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Inside Rome – General Tips on Rome Trip to help you to navigate the City

Rome Custom Local Private Guide

Rome Custom Local Private Guide


Looking for Rome Custom Local Private Guide? Here I am! My name is Manuela and I am a licensed Tour Guide in Rome and Vatican City. I was born in Rome which is still my home town. I have studied Philosophy but later on, my passion for any form of art, led me to study Roman history, Art history and Archaeology to be licensed as a private guide for both Rome and the Vatican city. In addition to my mother tongue, Italian, I speak English and French. I love traveling, reading, studying, photography, walks in the nature, friends and good food. 

Why a Rome Custom Local Private GuideI’m in love with Rome and happy to live in a such amazing open-air museum where history, art and beauty create a unique and magic ensemble. I love sharing with clients and friends, coming from all over the world, all my passion and knowledge about any aspect of the city included traditions, way of life, stories, anecdotes and last but not least it’s fabulous cuisine. I offer tailor made customized tours for individuals, families and small groups.

My tours cover the must-sees and the lesser-known jewels of Rome – from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, to the beautiful Art collections, fountains and squares, the underground Rome, the hidden alleys, the local restaurants, the food markets, the ice-creams, the wine bars, and…… much more!!!!!!

You can choose the tours you prefer of 3/3,5 hours (Half Day) or 6/7 hours (Full Day) according to the length of your stay in Rome, your wishes and if you like walking or if you prefer to move from one site to another comfortably sitting in a limo or a van I can provide.

Here’s a list of the most requested tours I offer:

TOUR OF THE VATICAN: Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel/St Peter’s basilica skipping the lines.  

TOUR OF THE ANCIENT ROME: Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill skipping the lines.  

CITY CENTER STROLL: Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, and much more!  

ROME BY NIGHT: A stroll through the city center with a stop for a gelato tasting or a glass of good local wine.  

FOOD TOUR: Food markets and/or lunch/dinner in a typical restaurant or trattoria to taste the traditional Roman or Jewish cuisine.  

JEWISH TRADITION IN ROME: A tour dedicated to the presence of Jews in Rome since early Ancient time.

CHRISTIAN ROME: Tour of the major basilicas of Rome. Saint John Lateran, Saint Mary Major, Saint Paul outside the Walls, Holy Cross in Jerusalem.  

ROME IN A DAY: Vatican, Colosseum, Historic Center  

UNDERGROUND ROME: Rome has a particular feature: everywhere there are layers and layers of different ages.

ART GALLERIES: A visit to the most famous Collections in Rome: Borghese Gallery, Doria Pamphjli Gallery, Colonna Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art.  

ROME SURROUNDINGS: Ancient Ostia,  Roman Castles and wine tasting,  Tivoli and Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este.

What to do in Ancient Rome

What to do in Ancient Rome

Are you wondering what to do in Ancient Rome once you have arrived in the Eternal city? Follow these tips and suggestions to maximize your vacation and find out what to do in Rome. This post is written  for those who have accommodation in Via Labicana or in Via San Giovanni in Laterano.

what to do in ancient rome
Ancient Rome Colosseum

The center of Rome is quite large and it can be divided in 4 areas:

Ancient Rome, Historical Center, the Vatican area and Trastevere.

Your apartment is located in the heart of the Ancient Rome. All the following attractions are within walking distance:

– Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill

I suggest you to book a walking group tour or a private tour with a ticket to skip the line, especially from March to November and in Christmas/New Year’s time. Lines are terribly long!

what to do in ancient rome
Ancient Rome

– Basilica of Saint Clement

This is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome. Frescoes, mosaics and the Mithraeum (underground) are awesome.

Ancient Rome - Basilica of Saint Clement
Ancient Rome – Basilica of Saint Clement

The Basilica of Saint Mary Major

This is the most important Basilica in Rome devoted to Maria. Really worthy to visit during the day and at nights (you will appreciate the light system)

Ancient Rome Saint Mary Major
Ancient Rome Saint Mary Major

Colle Oppio Park and the Nero’s Golden House (Domus Aurea in Latin). If you have time it would be nice to plan an exclusive tour. For more information click here.

Ancient Rome Domus Aurea
Ancient Rome Domus Aurea

– Saint Peter’s in Chain’s. 

The Church is nice and the plus is the inside Michelangelo’s Moses

Ancient Rome Michelangelo's Moses
Ancient Rome Michelangelo’s Moses

– Via dei Fori Imperiali

This is the streets that connects the Colosseum to Venice Square. It is impressive due the atmosphere given by the ruins and large number of people.

Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali
Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali

Vittoriano and Venice Square

At the end of Via dei Fori Imperiali there is a huge, withe monument also known as “Wedding Cake” or “Typing Machine”.  It is possible to enjoy a 360° wonderful view over the Roman roofs and the monuments while having a coffe or a glass of wine at the rooftop bar.

Ancient Rome Vittoriano Venice Square
Ancient Rome Vittoriano Venice Square

Other interesting sites are:

– Circus Maximum, Caracalla Bath, Pyramid, Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church (with the famous Mouth of Truth), Aventine Hill (with Chiesa di San Saba, Parco Savelli and the Hole of Rome).

