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Rome: Colosseum Guided Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

1. Rome: Colosseum Guided Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a guided tour of all 3 attractions. Learn all about the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, everyday Roman life, and the founding site of the city. After skipping the ticket line, explore the Colosseum as your guide shares its history with your group. Imagine the battle scenes with gladiators and wild animals that took place here. Next, visit the Roman Forum to see where the center of Roman social, political, and religious life took place. Home to the old marketplace and Temple of Julius Caesar, it was a grand site at the heart of Roman life. Head up Palatine Hill next, the rumored birthplace of Rome and the middle of the 7 hills. Enjoy panoramic views over the city from here, including unforgettable views of the Colosseum and Roman Forum themselves. Travel along the Via Sacra, the road connecting all 3 sites, as your guide paints a picture of Roman life for your group.

Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor & Forum Guided Tour

2. Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor & Forum Guided Tour

The Colosseum is one of the most visited monuments in the world. With skip-the-line tickets, waste no time standing in line and head straight inside. Enjoy special access to the arena floor and the underground chambers. Continue your tour with a guided visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Stand in the middle of the Colosseum arena floor and really get a feel for the magnitude of the best spectacle of the ancient world. With your guide, visit the underground chambers and hear stories of the gladiators and wild animals that were kept there. As you explore the ground floor level and the second level, your guide will share stories of epic battles, painting a vivid picture in your mind and bringing your surroundings to life. See where the emperor would be perched, high above the arena floor, ready to decide the fate of gladiators. After you have explored the Colosseum, walk to the nearby Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Enjoy amazing panoramic views of the Colosseum as you explore the ruins with your guide. Walk amongst the ruins and learn about the political, religious, social, and financial center of Ancient Rome.

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour with Circus Maximus

3. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour with Circus Maximus

Chart a course from the tribal beginnings of Rome to its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus, and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colosseum. Finally, enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Circus Maximus.

Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

4. Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

Chart a course through the archaeological tribal beginnings of Rome and its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of the Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and stay in the Roman Forums as long as you wish at the end of your official tour. During your booking, you may choose the option to extend your Ancient Rome experience by adding an extra 30-minute tour of the Circus Maximus, overseeing it from the scenic terrace of the Palatine Hill.

Rome: Colosseum & Roman Forum Small-Group Tour with Pickup

5. Rome: Colosseum & Roman Forum Small-Group Tour with Pickup

Begin this 3-hour sightseeing tour of Imperial Rome at the world’s most famous arena; the Colosseum. Once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators, building of the Colosseum began in 72 A.D. and was finished 8 years later. The scene of wild entertainments - often between man and beast - this mighty monument has been immortalized over the centuries. Today you can walk on the ancient stones of the Via Sacra, leading from the Colosseum past some of the most important sites of the Roman Forum to Capitoline Hill. At the Roman Forum you will be at the real political center of the Republic and Imperial Rome. See ancient basilica, triumphal arches, honorary columns, and historic cemeteries, including the Umbilicus Urbus, Curia, House of the Vestal Virgin’s and Trajan’s Column.

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour

6. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour

After meeting your tour guide, explore Palatine Hill, the site of an older settlement from the 9th century BC. Enjoy an impressive view of the Circus Maximus and the valley of the Roman Forum. Learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus, the abandoned brothers raised by a wolf who fought each other for power and control. Next, visit the Roman Forum, one of the most important archaeological areas in the world. The site is home to ancient Rome's most evocative ruins, including the Temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, and the Basilica of Maxentius. Finally, admire the Roman Forum's Sacred Way, the triumphal road where the Centurions of Caesar marched after their return from countless battles and conquests.

