Rome Walking Tours
Art and Museum Tours

No city in the world offers the depth and breadth of Western art and architecture that Rome does. From the Vatican and its museums through the great palaces and basilicas to some small and more obscure architectural gems, Your Own Italy will take you on a breathtaking voyage through the centuries. You will see unforgettable treasures all in private tours arranged for your group only. Each tour is facilitated by an local expert, licensed, English-speaking guide. See details below and contact us for additional information and customization.
Bird's eye view of St. Peter's Square in Rome

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you on a tour to visit the three great patriarchal basilicas of Rome. The Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest and most important, has been set aside for use by the Pope as his own parish. The lovely Basilica of St. Mary Major is the largest of the 26 churches in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and has an exciting history, including a miraculous snowfall on August 4, 358 AD. The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle and contains a fascinating series of portraits of every Pope up to the...

Exterior view of Galleria Borghese in Rome

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the Borghese Gallery where you will marvel at masterpieces by Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Bernini that made the Borghese family the premier collectors of their day. Their former suburban palace turned private museum is now one of the most important, and certainly one of the most elegant, museums in Rome. Handed over to the Italian state in 1902, the present-day museum covers two floors, with sculpture on the ground floor and paintings on the upper. You will spend equal time in each and will also examine the villa's...

Detail of face on plaster decoration at Roman Villa

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you on a walk that will take you to two illustrious Roman noble residences: the Villa Farnesina and the Palazzo Spada. The Villa Farnesina, designed by Peruzzi and frescoed by Raphael, is located in the Trastevere ("across the Tiber") neighborhood, an area of wonderful small restaurants, workshops, and side streets. The Palazzo Spada, near Rome's historical center, boasts Borromini’s famous trompe l’oeil perspective and the Spada art gallery, one of the few art collections of a noble family in which paintings are displayed in their...

Michelangelo's La Pieta showing Mary holding Jesus' dead body

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel for a delightful tour to discover the Eternal City in the footsteps of Michelangelo the painter, the sculptor, and the architect. Your guide will explain the history and context of his art as well as anecdotes about his life. The tour begins at Porta Pia, a gate to Rome that was one of the genius's last works. The second destination, the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, is a masterful architectural reorganization of an ancient bathhouse into a church. A walk down some cobblestone streets leads to the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, known as St...

Detail of multiple figures at the fountain in Piazza Navona, Rome

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel for a delightful tour exploring Baroque Rome through the life and work of architect and sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, a man who helped reshape the city in the 1600s. Beginning in Rome’s central historical district and the seat of the Italian government, you will visit San Lorenzo in Lucina and Sant’Andrea delle Fratte churches, where Bernini and his rival Borromini lived while in Rome. At the Piazza Barberini you will see Bernini’s Fontana del Tritone, sculpted by him in 1642, and, in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria the highlight of the tour...

Face of Medusa with open mouth by Caravaggio

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel for a spectacular exploration of Baroque Rome through the life and art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, a painter whose work basically defines the Baroque era. Beginning in the iconic Piazza del Popolo, you will visit the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, which, in addition to housing Caravaggio’s “Conversion of Saint Paul” and “Crucifixion of St. Peter,” houses the spectacular Chigi chapel, designed by Raphael and embellished by Bernini. At the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, in Piazza Navona, are a cycle of St. Matthew canvases that, with...