Best of Rome Tour with The Roman Guy

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Recently I headed to the Historic city of Rome to soak up the atmosphere and explore what the city had to offer.

The popular tourist destinations such as The Vatican, The Trevi Fountain, The Colosseum and The Pantheon are certainly must visit places when you go to Rome. The history behind each are fascinating and the architecture is truly something else!

It was my aim to explore highlights of Rome venturing into the heart of the city and learning about the cultural and historical aspects of the city.
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When visiting any city as well as exploring tourist attractions it’s also important to discover some of the less known attractions to really delve deep into the culture.

The Roman Guy is a fantastic tour guide company offering intimate VIP tours of Rome.

We had the pleasure of going on the Best of Rome VIP Driving and Walking Tour which allows you to see some of Rome’s popular tourist spots and to also go off the beaten track. The private air conditioned vehicle provided is a great way to see many of the popular attractions and to explore other areas which aren’t in easy reach.

The tours groups are always small which allows for a much more intimate tour experience.

We were met by our tour guide Elaine who was exceedingly friendly and welcoming to our party of three and two other guests.

Our first stop was the exquisite Santa Maria sopra Minerva which is one of Rome’s hidden 19th Century Gothic churches. This exquisite church is located in the Piazza della Minerva. The church contains a stunning marble statue of Christ created by Michelangelo which was certainly a highlight, created to perfection!

The church also contains a beautiful statue of St John the Baptist created by Giuseppe Obici created in 1858 photographed directly above.

The Santa Maria sopra Minerva really was incredibly stunning, the gothic interiors really appealed to me and its uniqueness left visitors feeling in awe. It’s beautiful starry eyed blue ceilings were magnificent.

The Memorial to Maria Raggi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1647–1653 (fourth photograph up) was very unique. The quirky black and gold shaped memorial creates such a bold statement.
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In front of the church is one of the more curious monuments in Rome, The Pulcino della Minerva. The statue is of an Elephant and Obelisk created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Ercole Ferrata which makes up the base of Rome’s eleven Egyptian obelisks.

The Latin inscription on the statue according to Alexander VII said to say “a strong mind is needed to support a solid knowledge”.ThePantheonThe PantheonThe Pantheon The Pantheon
ThePantheonThe next stop our trip was The Pantheon built in 118–128 AD completed by emperor Hadrian in 126 AD and is one of Rome’s best preserved buildings in Ancient Rome.

The Pantheon has been used as a church since the 7th Century dedicated to St Mary.

The Dome is really quite something and the oculus is the main source of natural light to light the entire building but surprisingly light inside despite.SheHearts Galateo

galateoSheHearts RomeGelato Next up it was time to cool down a little and sample some homemade tasty Italian Gelato. Elaine took us to a lovely family run Gelato shop which is popular as they slowly churn their gelato rather than whip it unlike many of the chain stores.

The gelato is created from fresh ingredients and tasted divine. A great way to spot high quality Gelato is to look out for flat containers rather than highly stacked containing more natural looking colours.

The Rosa and Chocolate flavours were delicious and very rich in flavour. Really tasty. Gelato is a must try when in Rome!SheHeats Piazza Navona

SheHearts Piazza NavonaSheHearts RomeSheHearts RomeSheHeartsRomeOur next spot was a stroll through The Piazza Navona which used to be an ancient Roman Stadium and a popular spot for movies such as The Roman Holiday’ starring Audrey Hepburn and ‘Angels and Demons’ starring Tom Hanks.

We took a drive through the marketplace of Campo De’ Fiori meaning ‘field of flowers’. In the middle ages used to be a meadow so very fitting to its name! It was great admiring the beautiful little streets surrounding the market place. The buildings are typically Italian and wonderful to gaze at with their pretty shutter windows and bustling cafes outside.SheHeartsRome

Our next stop was absolutely one of my favourite aspects of the tour. We jumped into the car and our driver took us on a very scenic route off the beaten track to the beautiful Aventine Hill.

This place truly is magical and one of the highlights of the tour for me. Rome is such a busy place and it’s truly wonderful to find such a peaceful place in such a bustling city! You cannot hear any car noise only the birds tweeting in the trees. Great to find a laid back side of Rome.

