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

1. 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. 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 center 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 Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

2. Rome: Colosseum Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

The Colosseum is easily the most well-known of all Rome’s ancient architectural marvels. Its massive, towering walls still stand largely intact after 19 centuries, and its symmetrically arranged archways are a constant reminder of the orderly nature of Roman society. Benefit from fast track entry and learn fascinating stories from your expert local guide. Enter the Colosseum through its secret back door, called the “Gate of Death” because it was used to take out of the arena the ones who failed in battle. From there, go straight onto a wooden reconstruction of the original arena floor. From the center of the Colosseum, enjoy fantastic views over the tiered seating of the monument. There will be plenty of space to move around and take some insta-worthy pictures. Discover the best of the Eternal City and continue your adventure to the Roman Forum, a place that was once the political heart of ancient Rome. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Caesar, the Senate and many other important buildings to fully understand the daily life of the Roman citizen. You will end up this fascinating tour with spectacular views from the top of the Palatine Hill.

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

3. 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.

Rome: Skip the Line Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

4. Rome: Skip the Line Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

Discover Rome's Colosseum, the Forum, and Palatine Hill and learn fascinating insights about the city's history. Begin your tour of Rome's Ancient City with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum. Hear an introduction to the Colosseum and learn about the building's incredible construction and why it is considered an engineering marvel to this day. Notice the Roman numerals above each archway as you enter. Explore the Colosseum’s first and second levels as your guide shares stories of the emperors, gladiators, and famous battles that make the Colosseum Rome's most celebrated ancient monument. With your newly acquired expertise of ancient Romans, walk through the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Pass by the triumphal Arch of Constantine as you learn the story of Rome's birth and its legendary twins, Romulus and Remus. Once inside the Roman Forum, pass by the Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and the burial site of Julius Caesar — all standing on what was once a vast swampland. Continue to the Palatine Hill where you will see the ruins of the Imperial Palaces, the extensive grounds from which the Emperors would rule the city.

Rome: Colosseum with Arena Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

5. Rome: Colosseum with Arena Access & Roman Forum Guided Tour

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators when you stand on the Arena Floor of the Colosseum! On this exciting tour, follow your friendly, professional tour guide as you enter the ancient stadium of the Colosseum and go to the restricted access area where you can walk through the gladiator gates and stand on the reconstructed arena floor. The scene of the famous games and gladiator battles 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. After your special walk on the arena floor, you will go up to the next level and get the vantage point from where the spectators would have sat and cheered for their favorites to win. With the knowledge, not only of the amazing history of this monument, but also where to go for the best photo opportunities for you and your family, your guide will be sure you get the most from your visit. After the complete tour of the Colosseum, you will follow your guide into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to see the very heart of Ancient Rome. Rise up onto the Palatine Hill to see the ruins of the palaces of the emperors and discover the beauty that made them want to reside here. Get a view of the Circus Maximus and the Stadium of Domitian before heading over to the Farnese Aviaries to see the stunning view of the Forum laid out below. From here you will descend into the Forum and walk on the roads still here from over 2000 years ago! Truly 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 even Julius Caesar’s Temple where his ashes remain. You’ll see the senate house and the ancient library and learn about how the Forum functioned in the Romans’ day to day life. When you visit the Eternal City of Rome, be sure not to miss this truly special experience.

Rome: Colosseum and Arena Guided Tour

6. Rome: Colosseum and Arena Guided Tour

Discover the origins of the Roman Empire on this guided tour. Explore the archaeological complex of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum in the company of a local guide and an archaeologist. Begin in front of the Colosseum, and enjoy skip-the-line tickets to enter the gladiators' entrance. Enjoy a great view of the Colosseum Underground dungeons, where wild beasts were kept before the gladiatorial games. Follow your guide to Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome and the birthplace of the city. Stroll through the Roman Forum, the beating heart of Rome’s legislative, juridical, and political events.

