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Rome by Night Walking Tour - Legends & Criminal Stories

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Overview

For a twist on the usual sightseeing experience, take an after-dark tour of Rome to admire its illuminated landmarks and monuments while listening to stories about ghosts, myths and legends. You’ll explore the winding alleys and squares in the city’s historical center with a guide, who provides eerie commentary about the supernatural and historical mysteries that have plagued the Eternal City for centuries. See attractions like Campo de’ Fiori, Castel Sant’Angelo and Palazzo Farnese in a whole new light.
  • Ghost and mystery walking tour of Rome
  • Explore Italy’s ancient capital under the cover of darkness
  • Discover top attractions such as Castel Sant'Angelo, Palazzo Farnese and Ponte Sisto illuminated at night
  • Wander down winding alleyways with an expert guide and hear terrifying tales of myth and legend
  • Learn of the Corte Savella Prison, where late-Renaissance noblewoman Beatrice Cenci was unfairly put to death in the 16th century
  • Take an alternative nocturnal view of Rome's major sites on this entertaining evening tour
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English-speaking guide
Small group of 20 people
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Piazza di S. Andrea della Valle , Piazza di S. Andrea della Valle, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The tour starts from steps of the church San Andrea della Valle located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, about 150 metres from Largo di Torre Argentina on the left hand side heading towards the Tiber river. The church is located right next to Piazza Vidoni.

Castel Gandolfo , 00040 Castel Gandolfo, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Public transport and taxis are easily accessible

Your evening tour starts at Sant'Andrea della Valle, where you’ll meet your guide in the shadows of the church’s baroque façade. Then begin your exploration into Rome’s thousands of years of ghostly history.

Walk along Corso Vittorio to Campo de’ Fiori, an ancient square that has been a lively part of the city since the 1200s. While you soak up the chilling atmosphere of the square after dark, hear about the supernatural activity that has taken place here over the centuries. Then head across Piazza Farnese, passing by Palazzo Farnese, on your way to Ponte Sisto, a 15th-century bridge. Cross the Tiber River, walking toward the Church of Santa Maria dell’Orazione e Morte, and stop at the site of the ancient Corte Savella prison, where Beatrice Cenci, a noblewoman from the late Renaissance era, was sentenced to death for the murder of her father. Was it fair? Hear about her story and her ghost that still calls for justice.

Continue along Via dei Banchi Vecchi and Via del Banco di Santo Spirito to Castel Sant’Angelo, commissioned by Rome’s Emperor Hadrian in 123 AD as a mausoleum. The imposing structure has had many lives, from fortress to pope’s residence to prison, and as such, is shrouded in legends and mysteries.

Your tour ends here, where you are centrally placed to continue your night out in Rome on your own.
Itinerary
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Campo de' Fiori
Between the glory days of the Roman Empire and the beauty of the Italian Renaissance, medieval Rome was a city of desperation and suspicion. Your expert local guide will reintroduce you to monuments you thought you knew, transformed by night-time illuminations, and describe how they were desecrated by citizens desperate for something to sell.
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Via Giulia
You’ll also hear about the Inquisition that turned neighbor against neighbor, roasted heretics on spits, and tried to suppress crime by hanging paintings of the Virgin Mary on street corners.
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Via del governo Vecchio
Dark times give rise to dark legends, and your guide, an experienced storyteller, will share some of these too.
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Piazza Farnese
As you traverse the Tiber river to enjoy some of Rome’s gorgeous piazzas without the heat and crowds of the daytime, you’ll hear the tale of the bridge haunted by a young girl tragically wronged by her family and the Pope.
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Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
At the house of Rome’s most notorious murderer, your guide will reveal what made this bloody figure surprisingly empathetic. Whether you’re here for hidden history, love legends and hauntings, or just want to sightsee without the usual crowds, this night tour is sure to reveal another side of Rome.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
Super fun tour for teens and adults
Steven_K
, Jun 2022
Our guide was fantastic: knowledgable, smart, and funny. She really brought the city to life in a unique way. This tour is not for small children, but my teens loved it, as did I. It was a great way to experience Rome at night.
star-5
The experience was fun...
Clarke_P
, Jun 2022
The experience was fun overall. We walked for about an hour or so and not that is was fast paced, but you should definitely be prepared for about a mile long tour. Thought it might be a little pricey for what we did but compared to other tour prices I guess it’s comparable. Our tour guide was very kind and informative.
star-5
See Rome at night
Cari_P
, Jun 2022
Had a fun time seeing Rome at night, seeing sights not seen on other tours , listening about stories from early days of Rome… tour guide Alethea was down to earth, knowledgeable. , inexpensive but great tour
star-5
Our guide was a great...
Lanetta_R
, Jun 2022
Our guide was a great storyteller. She made it interesting and fun. You don’t see any of the big sights on the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Enjoyable tour
Nathan_J
, Jun 2022
Alicia was a great tour guide, she was friendly and informative. The tour was good, it gave a great insight into some of the darker stories of Rome.
star-5
Great Tour
Yarissa_M
, Jun 2022
Alizia was a great tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and shared very cool stories. Tour recommended !
star-5
Great tour
Lucy_K
, Jun 2022
Tour guide (Alicia) was excellent - we could hear every word and she brought the stories of old Rome to life.
star-5
Brilliant tour and tour guide
Daire_C
, Jun 2022
The tour guide was truly excellent and insightful, as well as being very funny. She knew all of the information and could answer all of the questions asked. She was friendly and approachable and would definitely recommend to a friend.
star-5
Night fun in Rome
Juan_B
, Jun 2022
Super fun tour. The guide was hilarious and with a great personality. Definitely not something for history snobs, but if you want to listen to the darker and somber side of Rome's history, this is the tour for you.
star-3
Overwhelmed Guide! Restrict Tour #!!!
WilliamF_H
, May 2022
The guide was overwhelmed by the number of tour participants… I thought it was marketed as a max of 25. But, We estimated approximately 2X that number. Places the guide would stop were often noisy (such as piazzas with outdoor dining, bridges with street musicians) He struggled to talk over all the noise … the tour lasted about 45 min longer than expected. My suggestion to the operator/owner is to NOT overcrowd these tours, allowing the guides to have a more manageable group size.
star-5
Dark side of Rome bought to life
Paul_M
, May 2022
The guide (Roberto) was knowledgeable, interesting & bought the tour to life with his delivery & anecdotes
star-5
Fab fun tour
Lynda_D
, May 2022
The guide Rob was excellent. Very theatrical. He bought the stories to life. Very entertaining and illuminating. You hear a side of Ancient Rome you wouldn’t otherwise hear.
star-5
Great tour. Must do!
jdmillers1990
, May 2022
Our guide was Mr. Miller. He brought the stories alive through his storytelling. It was a great pace and I learned a lot. Thank you!
star-5
Our guide was great....
Sara_U
, May 2022
Our guide was great. Learned many interesting facts and stories about the city and area. Great way to see different areas
star-5
Guide was fabulous. She...
robyncutler
, May 2022
Guide was fabulous. She kept things lively and at a good pace. Definitely something fun and different to give you some insight into life in Rome with a different spin.
star-5
Fun stories with a good amount of history
Ron_B
, May 2022
Guides were great and worked well together. I would do it again. Enjoyed the sites. Thank you …………..
star-5
Fascinating
Kimberley_N
, May 2022
Me and my partner actually booked this by accident and we both had a really good time and enjoyed the history and the tour.
star-5
Amazing tour
Karla_B
, May 2022
The tour was excellent! Alisha provided a fun and interesting tour with a lot of historical trivia and entertaining facts. Highly recommend!
star-5
Can’t recommend highly enough!
William_M
, Apr 2022
I’d really recommend this tour, we had roberto, he was incredible - really put on a show, we wished we’d done it sooner, some useful things to know about Rome from a local, would be ideal for your first or second night in rome!
star-5
A great tour guide and...
Scott_H
, Apr 2022
A great tour guide and even helped us with information about other tours around rome . And also told us where to enjoy better nightlife
1 traveler found this review helpful

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