Private Circus Maximus and Aventine Keyhole Tour

Private & Custom Tours in Rome

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Enjoy a fascinating private 2-hour tour of the Circus Maximus and the Aventine Hill led by an expert guide. Visit the grandest entertainment venue of ancient Rome and see the palace from where Nero used to watch the games. Walk along the Aventine Hill, the most exclusive residential area of both ancient and modern Rome. See precious churches and art treasures and be amazed by the views through the secret keyhole and the Orange Garden.
Meet your guide in morning by the bronze statue of Italian hero, Giuseppe Mazzini. Then head off to the grandest entertainment building of ancient Rome, the Circus Maximus, and enjoy a pleasant and informative walk through one of the most historic areas of the city. The arena was made for chariots races and could contain approximately 300,000 spectators, or at least 4 times more than the Colosseum. You will hear fascinating stories, facts and curiosities about the Circus and its games, just like in the movie Ben Hur. Your guide will take you back in time using iPad and visual tools to help you relive the history of this fascinating ancient ruin.From the Circus you will walk up to the Aventine Hill to witness elegant houses, scented pine trees, and small peaceful streets. The area's ancient temples and churches make the Aventine a gifted place in Rome. See the medieval churches of St. Alexius, Boniface and Sabina which contain precious art and religious treasures. After, head to the famous keyhole on the gate to the gardens of the Knights of Malta headquarters, one of the finest examples of perspective architecture. The tour will come to an end in one of the most romantic places of Rome, the Orange Garden. From the terrace of the garden you will enjoy one of the most spectacular views of Rome.

What’s included

  • Professional guide
  • Private walking tour
  • Entry/Admission - Circus Maximus

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks


  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Step back in time on a history tour