AventineHillAventineHillThe absolute highlight on Aventine Hill is the view through one of the doors which quite literally takes your breathe away. The view through the Aventine keyhole is a must see, it’s one of Rome’s semi-secret spots. Through the keyhole you’ll see a magical view of St Peter’s with surrounding gardens in view-point.

The architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi created the optical effect in the second half of the 1700’s.

It was like peering at a magical live postcard from Rome.

A very special moment on the tour and people waiting patiently in line to see this memorable view. It was spectacular!SaintSabinaSantaSabinaSantaSabina

SantaSabinaSantaSabinaSantaSabinaDrawingOur driver then took us to the Basilica of Saint Sabina which unlike other churches in Rome it is less decorative but actually I loved that aspect about it. Like the surrounding area it was very calm and peaceful.

Santa Sabina is one of the early Christian churches in Rome dated from the 5th Century. It’s original style is preserved with natural light pouring through the windows.

The Door Panels on the outside of Saint Sabina are incredibly interesting. On the wooden panels are the earliest depictions of Christ’s crucifixion engraved by Saint Sabina herself.SheHearts Saint Sabina Saint Sabina Saint Sabina SheHearts

Even though the church was generally less decorative there was one aspect which was more vivid, the rest of the church was very light and airy without very much decoration.

The contrast merged created an interesting feel to the church which I really enjoyed. It was beautiful.AventineHill


Right next door to the Saint Sabina’s church are the picturesque Aventine Hill Orange Gardens designed Raffaele De Vico in 1932. The gardens are so relaxing and the scent of the orange trees are lovely! One of those smells you want to bottle up and take home with you 🙂SheHearts RomeAventineHill

Overlooking the gardens you have fantastic panoramic views of Rome which are spectacular and truly wonderful to take in the scenery from a relaxed point of view.Circus Maximus

After the magical Orange Garden our driver took us to Circus Maximus which is the largest stadium built in Rome which used to hold up to 250,000 people! It’s now used as a public park. TheRomanForum

TheRomanForumCapitolinehillcapitolineHillOur driver then took us to Capitoline Hill where the stairway was designed by Michelangelo himself, I saw a fashion shoot happening and managed to capture a photograph of the shoot!

We were also able to capture some excellent shots of The Roman Forum which for centuries was used for Roman public life. Many of the oldest structures of the ancient city are situated inside and surrounding the forum which you could explore for hours!TreviFountainSheHearts

TreviFountainSheHeartsOur tour ended by visiting the famous Trevi Fountain which is just beautiful to see during both the daytime and the night.

Included is another shot captured at night, it’s quite magical to sit on the steps nearby to the fountain listening to water and watching the world go by.

Overall our Rome tour was impressive, a fantastic way to explore some of Rome’s famous attractions and going off the beaten track in an air conditioned car.

Q&A with The Roman Guy

Questions answered by Brandon one of the co-founders of The Roman Guy specialising in Rome Tours

1/ What inspired you to start The Roman Guy?

A love and passion for travel and particularly a love for Italy. My approach as a Roman Guy was to do things differently taking people to restricted areas at sights to make sure they feel like a VIP on their Roman Holiday. I became a licensed tour guide in Rome and my clients started asking me if I could not only take them to explore Rome, but also if I could organise other aspects of their trips like hotel bookings, private car transfers, restaurant bookings. The Roman Guy Tours & Vacations was born.

2/What makes a Roman Guy Tour unique?

We add value to each tour to make sure there is something special in there that will make your tour stand out form the crowd. We want everyone to feel like a VIP. We also avoid as many lines as possible. We like to call The Roman Guy experiences as seeing “Italy Without the Crowds”

3/How to you ensure to give your customers a positive customer experience?

Our Travel experts are all fully trained and vetted before working with us to ensure they provide amazing tour experiences for our clients whilst demonstrating The Roman Guy’s core values.

4/What are your favourite aspects of Rome?

The food and the history. There is no place better for either of these aspects than the Eternal City.

5/What do you enjoy the most about The Driving and Walking Tour?

That you can visit places where a walking tour just can’t take you. For example the Aventine Hill. With a walking tour it’s just too far away. Also, by the end of the tour, nobody is tired, and everyone has thrown their coin in the Trevi Fountain, gone inside the Pantheon and tried one of the best gelato in Rome.

6/What do you enjoy the most about working for The Roman Guy?

