and the impact of Mussolini’s dictatorship.
The Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR) is one of Romes most infamous districts.
It was commissioned by Mussolini in the 1930’s to portray his fascist ideologies.
Due to WWII Mussolinis ideology was incomplete, but a trip here is still an interesting experience.
Your guide will tell you about Mussolini’s political beliefs and the architecture behind the buildings.
Highlights include the Square Colosseum, the Foro Italico fascist sports centre and the Stadio dei Marmi.
There is plenty to do in and around Rome for couples, families, groups and solo travelers.
These private tours are some of the best ways to have a stress free personal experience.
Customize your trip by choosing the tours that take you to attractions you’re interested in.
You will certainly have a great time discovering Rome’s historical heritage such as the famous basilicas and Vatican city.
Along with the world famous artwork, sculptures, architecture you can enjoy Romes amazing food and wine.