Here are other useful information for those who have accommodation in the Ancient Rome area:

The nearest supermarket is located in Via Santissimi Quattro, very close to the Colosseum (map). It is open from 8am to 9pm (8pm on Sundays). By the front door there is a little convenient store open till late: you can get fruit, drinks, milk, eggs, detergent, etc.

In via dei Fori imperiali there is a Visitor Center where you can get touristic information (map). From 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. a multilingual staff provide tourist information. There you can buy the Roma Pass.

Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali Visitor Center
Ancient Rome Via dei Fori Imperiali Visitor Center


From Via Labicana or Via San Giovanni in Laterano you can easily walk through the Ancient Rome and get also to the Historical center (Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc.). The nearest metro stations are Colosseo (Line B) and Manzoni or San Giovanni (Line A). You can take the Metro A to get to the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese. The Pantheon, Navona Square and Campo dei Fiori are easy to reach from the Spanish Steps Metro Station. As alternative, you can catch the bus from Via Labicana (map) to the Historical Center (#85, #87, and more). The tram #3 allows you to reach Trastevere and the most famous second hand Market “Porta Portese”.

It is possible to buy the transportation tickets at the tobacco shops, newspaper kiosks or at the metro stations. More information on transportation tickets here.

Transportation Ticket machine
Transportation Ticket machine


Check out the Ancient Rome Map.

Shopping Rome

Shopping Rome Tips

Shopping Rome
Shopping in Rome

Rome is a great place for shopping, with designer outlets and department stores all over the city. A cosmopolitan and thriving capital city for over 2000 years, Rome provides a multi-ethnic mix that is both attractive and explosive! Rome is home to a diverse array of shopping opportunities; the following 8 areas are the most renowned shopping Rome areas.

1. Spanish Steps – Via dei Condotti. This street is one of the richest streets in Italy and one of the best streets for shopping in Rome. The Via Dei Condotti is home to Italy’s top designer stores such as Armani, Prada, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and other notable names. This is also the street where the shop owners used to charge you just for walking in the door! Thankfully these days all of the shops sport an ‘ingresso gratuito’ sign which means you can go in and have a poke around without any obligation to buy!

shopping rome spanish steps
Shopping in Rome – Spanish Steps, Via Condotti and Via Borgognona

2. Via del Corso – Bustling pedestrianised street that runs from Piazza del Popolo down to Piazza Venezia. Via del Corso is very popular with Romans and Tourists alike and is home to famous shops like the Ferrari flagship store and Swarowski Crystal. Visit the official AS Roma Stores, where it is possible to find the entire range of official AS Roma football team merchandise. More than 1000 different items from replica kit, leisurewear, souvenirs, toys, products for the house, videos, and the official AS Roma magazine LaRoma. All our products are guaranteed 100% official as they carry the official product logo. The AS ROMA STORE also have ticket offices where you can purchase tickets for all matches.

shopping rome via del corso
Shopping in Rome – Via del Corso

3. Trastevere – located just over the River Tiber, the Trastevere district of Rome whose name literally translates as “across the Tiber”. A Bohemian spirit grips Trastevere and you can take great pleasure in getting lost in its many winding streets. See the outdoor food market in Piazza San Cosimato. This is a great chance to watch local Trasteverians buying and bargaining with vendors. The market starts about 7:00am and closes at 2:00pm. 

shopping rome trastevere
Shopping in Rome – Trastevere

4. Viale Marconi and Porta Portese – Viale Marconi is very good for shopping and is particulary popular with young trendy Romans. A bit out from the city centre, it can be reached by talking the Metro Line B to Marconi. It is about 15 minutes away from the Colosseum. Porta Portese is the famous Roman flea market which takes place every Sunday from 8:00am until about 2:00pm.

shopping rome porta portese
Shopping in Rome – the most famous second hand market: Porta Portese

5. Esquilino Market – food market with a mesmerizing array of fresh foods, fruits, fish and meat, run by people from all over the world.  

shopping rome esquilino market
Shopping in Rome – Esquilino Food Market

6. Piazza Navona – Via del Governo Vecchio – Piazza Navona is a great place for art lovers, the surrounding streets contain lots of art galleries and antique shops. There is a great film and cinema shop in Via del Governo Vecchio which is definitely worth a browse particularly if you are a fan of Italian Cinema. 

shopping rome navona square
Shopping in Rome – Navona Square

7. Castel Romano – Rome’s finest Designer Outlet: With more than 100 stores, cafés and restaurants, Castel Romano is more than a shopping centre where you can find your favourite labels with price reductions of up to 70%, all year round. Easy to reach Rome, our Designer Outlet offers endless entertainment, from the children’s play area to upscale restaurants and bars, and even an annual summer music festival. 

Castelromano Outlet
Shopping in Rome – Castelromano Outlet

8. Eataly – Lastly, don’t miss the amazing Eataly: 18 casual restaurants and cafes, a coffee roaster, a brewery and even its own travel agency, all within a four-story space that resembles an upscale food court at an American mall. Taste and buy true italian products: cheese, buffalo mozzarella just made, wine, beer, bread, pasta, pizza, meat, fish and so on….

Shopping in Rome – Eataly