Rome is one of the most iconic cities in the world, full of glorious attractions waiting to be discovered. Among the most famous are the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and Vatican City. While these are all must-see attractions in Rome, the Eternal City is also home to numerous hidden gems and secret attractions that we’re sure will delight you on your Rome vacation.
If you are visiting Rome on vacation, here are some of the unique excursions and activities in Rome that you must NOT miss out on!
Rome’s turbulent religious past engulfs the city and there is no doubt that the Eternal City is a special place with an encapsulating spiritual atmosphere.
Of course, Vatican City is a must-see attraction on your Rome vacation, but for a unique spiritual experience we recommend taking some time to explore the ancient city’s catacombs and crypts. These sites date back to a time when Christianity was considered a cult and allow you to peel back the years of time to imagine what life was like for Christians persecuted for their beliefs.
The most impressive Rome catacombs include:
- San Callisto
- San Sebastiano
For the best experience, we recommend booking a private tour with an expert guide so that you can experience catacombs from different historic eras and those built in varying styles.
To enjoy Rome’s enriching spiritual atmosphere, we recommend discovering Christian Rome through the four Papal Basilicas.
These glorious churches include St Peter’s Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, St John Lateran Basilica and St Paul’s Basilica. A visit to these special places allows you to walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims that have gone before you and discover glorious religious art.
For the best experience, we recommend beginning your journey through Christian Rome at St Peter’s Basilica, continuing to St John in Lateran Basilica, the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica and finally St Paul’s Basilica.
Taking you to the outskirts of Rome, we recommend an excursion to the idyllic Castelli Romani for a unique Rome excursion. These sublime Italian towns are a Rome hidden gem, and a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City to immerse yourself in lush Roman countryside and authentic culture.
The most beautiful towns of the Castelli Romani are Frascati, Marino, Ariccia, Grottaferrata and Castel Gandolfo, the latter of which is home to the Pope’s summer residence. The towns are known for their culinary treasures and decadent Lazio wine, but here you can also explore impressive villas and majestic Mediterranean gardens. We also recommend taking in the glorious scenery around Lake Albano and Lake Nemi – the landscape is simply captivating!
If you have booked a Rome vacation with us, then as a part of our personalized travel service, we can arrange a day trip to the Castelli Romani with a visit to an authentic winery.
Rome to Tivoli Excursion
For a special and unique Rome excursion, we recommend taking a day trip to Tivoli. This town sits north-east of central Rome and is home to two historic villas that are simply a joy to discover.
The first villa in Tivoli that we recommend visiting is Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana). This ancient villa sits at the foot of the Tiburtini Hills and dates back to Roman times. As you wander through the echoes of grandeur and beauty, you can imagine what life was like for the wealthy Romans as the villa was built by Emperor Hadrian to remind him of his travels to the East.
Next, visit Villa d’Este for a completely different experience. This Renaissance villa is known as one of the most beautiful residences of its era and boasts countless fountains, which are set in the heart of magnificent Italian-style gardens. There is no better way to spend a summer’s day in Rome!
Tailor-made Vacation to Rome
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