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Rome: Private Day-Tour with Colosseum & Sistine Chapel

1. Rome: Private Day-Tour with Colosseum & Sistine Chapel

Your voyage begins at the Colosseum, the most magnificent monument in Rome. The bloody spectacles of the Colosseum are legendary, as slaves, gladiators and wild animals were killed for the entertainment of Rome, on a scale that had never been seen before. You’ll be amazed by stories of violent gladiatorial combat and awe-inspiring naval battles that were staged in the arena, but you’ll also learn about what went on behind the scenes. Your personal guide will help you to separate fact from fiction as you walk through the Colosseum, allowing you to discover what it was like to be a gladiator and how the shows were staged, thanks to ingenious engineering and the labor of the slaves beneath the arena floor. Looking up at the Colosseum from the inside is an unforgettable experience, as the sheer size of the amphitheater never fails to astound. It is only on a private Rome day tour that you can appreciate the Colosseum as an immense architectural achievement, an iconic monument that has endured for 2,000 years. On your tour, you will see another side of Roman history, learning about religious rituals and political power struggles in the buildings where they happened. The mysteries of Roman religion will be revealed when you visit iconic temples such as the Temple of Saturn, or walk through the gardens of the House of the Vestal Virgins, while a tour of the famous courthouses is an opportunity to find out more about the great debates and speeches of Ancient Rome. The Roman Forum is a microcosm of Roman society. A walk across the cobblestones of the Via Sacra, where you can still see the wheel-ruts of ancient carts, takes you to the Arch of Titus, which was built to commemorate the emperor’s military victories. Enjoy a walk through the Roman Forum which offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the city, covering all levels of Roman society, and bringing you closer to the people of the past. No trip to Rome is complete until you’ve visited the Vatican, the Catholic capital and the location of one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Your day in Rome continues with a visit to the Vatican Museums, where masterpieces include the moving Laocoon - perhaps the most important and influential classical statue of all time - and the breathtaking frescoes of the Raphael Rooms. On this tour, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. The Last Judgement was initially one of Michelangelo’s most controversial works, but it has since been considered one of the greatest works of art of all time. Witness the splendor and grandeur of St Peter’s Basilica as you become acquainted with this awe-inspiring building. As well as showing you the highlights of the basilica, such as the poignant beauty of Michelangelo’s Pietà, your guide will tell you stories of the popes, artists and, architects who transformed the Vatican over the centuries. The beauty and history of Rome are best appreciated in its streets, as you wander through the charming back streets and elegant piazzas of the city center. At the end of your relaxed day in Rome, you will stroll through the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods, where artistic treasures and captivating stories of the past can be found on every street. The Baroque splendor of the Trevi Fountain has to be seen to be believed, while the Pantheon is another highlight, due to its architectural beauty, atmosphere, and history of transformation and survival against the odds. As the sun sets in the enchanting Piazza Navona, gaze into the waters of Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain and savor the atmosphere of the Eternal City at twilight. You will end your tour with a completely new perspective of Rome and its history, having heard stories of emperors, popes, and artists in the places where they lived and worked, transforming Rome over the centuries.

Rome: Private Ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour

2. 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.

Rome: Colosseum & Roman Forum Small-Group Tour with Pickup

3. Rome: Colosseum & Roman Forum Small-Group Tour with Pickup

Begin this 3-hour sightseeing tour of Imperial Rome at the world’s most famous arena; the Colosseum. Once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators, building of the Colosseum began in 72 A.D. and was finished 8 years later. The scene of wild entertainments - often between man and beast - this mighty monument has been immortalized over the centuries. Today you can walk on the ancient stones of the Via Sacra, leading from the Colosseum past some of the most important sites of the Roman Forum to Capitoline Hill. At the Roman Forum you will be at the real political center of the Republic and Imperial Rome. See ancient basilica, triumphal arches, honorary columns, and historic cemeteries, including the Umbilicus Urbus, Curia, House of the Vestal Virgin’s and Trajan’s Column.

Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

4. Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

Chart a course through the archaeological tribal beginnings of Rome and its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of the Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and stay in the Roman Forums as long as you wish at the end of your official tour. During your booking, you may choose the option to extend your Ancient Rome experience by adding an extra 30-minute tour of the Circus Maximus, overseeing it from the scenic terrace of the Palatine Hill.

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What people are saying about House of the Vestals

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 67 reviews

The meeting point is easy to find and there are toilets in the tourist information centre for €1 . The tour started on time and we entered the Forum straight away. Giovanni spoke through a headset which was clear. He was very well informed and described the function of the Forum, the Temples, The Senate and many other monuments. He answered any questions we had really thoroughly. I would have found it useful to have a timeline of the different Emperor’s. We walked for 2 hours and you need to bring water; there are small water jets that you can fill your bottle up with. Also you could bring a snack as there are plenty of shady places to sit after the tour and enjoy the view. There are toilets at the top of the Palatine Hill and also in the museum church . I really enjoyed this tour!

We had one of the first tours since it reopened. We were very happy with the choice. We have two children, aged eight and ten, whom we had already put on a lot. But they also thought the tour was good. Our guide Silvia really knows everything about Rome and the Romans. I was a little educated but without the guide I would not have appreciated the Roman Forum and the hill.

Excellent tour with Mario through Touriks. We were only 2 for this visit in French. Mario was very interesting and not at all boring like some guides. His speech was adapted, very fluid, simple. Thanks to him for this beautiful afternoon

Nice and relaxing Claudia was wonderful at sharing all sorts of details and giving us a different tour, one to really live the forum, and imagine it as it once was

Amed was very competent and informative. We enjoyed the tour very much and caught a glimpse of the grandeur of the Roman civilization.