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Rome by Night Walking Tour - Legends & Criminal Stories

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Rome by Night Walking Tour - Legends & Criminal Stories

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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
Pass By:  
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.
Pass By:  
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
Perfect ending to a perfect trip!!!
Rachel_V
, Oct 2021
This was so fun, the stories came to life; a perfect way to end our stay in Roma!!! Be prepared it is a walking tour, so wear good shoes and a light jacket. All of the stories are brought to life and jump from the shadows of the night!
star-5
Awesome tour!
starbright153
, Oct 2021
Absolutely awesome tour!! Our guide joe was incredible!! It was the perfect tour to end our trip! I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick but awesome tour
star-5
Highly Recommend!
Alec_M
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Alithia was great! She was entertaining and provided fun and random facts about the historical city of Rome. The tour lasted about 2-hours and was a great introductory to the city on our first night visiting.
star-5
Wonderful
Elizabeth_G
, Sep 2021
He was a wonderful storyteller. It was a beautiful night for these educational and dramatic stories of Romes lurid past
star-5
Funny spooky tour
Lucy
, Sep 2021
It was a super interesting and entertaining tour in Rome. We got a different view of the historic places.
star-5
Best of Rome!!
Oliver_O
, Sep 2021
Alythia was a fantastic guide and story teller. Well worth the money. Recommend taking the night tour to see all the lights. She also gave us tips on some local fine dining. Super job all around!!!!
star-5
Very enjoyable tour
Kathleen_L
, Sep 2021
Would highly recommend this tour for people who are into true crime and history. We learned a lot of interesting things and got to see buildings and areas we otherwise would not have known about.
star-5
A Fun Evening
Suzanne_L
, Aug 2021
An excellent and fun way to get a real eye into life in Renaissance Rome. Overall, a very enjoyable evening.
star-5
Very entertaining evening in Rome
Nicolas_S
, Aug 2021
Recommend this walk if you have a free evening in Rome, you will never walk accross the piazza campa di fiore or cross the bridge to the Castel Sant’Angelo the same way. If you are lucky you will get Roberto as your guide, who is a masterful storyteller and will manage to hold your attention even after a long day in Rome. The order of the landmarks which you run into is incorporated into the content of the tour and this works very well for an entertaining experience.
star-5
Worth doing, I would do it twice if possible.
Eric_S
, Aug 2021
Our tour guide was fantastic. Vet knowledgeable and it was incredible and asking around Rome at night. The stories were great, the history of Rome was great. I recommend this to everyone.

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