Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Borghese Gallery: Tour

1. Borghese Gallery: Tour

Enjoy entry to one of Rome’s most popular museums with a ticket to Borghese Gallery, located in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. Tickets for the museum are limited and often sell out. Marvel at the collection that has been described as the “Queen of all Private Art Collections”. Witness one of the most interesting, charming, elegant, and compact art museums in Rome, the collection is neither chronologically arranged, nor very ordinate. Instead, it is a personal, lovingly matched collection that reveals the personalities and tastes of 2 people: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest of the Baroque artists; and Scipione Cardinal Borghese, the greatest art collector, who initiated the Roman Baroque. Particular highlights include the "Caravaggio Room," where you can see paintings like "David with the Head of Goliath." Admire works by Raphael, such as "The Deposition and Lady with a Unicorn," along with sculptures by Bernini, such as his "Apollo and Daphne" and "David." Take a stroll around the beautiful gardens of the Villa Borghese, and take in the view over Piazza del Popolo.

Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour

2. Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour

Learn about Cardinal Borghese's vast art collection and the stories behind each piece on this guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens. Stroll along shady lanes among sculptures and tranquil fountains. Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned both the Villa Borghese itself and many of the great works still on display in its gallery. Works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Titian remain in their original settings, as envisioned by the Cardinal, a fiercely determined collector. Strictly-controlled entry to the Villa and Gallery can make booking difficult and complicated. This package lets you avoid the organizing and even skip the line to get in when you arrive. During this fully-guided tour you’ll hear more about Cardinal Borghese’s quest to complete his collection, and the stories behind the artworks themselves, including Bernini’s "Apollo and Daphne", Canova’s "Pauline Bonaparte", Caravaggio’s "St. Jerome" and Raphael’s "The Deposition". Your guide will be an English speaker and an expert on the collection, and audio headsets ensure you’ll hear every word they say. The tour also includes a visit to the Borghese Gardens: once the Cardinal’s private park, now a favorite spot for locals to relax among sculptures, plants, and water features, and get away from it all. From the Pincio Terrace, you can appreciate another kind of work of art: the vista of Rome itself, from the Piazza del Popolo in the distance.

Borghese Gallery: Tour with Gardens

3. Borghese Gallery: Tour with Gardens

Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a guided walking tour. This popular attraction often sells out in advance, so by pre-booking your ticket, you will visit one of the world’s most beautiful art museums hosting the works of extraordinary artists. Admire Caravaggio’s most important paintings like “Young sick Bacchus” and “ Boy with a Basket of Fruit”; Bernini and Canova’s magnificent sculptures’ collection, boasting works like “Apollo and Daphne”, “David”, “The Rape of Proserpina” and “Paolina Bonaparte”. Be led through the marvelous rooms of Casina Borghese, with its splendid frescoes, and discover the secrets, the stories, and the painting techniques concealed behind the masterpieces of one of the world’s most beautiful art museums. Take a relaxing stroll through the Villa Borghese gardens, an enchanting park with little lakes and trees that is beloved by the Romans. End with a breathtaking view over the rooftops of Rome and Piazza del Popolo from Pincio Terrace.

Rome Guided Golf Cart 3-Hour Tour

4. Rome Guided Golf Cart 3-Hour Tour

Explore Rome via a unique mode of transport and see more of the city than you would on foot. During a 3-hour sightseeing tour by street legal golf cart, you will make easy work of the Eternal City, and even visit hidden gems, such as the Aventine and Celio hills, not usually included on walking tours. Departing from Piazza del Popolo, in front of the "twin" churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, set off for Rome’s historic center and see sights such as the baroque Trevi Fountain. According to legend, if you throw a coin in the fountain you are guaranteed to one day return to Rome. You will also pass Piazza Barberini, Piazza Colonna, named for the marble Column of the Roman Marcus Aurelius, and Piazza Venezia, the very center of Rome dominated by the Victor Emmanuel II monument to a unified Italy. Drive to lesser known gems, such as Celio Hill, site of the beautiful villa and gardens of Villa Celimontana and the ancient basilicas of Santo Stefano Rotondo and Santi Giovanni e Paolo. And explore Aventine Hill, home to the Knights of Malta, city rose garden, and a fragrant orange grove. Tours are tailored to client’s wishes and all itineraries are suggestions. The purpose is to give you an idea of what one can see during a tour in a golf cart, and what the tour can cover starting and ending from the Piazza del Popolo.

Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

5. Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

Take in the sights in the center of Rome in the evening light during this guided walking tour. Travel from the grand Piazza del Popolo to the vibrant Campo de’ Fiori market. View iconic sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the ancient Pantheon. Meet your guide at Piazza del Popolo, where churches, fountains, and monuments tastefully embellish the square. Walk up to the Pincio Terrace to admire the sunset over Rome and enjoy breathtaking views over the city. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Continue your walk to the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome one day. Visit Piazza della Rotonda and admire the exterior of the historic Pantheon. Built in 27 B.C. the Pantheon was dedicated to all the Roman gods. In the 7th century, it was converted to a church dedicated to Mary and the martyrs. It is also the resting place of some major Renaissance artists, including Raffaello. Admire Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in the center of iconic Piazza Navona. The square also features other important sculptural and architectural creations, including the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Palazzo Pamphili, the Neptune Fountain at the northern end, and the Moor Fountain at the southern end. End your evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a site that at one time was noted for races and executions. In the center of the square you’ll see the statue of Giordano Bruno. Today Campo de’ Fiori is a busy marketplace in the morning and a center of nightlife after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect place to continue your evening in the Eternal City after your guided tour.

Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

6. Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

After you buy the quest, receive a code which grants you access to the quest in the app (the app is free to download). Along the way, find the story of the most prolific executioner in Rome, discover the church of chained spirits, and see the woman who was cursed to lose her hands. Find out many other stories of the people who lived and died in these 10 places that you’ll visit. The quest can be played at any hour, but it is recommended that you try it at night, for the full haunted experience. It will take you from 1 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map or GPS. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point (Piazza del Popolo) and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

7. Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

Explore Rome on a guided Segway tour to sights like Piazza di Pietra. Glide through Villa Borghese and climb up Pincian Hill without breaking a sweat. Cruise through the Campo Marzio district with ease.  Learn how to operate a Segway upon meeting your guide on Piazza del Popolo, and then head towards the grounds of the magnificent Villa Borghese once everyone is confident on this easy-to-ride, self-balancing vehicle. Discover the ancient monuments of the third largest park in Rome, including the legendary Borghese Gallery, home to a treasure trove of art by the most famous painters from Italy.  Continue to the lake before riding over to Piazza di Siena. Make your way up the Pincio (Pincian Hill) to get breathtaking view over the city. Head back down into the bustling city center and visit some of the main squares and alleyways of the Campo Marzio district.  Admire the impressive Pantheon and get a closer look at the colonnades of the Temple of Hadrian in Piazza di Pietra. See Bernini's glorious Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Boat) in Piazza di Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

Rome: Private City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with Transfer

8. Rome: Private City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with Transfer

Take a trip back in time and discover what ancient Rome was like, visit the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and the Pantheon. Enjoy the beauties of the Eternal City, its squares, its alleys and its statues. Admire the city from the top of its terraces and discover Rome in all its grandeur. Discover the charm of the Vatican City, with St. Peter's Basilica and its majestic square. Enjoy a good ice cream or an excellent coffee.

Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps & Pantheon

9. Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps & Pantheon

Rome’s famous squares, monuments, fountains and artists offer you the very best attractions on this 2.5-hour afternoon walking tour. Let the Eternal City enchant you as you stroll through its picturesque cobblestone alleyways, and discover some of the world’s most famous sites, such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Travel back in time and admire all of the city’s must-see art and architecture, in a single afternoon! Begin in Piazza del Popolo, the traditional northern “door to Rome,” with the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo as the first church that visitors to Rome would see upon entering its gates. The Spanish Steps, with its lively atmosphere and stunning views, bring you down into the winding alleys of the heart of the historic center, where you will encounter the ornate Trevi Fountain. Throw a coin in the fountain and promise to return! Continue with a stop at Piazza Colonna and see the column erected by Marcus Aurelius that is now considered by Romans as the very center of the city. We will also stop at the Pantheon to explore its impressive concrete dome and open oculus. Nearby, visit Piazza Navona to get a close-up view of Bernini’s famous “Fountain of the Four Rivers,” triumphantly marking its ornate center. Finally, you will go to Piazza Navona for a taste of one of the liveliest and most famous piazzas in Rome.

Discover Rome Tour by Segway

10. Discover Rome Tour by Segway

Your tour will depart from the Piazza del Popolo at the foot of the panoramic Pincio (Pincian Hill) terrace, where you will have a brief introductory training session on use of the Segways to ensure you are confident riding, before taking you on a tour of discovery of Rome’s most magnificent piazzas. You will see Piazza della Rotonda with the Pantheon and its many cafes located around the 13 obelisks of the city, Piazza Navona with Bernini’s colossal Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) and Campo dei Fiori with its famous daily market. Then, you will go across the Sant’Angelo bridge to the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo and Via della Conciliazione where you can admire the magnificent Cupola di San Pietro (dome of St. Peter’s), finishing in Piazza San Pietro with its superb colonnade. On the way back to Piazza del Popolo you will pass by the Ara Pacis Museum with the Mausoleum of Augustus.

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What people are saying about Piazza del Popolo

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Our guide shared his knowledge & love of Caravaggio with us, along with outstanding recommendations for books, more pieces to visit and where, along with Milan recommendations for churches and historical sites. Couldn't recommend this tour more! I have nerve damage so we had to make frequent stops along the way but he didn't act like it was ever an issue or tried to rush the experience, which was so appreciated!

It was a wonderful tour, covering key Rome landmarks as well as some quieter locations. Our guide, Alejandro, was lovely. He was very informative, considerate and kind, allowing us plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the sights. Would highly recommend.

I loved this tour! Even though Rome has a big nightlife, the sights had way less people around and were really cool to see some lit up. The stop for gelato was fantastic and the guide was knowledgeable and had a great personality!

Alessandra was a great guide, we really enjoyed the 3 hours, he guided us through the Roman traffic and is very nice and friendly. Any time!

Very knowledgeable guide, I learned much about the history of Rome and saw places I'd never seen before.