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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: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

3. 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: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

4. 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.

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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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Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Skip-the-Line Tour

6. Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Skip-the-Line Tour

Take a journey into antiquity at the Colosseum in Rome. Learn from your guide´s historical and archaeological expertise as you hear about the battles that played out in this incredible amphitheater. Visit Palatine Hill, the spot Romulus chose to found the city that would become Rome in 753 BC.  Enjoy spectacular views overlooking your next destination: the Roman Forum as you find out about the fascinating history of this ancient place. See the Forum and the Via Sacra, the Sacred Way, in the heart of Ancient Rome. Hear about how Roman life revolved around this bustling marketplace: commerce and trade, political rallies, military parades, and the sacred ceremonies of the Vestal Virgins.

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Rome: Colosseum, Forum, & Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum, Forum, & Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

Learn little known facts about the Colosseum and ancient Rome from your expert guide on a 3-hour small group tour. Hear stories that bring the ancient amphitheater to life. With skip-the-line access you’ll slip past the crowds to gain immediate access to the Colosseum. Head on to other major sites of the Eternal City. You’ll see the Arch of Constantine and walk the Via Sacra on your way to the Roman Forum, following in the footsteps of Roman soldiers. Once inside the Roman Forum your guide will use visual aids and stories to help you get a better understanding of the ruins before you, recreating the baths, moneylenders, and temples. Next is the Palatine Hill, the birthplace of Rome and the site of the oldest ruins in the city. Let your guide reconstruct the palaces of early emperors in your imagination, and relate tales of scandal, betrayal, and gore. With a maximum of 15 people in your group, it will be easy to hear and interact with your guide. The small group size also makes the tour an excellent option for families, as the guide will have the flexibility to interact more with the children.

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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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Colosseum and Roman Forum Small Group Guided Tour

9. Colosseum and Roman Forum Small Group Guided Tour

Visit some of the historical wonders of Ancient Rome with an expert art historian guide and learn more about life in the Roman Empire. Skip the lines to the monumental Colosseum and hear grisly details about the gladiators who went into battle with wild animals for the entertainment of the crowds. See the arena from multiple viewpoints, learn how it functioned and explore the many myths surrounding the site. Next, enter the heart of all public life during the Roman Republic at the Roman Forum and marvel at the ruins of temples and markets along the Via Sacra. Learn about where Rome was founded on Palatine Hill, where the emperors and aristocrats later built their luxury villas. Get the chance to stay in the Roman Forum after your guided tour to explore on your own.

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Skip the Line Colosseum and Ancient Rome Private Tour

10. 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

4.9 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Our guide Sara was very knowledgeable about the history of those places guided by her. The way she explained the history was like story-telling, interesting and humorous. She was very professional and experienced. She was able to pace the speed of the tour very well and allow us sufficient time to take pictures. We truly enjoyed the tour and learned a fair bit of history.

Giuseppe was very informative and Al’s amusing at the same time. The 3 hour tour went by in a flash even with the rain. PS: Although the description says no umbrellas you can and should absolutely bring a travel sized umbrella.

The tour is a good length of time and our guide Nick was both knowledgeable and entertaining. This is definitely a worthy stop in Rome and the commentary by Nick definitely made it more worthwhile.

Amil was the bomb! Very good guide. She even took my picture. Very experienced and educated lady. Bring your good walking shoes and eat and drink before. Loved it.

Excellent guide by Ahmed. It was a very analytical and detailed guide with many other information about Rome. I recommend it