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Renaissance Scarlet Ladies Tour: Powerful Women in XVI Century Rome

price: € 35,00 per person

operatin days: Tuesday Afternoon at 2:30
(from November 1st to April 30th)
Tuesday Afternoon at 3:00
(from May 1st to October 31st)

Private Tours are Available Every Day, in the morning and in the afternoon

meeting point: Central Rome. Details provided after booking

The Women that we see in the most famous artworks painted by Caravaggio and Raphael, now come to life
This Tour is about the History of Renaissance Rome through Historical Women's Eyes
In some ways, this just might be one of the best-conceived and most truly unique tours we have ever taken (comments by customers)
No questions will go unanswered
No mysteries will remain unsolved

History is not only a series of dates and facts, that is only the boring part. History is men and women who loved, who fought… and many times made compromises too.
This is the first in Italy of its genre.
It tells the riveting tales of Italian Renaissance women who were powerful, successful, and beautiful.
They influenced politics and history, back in the XVI Century.
Today we can discover their stories in some of the World’s Most Renowned Works of Art.
Great Italian Artists such as Caravaggio, Raphael, and Pinturicchio, captured their beauty and struggles forever.
In Renaissance Rome, women could not get an education.
It was considered inappropriate for a wife to be smarter than her husband.
For women unwilling to accept this narrow lot in life, the alternative was a considerable compromise…. To Become a Courtesan.
In Renaissance times, courtesans were highly educated: great singers, poets, and dancers. They could be financially independent and could live on their own.
This is a side of history not found in a textbook – the scandalous one.
For many, the life of a courtesan could be fascinating.
Come and get to know the Renaissance Scarlet Ladies

Stories are more Engaging, if they are History…

Sites visited:

  • Piazza Venezia
  • Galleria Doria Pamphilj (from outside)
  • Saint Augustine’s Church
  • Piazza Fiammetta
  • The House of Cesare & Lucrezia Borgia’s Mother (from outside)
  • Campo de’ Fiori
  • Piazza Farnese (end of the tour)


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    Groups are no larger than 20 people

    Price List for Private Tours:

    Private for 1 person: 190 euros
    Private for 2 people: 190 euros
    Private for 3 people: 220 euros
    Private for 4 people: 245 euros
    Private for 5 people: 265 euros
    Private for 6 people: 295 euros

    Private tours are available every day and you can also decide the start time you prefer, whether is in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening

    Private Tours are available every day upon previous request
    This is a storytelling walking tour in the outdoors.


