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Hidden Historic Churches Tour with San Clemente Basilica & Pope Francis’ Official Cathedral

BRONZE DOORS SAINT JOHN IN LATERANTogether with your English-speaking tour guide, you will start your guided tour in the unique multi-layered San Clemente Basilica: a 12th Century Church, built on top of a 4th Century Church, built on top of a 2nd Century Pagan Temple, built on top of 1st Century Roman Buildings.

The tour will grant you access to all the underground levels, going 45 feet below the current street level, and walking over the bricks of the old Roman age.

The second and final church included on the guided tour is the Most Important Catholic Church in the World; Saint John in Lateran Basilica, the official Seat of the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis. Alongside the church’s magnificence, your tour guide will enrich the excursion with some interesting facts and details about Holy Stairs, the marble stairway allegedly walked by Christ, and the most ancient Egyptian Obelisk in the World, transported to Rome by ancient roman Emperors. The tour ends nearby the “San Giovanni” Metro Stop subway line.


  • The Temple of God Mithras
  • The Roman Coin-Mint built in the 1st Century AD
  • The Roman Bronze door from the 1st Century BC
  • The Holy Steps. This is a pilgrimage site and visitors climb it to the top, but on their knees. However, climbing it is not part of the guided tour.
  • The Egyptian Obelisk was brought to Rome by Emperor Constantine. This is the heaviest, the tallest and the most ancient Egyptian Obelisk in the World

Ostia Antica Half Day Walking Tour

Leave the modern world behind as your English speaking tour guide will bring antiquities to life before your very eyes.
Listen as your guide provides a captivating account as you marvel at its theater, impressive temples, insula apartment blocks and the Forum of Corporations, where everything under the sun was bought and sold.
Be wowed by the great mosaic floors and several well preserved statues that seem to be, inappropriately, called “ruins”. In your Ostia Antica group tour there will be up to 14 participants or less. Small groups are indeed the best way to really enjoy the guided visit and to get the most from it.

In this huge archaeological site there are quite a few buildings that you can actually climb. For example, one of the highlights in this place is the 1st Century BC Theatre built by Marcus Agrippa that to this day can host 3.500 spectators at the same time. You can walk up to its top to have a gorgeous view of the ancient city from above. However on this walking tour we do not talk about only religious temples and ancient stores but it’ll actually be a colorful tour especially once you come across the ancient roman public toilets; the Latrines.
This tour is an eye-opening experience because you will understand how incredibly “modern” and “advanced” the ancient Romans were and how much of our modern daily lives are actually affected by them.

Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll visit all the best sites and learn to identify them for what they once were, making sense of plenty of structures.

This unique tour of Ancient Ostia departs from Rome by local train and you arrive at Ostia Antica in approximately 20 minutes.

What’s Inlcuded

  • Small groups of 14 people or less
  • Train ticket to and from Rome
  • Ancient Ostia entrance ticket
  • English speaking tour guide

What’s not Included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food/Beverage

Ancient Rome Tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

the-stage-floor-in-the-colosseumRome is a beautiful city like no other. A cultural jewel whose importance to modern society cannot be understated, boasting an unrivalled depth of architectural wealth and famous landmarks. But real history is ultimately made by people; buildings are just the shells their life stories leave behind. There is only so much you can learn (and more importantly understand) by walking through a ruin with a brief audio-guide, or by reading the plaques at a museum. The goal of this tour is to show you the magnificence of the Colosseum but other than that, to bring Ancient Rome’s Society to life, delving deep into the lives of notable Emperors such as Nero, Vespasian and his son Domitian. You will certainly remain in awe when admiring at the huge dimensions of the Colosseum but your English speaking tour guide/story teller will bring for that day Ancient Rome to life for you, with anecdotes and facts related to the Gladiators and the roman Emperors. Nearly two hours inside the Colosseum will make you want to watch the “Gladiator” movie once again. Surprisingly though, this is not the end of our tour and most likely the best part of it has yet to come! Indeed, after the visit inside the Colosseum, your tour guide will take you to the ancient downtown Rome, known Roman Forum. In this archaeological site you will learn of the fascinating Vestal Virgins, the priestesses who had to look after the Eternal Flame of Rome for 30 years, they were the women who had the highest consideration in roman society, to the point that they were seen as “living-demigoddesses”. In addition, your tour guide will show you several recreations of how the Roman Forum looked, back in its heyday.
The final part of your walking tour is the Palatine Hill, hence the official residence of the Roman Emperors, their Palace. The visit in also enriched by a view over the Circus Maximus, which was the biggest stadium in the history of the classical world and you will learn everything about the Chariot Races and the lives of the Charioteers, who were the real Super Stars of ancient Rome, with all the incredible amount of money that some of them had been able to collect in their lifetime


