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Historic Center of Rome (Centro Storico di Roma) Tours

Historic Center of Rome (Centro Storico di Roma)
The exact borders of the Historic Center of Rome (Centro Storico di Roma) is the subject of much debate among Romans and visitors. Officially, however, it’s the area inside the ancient Aurelian Walls plus Vatican City, and it encompasses some of the city’s most famous sights. 

The Basics
UNESCO designated the “Historic Center of Rome” a World Heritage Site in 1980, declaring the area inside the Aurelian Walls (plus Vatican City, just outside the walls) as the city's Centro Storico. Many consider the smaller area covering what was once the ancient Campus Martius (now the location of the Campo Marzio rione, or quarter) as the true Centro Storico, however. Regardless of how you measure it, the Centro Storico, home to the Pantheon, Temple of Hadrian, the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Piazza Navona, and Campo de' Fiori, is one of the most important neighborhoods in the Eternal City. The Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Colosseum, and Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps are just outside the narrowest interpretation of the Centro Storico, as is Vatican City across the Tiber River.

Because of its narrow streets and pedestrian-only areas, the best way to visit the Centro Storico is on a walking or electric-bike tour that includes Rome’s most important sights. Many Ancient Rome tours also cover some or part of the Centro Storico, as do night tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Rome's Centro Storico is a great place to get a taste of Italian nightlife—the area is filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs.
  • There’s a lot to cover during Centro Storico walking tours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The cobblestone streets of the Centro Storico may be a challenge for wheelchairs and strollers, but the squares are wide and flat.
  • The lion's share of Rome's most popular attractions are located inside the confines of the Centro Storico, so be sure to bring your camera.

How to Get There
The Centro Storico can loosely be defined as the area of Rome's city center that’s sandwiched between Piazza Venezia/Via del Corso and the Tiber River. Take the 64 bus from the Termini station to the Piazza Navona stop.

When to Get There
Rome is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and the Centro Storico is where most visitors head. To escape the wall-to-wall crowds, visit the capital city during winter, or low season (excluding the December holidays). 

Nearby Neighborhoods
The Centro Storico is situated close to a number of other interesting neighborhoods, including trendy Trastevere just across the river, bohemian Monti to the east, and elegant Prati to the north.
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Vatican Morning and Ancient Rome Segway Tour Super Saver PackageDay Trips

Vatican Morning and Ancient Rome Segway Tour Super Saver Package

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Maximise your time in Rome with a full-day tour that takes in the highlights of Vatican City and Ancient Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in the morning, then zip around the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Capitoline Hill on a fun Segway tour in the afternoon.
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Ceramic Pottery Workshop in Rome

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Bring home a unique souvenir from Rome, made with your own hands! Have fun while creating your very own masterpiece!
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Exclusive Walking Tour of Rome - Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps

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Explore the historic streets of Rome and see the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and more on a small group walking tour. Perfect for your first day in Rome, you’ll skip the hassle of navigating to all these sites on your own and receive plenty of insider tips on how to spend the rest of your visit.
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Southern Italy Tour

This is a 11 days tour that will show you italian coast and islands. The itinerary starts from Rome and continues to Sicily, where it is possibile to enjoy landscapes and amazing panoramas: the archeological site of Pompeii, the island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and the island of Sicily with its main cities Agrigento, Palermo, Catania and Taormina; also Valle dei Templi in Agrigento and the visit to the Vesuvio Volcan are included in this excursion. The package offers hotel accommodation in 3-4* properties centrally located, transfer between the cities, train & ferry tickets, entrance tickets with skip the line service.
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VIP Eternal Tours Rome: Caravaggio's Dark Art & Borghese Gallery Ticket

Discover the artwork of Caravaggio during this private walking tour in Rome. Learn about the artist’s life and works including how he used light to define his signature style. Visit several city landmarks to see his work including the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, the Doria Pamphili Gallery, and the Capitoline Museums.
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VIP Eternal Tours Rome: Raphael's Renaissance Rome & Borghese Gallery Ticket

Fully private and exclusive tour of Raphael's life and works in Rome. You will traverse the historic centre and see his finest creations in Rome's most renowned museums and galleries. Included are the Vatican Museums, Villa Farnesina, Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Borghese Gallery and Museum, the Pantheon and Chigi Chapel. Time spent with your local expert guide is approximately 4 hours. After the guided tour which covers the greater part of historic Rome, you will visit the Borghese Gallery (self-guided portion). Recommended time inside the Borghese Gallery and Museum at least 1.5 hours. Light lunch with craft beers or other refreshments is included.
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Private Segway Experience with Lunch: Trastevere Quarter in Rome

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Explore Rome’s Trastevere district, one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, on a Segway tour, which provides the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside to soak up the atmosphere of this lively historical quarter. With a guide, cruise along the maze of cobbled streets to see piazzas and sights like the Fountain dell’Acqua Paola on Janiculum Hill. The tour ends with lunch at a local eatery.
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