    JUDY S
    JUDY S
    Touring Rome With A Great Guide I have been to Rome 4 times with friends and we mostly toured on our own. Once we had a guide for the Coliseum and the Vatican but they were crowded and not very interesting. A friend told me about Massimo and his story telling tours. We had 6 family members in our group and his tours were the highlight of our trip. He made it so very interesting with his stories and facts about the places we visited. I learned things I had never heard before. We never felt bored with just getting facts, but enjoyed the story format of the tour. He also went over and above his job as tour guide and made dinner reservations for us and gave us many helpful hints about taxis and times to go places when it wouldn't be so crowded. I'm going back in July with grandkids and can't wait to hire him again. He is like a family friend to me now.
    Angela P
    Angela P
    Great tours with Massimo The tours were great. Massimo was a wonderful guide. He was informative and fun. He also made us lunch reservations and helped us with transportation. Would highly recommend.
    Lori M
    Lori M
    Colosseum/Rome city tour Great experience!! Excellent tour with a lot of entertaining anecdotes. Well worth the cost. Your guide also helped with restaurant reservations & recommendations.
    Tour delle cortigiane Ho partecipato al tour delle cortigiane e lo consiglio vivamente. Storie originali e interessanti, raccontate in modo coinvolgente e divertente. Massimo è competente e appassionato, sempre disponibile a rispondere alle nostre domande
    Angelica P
    Angelica P
    Intrighi...che passione! Massimo ha il bellissimo dono di farti immergere completamente nelle storie che racconta, vieni completamente catapultato in un altro tempo e inizi a vedere tutto con occhi diversi. Il Tour delle Cortigiane è stato molto affascinante e a parte l'ironia, necessaria per comprendere anche il vissuto del potere politico del Rinascimento, Massimo ha parlato di ogni donna con molta cura e passione donandoci attimi di commozione . Se volete comprendere Roma da un altro punto di vista vi consiglio caldamente questo tour e preparatevi a divertirvi.
    ann w
    ann w
    Women is Rome We have visited Rome for many years and we have participated in many guided tours. This tour rates as one of the best ever, if not the best. It was quite easy to arrange a private tour for the three of us with Massimo for Saturday afternoon. He was prompt, friendly, informative, and an engaging storyteller. He provided stories of Romans I have never heard and certainly stimulated my curiosity to learn more. The leisurely stroll took us on streets that were new to me and the identification of various buildings,along with their histories, made the stroll captivating in a new way. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough.
    Cannot Recommend Highly Enough! A Tour With Massimo with MAKE YOUR TRIP! I took my mother to Italy for her 70th birthday in November/December 2023. This tour was the absolute highlight of our time in Rome. We did the Scarlet Ladies Tour and had an absolutely amazing time. Massimo was SO knowledgeable and funny - it was one of the better walking tours I have ever been on (and I travel and do walking tours in different cities a couple times a year). But on top of that, the subject matter was so unique and so intriguing -- we knew it would be interesting based on the general description, but the tour was so much more fascinating than I even could have hoped! My mom and I were talking about it for days afterwards. Massimo was so imaginative in coming up with this unusual theme for a tour. It was really creative how he linked the stories of the various women together in a way that painted a bigger picture of female lives throughout Italian history, but also linked them to geographical places, so you could really feel how the history tied back into the city during different eras. It made you feel like you were walking in these women's shoes. And the fact that the tour also brought in the art, and culture/religion of the city was so cool. It was, in a word, extraordinary. It was very clear that Massimo loves the city and loves sharing it with people. I will DEFINITELY do another tour with Massimo when I return to Rome. Eyeing up the empresses tour next... On the logistical side, my mom has some mobility issues and Massimo was able to accommodate her and adjust things a bit so she could be more comfortable, finding places for her to sit, etc. He was SO kind and understanding, and really made sure that she was comfortable, but also that we were still able to enjoy the full breadth and experience of the tour. He was wonderful. He offered to stop for drink and bathroom breaks when we needed them and overall was an attentive and friendly host. I cannot recommend Massimo and his company highly enough. A+++++++. Sign up now!!!! It will make your entire trip.
    Fantastic! Book a tour- you won’t regret it!! We did the Women of Ancient Rome tour with Massimo and the Underground Rome and the Colosseum with Anna. They were both fantastic. So friendly and knowledgeable- they really brought Rome to life for us. There is just so much to take in, it really makes a big difference having a good guide to help to make sense of it. The tours were worth every penny. We did a cheaper, bigger tour (with a different company) to the Vatican and there was honestly no comparison. Looking forward to visiting Rome again and doing another Storytelling tour.
    The BEST storyteller in all of Rome Massimo is simply the best! We have toured with Massimo four time now, and every time we learn something new. Massimo does his OWN research, so he isn't regurgitating the same lines the tour guide to the side is. He is well read, answers any question knowledgeably and his breadth of knowledge is deep. I recommend this group and any tour will be spectacular.
    Lori F
    Lori F
    Great Rome Adventures Massimo’s tours were absolutely amazing! We took 4 tours with Massimo as our guide, and they were all beyond my greatest expectations. I learned so much about Ancient Rome and loved Massimo’s delivery which was very thorough and entertaining. He has a gift to connect with people and made our time in Rome fabulous!