Tours and Tickets by Joy of Rome Tours
Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian
Make the most of a visit to the Borghese Gallery in Rome with this tour led by an art historian guide. Commentary from an expert accompanies seeing paintings and sculptures by Italian masters including Caravaggio and Bernini. The tour finishes with a walk through the Villa Borghese Gardens.
2 hours 30 minutes
Skip the Line Colosseum Tour for Kids and families
Visiting Rome with kids in tow? This private 2-hour Colosseum tour is specially designed for families, with a focus on child-friendly activities and commentary that’s as entertaining as it is educational. While the little ones will be entertained by stories of fearless gladiators, fighting lions and political conspiracies, even the oldest members of the family don’t have to miss out – the first level is fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. Best of all: your skip-the-line tickets mean no hanging around or waiting in line.
Rome Jewish District Walking Tour
Rome might be most famous for its ancient ruins, but the Italian capital also has a rich Jewish heritage. On this 2-hour walking tour, see the remains of the former Jewish ‘ghetto’ and learn about its transformation into one of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods; visit the Porch of Octavia, and Tiberina Island; and sample traditional Jewish pastries.
Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel with a PhD Guide
If you’re serious about the history of art and architecture, you want a tour that goes beyond the surface of the Vatican Museums, one of the world’s greatest art collections. Benefit from the insights, wisdom, and experience of an academic expert with a doctorate in archaeology or art history—and gain skip-the-line access, too.
Essential Walking Tour in Rome
Short on time? Get your camera ready for a whistle-stop tour of Rome’s best bits. Follow your guide on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the city’s famous landmarks, beautiful buildings and lively piazzas. Ideal for first-time visitors, you’ll see the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Michelangelo’s Palazzo Farnese, and soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Farnese.
2 hours 30 minutes
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Heather M wrote a review Nov 2020
We did the Vatican tour and the Colosseum tour with Francesca! She was amazing with our two boys aged 9 and 12. They both said her tours were their favorite part of our trip. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Highly recommend to anyone in Rome with kids.
Date of experience: November 2020
Shellie B wrote a review Oct 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
My friend and I did Francesca's tour together; it was a wonderful experience! Even though we both have been to Rome several times, we had never seen these smaller churches with their stunning Caravaggios. Francesca is the perfect tour guide; she is passionate about the art, but also has a very engaging personality, and a great sense of humor. We learned so much - now we must find our way back to Rome!!…
Date of experience: October 2020
plaamaK wrote a review Sep 2020
Binfield, United Kingdom1 contribution
We had a fantastic Colosseum tour with Francesca today! She was very knowledgeable and our children (ages 5, 7, and 10) were completely engaged. She adapted well to their interests and attention span, and the adults were rapt as well!
TheJennTaFur wrote a review Sep 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia16 contributions7 helpful votes
Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Never have I been on a virtual art tour and my sense of Google Earth is limited. There are THREE Caravaggio paintings that I am obsessed with. I had no idea that during this virtual tour that I would see them. My mouth dropped, I had to compose myself and pray I did not bust out crying in delight when Francesca discussed them. This may have been a virtual tour but the enthusiasm that Francesca gave to each painting helped me understand the background stories of the work. The three Caravaggio paintings that I am totally obsessed with are: 1) St. Matthew and the Angel 2) St. Jerome 3) David with the Head of Goliath My introduction to Caravaggio's work was through the cover art of E.S. Posthumus' albums. All of their cover art is of Caravaggio's paintings - specifically the ones I have listed. When Francesca started sharing photos on Google Earth and the painting of St. Matthew with the Angel came up, I almost wet my pants in delight. The rest of her tour was pure bliss. I can't thank you enough for this taste of Caravaggio's work. I look forward to doing more tours specifically with Francesca. I am a fangirl of her forever! Watch out! I may be fluent in Italian by the time COVID is under control, and I can speak to her in her native tongue! Possa Dio proteggere te, la tua famiglia e il tuo paese in questo periodo difficile. So che tutti ne usciranno vincitori. Rimani vigile nel prendere precauzioni per proteggere la tua salute. Sei Yamato! -- from Jennifer (Washington, DC - USA)…
Date of experience: September 2020
MDTraveler2010 wrote a review Jun 2020
Crofton, Maryland144 contributions65 helpful votes