The sprawling, cosmopolitan city of Rome is a veritable treasure chest of historical fascination, home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks dating back to its heritage at the heart of the Roman Empire. It is also a relatively compact city, making it possible to explore much of it on foot or bike.
For those planning a trip to the Eternal City, we’ve picked out some of the best walking and bike tours available, based on a range of factors including price, flexibility and testimonials from previous customers. We hope you find our selection useful.
From €35 per person
This 3-hour bike tour invites you to discover Rome’s historic centre in the company of up to 10 other guests and an expert, English-speaking guide. Designed to enable you to see more sites than you would on foot, you’ll begin the tour at 10am at a central location before cycling towards famous landmarks such as the Pantheon, Colosseum. Trevi Fountain, Venice square and Piazza Navona, and at each stop you’ll be invited to hop off your bike and admire the scenery that adorns so many postcards. Speaking of which, be sure to bring a camera to capture the magical memories. At the end of the tour you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a classic Italian gelato ice cream. Children aged 4-10 are given 50% discounts. Tours run daily.
€60 Adults / €55 Children
If you’re keen to venture beyond Rome’s well-trodden tourist track, then this tour could well be for you. Meeting at The Red Bicycle’s cycle shop near the Colosseum, the tour will take you on a captivating journey along the path of an ancient Roman road, the Appian Way, one of the earliest and most important roads of the ancient republic. During the trip, you’ll stop to visit the catacombs of St. Callisto, tombs of the ancient romans dotted through the countryside, and original aqueducts that once brought thousands of litres of water into ancient Rome every second. You’ll also stop in the Santa Egeria park for a hearty picnic lunch (inclusive) of locally sourced cheese, wine, olives, fruit and bread. You can even quench your thirst with fizzy water from a natural spring. Bicycles, helmets and an expert guide are all included in the tour price.
From €88 per person
Get a taste of the delicious side of Rome on this guided foodie walking tour that gives you the chance to sample some of the best food and drink the Eternal City has to offer. Wander through the calming neighbourhood of Monti in Rome’s historical centre, which offers respite from the tourist throngs. Amble along cobblestone streets with your guide, ducking in to pizza-by-the-slice spots and wood-fired oven pizza eateries to try some of the finest pizza the city has to offer. Tuck into snacks in a gastronomia, or ‘deli’, and wash it down with an Italian soft drink. Between all the eating and imbibing you’ll get to see famous sites and landmarks including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and learn from your expert guide about the history of the areas you pass through.
From €74 per person
Accompanied by an expert local guide, this 4-hour tour will see you pass by some of the most iconic sites in the Eternal City, all the while enjoying the refreshing breeze as you cycle effortlessly thanks to your high-tech E-bike. Meeting at a specified departure point, you’ll head off in search of famous ancient sites such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Capitoline Hill, as well as some of Rome’s most charming maze-like streets and beautiful public squares, as your knowledgeable guide shares personal stories and inside info about the architecture, art, 2,000+ year history, and everyday life of Rome.
From €30 per person
Discover Rome by night on this atmospheric, fully-guided walking tour. During the evening tour you’ll get to see some of the city’s most iconic attractions, such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Colosseum, lit up in all their glory under Rome’s moonlit sky. Other highlights will include passing the ruins of ancient government buildings at the Roman Forum. Throughout the tour your guide will regale you with fascinating facts and intriguing stories about the history of one of Europe’s most fabled destinations. The tour begins at the Colosseum during the early evening and runs for approximately 3 hours.
From €62 per person
Italians are renowned for their friendly attitude towards children and nowhere is this more apparent than in Rome. This small-group tour for up to 8 people invites you and your kids to explore some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Time Elevator, the Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Castle Saint Angelo, Saint Peter’s Square and Basilica. During the tour, the little ones will get a chance to let off steam in some of Rome’s expansive gardens and squares. Ticket prices do not include entrance to museums and monuments, or meals and beverages.
From €138 per person
Meeting your guide near the famous Colosseum amphitheatre, you and your private tour group will be escorted on your bicycles to some of the city’s other legendary landmarks. Among the stop-offs will be the Imperial Forum, Trajan’s Market, Venice Square, Pantheon and Navona Square. As well as these great remnants of Ancient Rome, you’ll also get to witness incredible works of sculptural art including the Four River Fountain in Navona Square and Vittoriano in Venice Square. You’ll also get to wander through fascinating neighbourhoods such as Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto, where you’ll get an authentic taste of the hubbub of daily Rome life. During the tour, you’ll also make a pit-stop to sample some classic Italian ice-cream.