We get to provide people with unforgettable experiences in Italy. We are an enthusiastic and energetic team constantly searching for new experiences to offer people. People work hard all year to afford time and money for a vacation. Seeing clients smiling form ear-to-ear is so rewarding.

7/Where do you see the future of The Roman Guy?

The Roman Guy is growing as an Italy Tour & Vacation provider. Innovation means we are constantly striving to find new places to offer to tourists when they come to Italy. The sky is the limit!

8/Describe The Roman Guy in a sentence?

A group of like-minded individuals whose goal is to give tourists an unforgettable experience in Italy.

9/Why Book with The Roman Guy?

So that you can see Italy as a traveller and not a tourist.


SheHeartsRomeSheHearts RomeSheHeartsRomeSheHeartsRomeOverall…

My overall impression of The Roman Guy was an incredibly positive one. The personalised experience was wonderful and The Driving and Walking tour was a wonderful way to see Rome’s highlights and hidden gems in the city.

Rome is a wonderful place to visit, it’s full of history and culture and full of interesting places to explore.

Certainly visit the tourist attractions but do go off the beaten track when in Rome whilst you’re there. It’s such an incredible city!

Photographed above is myself in The Colosseum wearing needed Ray Ban Sunglasses from The Sunglasses Shop. My dress is from Nancy Mac.

What do you think of the sounds of the Driving and Walking tour with The Roman Guy judging from the photographs and review? Have you visited Rome before?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you so much for reading 🙂

Laura xo

  • The Sunday Mode

    Vicariously living through this post because I miss Rome so much, and you’re right that nothing beats Italian Gelato. Loved seeing all of my favourite places in Rome again too, I absolutely loved the Trevi Fountain especially.

  • Such a gorgeous post – loving your photos so much!!

    Layla xx

  • Yiotou_La

    Your photos are amazing!!!! Rome is such a glorious city with great history! I hope I visit sometime! 🙂


    • Thanks so much! Really glad you enjoyed reading about my trip to Rome. Such an interesting place to visit!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • Anaivilo Borsa

    OMG the place is amazing!! I plan a vacation there really soon! 😀

    What lovely photos 😉

  • Stella Asteria

    Wow Laura, how beautiful you have captivated your trip to Rome! Makes me want go visit again! This is the most beautiful photo of the Trevi Fountain that I have ever seen! Plus you look so gorgeous 🙂
    PS: Once in Rome one must have gelato right ?? 🙂
    Have a great rest of the week and thank you for sharing!
    Kisses from Mykonos!

    • Thank you Stella, I’m really ever so glad that you enjoyed the review! Rome is such a fantastic place to explore and The Roman Guy’s tour made it extra special. The Walking and Driving tour was a great way to see the city that’s for sure 🙂

      Haha yes of course! Gelato is a must have when in Rome 😉 It’s delicious!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

      Laura xo

  • I really hope to visit Rome myself too soon. It looks so magical! Thanks for sharing your photos love!



    • Rome is a wonderful place to explore and you’re right it’s certainly magical. So much to do!

      Thanks so much! Glad you like my photographs and review!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • OMG I’m going to Rome end of June and I need to get in touch with these guys x

    • Certainly do Tania! The Roman Guy make great tour guides, There are quite a few tours on offer so worthwhile taking a look at their website to find the right tour for you.

      Thanks so much for reading and if you do tour with The Roman Guy let me know, I would love to read your post if you blog about your trip 🙂

      Laura xo

  • Rome is a place I haven’t visited yet, but I’d love to. Exceptional photos, dear!
    It was lovely to see what you did and how you enjoyed yourself there.

    • You’ll have to visit Lu, you’ll really enjoy it there. So much history and culture, so much to explore it really does help to have a great tour guide that’s for sure!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • I have been living in Rome for some years and I can`t get enough!

    Great post!

    I would really love for you to check out my latest outfit post featuring Romwe Lace Top

    Keep in touch~

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    • It must be wonderful to live in Rome, such an interesting city to explore! It would be lovely to hear more about your favourite places to visit? 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • This is such a gorgeous post – loving all the photos!!! Hope you’re looking forward to the new week!! 🙂

    Layla xx

    • Thank you Layla! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post and photographs! Rome was a great place to return to and looking forward to going back one day!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Oh my goodness Laura what an amazing adventure! I have always wanted to visit Rome and I really think that this tour ticked off so many of the must-see spots!! As soon as I saw that fountain I knew I recognized it!! 😛 All of the ceilings, sculptures etc are just so marvelous I could only imagine what it would be like to see them in person

    Rachel xx

    • Thank you Rachel, my Roman adventure really was a memorable one thanks to The Roman guy! The tour was such a fantastic and helpful way to see the city. It was great jumping in the car and visiting areas which aren’t really possible to get to easily on foot.

      Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      Laura xo

  • Nadia

    Gorgeous post! I love a good travel diary blog <3 Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! So many amazing things to see & do there. The architecture, history, food (esp. gelato!), weather and people – it's worth visiting! Love the Q&A you did at the end – such a great idea!
    P.S. Will make sure to follow you on Bloglovin & social if I am not already hon (apart from Twitter) 😉
    xox Nadia

    • Thanks so much Nadia, I’m really glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      Rome really is incredibly interesting, it’s full of History and so much culture. The architecture really is impressive!

      Glad you enjoyed the Q&A!

      Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      Laura xo

  • Fantastic photos and it looks like you had an interesting tour! I have been to Rome a few times and I love the Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori, but one of my favorite areas is Trastevere on the left bank as it is so lively and full of great value restaurants.

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the photographs. The Trastevere is an interesting place, we visited one night for a meal there and it’s certainly very lively.

      I’m looking forward to returning to Italy again sometime and exploring other areas in depth!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

      Laura xo

  • loved all of these photos! Rome is such a beautiful city to explore and especially having some gelato =o)

    • Thank you! I’m really ever so glad you enjoyed the review of Rome. You’re right it really is a beautiful place to visit. Full of culture and interesting things to explore.

      The gelato is delicious!

      Thanks for reading.

      Laura xo

  • I really would love to visit Rome one day. Your trip sounds like a big success. I love your photos and sounds like you had such a lovely time! x

    The Nerdy Me

    • Rome is such a great place to visit, so many interesting aspects of the city to see!

      Would recommend The Roman Guy to really help you explore the city and its hidden gems.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • Gailthequinox

    I love the interior of the place, which is very beautiful!

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    Very lovely shots 🙂


    • Thanks so much and for popping by 🙂

      Laura xo


  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing post! I would love to visit Rome someday.
    Much love, Len

  • I love this Rome is on my bucket list and this post is so helpful. Xx

    • Thank you, I’m really glad you enjoyed the post and that it was helpful 🙂 Rome is a fantastic city to visit.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Trang Do

    Amazing photos!! Love to visit Rome!!!

    Kisses and hugs from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Rome is a magical place! So much history and culture.

      Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the photographs!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Is that why you haven’t been blogging for a couple of weeks, I’ve missed you but had no idea you were away for a holiday. Rome is definitely in our list to visit and will definitely keep The Roman Guy in mind when we do.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Hey Shireen,

      That’s really sweet that you missed me but yes I have been away and then worked on this post for you all 🙂

      Do keep The Roman Guy in mind if you visit Rome, the driving and walking tour really was a fantastic way to explore the city and see so many places!

      Thanks for reading and speak soon for sure!

      Laura xo

  • ariannachatz .

    Wow Rome looks so pretty – literally from the floors to the ceilings.


  • Such an amazing recap of your visit to Rome! I was in Rome a few years ago and fell in love with its history, beauty and food. Thanks for sharing

    Keisha xo

    • Rome is a fantastic place isn’t it? So much to see and do. I love Italy in general and would like to explore more of it 🙂

      This was my second visit to Rome and it was great seeing much more of it.

      You’re very welcome! Thanks for reading.

      Laura xo

  • Amazing pictures and place! I’d love to visit Rome someday! =D

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    • Thanks so much Jessica!

      Really glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 Rome is such an interesting place to visit!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xoxo

  • What a wonderful travel diary – and tour! I love the sound of slightly smaller groups, as it would make the experience far more intimate and enjoyable 🙂 Your photos are lovely Laura, and it’s SO nice to see Trevi Fountain again – it’s undoubtedly my favourite spot belonging to the city. You look beautiful in your dress by the way 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

    • Thank you Gabrielle, Rome really is such an interesting city and I found The Roman Guy’s tour really very useful.

      The Trevi Fountain is gorgeous and love it at night when it’s lit up and the water becomes a deep green/blue.

