Rome's Dark Side - Ghosts & Legends

Rome, Italy

Experience hosted by Benjamin

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Every city has a 'dark' side, and one as old as Rome is no different. We have ghosts, gruesome executions, and murders, and they can be strangely fascinating. Come along for an after-dark stroll to explore some of these tales of Rome.
We begin in one of Rome's liveliest squares, now full of bars and restaurants. However, it was once a place of execution, and reminders of this still stand - hear the tale of Giordano Bruno, one of Italy's greatest minds who got on the wrong side of the Church.
Then we take a stroll through the backstreets, arriving at one of the oldest bridges, which is haunted by one of Rome's most infamous characters.
Strolling down a medieval street, we come to a unique church, decorated with skulls, and home to a mysterious order of monks with a rather macabre task. From here, we reach the site of one of the world's most notorious historical prisons, then pass the tomb of the notorious Borgia Pope, before arriving at the home of an infamous poisoner.
Soon, we reach Castel Sant'Angelo, where we talk about one of Rome's most famous executions, which the city's people didn't want - the Cenci family.
Altogether, it's a fascinating alternative look at Roman history.
Other things to note
It's an easy walk, only lasting 2 hours maximum. We end close to some nice bars and restaurants, so I can show you to them if you like at the end.
Every city has a 'dark' side, and one as old as Rome is no different. We have ghosts, gruesome executions, and murders, and they can be strangely fascinating. Come along for an after-dark stroll to explore some of these tales of Rome.
We begin in one of Rome's liveliest squares, now full of bars and restaurants. However, it was once a place of execution, and reminders of this still stand - hear the tale of Giordano Bruno, one of Italy's grea…

Accessibility

No stairs or steps
Mainly flat or leveled ground

Meet your Host, Benjamin

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I have lived in Rome since 2011, working as a tour guide, and this city has came to be my home. Every street and every corner is filled with wonderful people, architecture, and history. Originally from the north of England, I studied a Masters in Ancient History at the University of Wales, before moving to Rome to put the knowledge to use. At times I've also lived in Florence and New York City (a little different to Rome, I know!), but Rome will always be my love, and I want to help others love it just as I do. I aim to entertain as well as teach you some of the history and secrets.
I have lived in Rome since 2011, working as a tour guide, and this city has came to be my home. Every street and every corner is filled with wonderful people, architecture, and history. Originally from the north of England, I studied a Masters in Ancient History at the University of Wales, before moving to Rome to put the knowledge to use. At times I've also lived in Florence and New York City (a little different to Rome, I know!), but Rome will always be my love, and I want to help others love…
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Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
Campo Dei Fiori
Roma
Campo Dei Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Ponte Sisto, Via Giulia, Via di Monserrato, Corte Savella, Ponte Sant'Angelo, Castel Sant'Angelo

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 912 reviews.

  • Sara
    January 2022
    Ben was awesome! Very Knowledgeable and a great story teller. I thoroughly enjoyed the history and the ghost stories. It was a nice walk. 2 people didn't show up so I got a private tour 👍 I'll never look at Rome the same way again! Thank you!!
  • Cynthia
    January 2022
    Fun night time tour for those of us that like the dark side of things. Benjamin is very knowledgeable about Rome and it’s dark past. This tour will not disappoint.
  • Bruno
    January 2022
    Great tour. I love that we learned so much about stories that you wouldn’t get on your typical history tours. They were different stories that were so exciting and interesting.
  • Pamela
    January 2022
    It was an amazing experience learning about the legends and the dark side of Rome! Benjamin was very entertaining, engaging and very funny! Had a wonderful time!
  • Maya
    January 2022
    Benjamin was very welcoming and enthusiastic about the experience. I loved the stories that he told us and I was very impressed with his knowledge of history. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a different experience of Rome and for anyone who’s interested to learn more about how romans used to live.
  • Jed
    January 2022
    We were very happy with the tour. Well worth the price and time. Benjamin is very knowledgeable and told us some very creepy stories. We loved it! Thank you Benjamin.

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