For those who want something more than the usual tour, Rome has lots of options. You can tour Rome on a vintage Vespa, in a Fiat 500, or by Segway. Take the family on a tour designed for children, become a gladiator for a day, go underground at the Colosseum, or enjoy an after hours visit of the Sistine Chapel with these unique tours offered by Select Italy.
What could be better than seeing the Eternal City as a passenger in a Vintage Fiat 500, or Cinquecento, a famous Italian icon. Guests get a view of Rome's top attractions while riding with an English-speaking driver-guide who will tell you about the sites as you drive by them. Itineraries include the Grand Tour, Night Tour, or Tour of the Hills. Day time tours last approximately four hours while the night tours are three hours.
If you've seen the movie Roman Holiday, you may imagine yourself doing as Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck did - scooting through Rome on a Vespa. Motor scooters are really the best transportation for navigating the narrow streets of Rome's historic center. You'll be a passenger on the back of a Vespa, transported by an English-speaking driver-guide who will tell you about the sights as you tour the city.
Those who prefer a more modern method of transportation may enjoy a Segway tour. Glide by Rome's ancient sites on a Segway, a unique form of transportation. You'll start with a 30-minute orientation to learn to navigate the Segway, then you'll be led by a professional guide past the sites while you listen to his commentary about ancient and modern Rome through wireless headphones on a tour that lasts about three hours. Participants must be at least 16 years old.
This 90-minute tour takes visitors below ground at the Colosseum to explore the underground passageways and dungeons, then continues on the upper tiers where you'll get a unique view of the city. These areas are not accessible to visitors except as part of a tour. Entrance to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum is included in the ticket, good for two days, but they are not a part of the guided tour.
Another unique way to see the Colosseum is on the Night Tour, available from May - September.
Have you ever dreamed of being a Roman gladiator? With this unique interactive adventure, you can become a gladiator for a day. You'll start with a tour of Rome's Gladiator Museum where you'll learn about the daily life of a gladiator. Then you'll dress in gladiator armor and enter the training arena for a lesson that includes using the weapons and defending yourself. This is a great family activity suitable for ages 7 or older and those who prefer not to participate in the lesson can watch free of charge. This activity is held on the Via Appia Antica, the old Roman Road, outside the historic center.
Eternally Young: Rome for Children is another good family opportunity. This tour starts at the Trevi Fountain and includes Piazza Colonna, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant'Angelo. This tour lasts about three hours and does not include the admission for Castel Sant'Angelo which must be paid at the site.
Visit the Sistine Chapel without the crowds on this special after-hours tour. Your two-hour tour inside the Vatican Museums with an English-speaking guide includes several of the top exhibits such as the Raphael Room and Gallery of Maps as well as the stunning Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece. This tour can be arranged as a private visit or you can join a small group tour at a lower price.
Normally closed to the public, this exclusive 1.5 hour, small-group tour takes visitors under the Circus Maximus for a look at the underground chambers used by those who practiced the ancient religion known as Mithraism.