Category Archives: Rome Attractions & Tours

The Walks of Italy Driving Tour – Appian Way, Aqueducts and Panoramic Views

This driving tour takes in some of the well known but lesser visited sites of Rome outside of the historic centre and also three superb viewpoints, some of which would be pretty near impossible to visit on your own without a car and a guide. The Appian Way was the main attraction for me – I knew how difficult it would be to see this on our own – closely followed by the Park of the Aqueducts whose historic ruins are seldom to be found on any tourist’s itinerary (although after…

The Walks of Italy ‘Crypts, Bones & Catacombs’ Tour of Underground Rome

This didn’t seem a likely tour for a photographer to take on first glance as no photography is allowed inside any of the three main sites that the tour visits. But we’d been taking photographs all day, every day, since we’d arrived in Rome earlier in the week and I thought it might be nice to put the camera down for an afternoon and just focus on looking, listening and learning instead of capturing images. Also, Lamia has long held an interest in seeing the catacombs of Europe and was convinced…

Walks of Italy Tuscan Hill Towns, Castle and Vineyards Tour

I think it’s fair to say that this was one of the best days of our travel lives. No exaggeration. It delivered everything we wanted from a Tuscany day trip and more and we recommend you seriously consider it if you’ve a spare day in your Rome schedule. You might think it expensive on first glance (it’s 159 Euro for the 13 hour tour) but believe us it’s not, it’s actually very good value considering the overall experience, the views, the wine tasting and the incredible lunch stop that you get…

The Walks of Italy VIP Pristine Sistine Tour

In the recent past, if you wanted to see the Sistine Chapel in any sort of civilized fashion (and who doesn’t) the procedure was simple. You got in line at the Vatican Museum entrance, very early, and at opening time you filed in and cut a direct line to the chapel, missing everything else out on the way. Then, after your visit you’d have to double back and see the magnificent art laden corridors that you missed the first time around, only by now they’d be packed out and you’d…

City Wonders Half Day Tour to Tivoli (Hadrians Villa and Villa d’Este)

We met with our guide, Elena, at the designated place (an email sent to us told us exactly where – with map – and what time) not far from Rome’s Cathedral (a 15 minute walk from the Colosseum), got on the bus along with the rest of our group and drove for thirty minutes to Hadrians villa. We were split into two smaller groups to help keep the tour more manageable and personal and then came a brief history lesson that explained about Hadrian and his villa, the political state…

Walks of Italy Rome Food Tour; Pizza Making, Markets and Tastings

This Walks of Italy food tour could also be called the ‘Alternative Intro Tour to Rome’ if you’re the type of person who likes to explore a culture through your stomach (that’s me). One of the most important things for any tourist to know, I believe, is where to find good food in any given destination and to understand how to get the most out of the local cuisine. On this tour we discovered those things and so much more and for that reason we’d say, if we had our…

Walks of Italy VIP Tour of The Roman Forum and The Colosseum

Wet met Sylvia, our guide, early afternoon outside of the Colosseum and were given headsets. We don’t usually like headsets (they’re a little impersonal) but in this case they were essential considering the huge number of tourists that throng the Roman Forum and Colosseum area each day. Our first stop on what was to be nearly a 4 hour tour was the Forum, a 10 minute walk away. The Forum is spread over a large area so there was a limit to what we could see but having spent a few…

Walks of Italy: Intro Tour of Rome

We met Amy, our guide, in front of the obelisk at the top of the Spanish steps. We’d been sent an email that told us exactly where to meet (with clear images and a selection of maps) and Amy was standing with a ‘Walks of Italy’ sign (bright yellow) so she was very easy to spot.  We were pleased to find that we didn’t have headsets and earphones offered to us as there were only 11 of us in the group so there was no need. In so many tours…