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Rome: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

1. Rome: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

See the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on a guided tour of all 3 attractions. Learn all about everyday Roman life, the Colosseum’s gory history, and the city’s rumored founding hill. After entering the Colosseum, tour the amphitheater as your guide brings history to life. Visit the normally off-limits arena floor and imagine the roaring crowds from the gladiators’ perspective. Next up, visit the Roman Forum, the epicenter of Roman political, religious, and social life. Home to the Temple of Julius Caesar and Roman Senate, it was full of grand, classical architecture and a marketplace. Walk up to Palatine Hill, the reputed birthplace of Rome and the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome. Enjoy panoramic views of Rome from here, including exceptional views over the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

Rome: Colosseum Guided Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

2. 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: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

3. Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

Immerse yourself into a green archeological area a stone’s throw from the Colosseum and explore two of the ancient Romans’ favorite places of leisure. Save time with an express and complete guided tour featuring insider tips. Let your guide bring to life the impressive ruins of the best-preserved baths in Rome. Marvel at their gigantic walls and wander through the monumental rooms of the Caracalla thermal complex. Be an ancient Roman as you go through the exact steps of a typical day at the baths in the 3rd century AD. Discover the bizarre range of services offered in this ancient spa for both the body and mind. Appreciate the architectural greatness of Imperial Rome and be surprised by the abilities of the ancient engineers. Learn about the labor-intensive underfloor heating system, find out the techniques used to maintain the desired temperature in every room, and admire the geometric motifs on the beautiful mosaics all over the place. Then, head toward what is considered to have been the largest structure for public games ever built by mankind. Standing where the Circus Maximus once existed, learn about the glorious Roman “Ludi,” the spectacular multi-venue celebrations held for up to several days. Listen as your guide tells tales of chariot races, gladiator fights, and the clamor of the public while walking on the soil where they used to take place. Finally, travel back in time to a quasi-legendary era before Rome itself and find out the circus’s foundations in the early myths and gods.

Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

4. Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 4-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which includes the option to visit the Aqueducts Park or the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Colosseum Arena Access and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

5. Rome: Colosseum Arena Access and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and stand on the Arena Floor of the Colosseum. Follow your guide to enter the ancient stadium of the Colosseum. Go ont to the restricted access area where you can walk through the gladiator gates and stand on the reconstructed arena floor. See the scene of the famous games and gladiator battles which is open to you for a whole new viewpoint in the Colosseum. Your incredible guide will tell you all about the styles of gladiators, the famous battles, and the other games and entertainment that took place in this magnificent stadium. Head to the vantage point from where the spectators would have sat and cheered for their favorites to win. Learn from your guide not only the amazing history of this monument, but also where to get the best photo opportunities for you and your family. Follow your guide into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to see the very heart of Ancient Rome. Ascend Palatine Hill to see the ruins of the palaces. View Circus Maximus and the Stadium of Domitian before heading over to the Farnese Aviaries to see the Forum laid out below. Descend into the Forum. Walk in the footsteps of Romans and emperors as your guide takes you past the Temple of Romulus, the Temple and House of the Vestals, and Julius Caesar’s Temple. See the Senate House, and learn about how the Forum functioned in the Romans’ day-to-day life.

Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by E-Bike

6. Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by E-Bike

Rome is a city filled with ancient monuments, bustling city streets, fascinating alleyways, and small, hidden squares. It is a sprawling city with many hills, and by foot it can be completely overwhelming. Today, you'll hop on an E-bike and experience the joys of Rome - from its elegant shopping streets to its ancient monuments - on a fun and healthy day of bike riding! This itinerary aims to show you the Rome you can't afford to miss, and combine it with the more intimate corners of the city. Perfectly balanced, leisurely and safety-conscious, this tour will show you the following main attractions: Colosseum Imperial Forums Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano monument Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza del Popolo Park of Villa Borghese and scenic view of Rome Piazza Navona (former Stadium of Domitian) Pantheon Jewish ghetto and Portico di Ottavia Theatre of Marcellus Panoramic view of the Roman Forum

