Colosseum & Ancient Rome Small Group Tour with Forum & Palatine Hill

Duration
Inclusions
Small Group, Tour Guide, Entrance Fees
Language
English
Transportation
Transportation from your hotel or lodging to the activity check in.
No
$
59
37
/ Adult
Available:
Daily
Time:
8:30 AM, 9:30 AM
Efim G
Highlights
  • Skip the Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Guided Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tour
  • Audio headsets, so you can always hear your guide
Description
Witness the glory of Ancient Rome on this comprehensive tour of the Eternal City's three main archaeological areas with the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. No other tour puts the past into such vivid perspective!

Our Colosseum Tour includes the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, to paint a detailed portrait of the most emblematic sites of this once great civilization.

Don’t just visit Rome, experience it on our Colosseum Tour, visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with an expert, English-speaking tour guide to tell you the stories and anecdotes that bring the ruins to life. And with Skip the Line Access at all three sites, you won’t waste time waiting in line.

We start our adventure at the Eternal City's main attraction – the Colosseum. One of the world’s most iconic sights, the Colosseum is the first stop for most visitors. Yet without an idea of the battles and politics that played out here, you'll only come to understand a small portion of its majesty. Our guides are experts in history and archaeology, so they’re the perfect candidates to lead your Colosseum adventure, telling you just why ‘Gladiator’ had it all wrong and how this incredible amphitheater once hosted re-enactments of sea battles.
No visit to Ancient Rome would be complete without going a little further back though – to the very beginning. In fact, we’ll explore the Palatine Hill, the spot where brothers Remus and Romulus battled over who would found the first settlement, and where Romulus founded the city that would become Rome.

We’ll also see the Roman Forum – the heart of Ancient Rome. Home to the bustling marketplace, ruled by moneylenders and shopkeepers, this was Rome at its finest. Here politicians held rallies before elections, soldiers marched triumphantly down the Via Sacra and the Vestal Virgins decided if men lived or died.

In just three hours we’ll introduce you to the best that Ancient Rome has to offer – from the birth of an Empire in 753 BC to the clash of titans at the Colosseum during Rome's stint as the ancient world's superpower. Your Colosseum tour guide will rebuild Rome from the ground up, filling it with stories of Caesar and Nero so you leave not just having seen Rome, but having reached out and touched it.
 
Places Visited
  • The construction of the Colosseum was started in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian and it was completed in 80 AD, a year after the death of Vespasian.
The Colosseum is one of Rome's most famous land marks. The structure is an elliptical amphitheatre located in the center of Rome. The colosseum was built from concrete and stone .It ... moreis considered to be the largest amphitheatre in the world. The construction of the Colosseum started in 72 AD by the Roman Emperor Vespasian. The building was completed in 80 AD, a year after the death of Emperor Vespasian.

The colloseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public shows and games such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, gladiator battles and executions. It seated 50,000 people. The Roman emperors used the Colosseum for the entertainment of the public with free games. The games symbolized power and they were used by the ruling emperor in order to increase his popularity. These games were held for an entire day or several days continuously. The shows usually started with comical acts and displays of exotic animals such as lions and bears and concluded with fights to the death between the animals and gladiators. The fighters were prisoners of war, slaves, or convicted criminals. The gladiatorial games continued until Christianity gradually put an end to the gory and deadly games.

The Colosseum was built on the area of an artificial lake. At the late 6th century a small church was built into the structure of the amphitheatre. In 1934, the Colosseum was damaged by an earthquake which resulted in the collapse of the outer south. The stones from the Colleseum were then reused to build palaces, churches,hospitals and other structures in Rome. Some of the famous structures which were built using the stones are Palazzo Farnese and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Church officials in Rome sought a productive use for the Colosseum during the 16thand 17th century. Pope Sixtus V had planned to turn The Colosseum into a wool factory in order to offer employment opportunities to prostitutes in Rome but the plans did not come to fruition due to his premature death. In 1671, Cardinal Altieri authorized the Colosseum to be used for bullfights but the public opposed this idea.

The Colosseum continued to be subject to different uses and renovations as nearly every leader of Rome had his own ideas concerning the use of the compound. The Roman emperors used the Colosseum to entertain the public with free games. The games symbolized prestige and power and they were used by the ruling emperor as a way of increasing his popularity. These games were held for a whole day or even several days continuously. In most cases, the shows started with comical acts and displays of exotic animals which ended with fights to death between the animals and gladiators. The fighters were normally slaves, prisoners of war or condemned criminals. The gladiatorial games continued until Christianity gradually put an end to the parts of the games which led to the death of people.

The modern Colosseum has been renovated, redecorated and painted. The Colosseum is used to host large events although the space inside is limited. During events with great attendance, the audience sits outside the Colosseum. The Colosseum is also a major tourist attraction in Rome with thousands of tourists visiting it every year to view the interior of the arena. Entrance for citizens of the European Union is partially subsidized, and the entrance is free for European Union citizens below the age of 18 or over 65. The upper floor of the outer wall of The Colosseum has a museum that is dedicated to Eros. Part of the arena floor had been re-floored and looks fabulous.

The Colosseum is also the site of Roman Catholic ceremonies in the 20th and 21stcenturies. For instance, Pope Benedict XVI led the Stations of the Cross ceremony called the Scriptural Way of the Cross at The Colosseum on Good Fridays. There was an agreement between the local official and Diego Della Valle, in 2011, to sponsor €25 million restoration of The Colosseum. 

Today it is one of the most popular tourist sites in Rome. Be sure to come and visit the Colleseum!
Type:
Attraction, Cultural, Historic
Features:
Bathroom
Rates
Per
Price
Adult
$
59
37
Schedule
Dates
Time
Daily8:30 AM
9:30 AM
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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