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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.
Located at the foot of Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia is one of the main squares of Rome, its traffic flowing from five different main streets. Of these big avenues that arrive in Piazza Venezia are Via dei Fori imperiali, Via del Corso and Via del Teatro di Marcello. Directly in front of the piazza is the Altar della Patria, also known as the “Vittoriano”, a huge monument dedicated to the Italian Unification. There is also the National Monument dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II in honor of his crowning as the first king of a unified Italy. This huge monument, built between 1885 and 1911, is 135 meters wide and 75 meters high and is made of white marble from Botticino in Brescia. On the facade we can see many Corinthian columns which represent each Italian region while on each side of the monument can be found a fountain representing the seas bordering Italy: the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Adriatic Sea.
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In terms of aesthetic, the piazza blends several types of Italian architecture from the 19th century and Mussolini’s time. In fact, Mussolini held many of his speeches in this square. The construction of the whole Piazza Venezia required the demolition of ancient Roman ruins as well as several Medieval buildings, causing great controversy from start to finish. Many Roman citizens nowadays have given the piazza and monument amusing but rather unflattering nicknames.
Capitoline Hill is the most famous of the seven hills of Rome; another name often associated to it is the “Hill of Gods”. Capitoline Hill is composed of two summits separated by a gap. During the Roman Empire, Nero built his arch in the gap between the two summits.
On one of the summits once stood the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, the most important temple on the hill. It was not only a place of worship but also the place were Romans used to keep their treasure and precious items. The Temple of Jupiter was destroyed and rebuilt several time until it eventually declined into disuse and ruin during the 5th and 6th centuries. Some say that when Emperor Vespasian rebuilt the Temple of Jupiter, he helped the masons himself. To reach Jupiter’s temple, people had to take the Gemonian Stairs. These stairs were also a place where people were condemned to death sentence and then thrown down the steps toward the Tiber River.
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On the other summit, where now stands the Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven, there was the Temple of Juno, the protector and special counselor of the state. Romans used to make coins for their currency here; in fact, the practice started in this temple. Another interesting thing about this temple is that according to legend, the Gauls arrived and climbed the Hill to try to steal Roman treasure but Juno’s sacred geese cried out so loudly that the Romans were alerted of the Gauls’ attempt.
Nowadays we can reach the Capitol Square from a huge staircase named Cordonata. On the summit now stands Rome’s City Hall along with the Roman Museum of the Capitoline Hill. The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is situated in the middle of the Piazza del Campidoglio, where these buildings are situated, and cannot be missed!