      Thank you! Glad you like the Nancy Mac dress, I have been reaching for those dresses often actually.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • I haven’t been to Rome in ages, I have to revisit soon. And eat gelato, of course.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • You’ll certainly have to re-visit, this was my second visit to Rome and really enjoyed exploring it in such an in depth way – the gelato is delicious!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Gellie Ortiz Abogado

    Love the photos! Rome is also in my “to travel to places.” Thanks for sharing your tour with The Roman Guy 🙂


  • These pictures are gorgeous and Rome looks amazing! I would love to visit there some day.

    Ann-Marie |

    • Thanks so much Ann-Marie, I’m really glad you enjoyed the post. Rome was such an incredible place to visit 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • Rome is such a wonderful city!


  • Wow, looks like you had a great trip! Italy is on my bucketlist, because it has so much beautiful architecture to see and tons of interesting history to learn about! 🙂

    Pop over to my blog!


    • Sarah Rome is so beautiful, so much history and you would really enjoy it there,the architecture really is incredible!

      Thanks for popping by and yes I shall do!

      Laura xo

  • This looks and sounds like the most amazing trip ever! You pics are stunning. Rome is definitely on my bucket list. 🙂

    • Rome was a great place to re-visit and certainly would return again! I would like to explore more of the foodie finds next time I go.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Wow what a wonderful trip you had! The tour guide sounds great and your photos as always are amazing! Gemma x

    • It really was a great trip Gemma! Rome is such an interesting place and the tour was fantastic!

      Really glad you like the photographs 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Ivana Džidić

    I was in Rome 3 years ago and we visited the same sights! All the things you listed are really a must in Rome. It was such a job seeing these photographs again.

    You look so lovely in that dress!

    You certainly had a fantastic experience if photos are to judge:) I must say this company seems to provide a great tour.

    • Rome is such a great place and wonderful that you lived there 🙂

      Thank you, really glad you like the dress 🙂

      The Roman Guy really do provide a wonderful tour, enjoyed every moment of it.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • We did a couple of tours with The Roman Guy, they’re great aren’t they. A driving tour sounds like a good way to see some far flung corners of the city

    • The Roman Guy really are fantastic tour guides! Elaine our guide was lovely and it was great to hear so much knowledge about the city.

      The driving tour was great, especially seeing Aventine Hill and the orange gardens, it was beautiful there and so relaxing also!

      Thanks for reading Suze and hope you’re well!

      Laura xo

  • Wow, these photos are so lovely, Laura, and it sounds as though you had such a wonderful time! I like that the tours are small and intimate, which is what I prefer when venturing out or doing excursions when traveling. Thanks for the tip on spotting good, authentic gelato, too! I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far, beautiful!



    • Thanks so much Jalisa! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      Yes the intimate tours were wonderful and our tour guide Elaine was so lovely and very knowledgable. The Driving and Walking tour was a great way explore some of Rome’s highlights that’s for sure!

      You’re very welcome on the gelato tip! The gelato we had was delicious!

      Thanks so much for reading and have a lovely week!

      Laura xo

  • Coco Cami

    Amazing post, thanks for sharing. I would love to visit Rome 🙂

    Camille xo

    • Thanks Camille! Glad you enjoyed the post.

      Rome is a very interesting place to visit. Full of culture and so much history.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Rome is one of the places I want to visit, history and architecture wise it is one of the most amazing places to visit! You captured so many beautiful photos, look how beautiful Trevi foundation looks!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Rome is such a fantastic place to visit, the architecture is incredible and the history is so interesting.

      The Roman Guy’s tour was so helpful and loved going off the beaten track in a car to explore some incredible places such as Aventine Hill Orange Garden! So pretty and chilled out up there.

      Thanks so much for reading Ela 🙂

      Laura xo

  • Blogger Pro

    Hey, I spotted you on another girl’s blog and decided to come and say hi! I have been enjoying reading your blog. Check out mine if you have any spare time!
    Interested in any collabs?
    Good luck!xx

  • thefashionfolks

    These pictures are gorgeous, Rome looks amazing! Xx

  • Sounds like you had a blast! I really wanna visit Rome and Italy in general!


    Tamara –

    • Thanks Tamara! Rome was such a fantastic place to visit. Really interesting and a great place to take photographs!

      The Tour with The Roman Guy was fantastic too, really a great way to see the city.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo