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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

Departure Point

Piazza di S. Andrea della Valle, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

00040 Castel Gandolfo, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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What is the maximum group size during Rome by Night Walking Tour - Legends & Criminal Stories?
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This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "Don’t let the name of the tour discourage you if you aren’t into ghost tours!" See review

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Fantastic Tour
James_S
, Jul 2021
Roberto was an exceptional guide. He was funny, charming and gave us a fantastic overview of the city at night. He was so helpful and had so much interesting information we did not get on other tours. We loved the stories and the sights themselves were so beautiful at night. This is a must do for anyone looking to learn about Rome in a fun way that doesn’t just do the usual tourist locations. We as a couple loved it and cannot recommend it higher enough, especially our guide Roberto
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A pleasure
Enrico_P
, Jul 2021
It was very different. I learned many new things about Rome. The tour guide spoke excellent English. She was was from Canada.
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Interesting dark heart of rome tour
Emily
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide she was very friendly and it was clear she showed a lot of interest in the city of Rome’s history, she made the tour really enjoyable and it was great to learn all about rome
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Best tour guide
Angela
, Jul 2021
Roberto was an excellent storyteller and superb guide. Also he went beyond by staying with us until we were able to find taxis and called the cab company to get 3 taxis for our large group. Wonderful details of often forgotten Roman history, tales, and creepy stories! Thank you Roberto; you made our Dark Tour of Rome memorable!! See you soon! Avveriderla a presto! The Assensi Ford Family
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Such a great way to see the city
Heidi
, Jul 2021
Such a great way to see the city and hear stories you wouldn’t be able to read about in the traditional guidebooks. Our guide was so good to find the interesting spots and a great storyteller. Can definitely recommend this tour!
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Outstanding
CameronY_S
, Jul 2021
Exceptional tour! Really impressed with our guide. She was knowledgeable, entertaining, and truly helpful!
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Great and unique experience
ceg2611
, Jul 2021
This was a really fun and lively tour to break up the heavy history that is usually associated with a place like Rome. You get lots of fun historical references, but with a twist or a dark side. There are also some stories of legends and myths that make for great spooky content. Cristiano was our tour guide and did an excellent job. He was a great storyteller, and has a few photos to show as well for additional context at some of the stops. The tour starts and ends in very accessible locations as well. 10/10 would recommend.
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Unforgettable night walk
Paolo_D
, Sep 2020
Very nice walking tour and so nice explanations. Lot of fun and beautiful spots to visit. 100% recommended!
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The Darker Secrets of Rome
Krunal_M
, Sep 2020
We had Rob as our guide. Thoroughly enjoyed it, his interaction and approachability were fantastic. Genuinely was one of the highlights of the short weekend trip getaway. The tour is not too 'ghosty' so fine even for the faint-hearted but rather very emotive and interactive regarding the darker side of Rome and information that we definitely would not learn through travel guides etc. I recommend this to all.
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Fascinating insights...
Joanna_P
, Aug 2020
This was a great tour and John an excellent guide. He knew how to tell interesting story about the dark side of Rome.
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