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

2. 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. Then walk up to Palatine Hill, the reputed birthplace of Rome and the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome. Discover one of the most ancient parts of the city. Enjoy panoramic views of Rome from here, including exceptional views over the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

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Colosseum: Tour with Underground & Arena Floor and Ticket to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

3. Colosseum: Tour with Underground & Arena Floor and Ticket to Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

See 3 famous Roman attractions with an in-depth guided tour of the Colosseum, plus ticket access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Venture into the Colosseum's Underground, then explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill at your own pace. Maximize your time at the Colosseum with your guide leading you around the attraction. Enter the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, and head downstairs to the usually off-limits’ Underground, where gladiators prepared themselves for combat. Then skip the ticket line for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover both sites in your own time. Visit the home of Rome’s political, social, and religious life at the Roman Forum, with ruins such as the Temple of Caesar to see. Gain panoramic views over the city from Palatine Hill, the center of Rome’s 7 hills, and make the most of an unmissable photo opportunity.

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Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

4. 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

5. 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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Ancient Rome And Vatican Museums Tour

6. Ancient Rome And Vatican Museums Tour

Experience the Vatican Museums to see one of the most magnificent art collections in the world and continue after lunch at the Rome of emperors, citizens, charioteers and gladiators on an afternoon tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Start with the skip the line entrance to enter the Vatican Museum, housing the most important art collection in the world along 4 miles (7 kilometers) of galleries in more than 1,400 rooms. See statues, tapestries and historical maps, including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and masterpieces by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio and Perugino. Then stop for lunch in a typical Italian restaurant. In the afternoon, start at the Colosseum, once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators. Begun in 72 A.D., the arena was finished 8 years later, providing the scene for wild entertainments between man and beast. Continue to the Arch of Constantine and Arch of Titus, and walk the Via Sacra from the Colosseum past some of the most important sites of the Roman Forum to Capitoline Hill. Explore the center of political life in Ancient Rome.

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Colosseum Guided Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket 2-Day Combo

7. 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: Vatican & Imperial Rome Tour in Spanish

8. Rome: Vatican & Imperial Rome Tour in Spanish

Find out about the mysteries of the Vatican through a selection of classical sculpture galleries, tapestries and significant paintings collected in one of the most important museums in the world. Visit the famous Sistine Chapel with exclusive access to St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the whole Catholic Christian world, built on the tomb of the first pope in history, next to St. Peter's Square. You will also get to go inside the private chambers of former popes. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, where you'll see the sculpture of "Moses" by the famous artist Michelangelo, which was part of the Pope Julius II funerary monument. Then, take a big step into the past, reliving the magnetism and grandeur of the Roman Empire, and visit the Colosseum built by Emperor Vespasian in 80 AD, and inaugurated by his son Titus, with over 100 days of celebrations, during which more than 5,000 animals were killed in the sand. On the Via Sacra, walk through the Roman Forum - the political, religious and social center of the capital. Climb the Palatine, one of the central hills of Rome. The tour ends at the Palatine, one of the central hills of Rome.

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Skip the Line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Private Tour

9. Skip the Line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Private Tour

Visit 3 of the most important historic ruins of ancient Rome on a 3-hour private tour. See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palace of the Emperors with an expert English-speaking guide. Dating to the Emperor Vespasian in 72 A.D. the ancient Colosseum was an unprecedented feat of engineering and architecture. The stunning amphitheater was the site of fierce gladiator combat, mock sea battles, and chariot races. Emperors and civilians alike filled the stadium to its 50,000 capacity to behold these spectacles. Intricate stone arches, tiered seating, and ancient graffiti are visible elements of this world-renowned historic treasure. The Roman Forum and adjacent government buildings were the Empire’s venue for lively political debate, philosophical discussion, and policy-making. Learn about the 12 Caesars and the 5 Good Emperors. Hear stories of Domitian and the end of the Flavian Dynasty. Pause to photograph the imposing Arch of Constantine and continue on to the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the twins of Gemini. Finish off with a visit to the Roman Senate House, the Curia Julia, and the Via Sacra.

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What people are saying about Via Sacra

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 83 reviews

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 a wonderful afternoon with our guide Saloua. She allowed us to make a trip without time thanks to her explanations. We took a private tour as we were only 2 French! We do not regret having booked at all and thank you again Saloua!