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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.
Circus Maximus is the biggest Roman arena and the oldest circus from Ancient Rome. It is located between the Palatine Hill and the Aventine Hill in the Murcia Valley. Circus Maximus was famous for its chariot races; even if today many see it as some mere ruins, we can still appreciate how big it was for its time with its 600 meters in length and 80 meters in width.
Circus Maximus was able to welcome up to 250 000 people when it was originally built, and even more after some renovations were made. It was first used during the Etruscans era in the 6th century B.C. Julius Caesar later extended the Circus and added a gap between the arena and the bleachers in order to protect people watching the race.
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After the big fire of Rome in 64 A.D., the seats were rebuilt out of stone and marble while the arena itself was enlarged to be able to welcome up to 300 000 people. In the middle of the arena was the “Spina”, which divided the arena into two different parts. The Spina was a small wall covered by statues, fountains, columns and other embellishments, along with Augustus’ Obelisk. This obelisk, the first ever brought over from Egypt, still exists and can be seen today on Piazza del Popolo. The chariots racers would ride around this obelisk in the middle of the Spina.
It is actually still possible to see vestiges of the starting point of the chariots if you go on the side of Viale Aventino. The last race happened in 549 A.D. but after that the Circus Maximus slowly fell into disuse and decay. Nowadays, it has become a large green space where people go to jog or exercise; concerts and other events are sometimes held there.
The Palatine Hill is the most centrally located among the seven famous hills of Rome. It is positioned near the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum, and was the home of several emperors. Indeed, Augustus, Cicero and Marcus Antonius all built their palaces on this hill. From the top, it offers visitors a very nice view of the Eternal City.
According to legend, it is on this hill that the twins Romulus and Remus were discovered by their mythical she-wolf mother. It is also on this hill that Romulus decided to found Rome, so Palatine Hill is generally considered as the birthplace of the Roman Empire.
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During the Roman Republic, Palatine Hill became the most popular place to live. In fact, the name “Palatine” is derived from the word “palace” since so many were built. Many chose to live here firstly because it offers a wonderful view of the city and secondly because at the time, people believed there was more pure air here than lower on the hill where laborers worked. They believed that they would get less sick thanks to this pure air.
During the Middle Ages, several churches and convents were also built on the hill. Later, the hill became the property of the cardinal Alessandro Farnese, who had a nice botanical garden constructed upon the ruins.