Rome: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Skip-the-Line Walking Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Skip-the-Line Walking Tour

The Colosseum is the most visited archaeological site in the world. A first-class tour guide and skip-the-line tickets are required to learn about the fascinating history of the Roman Glory. Get ready to travel back in time as you admire Rome's three most important archaeological sites: the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum, all with your exclusive guide. Equipped with skip-the-line tickets, it will be a 60-minute experience inside the Colosseum full of stories of emperors, gladiator fights, animal fights and executions in front of 50,000 spectators. After the Colosseum, you will head for another 90 minutes to the Roman Forum (ancient city) and the Palatine Hill (Caesar's Palace), where you will once again have priority access. This 2-hour and a half tour ends in the heart of ancient Rome ruins, which are also conveniently located in the center of modern Rome, providing easy access to local restaurants, cafes, shops, and public transportation options. We'd love to share any suggestions.

Rome: Colosseum Fast-Track, Arena Floor & Ancient Rome Tour

8. Rome: Colosseum Fast-Track, Arena Floor & Ancient Rome Tour

Start your tour of Rome's most iconic monument with skip-the-line access. Travel through the gladiator's entrance, to walk on the arena floor, where the gladiators once fought their deadly battles. Dive into the history of the Colosseum, as your experienced guide describes the incredible crowds, and thunder of the games held within the walls. Wander beneath the arena floor to the dungeons and witness where the gladiator's prepared for their battles. See where caged animals were kept before they were lifted to fight in the arena. Carry on to Palatine Hill and enjoy breathtaking views of the Colosseum. Listen as your guide shares the legend of Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers, that according to the legend, were responsible for the birth of Rome. Lastly, finish your tour at the Roman Forum, an ancient marketplace. Visit the home to the ruins of several important religious and government buildings. Marvel at the incredible ruins and architectural fragments.

Ancient Rome and City Highlights 3.5-Hour Segway Tour

9. Ancient Rome and City Highlights 3.5-Hour Segway Tour

Take a tour of the ruins and monuments of the Roman Empire on a fun Segway ride around Rome’s ancient streets. Explore the Roman Empire’s art, architecture, culture and fascinating history as you zip down narrow lanes. The contrast between the ancient sights and your hi-tech mode of transport will be apparent! Your tour leader will help you explore the best sights. Be swept off your feet — but not off the Segway — by unforgettable monuments, like the mighty Colosseum and the superb Roman Forum. Discover where the glorious Roman Emperors were laid to rest. Ride your “chariot” along the Capitoline Hill, and get a glimpse of the entertainment and amusement Roman citizens had in the Circus Maximus. These are just a fraction of the highlights you will see on this brilliant tour. To discover more — and to become a Roman yourself — book this tour and explore the Eternal City in a unique and thrilling fashion.

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What people are saying about Circus Maximus

Absolutely amazing tour. We spent the afternoon with Dennis in the sunshine. I really liked the time of day we spent exploring the coliseum as we got to watch the sun come down towards the end of the day. Dennis was so knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, answering everyone’s questions with vigour and enthusiasm. It was very obvious he has extensive knowledge of Rome and being a ‘Roman from Rome’ made this even more impactful. I think the headsets are a great addition to the tours as you can really hear all of the details and small points made walking all of the way around. Do not hesitate to take this tour if you like to walk and explore many different areas of Ancient Rome.

Heel veel leuke en goede informatie gekregen van gids Pedro Paulo, ik snap nu pas een beetje hoe het werkte met d spelen en de gladiatoren in het Colosseum. Ook veel informatie over het leven in het Forum Romanum en zeer veel mooie legendes. We konden zoveel vragen. Ook leuk en gezellig en nergens wachten

The visit was spectacular. I recommend purchasing a guided tour. Without such support, we often just go for a walk and take pictures. If we want to learn a little more, we have to visit accompanied by a qualified guide. That's what happened to us and I'm glad we made that choice.

Engaging and fun guide, made the experience very enjoyable ajbdwas also very informative! As a few in the group could attest, it is a nice long walk, so remember a water bottle and stay hydrated.

A magnificent experience in this magnificent site, full of a fascinating story wonderfully told by our French guide. A big thank you to her for this precious moment!!!