Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour


3 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket

Overview

Leave the crowds behind and with your Skip-the-line Tickets visit the Colosseum, one of the most amazing attractions that survives from the ancient world, and the Roman Forum, the political heart of Ancient Rome with a 3-hour private tour. Standard Itinerary includes: Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Description

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome Italy

Visit the Colosseum, one of the largest structures of the ancient world, where Romans once gathered to watch the gladiator games, battles with wild beasts, and according to legend, sea battles. Discover how the Colosseum, a massive stone amphitheater which seated an estimated 60, 000 spectators, was built in only 8 years. Your guide will unlock fascinating stories of the design and construction, the political benefit, the fighters, and the eventual end of the games at the Colosseum.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Roman Forum, Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/6, 00186 Rome Italy

At the Roman Forum, your guide will bring to life the mythology, the popular celebrations of the time, and the gods of ancient Rome, which are reflected in the star signs in contemporary astrology. Learn how the pagan holiday Saturnalia influenced the unfolding of Christmas on the 25th of December today. Listen to the story of the Lapis Niger (Latin for ‘black stone’), the most ancient Latin text ever discovered in the world - which is housed in the foundation of a column in the Forum.

Discover the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. They worked in the temple for a period of 30 years under different emperors and were regarded almost as goddesses in status. Their foremost duty was maintaining the sacred fire of Vesta which represented the heart of Rome. As legend has it - as long as the sacred flame burned, Rome would endure and be victorious.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Arch of Constantine, Via di San Gregorio, 00186 Rome Italy

Admire the view of the most important Triumphal Arch of Rome dedicated to the Famous Emperor Costantine.

This Arch represents a turning point of the Roman History and Art, a dividing line between the rise of the Christians and the decline of the Roman Empire.


Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Palatine Hill, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy

The significance of Palatine Hill is that it was here that Rome (and hence the whole of the Roman Empire) was founded under the direction of Romulus. The Palatine Hill is the site of the Lupercal Cave where folklore says the twins Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa (symbol of Rome) who raised them.

In later years, the hill became a residential district attracting the nobility. It was also believed that the air was cleaner at the top of the hill, and the nobility were less likely to catch the diseases of the poorer classes at the bottom. In time, however, the area gave way to imperial palaces and drew the famous such as Caligula (murdered here by members of his Praetorian Guard) and Nero.

Pass By: Tempio di Vesta, Via Sacra 1 Roman Forum, 00186 Rome Italy

The Temple of Vesta (Latin Aedes Vestae; Italian: Tempio di Vesta) is an ancient edifice in Rome, Italy, located in the Roman Forum near the Regia and the House of the Vestal Virgins. The temple's most recognizable feature is its circular footprint. Since the worship of Vesta began in private homes, the architecture seems to be a reminder of its history. The extant temple used Greek architecture with Corinthian columns, marble, and a central cella. The remaining structure indicates that there were twenty Corinthian columns built on a podium fifteen meters in diameter. The roof probably had a vent at the apex to allow smoke release.

Pass By: Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome Italy

You will walk along this Piazza in order to access the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Nothing was added from the time of the Roman Empire, what you see, is more or less the view that the romans had in the past.

Pass By: Foro di Cesare, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00100 Rome Italy

The Forum of Caesar (in Latin, Forum Iulium) is a forum which is part of the so-called Imperial Forums in Rome, where the first forum of this complex to be built.

The construction began at 54 a. C., and was finished at 29 a. C. by Augustus. While the Forum of Caesar, underwent some renovations in time of Trajan and the year after the fire 283 d. C.

Julio Cesar spent huge sums of money made in the campaign of Gaul (60 million sesterces as Cicero, according to Suetonius 100 million) to buy the land and expropriate private and demolish the buildings they occupied the area, and had also relocated to the Curia hostility and faces.

Julio Cesar sent instructed Cicero buy land that would serve to build the forum. Roman law had such power that even the emperors could go over the contracts.

Pass By: Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00186 Rome Italy

Admire the view of the famous Via dei Fori Imperiali, projected under the Government of Mussolini.

Inclusions

  • Private Walking Tour
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup with Sanitized Vehicle (centrally located hotels. Within Aurelian Walls)
  • Skip-the-line Tickets
  • Arena Access and drop off service (if Luxury Version selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 18 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues or those using a wheelchair
  • Be prepared to climb uneven steps and explore an archaeological site - wear good shoes. Anticipate Rome's intense heat in the summer - you may want to bring a small umbrella to block the sun as well as unexpected, sudden rainfall
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Large bags and backpacks are not allowed
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • From December, a so-called Super Green Pass, a certificate valid only for people who have been fully vaccinated against or who have recovered from Covid, is required to enter archeological sites, museums, bar, cafes, restaurants and other indoor places. This also applies to those aged 12 and above.

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Operates

Daily

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

mgm1961
July 2021

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very articulate and sharing stories along with pointing out the history. enjoyed our visit very much

Talal_Z
July 2021

Amazing tour! Guide was very professional and also very nice and full of information. Definitely highly recommended.

414catg
May 2022

My boyfriend and I took a tour of the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Pantheon with Gianluca Pica. Gianluca found endless ways to make his vast breadth of knowledge accessible, and was willing to tailor the experience to our particular pace and interests. Most importantly, he was delightful to spen...

Silviu_R
May 2022

Marina was great, she presented everything in a light manner, didnt feel like in a boring history lesson. Time flew easily. Will gladly book ahead on our next visit.

Erica_B
April 2022

Incredible tour guide and learned so much about Rome’s history. Our guide was so knowledgeable and had pictures with him of what it would have looked like years ago which we appreciated. A must do tour!!!

M4986FSrichardp
April 2022

We had an excellent time on this tour with our friendly and extremely knowledgeable guide, Sylvia. This tour was a perfect start to our stay in Rome! Syliva was able to answer all our questions and gave us a wonderfully in depth tour of both the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Highly recommend this tour!

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