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Itinerary
The tour starts in front of the Colosseum with an explanation of its history and architecture. Then, the guide will take you into the Amphitheatre (without queuing) and describe, with some anecdotes, the hard life of the gladiators and the gory games held in the arena. From one of its terraces, your guide will illustrate the Arch of Constantine and the other monuments around the Colosseum.

Once outside, the visit continues in the nearby Roman Forum, where some of the most fundamental monuments in the history of Rome can be seen, such as the Curia, the centre of the Roman Senate, temples including the funeral altar of Julius Caesar, the remains of the magnificent House and Temple of the Vestals, and the Arch of Titus, with decorations recalling the Jewish religion.

From here, the guide will take you up to the Palatine, the hill on which Romulus founded the city of Rome and which later became the site of the imperial residences. Here it will be possible to see the impressive remains of one of the most important buildings, the Imperial Palace built by the Emperor Domitian, as well as the Imperial Family’s private stadium. This unforgettable visit concludes with a view over the Circus Maximum below, the first and largest circus in ancient Rome used primarily for chariot racing.
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Colosseum
Roman Forum
Circus Maximus
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Overview
Take a guided journey through the heart of the ancient Roman Empire while exploring a triad of its most important surviving monuments. Hear tales of blood and glory inside the mighty Colosseum, walk among the ruins of temples and senate buildings at the Roman Forum and see where imperial palaces once stood sentinel atop Palatine Hill. Beat the long public queues with skip-the-line access, and learn the history behind these impressive landmarks from an art historian guide.
Please note: a fair amount of walking is involved.
Highlights
  • 3-hour walking tour of ancient Roman highlights
  • Led by an art historian guide
  • Tour the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Learn about daily life and legends of the ancient Roman Empire
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access
  • Soak up stellar city views from Palatine Hill
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome Tour!

Our tour guide, Valerio (Val) was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and interesting. He’s gifted in story telling and I never felt bored throughout the entire 3 hours of the tour. We did the Vatican tour the next day and the guide was difficult to...More

1  Thank Tammy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill

We very much enjoyed this tour as did our teenage daughter. Jeanette was an excellent, well informed, easy to understand guide. She involved everyone in the tour through humor. Would recommend.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The Colosseum and The Vatican

The Colosseum was magnificent we had a great tour guide in Francesca she was very easy to understand and had a lot of Patience with My Grandson who is 10 who asked her every question in the book. We also did the Vatican museum tour,...More

1  Thank teresa j
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile
Superb tour of Ancient Rome

Francesca gave us a wonderful tour of the coliseum, Palatine Hill and Forum. Really informative and well organised, you skip the lines as part of an organised tour. I have done numerous tours in many cities, and I thought this was one of the best.

1  Thank Ken M
Reviewed 7 July 2018
Absolutely Perfect!

We are glad we selected this guided tour. It is very well organised. Booking on-line was quick and easy and we received immediate confirmation on our phone with precise instructions on where to meet. Our group was small (11) and each of us was given...More

Thank Carole C
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