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Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour
09:00 AM & 02:00 PM
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Colosseum, more details at booking
Meet your private guide at the designated area just outside the Colosseum, site of the legendary battles between gladiators. Stepping inside, you will be transported back to a time where the Roman Empire was one of the most powerful empires in the world; looking across the amphitheatre, it is almost possible to hear thousands of spectators cheering for the games once held. The tour carries on to the Roman Forum where you will explore the ruins of this ancient political, religious and commercial center. Take your time climbing up to Palatine Hill, the legendary birthplace of Rome; the top of the hill offers a splendid view of the Eternal City and the nearby Circus Maximus. The tour will end at the Capitoline Hill, where the holiest of Roman temples once stood: the Temple to Jupiter and the temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad: Jupiter, Juno and their daughter Minerva.
The tour will end near Piazza Venezia, after which you will be free to explore the area. We suggest strolling up Via Del Corso, which offers numerous shops and amazing shopping opportunities. Alternatively, you could walk alongside the Tiber River located just a few minutes away.
– Expert local guide at disposal (3 hours)
– Skip the line – reservation and entrance fees at Colosseum
– Roman Forum entrance fees
– From 5 people headsets to hear your guide clearly
– Arch of Constantine
– Roman Forum
– Palatine Hill
– Capitoline Hill
– Piazza Venezia
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
– There are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum, please note that large backpacks, large bags and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only very small bags are allowed. We recommend that backpacks, large bags and suitcases are not taken on this tour.
St. Peter in Chains
The Basilica Saint Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) is located in Rome on the Esquiline Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. It was built in 430 A.D. under Empress Eudoxia’s orders, who was the wife of Emperor Valentinian III. The goal of building such a basilica was to protect and keep Saint Peter’s chains safe. According to the legend, when Pope Leo I wanted to take the chains to compare them to those in the Mamertime prison, the two chains miraculously fused together and it became impossible to separate one from the other. A convent had also been built next to the basilica but after the Italian Unification it was given to the Sapienza University.
Things to see
The basilica has undergone several renovations since its completion but its current aspect is due to the renovations made by the Pope Julius I in 1503. What made the basilica famous however is the tomb of Pope Julius II. Pope Julius died on February 21st 1513 but his tomb was not finished until a century later. The large structure was made by Michelangelo and is considered as one of the artist’s masterpieces. The initial plan was to build a three-level structure with 40 statues inside of Saint Peter’s Basilica but to Michelangelo’s dismay, the Pope abandoned the project. Michelangelo had many other projects at the time and his contract changed so he never had the chance to complete the full project.
The central statue represents Moses, his fingers stroking his beard as he holds the Tablets of God’s Law under his right arm. He is depicted with horns, which is the traditional representation of people who have been touched by God. The statues either side of Moses, which represent Leah and Rachel, have also been made by Michelangelo while the other statues were realized by his students.