Rome: Private Ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

7. Rome: Private Ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

Your Ancient Rome tour start at either your hotel (if close enough to the attraction), or an agreed and easy meeting spot. You will be met by your professional art-historian guide, who you will then continue to embark on your tour with. Your first stop will be Capitol Hill, the city hall square designed by Michelangelo where you will enjoy the view of the Roman Forum. Walking through the Forum, your guide will tell you how life was in ancient times. You can see the Senate House, the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Julius Cesar, the Temple and the House of the Vestals, the Temple of Antonino Pio, the Arch of Septimio Severus, the Arch of Titus, the ancient basilicas and many other places. You will then arrive to one of the main attractions of the world, the Colosseum. This outstanding 1st-century amphitheater is where thousands of animals and gladiators performed their tragic shows. You will have preferential access, as you skip the lines to the entrance thanks to the pre-booked tickets included in the fee of the tour. During your visit, you will learn and understand how the Romans built this grandiose structure, and how they organized different kinds of shows.

The Roman Forum: An Immersive Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. The Roman Forum: An Immersive Self-Guided Audio Tour

Please Note: Entry into the Forum is not included in the price of this audio tour. You'll need to purchase entry tickets separately, and it's best to do this ahead of time to avoid disappointment. The Roman Forum is a treasure chest filled with history. Long a gathering place for the Roman tribes, the forum evolved with the city to become its seat of government. This process started 2700 years ago and continued for over a millennium. Through the ups and downs of all these years, buildings were destroyed and replaced, turning the forum into a temporally eclectic museum, where artefacts from prehistory are found beside Renaissance palaces. Join writer and historian Michael Anderson in imagining the passage of time here, where Caesar was assassinated and Cicero made speeches that echo through to the present. He'll connect you to the successes and failures of Rome, which is also a way of connecting with the with the civilizations that have inherited its culture.

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Private Tour with Circus Maximus

9. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Private Tour with Circus Maximus

Chart a course from the tribal beginnings of Rome to its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history, the Arch of Constantine the Great, before a guided tour around the Roman forum.  Walk the paths of Roman citizens and emperors, and visit Palatine Hill, where Romulus and Remus are said to have founded the city. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas in Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins, and see the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta where they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus, and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Finally, your guide will tell you all about the Circus Maximus, as you look over it from the scenic terrace of Palatine Hill. Hear about the chariot races and entertainment events that took place there. After the tour, you can stay in the area as long as you wish.

Rome: Private Day-Tour with Colosseum & Sistine Chapel

10. Rome: Private Day-Tour with Colosseum & Sistine Chapel

Begin at the Colosseum, the most magnificent monument in Rome. Be amazed by stories of violent gladiatorial combat and awe-inspiring naval battles that were staged in the arena. Learn about what went on behind the scenes. On your tour, you will see another side of Roman history, learning about religious rituals and political power struggles in the buildings where they happened. Visit iconic temples such as the Temple of Saturn, or walk through the gardens of the House of the Vestal Virgins. Discover the Roman Forum, a microcosm of Roman society. Walk across the cobblestones of the Via Sacra, where you can still see the wheel-ruts of ancient carts and arrive at the Arch of Titus. Enjoy a walk through the Roman Forum which offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the city, covering all levels of Roman society. Explore the Vatican City, the Catholic capital, and the location of one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Your day continues with a visit to the Vatican Museums, where masterpieces include the moving Laocoon - perhaps the most important and influential classical statue of all time - and the breathtaking frescoes of the Raphael Rooms. On this tour, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Witness the splendor and grandeur of St Peter’s Basilica as you become acquainted with this awe-inspiring building. At the end of your relaxed day in Rome, stroll through the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods, where artistic treasures and captivating stories of the past can be found on every street. Admire the Baroque splendor of the Trevi Fountain. Admire the architectural beauty, atmosphere, and history of the transformation of the Pantheon. As the sun sets in the enchanting Piazza Navona, gaze into the waters of Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain and savor the atmosphere of the Eternal City at twilight.

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4.8 / 5

based on 86 reviews

Being in such an awe-inspiring place was only made richer by our superb guide (Alba) who enhanced the experience so much, our three-hour tour felt too short. I highly recommend the 10-person tour with an amusing, entertaining and educative archaeologist.

It makes a difference when you can "skip the line" as well as having a private tour especially in close quarters as in the tour of the colosseum. Our tour guide was excellent!

This was a GREAT tour! Highly recommend! Damien was a fantastic guid and sooooo knowledgeable!

Wonderful tour with knowledgable and personable guide.

Very enjoyable tour walking among the ancient ruins.