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Things to Do in Rome This Summer

Things to Do in Rome This Summer

Temperatures soar in Rome from June to September, when there is very little respite from the relentless Mediterranean sun. To see the Eternal City’s highlights in comfort, plan carefully, and avoid long lines in unshaded areas. Here are a few ways to savor the best of Rome’s sights—even in the dog days of summer.

  • Skip the outdoor line and indoor crowds with a private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Get out of the sun and join a skip-the-line underground tour of the Colosseum.
  • See city highlights from an open-top bus on a hop-on-hop-off tour.
  • Head below ground on a crypts and Roman catacombs tour.
  • Escape the city heat by taking a day trip to visit the lush gardens of Tivoli.
  • Enjoy the shade in Villa Borghese Park, and make a stop in the Borghese Gallery to see some of Rome’s most spectacular art.
  • Avoid the hottest hours of the day by t ouring Rome at night.
  • Discover Rome’s cuisine with a food tour at sunset, when temperatures drop and appetites awaken.
  • Do as the Romans do and head for the hills of the Castelli Romani.
  • Cool down with a gelato-making workshop (and tasting).
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Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena
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Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Gladiator Arena

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On this Colosseum underground tour, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. Get the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing as you travel past attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. Relax aboard the double-decker Rome tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. Select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

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Visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman elite on a Rome to Tivoli day trip. The full-day guided excursion includes tours of Tivoli’s two UNESCO-listed sites: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. Hear Renaissance and Ancient Roman history and scandal, admire archaeological ruins and explore some of Italy’s most extravagant private gardens.
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  • 7 hours
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Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District

Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District

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Experience Rome with all your senses on this delicious sunset walking and eating tour of Rome's Prati District. See Rome like a local, as you stroll the streets of Prati with your knowledgeable local guide, popping into different gourmet food stores to sample a plethora of foods. Visit some real hidden gems, as you snack on cured meats and cheeses, eat amazing pizza, and meet some of the artisanal food makers who give you recipes and food making tips. Group sizes are limited to 13 people, so book early to secure your spot.
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Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line

Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line

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Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a small-group walking tour. This popular attraction often sells out in advance, so by pre-booking your ticket, you can ensure you won’t miss the chance to see art by Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, and other Italian masters, plus you’ll jump the queue. After exploring the gallery, stroll through the tranquil gardens with a view of the city from the Pincian terrace. Upgrade your ticket for a private tour exclusive to just your group.
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Discover Castelli Romani from Rome: Half-Day Tour Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

Discover Castelli Romani from Rome: Half-Day Tour Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

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Escape the heat and hustle of Rome with a half-day trip around the hill towns of Castelli Romani. Visit Lake Albano, Rocca di Papa, Castel Gandolfo, Grottaferrata and Frascati, and sample locally-made wine while learning about wine production in the area. This half-day tour is an excellent opportunity to see an untrammeled swath of the Roman countryside while learning about the history of the area from your local guide.
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Gelato Lovers Workshop in Rome - Create and Taste Italian Homemade Gelato

Gelato Lovers Workshop in Rome - Create and Taste Italian Homemade Gelato

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Go deep into the history and culinary culture surrounding Italian gelato with this gelato-lover's workshop in Rome. You'll watch a demonstration on how to make three different flavors and then make one of your own to enjoy with your group. You'll be able to ask any questions you like and leave with a fuller understanding of one of Italy's favorite desserts.
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