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Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

1. Colosseum: 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. See the arena floor from the stands, and imagine the battle scenes with gladiators and wild animals below. 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 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.

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Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour

2. 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.

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Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

3. Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

Start at the Arch of Constantine, and begin a private Colosseum tour with a top-rated local guide. Learn about the history of this amazing monument, the violence of the games, and the lives of the gladiators. Take a short walk to explore the breathtaking ruins of the Roman Forum. Next, head to the historic Capitoline Hill and enjoy a break in a bar with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stop for a hearty lunch in a restaurant recommended by the guide, where you'll sample some delicious local dishes. After lunch, visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Piazza Navona, and Campo de'Fiori. See the Pantheon and Hadrian's Temple. Stroll through the magnificent Piazza Farnese for a memorable end to the first day of your 2-day private tour. Begin the second day with a visit to the Vatican Museums, which boast one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, one of the artistic wonders of the world. Hear stories about the composition and the extraordinary life of Michelangelo which will give you a deeper understanding of the frescoes. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, continue your Vatican tour to St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the genius of Bernini, who designed the piazza and the immense colonnade. Hear stories and legends of the popes and artists who transformed the Vatican. Lastly, take a short stroll through Borgo Pio, the surviving medieval area of the city. Stop at Castel Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress that overlooks the Tiber. Climb to the top of the castle for a spectacular view of the river and the Vatican.

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

4. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

Experience Ancient Rome on a walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Start at the Arch of Constantine, and then skip the long lines to the Colosseum to explore the most famous arena of the Roman Republic. Learn about the grand spectacles and bloodthirsty shows of Ancient Rome Next, go to the Roman Forum to see the remains of the temples of the archaeological area. Hear how the site was once the center of all civic and political life in Rome. Continue to the Palatine Hill and get breathtaking views of the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit the House of the Vestals, Senate House, Capitol Palace and other temples of the area.

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Colosseum Guided Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket 2-Day Combo

5. Colosseum Guided Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket 2-Day Combo

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire and follow in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators on a 1-hour guided tour of the mighty Colosseum. Learn about the legendary spectacles put on for the entertainment of the Roman citizens, including the gladiator fights and wild animal hunts. Say goodbye to your guide and stay to explore the monument at your own pace. Access the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover the remains of the markets and temples from the days of Ancient Rome independently. Meet at the local tour operator's office near the Vatican the next morning to receive a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums. Marvel at masterpieces of art from the papal collection on a self-guided tour. Enter the miraculous Sistine Chapel to gaze at Michelangelo's frescoes at leisure.

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Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

6. 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.

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Rome in a Day Small Group Tour with Vatican & Colosseum

7. Rome in a Day Small Group Tour with Vatican & Colosseum

Your full-day tour starts at the Colosseum, where you’ll bypass the long lines of tourists and enter the ancient world’s greatest sports arena without the wait. Hear harrowing tails of gladiators and martyrs that made the Coliseum famous and also about the political and social importance to ancient Romans.  Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how it functioned as the beating heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire. Instead of slogging through the crowds inside the Forum your guide will lead you directly to a stunning overlook. From there you can take in the entire Forum complex including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. It will be easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago as you hear stories of war, politics, economics, and religion that shaped the ancient city. No walk through ancient Rome would be complete without a visit to the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. As you view if from inside, you’ll hear the story of how it was built and why it has inspired so many other buildings, from St. Peter’s Basilica to the U.S. Capitol Building.  Jumping ahead in history, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films including Roman Holiday, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few photo ops. After a break for lunch your local expert will accompany you in a taxi or bus to the Vatican, where you’ll also skip the long lines of people waiting to enter. Meet your Vatican expert here and delve into one of the world’s greatest collections of art.  This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections to give you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll take in the sculpture galleries and the world-famous Laocoön Group as well. The tour ends as you’re left contemplating Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. From here you can choose between extending your stay in the Chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skip the lines once again and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel. 

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Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

8. Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

Learn the story of the Roman Republic and its most important monuments on a half-day tour of Ancient Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman (Imperial) Forum. Meet your guide at the local tour partner's office and enjoy panoramic views of the best preserved part of the Colosseum. Get a detailed description of the Colosseum from the outside, before skipping the long lines to step inside. Once inside, learn about the spectacular entertainments put on during the Roman Republic. Discover the construction techniques invented by the Romans. Hear about the great feats of the gladiators and their battles with wild animals. Marvel at the technological advancements of the Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your guide will entertain you with tales of sea-battles and tell you about the cages where the lions were kept. Imagine the roar of the crowd as their blood-lust was met. Continue to the 2nd tiers for the best views of the Colosseum, inside and out. Next, go to Palatine Hill to see where the elite emperors took residence. Admire the views of the Circus Maximus on one side and the Roman Forum on the other. See the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated. Look at the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius and much more.

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Tour of Colosseum & Roman Forum with Dutch Guide

9. Tour of Colosseum & Roman Forum with Dutch Guide

This classic Colosseum and Forum tour is an absolute must and shows you the best of what ancient Rome has to offer. Explore the sites with a passionate Dutch-speaking guide and  avoid long queues at the entrance to these popular sights. Let yourself be carried away by the stories behind the facts and in your own language. The guide brings the ruins to life, you hear and see things that you would miss on your own. The discovery tour starts with a walk in the Roman Forum, where you will take a look at the Curia or Senate. Stop at the last resting place of Julius Caesar, stroll along the Via Sacra – a Roman road where you still see cart tracks. Continue past the perfectly preserved temple of Antoninus and Faustina up to the arch of Titus.  Finally, a visit to the Colosseum follows where your guide will share in great details stories about the brave gladiators, lion fights, sea battles and executions. 

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Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Skip-the-Line Tour

10. Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Skip-the-Line Tour

After meeting your tour guide, head to the Roman Forum entrance. 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. After you walk through Palatine Hill, visit the Roman Forum. This is one of the most important archaeological areas in the world with some of Ancient Rome's most evocative ruins, including the Temple of Julius Caesar, Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House and Basilica of Maxentius. Admire the Roman Forum's Sacred Way, the triumphal road where the Centurions of Caesar marched after their return from countless battles and conquests.

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The advantage of this private tour is that we could never have discovered everything that our tour guides have shown us independently, with a tour in a large group you quickly miss a lot because the information that the guide gives is not clearly placed in the right context. Our guides Thomas in Colosseum and old towns of Rome and Caterina Vatican and museum St Peter basilica and sistine chapel, were really great. Lots of knowledge and nice way of telling. Worth every penny for me and my wife

We had one of the first tours since it reopened. We were very happy with the choice. We have two children, aged eight and ten, whom we had already put on a lot. But they also thought the tour was good. Our guide Silvia really knows everything about Rome and the Romans. I was a little educated but without the guide I would not have appreciated the Roman Forum and the hill.

We had a wonderful experience seeing the Palatine hill and the Roman forum. Our tour guide, I think his name was Danieli, was excellent. I have seen the Forum some 36 years ago but it was so much more special to have a guided tour. It is simply amazing to comprehend the technology that the ancient Romans possessed. I would highly recommend this activity.

This was a great tour! The whole archeological area is beautiful and the guide made it even more fascinating with all the facts and history he delivered. The group kept making questions and he answered all of them. Very impressed by the overall experience

Our guide was an archeologist and explained many things with easily understandable English. She was very good. Enjoyed the tour very much.