In an imaginary competition of European cities over cultural heritage, Rome would be without match. Its combination of haunting ruins, soaring domes silhouetted against distant hills, and ornate palaces serves as a constant reminder of its place at the forefront of European history.
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When in Rome
From the romance of the movies, to the history of the Roman period, from fast-fashion, to fast cars, and not forgetting some of the best food in the world. Rome is one of the most charming cities, that will have you under its spell in no time.Self-guided tours of Rome are undoubtedly the best way to see the city. With an abundance of information to take in, be it by foot or car, an audio tour of Rome allows you to take it all in as you go. Simply download the app to your smartphone, plug in your headphones and get ready for a sensory journey like no other. Best of all, you get to curate your own waking tour, using recommendations from experts.
Explore the very best of Rome
Whether you’re a lover or a blogger, a family or a couple – you’ll find everything you came for in Rome. If you’re not sure where to start, here are just some of the highlights and locations to add to your schedule anytime anywhere to ensure your self-guided walking tour of Rome is epic!
As you’d expect for a city 2,800 years old, there’s plenty of culture, history and fascinating things on every corner. For jaw-dropping architecture, head to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum for ruins that span back decades. Along the way you’ll likely stumble across the Spanish Steps at the foot of the Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Finally, cameras at the ready for Castel Sant Angelo – a towering monument nearly as old as the city itself.
La Dolce Vita
The Italians call it ‘La dolce vita’ – you might know it as the good life. Rome isn’t just for sightseeing after all, it’s for taking in all that’s good and great about local culture – not to mention the epic gelato! Wander around a piazza, throw a cent in a fountain and make a wish! Listen to local music over a delicious gelato, and have a leisurely coffee whilst checking your email at a local café. It’s amazing how you can lose a day to its comforting cobbled streets – Europe at its finest.
Rome is an open-air museum in itself, but some of the real gems are to be found in its galleries and museums, where simply everything is impressive. You’ve probably seen friends take selfies on their Facebook page at the National Gallery of Modern Art, which is a must for art-lovers featuring over 4,400 works of art. Another to add to your audio tour of Rome are the Capitoline Museums, said to be the oldest in the world, and full of ancient artefacts. Go at your own pace with the Urbs app and take it all in.
Pizza, pasta, primi
Italy’s devotion to food is best experienced in Rome. As seen in the film Eat Pray Love, it’s a city of culinary exploration as much as anything else. This is not hard to miss, since great food is easy to come by. If you’re here for the pizza, and let’s be honest, who isn’t, then hot-foot it to Pizzeria Ai Marmi, an institution in the city that will remind you why Italians do the best pizza.
As you explore the city, be sure to add Vatican City and the Vatican Museums to your audio tour of Rome. It’s one of the top sites, attracting visitors from all corners of the world - from Australia to Greece and all that’s in between. As well as the masterpieces on show and the dazzling architecture, it’s the perfect place for reflection as the home to the Pope of the Catholic Church.
Rome by app
The Urbs app is designed to help you get the most out of your trip. Simply download the app on your iPhone or Android smartphone, and start to plan your route. Did you know that there’s more to the app than just audio tours? Here are a couple of additional benefits…
Sure, you want to visit all the big ticket events and locations. However, you also want to get off the beaten track. Our team of cultural experts and local writers have selected their favourite attractions, so you can mix and match your trip and create a one-off experience and audio tour of Rome.
Get your tickets
Rome is a busy destination with visitors all-year round. Don’t miss out on the top attractions – instead use the app to book tickets and save them to your smartphone.
Do it your way
The joy of curating your own self-guided walking tour of Rome is the option to go at your own pace. Choose from pre-selected walking tours, or build your own. The interface is easy to use and accessible.