We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Reserve Now & Pay Later

Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches

Select Date and Travellers
(Price varies by group size)
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    Meet your art historian guide in central Rome, and stroll to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the first Christian basilica to be built in the city and Rome’s official cathedral. Admire its Borromini-designed interior, and see the table that Jesus is said to have used at the Last Supper.

    From the basilica, stroll through Rome and learn about the changes that took place from the days of the Roman Empire to the dawn of Christianity through to the 10th century. If there is a sight that you particularly want to see, let your guide know. Your itinerary is flexible, as it is a private tour.

    With tales of medieval Rome ringing in your ears, head to Caelian Hill and step inside the monastery of Santi Quattro Coronati to see the Chapel of Sylvester. A true treasure, the chapel is home to a rare collection of medieval frescoes, so impressive that many refer to it as the medieval Sistine Chapel.

    Mid-way through your tour, enjoy a half-hour break for a snack (own expense), and then continue to the nearby Church of San Giovanni e Paolo. Admire the sturdy foundations of the Claudianum — a grandiose arcade built into the church grounds — and then head inside the church itself to see a cosmatesque floor containing secret symbols.

    Lying beneath the church is the Case Romane del Celio, a series of underground Roman house excavations. The small, yet fascinating, site offers a glimpse of Roman home life, and art work, sculptures and frescoes can all be seen. A further highlight in the Caelian Hill area is Santo Stefano Rotondo, a beautiful round church that dates back to the 5th century.

    After 3.5 hours, your tour ends at Via San Gregorio.
    Show More
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Via di San Gregorio, Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    8:45 AM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
    • Private art-historian guide
    • Entry/Admission - Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
    • Entry/Admission - Caelian Hill
    • Entry/Admission - Santo Stefano Rotondo
    • Entry/Admission - Santi Giovanni e Paolo
    • Entry/Admission - Ss. Quattro Coronati
    • Entry/Admission - Case Romane del Celio
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    Show More
    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved recommended to wear comfortable shoes
    • Not wheelchair and stroller accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    Traveller rating
    • 35
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Traveller type
    Time of year
    Selected filters
    • Filter
    • English
    Popular mentions
    Our tour was absolutely excellent with the highlight being our guide Mateo. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly he made what could have been a run of the mill tour to a lovely two hours filled with jokes but most importantly exciting historical and cultural anecdotes about Rome
    Read more
    Really enjoyed Stefano's tour. He's full of very interesting facts and information, delivered with wit and humour. We visited some well known landmarks but it was the lesser known ones that really interested me e.g. the Knights of Malta enclave and Vatican buildings, Marcus
    Read more
    It was so refreshing to visit significant sites without all the crowds and with the intimate knowledge of our guide Guido. One of the highlights of our trip
    Read more
    Our tour guide Stefano was absolutely the best- he gave us a lot of useful tips for our visit and made the whole tour very interesting by sharing local secrets and traditions with us! I strongly recommend the walking tour!
    Read more
    We made 2 hours free tour last week with Matteo. He was great! The tour was in English and even so we are not English native speakers, he spoke in a way we understood everything. But most important was his explanations and the places he took us - some were not even written in
    Read more
    About the operator
    By: New Rome Free Tour
    Highly recommend!
    It was the best decision to book this guided tour. Mr. Stefano is an amazing person. He is very knowledgeable, and
    Read more
    James T
    Orillia, Canada
    City Center Evening Group Tour an Excellent way to get to know Central Rome
    We are 2 Canadian couples who took a 2 hour evening group tour with Nicola from the Spanish Steps. This was our
    Read more
    London, United Kingdom
    Relaxed and highly informative
    Stefano gave a great tour. Relaxed, funny, entertaining and highly informative. The small group made it much
    Read more
    Daniel T
    Great host
    We did the free walking tour with Stefano. It was a fantastic tour and Stefano was a great host. He had good
    Read more
    Casual relaxed tour
    Enjoyed the tour. Stefano was fantastico. A balanced mix of history and interesting facts . Met some prominent
    Read more
    Daniel C
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    Great tour
    We did the city centre free walking tour with Stefano, it was excellent. Stefano is very knowledgeable and
    Read more
    Ancient Rome and the Colosseum Tour
    Right from the start Vito was professional, helpful and very knowledgeable on the subject. Worth the money we paid
    Read more
    Lausanne, Switzerland
    Stefano the best tour guide!
    I did the city centre free walking tour with Stefano, it was beyond expectations! For being a free tour, Stefano
    Read more
    Cecilia P
    Best walking tour ever!
    We had walked like 10 kilometers when we started the tour (City Crentre Free Walking Tour) and even the we had an
    Read more
    Best walking tour thanks to Stefano!
    Took the tour of the city center of Rome with Stefano and it was an amazing experience! He made 2hrs 20 mins of
    Read more
    Key Details
    Why Book on Tripadvisor?
    • Reserve Now & Pay Later
    • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
    • Low Price Guarantee
    • No Booking Fees
    • Secure Payments
    • 24/7 SupportCall:+1 855 275 5071
    Travellers Also Viewed
    Likely To Sell Out
    Likely To Sell Out
    Underground Rome Tour: St. Clement...
    14 Reviews
    from US$79.26*
    Likely To Sell Out
    Exclusive | Baths of Caracalla...
    3 Reviews
    from US$159.89*
    Frequently bought together
    Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican...
    24,544 Reviews
    from US$67.26*
    Pompeii Ruins & Mt Vesuvius Volcano...
    4,401 Reviews
    from US$131.22*
    Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican...
    701 Reviews
    from US$65.06*
    Early Access Vatican Museums Tour...
    2,553 Reviews
    from US$102.00*
    Special Offer
    Highlights of Rome, Walking Tour
    11 Reviews
    from US$10.27*
    Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Tour
    728 Reviews
    from US$31.76*
    Likely To Sell Out
    Fast Track Colosseum Arena Floor...
    36 Reviews
    from US$49.51*
    Special Offer
    Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the...
    472 Reviews
    from US$48.63*