Coliseum Underground, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Small Group Tour
Discover areas usually closed at the Colosseum, truly experience the magic of Ancient Rome
DURATION: UP TO 3.75-HOURS
On this special small group tour, feel the fear and hear the roars of the crowd above you as you descend to the Colosseum underground, walking in the footsteps of gladiators who waited here to be hoisted onto the floor. As you tour the tunnels, your guide will tell you about the true life of a gladiator, far different to that which you see in films. Walk out onto the stage upon which the fighting took place and be blown away by the most impressive view of the Colosseum.
You’ll follow your expert guide away from the crowds and chaos of general access areas and up to the third tier level. From here you’ll encounter stunning views over the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You’ll also find some peace and quiet no matter how busy the day, so your guide can fill you in on some of the most fascinating tales of the Colosseum.
Once you’ve had your fill of blood and gore (and learned how it took the Romans 325 years to get their fill!), experience the very heart of Ancient Rome: the Roman Forum. Here was where Rome ruled its empire of untold political and cultural influence—and of more than 2.5 million square miles and 65 million people.
Among the evocative ruins, discover the Arch of Constantine, built by Rome’s first Christian emperor; the Senate house, where toga-clad elites decided on behalf of all of those millions; and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, where a special cult of women kept Rome’s sacred flame alive. Your guide will bring it all to life with tales of love, betrayal, and larger-than-life characters (Caesar, Cleopatra & Mark Antony to name a few), with great visual aids and reconstructions to show you how it all would have looked 2,000 years ago.
At the Palatine Hill you’ll discover the origins of Ancient Rome. Legend has it that this is the spot where Remus and Romulus were found by the shewolf and where they battled to decide which would have the privilege of building their own town. Hear how this legendary battle impacted the world you know today (your very own life even!) We owe the Ancient Romans more than you’d believe!
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* Due to Coliseum policy, two groups will merge for the VIP sections of your tour (Coliseum underground, arena floor and third tier), but with the rest of the public locked out, you'll share these sacred spaces with a maximum of 24 other people. For the rest of your tour (general access areas of the Colisuem and all of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill) your group will be limited to only 12 people or fewer.
** Times may vary
Includes: English-speaking guide for 3.75-hours, Underground/General entrance to the Coliseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Excludes: Gratuity, Transportation to/from the Coliseum (transfers can be arranged for additional cost)
- This is a scheduled small group tour, available on a request basis.