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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

1. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome on a guided tour with fast-track entry. Explore the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you explore this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

2. 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.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

3. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

Skip the line to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on this guided walking tour. Learn all about the history of these iconic attractions from your expert guide. Visit 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 above. Upon entering Palatine Hill, you'll see the House of Augustus and witness a wide collection of frescoes that would give you a deeper insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. Explore 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.

Best of Rome Guided Tour With Colosseum, Vatican, & Pantheon

4. Best of Rome Guided Tour With Colosseum, Vatican, & Pantheon

Starting in the morning you’ll make your way over to the Colosseum before the crowds arrive, and take advantage of skip-the-ticket-line admission. Even though you’ve seen the Amphitheater in pictures, nothing will prepare you for the experience in real life. Hear stories of emperors and brave gladiators while taking in the atmosphere. Following in the footsteps of famous generals and emperors who once walked this road, you will head to the Roman Forum site. Admire the surroundings of temple ruins and listen as your guide points out and explains the important monuments and their history. Then discover a city center like no other. Stroll around the characteristic, cobbled streets and explore the highlights of the area: Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. At the Vatican, you will skip the ticket lines with your priority access ticket. Inside the Vatican Museum your expert guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, as well as the sculptures of ancient Rome. In the Sistine Chapel, be amazed by Michelangelo’s paintings and the frescoes that adorn the walls and ceiling. Your last stop will be St Peter’s Basilica, where you will be overwhelmed by Michelangelo's great dome - the tallest dome in the world. Discover the chapels, tombs, and large monuments - many of which were created by Bernini. Do not miss the most famous marble statue, the Pieta, and breathe in the peace and beauty as you stroll around at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Column of Phocas

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Our guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable about pretty much anything we asked about Rome-even aside from the Colloseum/Forum Romanum. She was still really excited about telling us all there is to know about the sights. It was great fun with her!

The guide was amazing, not only does she have a lot of depth in the quality and quantity of information she shares, she has an incredible ability to convey, in a simple way, simple things. I highly recommend it!!

Good German-speaking young guide with very good background knowledge, very comprehensive informative tour through Colosseum and Roman Forum, pointed key points. Best recommendation!

The knowledge and love of Rome really showed through with our guide. We had fun and learned an incredible amount. I would highly recommend this tour.

Knowledgeable and personable guides, everything worked smoothly. Demanding (a lot of walking) but absolutely recommendable!