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Rome - The Eternal City

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Explore the magic of the “Eternal City”. Retrace the footsteps of gladiators at the Colosseum,  skip the line into the Vatican and marvel at the art, drama filled history, and amazing architecture.  You’ll be able to enjoy a walking tour along the Spanish Steps, and toss a coin into the Trevi fountain ensuring this won’t be your last trip to Rome!

Tour Features:

  • Skip-the-line into the Colosseum, Vatican, St. Peter's, and the Roman Forum
  • Stroll along the Spanish steps and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain
  • Visit the Campo de Fiori market where you can find handmade Italian goods
  • Gelato 101 lesson complete with samples
  • Dinners at the authentic local eateries
  • We offer a BYO Accommodation option so you can pick your own accommodation

Upcoming Dates:

If your date isn't included, email us
and we'll try to squeeze you in!

Meet Your Tour Guide:

Rhianne Taylor

Originally from England, I moved to Rome in 2011 because... well... it is the sexiest city in the world! With me you will have a very unique experience... Italy from a British perspective... and with a British accent!!!! I have experienced these cities as a tourist and as a student, so I understand exactly how you feel, and I aim to make this the best trip ever and help you make the most out of every second!

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Our BYO accommodation option means you get to book your own accomodation and join in on all of our epic activities for the weekend with the rest of the group!  Its the perfect option for people who have already booked accomodation in a city or a group of friends who might want to share an airbnb or a hotel room.  


Day 0 - Thursday (optional early arrival highly recomended)

With such a big, incredible city, we highlyrecommend arriving on Thursday for more time to explore. Our guide can meet you at the hostel and help you arrange for dinner or nightlife

Day 1 - Friday: Papal Rome

We'll meet up at the hostel promptly at 10 AM to go over the plan for the weekend.  Toss back a double espresso because we're headed out for a walking tour of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona.  Next its on to St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums! These halls are packed with the most priceless artwork in the world which will keep you on your feet for hours.  We'll head back to the hostel for a quick break and then we'll meet up for the optional dinner with wine.  Unfortunately if you arrive later on Friday and miss the vatican you may not have the chance to make this up since it is closed on Sunday.

Day 2 - Saturday: Ancient Rome

We'll head to the Colosseum, then visit the ancient forum and you'll have the oppportunity to grab lunch near the city center.  Next we're off to Campo de'Fiori market for handmade Italian goods.  You'll have some free time in the afternoon and we'll meet up for a group dinner and your guide will show you Rome's top hot spots with WSA exclusive discounts.

Day 3 - Sunday: Tearful Goodbyes

The tour ends after breakfast and students are welcome to depart at any time that suits them and their travel arrangements. Your WSA guide will make recommendations for those who have extra time in town. We recommend the Galleria Borghese for amazing Baroque art or the Porta Portese flea market for some incredible antique discoveries. 


* Please note: this itinerary is an approximation of the tour. All aspects of the tour are subject to change in the event of sight closures and strikes. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions at all! :)  



4 days, 3 nights - Only €389

Day 1 - Thursday: Welcome to Roma!

Check-in anytime in the hostel and then we will meet up with the guide at 7pm. We'll take and envening stroll through Rome and you'll get to see some beautiful neighborhood churches, beautifully done up for Holy Thursday. Along the way we may stop for some pizza by the slice or grab your first taste of Italian gelato.

Day 2 - Friday: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Grab your free breakfast at the hostel because we'll be jumping right into the thick of it, we'll zip across town to skip the line into the gargantuan Vatican museums. We'll ogle the Sistine Chapel and go inside St. Petere's Basilica. In the afternoon, we'll climb the hill behind the Vatican to get beautiful sunset views over the city. This evening, we'll head to the old town of Rome, Trastevere, for a fun dinner followed by nightlife nearby. 

Day 3, Saturday: Caesar Shuffle & Ancient Rome

Fuel up with a free breakfast at the hostel because today, we'll explore ancient Rome with a tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Forum. We'll have lunch near the Pantheon, and enjoy free time for gelato, shopping and more in the afternoon. That evening, we'll take a passegiata through Rome's most famous piazzas, capped with a dinner party at our favorite student restaurant in the shadow of the Pantheon. Party late, or head in to rest up for an early morning.

Day 4 - Sunday: Easter with Pope Francis & Tearful Goodbyes

Leave the hostel at 5:30am to snag front row seats at Easter Mass. The gates open at 9:00am and Mass starts at 10:15am. Mass will last until just before noon, and you'll be free for the afternoon to explore Rome or make your connections out of town. Do your best to get flights out after 4pm.

Opt in to stay an extra night and depart on Easter Monday if you prefer.

All in all, it'll be a weekend you won't forget!

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Our DIY Rome tour gets you into the Colosseum, Ancient Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica all without standing in line. Don't forget our top recommendations for pizza, panini, espresso, and gelato!

Tour Features:

  • Skip the line entry into the Colosseum & the Vatican Museums
  • Top-rated hostel accommodations
  • All roads lead to Rome: In a city known for having the some of the best culinary creations in the world we provide the local insider info to discover the best of the best for pizza, gelato, wine, and pasta
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  • 2 nights in our favorite hostel in Rome
  • Skip-the-line entry into the Colosseum and Forum
  • Skip-the-line entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Guidebook chapter for Rome researched and compiled by Andy Steves


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