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Ghosts & Legends Tours in Rome

Rome is known around the world for many things like food, history and ancient buildings. You can explore the lesser-known side of the city on a ghosts and legends tour in Rome.

These ghosts and legends tours in Rome will take you to some of the most haunted parts of the city and teach you about the legends that have been passed down from previous generations.

Here's everything you need to know about ghosts and legends tours you can choose from the most popular sightseeing tours in Rome.

What are the best ghosts and legends tours in Rome?

Free ghost and legends walking tour

Free walking tours are becoming available all over the world. You can choose from a handful of free walking tours in Rome. These tours are free to join, but we recommend tipping your guide based on their service.

A professional guide will take you to some of the city’s most haunted attractions. These include Castel Sant'Angelo, Via Giulia, Saint Mary of the Oration and Death, Fountain of the Mascherone, Ponte Sisto and Campo de 'Fiori.

Legends and criminals walking tour

These tours offer a small twist on ghosts and legends tours because they also discuss some of the most famous Roman criminals.

They follow similar itineraries and stop at Campo de ‘Fiori, Via Giulia, Via del Governo Vecchio, Piazza Farnese and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo.

Crypts and catacombs ghost tour

On these combo tours, you will explore the crypts and catacombs of Rome while learning about ancient legends and ghosts. You will stop at the Catacombs of Rome, Basilica of San Martino ai Monti and The Capuchin "Bone Chapel."

The professional guide will also share historical context and discuss legends along the way.

Gladiator Arena night tour

Most tourists visit the Colosseum during the day, but you can experience another side of the ancient ruins on this tour. Through virtual reality, you can experience ancient Rome in the Colosseum.

Your guide will share information and stories about the arena while you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

How much do Ghosts & Legends tours in Rome cost?

Ghosts and legends tours in Rome vary in price based on how long the tour lasts, which operator you select, which attractions the tour visits and whether or not it is a private tour.

The tours typically range between €5 and €100. If you book a free walking tour, you can participate for free but should tip the tour guide at the end.

For just €5 to €10, you can participate in an exploration game or self-guided tour that leads you to the most haunted parts of the city.

You can book a guided tour and learn about the legends and haunted places from a professional guide for anywhere from €25 to €100. There is an option for every budget!

What is included?

Most of the ghosts and legends tours in Rome include a professional guide who will teach you about the most haunted places and historic legends in Rome. Gratuities are not included, so budget accordingly if you would like to tip your tour guide.

Since most of the tours happen on foot, they do not include any form of transportation. You typically must make your own way to a designated meeting location that the operator will share with you ahead of time.

Some tours may include round-trip transportation or a skip-the-line option at each attraction for an additional fee.

Where does it start?

Most of the ghosts and legends tours do not include transportation, so they each have a different starting point. Your tour operator will share the designated meeting location before your tour.

The spot varies based on which attractions your tour visits, although a handful of the tours start at Piazza Barberini.

How long does it last?

Almost all of the ghosts and legends tours last for two to three hours. You can book a shorter tour that lasts just under one hour if you are pressed on time. Some tour operators also offer full-day tours that last up to nine hours. You can select whichever option works best for your schedule and book accordingly!

When is the best time for a ghosts and legends tour in Rome?

Almost all of the guided ghosts and legends tours in Rome start late at night. The darkness adds to the overall ambiance and creates a spooky setting for the tour.

Some operators offer walking tours that happen multiple times throughout the day. You can choose which time works the best for you, though we recommend taking a night tour to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

If you prefer to take a tour during the day, you can also opt for a self-guided option.

Is it safe?

Almost all of the ghosts and legends tours require you to walk or bike between stops. Do not take the tour if you have a health condition that prohibits you from walking or biking relatively long distances.

Many of the tour operators state that they are unable to accommodate guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility impairments.

Are children allowed?

Many of the tours recommend against bringing children under the age of 12. Since most of them require you to walk or bike between the tour stops, they also cannot accommodate strollers.

Are there any combos available with ghosts and legends tours in Rome?

24-hour Rome hop-on hop-off bus + Rome’s ghosts and mysteries tour

Get more bang for your buck with this combination tour! This ticket provides you with access to the hop-on hop-off bus in Rome for 24 hours. You get free Wi-Fi and a multilingual audio guide on board.

On top of the bus ticket, you also get a walking tour with a professional guide. You can choose from tours in three different languages. The walking tour will take you to some of the most famous attractions in Rome and teach you about the local history and mysteries. These tickets start at just €39.

Crypts & catacombs + Legends & ghosts of Rome tour

This full-day tour is the perfect option for those looking to explore all of the legends and dark places that Rome has to offer. A professional guide will take you underground to explore the ancient tunnels of the Catacombs of Rome.

You will also visit the Bone Chapel and the Basilica San Clemente. Tickets for this combo tour start at €84.

What are the other sightseeing tours in Rome?

Travel tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes on the tour because you will walk a lot!
  • Most tours are not suitable for children, so book your tour accordingly.
  • Decide which attractions you would most like to visit before booking a tour.

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