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Enjoy a private or shared group tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a local guide. Travel back in time to the Roman era and immerse yourself in the Colosseum's fascinating history. Skip the long lines at the Colosseum with your express security check ticket. In the company of your local guide, delve into the mystery that surrounds the games held at the Colosseum and the fascinating stories of the famous gladiators who thrilled the crowds with their brutish fighting. Next, continue to the second part of the tour, Palatine Hill. Before Rome became a city, it was a cluster of separate villages built upon the seven hills of Rome. The centremost of these was Palatine Hill. Nowadays, you can enjoy breathtaking views across the entire city and admire the ruins of several Roman palaces. Your final stop is the Roman Forum, the beating heart of Ancient Rome. Here, walk in the Emperors’ footsteps and marvel at the amazing views over the Imperial Forum. Find out about what life was like for the Romans of that era in the political, social, and economic centers of the ancient city. Your tour ends at the Forum, where you’re welcome to continue exploring or head off for some local food and drink. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on the best spots to eat and drink in the area.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

8. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a guided tour. Enter the Colosseum, admire the vast building from every angle, notice where the building has crumbled from past earthquakes, and tread in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Walk up to Palatine Hill and take in breathtaking views of the ruins from the top. Upon entering Palatine Hill, you'll see the House of Augustus and witness a vast collection of frescoes that would give you a deeper insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. Visit the Roman Forum, a place that used to be the site of triumphal processions and elections and the venue for public speeches in ancient Rome. See the Temple of Romulus, an architectural wonder located within the Roman Forum. Hear fascinating stories about these sites from your tour guide.

Colosseum: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

9. Colosseum: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Meet your private guide at the Colosseum. Here, your expert in Roman history will give you an introduction to the finest arena of the Roman Empire. You'll then explore the magnificent Colosseum, which had 80 entrances and could accommodate around 65,000 spectators. Hear about the spectacular festivals the Romans held here, which could last up to 100 days. After visiting the Colosseum, you will have some time to take some pictures, buy refreshments and wander around before starting the second part of your tour. Next, learn about the daily life of ancient Rome with a visit to its most bustling center of activity, the Roman Forum – see the temples, squares, and legal buildings that would have defined this area. Finally, continue onwards to the Palatine Hill, the mythological birthplace of Rome’s founder, Romulus. Admire a spectacular view of the modern city, the ruins of Nero’s Golden House, and the Circus Maximus.

Rome: City Highlights Evening Ebike Tour with Food and Wine

10. Rome: City Highlights Evening Ebike Tour with Food and Wine

Explore the sights of Rome's city center on a guided electric bike tour. Enjoy cycling on an easy-to-use e-bike, complete with an integrated light system to illuminate the monuments and light the way. Ride to the top of the Aventine Hill to watch the sunset. From the Circus Maximus, get set up with a new e-bike, helmet, and other gear. After an explanation of how to use the bike, reach the first stop: the Belvedere of Romulo and Remo. This viewpoint overlooks the ancient Roman race track Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill. Continue to the top of the Aventine Hill, reaching the Garden of the Oranges. Arrive just in time for a quick look over downtown Rome as the sun sets before continuing on to the next stop: the Basilica of Santa Sabina. This church is the oldest standing church in Rome with an extraordinary history. It was originally an imperial-era villa belonging to lady Sabina. Her home would become used as an informal meeting place for Christians, traces of which can still be seen embedded in the walls of the church. After a quick look inside, cycle along the riverside through Trastevere and over onto the other side of the Tiber River, passing by the square of Campo di Fiori, once a site of executions. In the middle of the square sits the statue of Giorando Bruno, burnt on the stake by the church for heresy. Head through the historic center of Rome and see the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. Then, stop in front of the Pantheon for an authentic food and drink tasting session before a visit to the Trevi Fountain. Having had a great opportunity to meet other participants and taste Italian hams, cheeses, olives, bread, and wine, start the journey back through the city, passing over the Capitoline Hill with a view of the Roman Forum. Seeing where Julius Caesar and the senate would have argued illuminated at night from above is a feeling to remember. Make a final stop at the Colosseum, then get tips and recommendations on where to go and what to do for the rest of your night out.

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We are really glad we chose to do this on our last day of three weeks in Rome. Something totally different. Heads up though, don’t expect to see skulls and bones like Paris, these tombs have been looted or the bodies moved so they are empty… still stunning though, we give it a thumbs up!

Our guide for the day was Alex. He made us feel very relaxed and ensured that we were well informed during the tour. He was extremely confident and did his utmost to ensure we were safe when cycling on the roads. A fantastic experience enjoyed by my son and myself. Thank you Alex.

Really really good. Our guide was enthusiastic, well informed and interesting.

Guide was excellent. Felt very safe in the city traffic and we learned a lot

Our guide was excellent. The tour was very informative.