Price from: $237
Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
At first glance, you’ll see rubble but soon your knowledgeable and passionate private guide will help bring the ruins to life, painting a vibrant picture of Rome in the time of the emperors.
Walk where the Roman senate walked, see where the gladiators fought, and stand where the citizens welcomed the Roman soldiers after successful campaigns.Leave the crowds behind and enter the Ancient Rome with your skip-the-line tickets and your personal local story teller. Walk where the Roman Senate met, see where the gladiators fought, and breathe the atmosphere of long lost echoes.
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.
At the Imperial 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 - six young women taken from aristocratic families to serve as virgin priests of Vesta. 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 hearth of Rome. As legend had it - as long as the sacred flame burned, Rome would endure.
End your tour with a wonderful view of the city and of the Imperial Forum from Capitoline Hill, the smallest and most important of the seven hills of Ancient Rome.
- Recommended tour Extensions:
St.Peter in Chain | Pantheon | San Clemente Undergrounds
Blue Badge Qualified Guide | Admission Tickets | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Private Tour | Guaranteed to skip the long lines
- Not Included:
Transfer to the site via Taxi (our guide can arrange this) | Private Driver (can be arranged upon request)
|Approximately 3 hours||Tickets needed||Partial access for wheelchairs|
|Kid-friendly tour||Suggested starting time 09:30AM or 1.30PM (Nov-Mar) / 08:30AM or 3:00PM (Apr-Oct)||Not recommended on first Sunday of the month|
Temple of Vestal Virgins
Enhance your Experience
The Pantheon, this 2nd century tribute to All Gods and famed engineering marvel, has intrigued for ages - let your personal guide bring you back to the days of the emperors and gods when you visit this one-of-a-kind monument.
Trajan's Market and Forum
See the world’s first shopping mall in Trajan’s 2nd century “new” Roman Forum. See how history was recorded on the triumphal column, which documents the most important battles as well as marks the original height of the hill that was cleared to make way for the new construction. This marvel of Roman engineering will surprise and delight. Ability to enter the museum depends on opening hours.
Baths of Caracalla
One of the few places you can see ancient structure’s full height – you’ll be transported to the 3rd century as you walk among this vast bath complex. You'll see where slaves loaded ancient furnaces to heat the water for the different pools of this amazingly intact spa. You'll see mosaics that still decorate the pool floors, and even a game board used by bath visitors to pass the time while they soaked in the warm water. Additional admission tickets are required.
As you walk around the enormous elliptical Circus Maximus, you will travel back in time to the earliest days of Rome. You will almost hear the spectators as you stand where over 100,000 Romans celebrated the public games. Travel back even further to when the first Etruscan king Romulus once celebrated victory over the Sabines in this famous spot. This is a great addition to a Colosseum/Roman Forum tour!
The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution. The catacombs were the underground burial places of the Christian and Jewish communities from the second century AD. Although you will no longer find bones within the tombs, you will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents - the saints who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested. Tickets can be purchased on site.
Ancient Secrets: Teatro Marcello and Area Sacra of Largo Argentina
Reveal the ancient secrets you won’t find at the Forum with this extension! Walk through the Teatro Marcello, conceived by Caesar and built by Augustus, which certainly served as the blue-print for the later and more famous Colosseum. Then visit the Jewish Ghetto and end in the Area Sacra of Largo Argentina where you will learn about Julius Caesar's dramatic final moments.
Famous Piazzas & Fountains
Don't miss Bernini’s Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini or Rome’s twin church domes in Piazza del Popolo. You can opt to go up the Pincio hill for one of the best views in the city. Or maybe you want to see the famed Piazza Navona? You will get plenty of ideas of where to eat and shop as you walk through these famous neighbourhoods with your expert guide.
Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day (up to 4 people)
Just a few steps from Piazza Navona, in the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will experience one of the activities you have heard about from your guide, in the workshop of an Italian artist. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. And take it home, to make your Roman holidays even more memorable! Fun for the whole family, give life to your own Roman creation.
Do not miss one of the most famous statues ever carved by Michelangelo - The Moses. This masterpiece is located in the church of St. Peter's in chains just a few steps away from the Colosseum.
From the Forum you will take a pleasant stroll to Palatine Hill, where Rome is thought to have originated. Walk among its beautiful hills and gardens and explore the Domus Augustus - Villa of Augustus - the partially excavated palace of Augustus and successive emperors. Your guide will discuss the legendary cave of Palatine Hill where, as myth has it, Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf who nurtured them through infancy.
Roman Houses on the Celio Hill
This subterranean visit is a perfect extension for those loving off the beaten path visits. The Roman Houses on the Celio Hill is a fascinating time machine to discover the ancient roman lifestyle.
Visit one of the most famous churches in Rome, St. Clemente with its mysterious undergrounds.
3 Hour Golf Cart Sightseeing Tour (up to 4 people)
Discover a new way to tour historical Rome. Make yourself comfortable while your private driver and guide accompany you during this 3 hour tour. Set off and admire the most significant sights of the Eternal City. Listen to your guide, who will be your story-teller during this tour to discover the major fountains and squares of Rome.
Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.
Request a Wheelchair
Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.
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