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COLOSSEUM AND THE HEART OF ROME

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Adult ages 18-99
89
Child ages 6-17
79
Infant ages 0-5
Free

From Gladiator Stomping Ground to the Heart of Baroque Rome

Step back in time as your expert guide brings the most important temples and shrines of the Roman Forum to life for you, leading you through the Colosseum in the footsteps of Gladiators of Rome who killed and survived, or died for the entertainment of the masses! Then change gears and stroll through the breathtaking piazzas and fountains of Renaissance Rome. From the Colosseum floor to Bernini’s stunning fountains, heartstopping treasures are abound on this experience spanning more than 2400 years of fascinating Roman history!

Highlights:

  • Skip-the-line access means you bypass queues at the Colosseum AND Roman Forum
  • So many takeaways! Learn the meaning of “Caput Mundi,” what’s all the fuss about a she-wolf, why is it important to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and did all roads really lead to Rome?
  • Tick more than a dozen sites off your bucket list on this half-day tour

Meet your guide just steps from the Colosseum where you’ll want to take some pictures of the spectacular view before we descend to the entrance.

Enjoy fast track entry to the vast arena, the Icon of Rome built in 72ad to seat up to 50,000 spectators. Once inside, your guide will paint an accurate picture of the Gladiator games that took place in the Roman Empire’s most impressive arena, helping you to decipher between fact, fiction, and the images portrayed by big-screen Hollywood blockbusters.

After walking around the perimeter of the Colosseum, gaze down onto the arena floor and beneath to the maze-like underground level where man and beast awaited their moment of glory or met their fateful death.

Follow your guide outside the arena and travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum, the true heart of Ancient Rome with monuments dating as far back as the 7th century BC. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus (the first King of Rome) and Remus after they washed up on the banks of the Tiber River, and how these famous twins would pave the way for future tyrants, Emperors, and even Caesars who declared themselves Gods throughout the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

As we change gears and fast-forward many a century, no visit to Rome is complete without a trip to the Trevi Fountain. This renaissance jewel was immortalized in Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita” by none other than Anita Ekberg, who dared to take an impromptu dip. Be sure to toss three coins into the blue water before moving on to our next port of call: the Pantheon. Tour this astonishing architectural marvel built nearly 2,000 years ago as a Pagan temple to honor the Gods, and learn why it is the best preserved of all the Roman ruins in the city.

Your morning tour concludes at Piazza Navona, the most beautiful of Rome’s renaissance piazzas. As you stroll across this picturesque promenade that lies above what was once emperor Domitian’s stadium, you’ll enjoy the scene of buskers and street artists while Bernini’s remarkable Baroque fountains take center stage.

What’s Included:

  • Priority access tickets to the Colosseum
  • Fully guided tour inside the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Guided tour of the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona
  • Small groups of max 20 participants

Not Included:

  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Gratuities
  • Personal extras

Important to Know:

  • The ground in the Roman Forum is composed of large stone or dirt pathways that can be difficult to navigate with strollers or wheelchairs.
  • Only small bags or purses are allowed in the Colosseum. No large bags or weapons allowed, and there is no cloakroom available.
  • Tour departs rain or shine
  • Unfortunately, wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour. Contact us to determine the best way to visit Ancient Rome with small children or guests confined to wheelchairs.

Important to Bring:

  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • A hat and sunblock during summer months
  • Water
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