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Address: 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 9174777652
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours


SMALL GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS LED BY LIVELY EXPERTS Our original tours are led by scholars and authorized guides with academic qualifications and permission to skip lines at museums and monuments. A DIFFERENT KIND OF TOUR EXPERIENCE Perfect for travelers who don’t like standard, boring tours. Spending time with an icon guide is like visiting with a friend who is excited to share insider secrets and history.

What makes our tours unforgettable

We are a network of over 30 carefully selected scholars, professors, researchers, authors and licensed guides specializing in the study of art history, archeology, architecture, literature and other subjects. Many of the scholars who lead our original tours hold MA, or Ph.D. degrees, and are known for their vibrant and enthusiastic presentations, bringing each location into historic and relevant detail with personality. Our guides provide accurate information, dispelling legends and myths recited by countless guides, and answering questions with a depth of knowledge that only comes from scholars with academic qualifications. We are able to customize private tours to met the specific interests of our guests. Today we are recognized by travel writers, travel agents, and online travel sites for having some of the “Best Tour Guides in the World”.

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Must do a tour with Icon

We had such an amazing experience with our tour guide Daniella from Icon tours. We did 3 different private tours in Rome and loved all of them. She gave us just the right amount... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2016
Cristina O
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We had such an amazing experience with our tour guide Daniella from Icon tours. We did 3 different private tours in Rome and loved all of them. She gave us just the right amount of information and was never overwhelming. We skipped all the crazy line ups as well. I highly recommend this.

Thank Cristina O
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

We had a 3 hour private tour with Daniela who guided us through the Ghetto and Trastevere in May. She was delightful and knowledgeable, pointing out many aspects of geography, architecture and culture that we could not have appreciated just using a guide book. The tour also helped orientate us in central Rome which was invaluable in planning the rest... More 

Thank Lampedusa48
Florence, Italy
1 review
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Daniela took my wife and I on two private tours of Rome. One, of the Vatican, Vatican museums and St. Peter's. The other of key sights in ancient Rome, including the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Colliseum and the Roman Forum. Daniela is so good at what she does. She brought the ancient city and Vatican alive for us. She is... More 

Thank cwmulford
Juneau, Alaska
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

We took the private Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel/St. Peter's Basilica and Ancient Rome/Colosseum Tours on 2 separate days with Daniella from Icon Tours. We learned so much and had such a good time with her. She is an expert on art, history, artists and Roman culture. She's well spoken and knowledgeable, but keeps things interesting, which is key in a city... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

Best tour from our 23 day Europe trip! My wife and I plus our three tween/teen boys were thrilled with the tour. And we can't say enough great things about our guide Dannie! She was fantastic and made the day loads of fun for the entire family. She was well prepared, had great visual aids, and she knew how to... More 

Thank Mike L
Gloucester, Virginia
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Reviewed 16 June 2015

A friend referred us to Icon Tours on a recent trip to Rome. It was the best! We booked the Vatican Museum tour with the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a private guide for 4 of us. Our guide, Daniela, was fantastic!! The sites were quite crowded on our visit, and Daniela was able to adjust our visit... More 

Thank TandB1993
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Reviewed 13 June 2015

Extremely professional, efficient, made our day in Rome excellent. We could not have asked for a better tour guide, more efficient service, and overall great experience on this adventure. My husband and I had been in Rome for several days 5 years ago. This trip, Mediterranean Cruise, was for my 70 year old sister, who had never been to Rome... More 

Thank shadow373
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2015

My father and I took a wonderful tour over this past winter with Daniela from Icon Tours. Daniela was our guide for the Ancient Roman Archaeological sites and I was impressed with both her knowledge of antiquity as well as her love of contemporary Rome and the relationship between the two. As an Middle School Ancient History teacher, I was... More 

Thank Chris B
1 review
Reviewed 1 February 2015

Seeing Rome and the Vatican with a guide, and as excellent as this one, is a new experience. Alone is great and beautiful but seeing it through the eyes of some one who tells you the stories behind it is amazing!!!! One can feel the atmosphere! We were a group of 16, parents and 10 adolescets, and even they were... More 

Thank Camila393
Houston, Texas
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150 reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2014

Whatever your trip to Rome may include, do not leave the city without a tour from Icon! This is probably the best, most comprehensive, informative, educational tour company that I have ever hired. My wife and I took her father to Europe for his 80th birthday, four of his brothers and sisters from Ireland (ages 65-78) joined us in Rome... More 

Thank Brad B

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