What’s Included:

  • Skip the line entrance in the Colosseum
  • The Arch of Emperor Constantine
  • Skip the line entrance in the Roman Forum
  • Temple of Vesta
  • Temple of Julius Caesar
  • The Via Sacra
  • The Arch of Emperor Titus
  • Palatine Hill (site of the foundation of Rome)

The Colosseum & Subterranean Rome

This tour offers visitors of Rome a unique opportunity to fall in love with Rome’s most iconic site, the Colosseum! To further add to the experience the tour will allow guests are to enjoy a thrilling experience beneath the city before a final visit to Rome’s Forum and Palatine hill.  The underground experience offers a unique walk through the subterranean levels of St Clemente Basilica, a church rich and layered lying 45 feet beneath the surface of Rome.  In a quiet and fascinating underground setting a walk amongst the ruins of ancient roman temples clients will experience visiting the only roman coin-mint also! An English speaking tour guide will further share anecdotes and stories that will bring these sites to life, so as to never forget this memorable experience.

The history of these unique sites is incredibly fascinating, so much so that it may become an addiction… We warned you  😉

This guided walking tour offers the great chance to really understand and see the ancient Roman Empire as well as the modern city of Rome, because all of its underground levels and tunnels hide a lot of history and have literally laid the foundations of the modern city that we walk on, today.

The “Colosseum & Subterranean Rome Tour” combines perfectly  an iconic site such as the Colosseum, together with a hidden gem like the Basilica of St Clemente, hence it covers a major site and an off the beaten path one, at the same time before going onto the very foundation of Rome’s society, the Forum.

The forum offers an exploration of the ancient downtown Rome, and helps guests of the city to learn about the  Vestal Virgin priestesses and the Eternal Flame that they had to guard over, which guaranteed the sake and safety of the Empire. Be in awe when looking at the burial site of Julius Caesar, walk by the ancient Senate where the Emperors gave their public rallies from and experience with all your senses what daily life would have been really like, back in the Classical World.

Admire Rome’s ruins, awe at their splendor, discover its tunnels

We owe the Ancient Romans more than you would think… So what’s to decide… What are you waiting for

What’s Included:

  • Skip the Line direct entrance to the Colosseum
  • Basilica of San Clement with ALL its underground levels, down to the Ancient Roman Coin-Mint
  • The Arch of Emperor Constantine
  • The Palatine Hill (the ancient residence of the Roman Emperors)
  •  The Roman Forum
  •  Temple of Vesta
  •  Basilica Julia
  •  Temple of Julius Caesar (end of the tour)

The Colosseum & Daily Life in Ancient Rome

Whether you are planning your first visit to Rome or if indeed you are a seasoned visitor of the Colosseum, in either regard this is the guided walking tour that you need to take.
The “Colosseum & Daily life in Ancient Rome” tour takes you back in time and into the roman houses, bedrooms and dining rooms of a past era that creates visitors to live an experience that is unique, and that no one else does better. Clients will meet with their tour guide by the Colosseum and will be told the stories and anecdotes related to the immense and massive Arena, which incidently was the largest one of the world back in its day. Understand why the monumental project started and how the Emperor Vespasian managed to build the Colosseum over the man-made pool previously created by Emperor Nero. Standing on the lower level looking onto the Arena level will create a moment of awe as your English speaking tour guide recounts the Gladiatorial Bouts. Then after this spectacle, together we jump onto the subway metro line to reach the marvelous National Museum Palazzo Massimo, a true hidden gem for the History of Rome.
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If learning about ancient Rome’s society is what you are looking to do, then this is tour is the best option.
Characters like Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia will welcome you into their dining room, the so called ”Paradise” where they enjoyed their meals and parties together with their guests.
Admire the frescoed walls of the aristocrats, homes of outstanding quality that are over two millennia old. However, the colors are still so incredibly bright and vivid, to the point that it seems as if they were painted a few days ago.
Furthermore, you will be in complete awestruck when looking at the bronze remains of Caligula’s floating naval palace… Yes! You have read it correctly, this emperor dared to create a naval floating palace.
BUT If you don’t believe it, then you absolutely must take a visit with us and find out yourself.

The Romans have opened their doors for you, now take a deep breath and step inside


What’s Included:

– Skip the Line direct entrance to the Colosseum
– National Museum “Palazzo Massimo” with:

– original Ancient Roman bedrooms and rooms
– original Ancient Roman Dining Rooms (Livia’s and Julia’s)
– the Only Ancient Roman Mummy in the World
– Various bronze statues and artifacts which are among the most refined ones for the History of Ancient Rome
– an Ancient Roman Lunar Calendar, the only one in the world

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!