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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: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

2. 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.

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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: Private Ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

4. 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.

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Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum 3-Hour Private Tour

5. Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum 3-Hour Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the glory of Rome on a private 3-hour tour to the Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Capitoline Hill. Following a pick-up from your hotel, go to the Colosseum and skip the long lines to get inside, saving up to an hour’s waiting time. Once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was the Roman Republic’s mightiest arena, taking 8 years to complete in the 1st century AD. Follow in the footsteps of the fearless gladiators that took on mighty beasts at the command of formidable emperors and baying crowds. Next, walk the cobblestone Via Sacra to the center of the Republic at the Roman Forum. Marvel at the ruins of ancient basilicas, triumphal arches, honorary columns, and historic cemeteries. Continue to Capitoline Hill, and on to the Centro Strorico (Historic Center), where you will stop at Piazza Venezia to admire the early 20th-century monument dedicated to Victor Emmanuele II, first king of a unified Italy.

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Skip the Line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Private Tour

6. 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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Rome: Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Private Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Private Tour

Travel back to the days of the Roman Republic on a 3-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome, and see the ruins of the Empire’s greatest monuments, including the Colosseum and Imperial Forum, with your own private guide. You will enjoy skip-the-line access to all sites with pre-booked reserved tickets, and tours can be tailored to visit any of the general access areas within the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Enter the Colosseum to experience first-hand the world’s most famous stadium. Imagine the scenes of ferocious battles between gladiators and exotic animals in centuries gone by. Your guide will paint a vivid portrait that brings it all to life. Next, go to Ancient Rome’s political and commercial center at the Roman Forum, and see the temple of the altar of Julius Caesar. Stroll along the original paths of the Forum to admire the astonishing remains of the Via Sacra (“Sacred Way”). End by climbing Palatine Hill, where the Roman emperors constructed their palaces. It is also here that Rome was founded, after Romulus killed his brother Remus following a quarrel. Wander through the Roman Empire’s majestic villas and gardens and experience up close where the emperors lived, ruled, and became immortal.

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What people are saying about Via Sacra

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 8 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

Excellent guide (very friendly and extremely competent)

We had the great pleasure of being accompanied through the highlights of ancient Rome by an extremely nice and competent guide (art historian - what more could you want!) Very knowledgeable and committed. Individual questions and needs were dealt with at all times. The tour (skipping the line) was worth every penny! Thank you again for this great afternoon!

The private guided tour with Catherine was perfect, it allowed us to understand the whole history of the Colosseum and life in Rome at that time! Very enriching, our 12 and 13 year old children enjoyed it a lot and were able to ask their questions!