Skip the Line: Ancient Rome Private Group Guided Tour from Hotel
- The Colosseum: Explore this massive, free-standing stone amphitheater, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and famous for its gladiator fights, animals hunts, and other bloody spectacles that entertained the people of Rome.
- The Roman Forum: Stroll through ancient Rome's commercial, political, and religious center as your guide explains the role of its most important buildings and monuments, including the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Julius Caesar, and the Rostra, where the empire's greatest orators addressed the masses.
- Palatine Hill: See the most central of the Seven Hills of Rome; one of the oldest parts of the city, where several emperors and many of the republic's most affluent citizens once lived, and remnants of their time are still visible.
- Private group: Share your experience with only people you know, whether it's just the two of you, the whole family, or any group of up to 20.
About This Rome Tour
It was like having the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the World Cup, and heavyweight title fights in the same place every year – for four centuries. It held as many as 50,000 people in ticketed, numbered seats, with exits that had them all back on the streets in 10 minutes. The Colosseum was the entertainment capital of the Roman Empire, hosting harsh and brutal spectacles pitting man against man, beast against beast, and beast against man. But while emperors, elites, citizens, and slaves reveled in the gory action, the real show took place underground.
The Colosseum's arena was a stage made of wood and covered with sand, 287 feet long and 180 feet wide. Beneath the stage was the hypogeum, an elaborate network of tunnels, rooms, ramps, pumps, pulleys, and hand-operated elevators working together to create magic.
At any point during the show, anywhere on the arena, any combination of gladiators, animals, and sets could instantly appear. It's believed that a 100-foot mountain, complete with trees and animals, once made a sudden appearance, and that enough water could be pumped in to reenact historic naval battles.
While hidden shafts around the edges of the arena were used mostly for animals and men on foot, the middle of the arena was set up so that even horse-drawn chariots could arise virtually out of thin air, to the delight of the roaring crowd.
Today, the arena floor is gone and the underground tunnels are visible, but earthquakes and years of neglect have erased the vestiges of Rome's engineering genius. Engineers, architects, historians, and archeologists visit regularly, still puzzling, more than 19 centuries after the Colosseum was built, over how the magic happened. And yet, with a little imagination, you can look into the depths and hear the crowd roar.
When in Romulus
According to Roman legend, Palatine Hill is where infant twins Romulus and Remus were kept alive by a she-wolf until a shepherd found them. As the story goes, the brothers grew up, took revenge on a great uncle who had stolen the throne from their grandfather, and decided to build a city. But Romulus killed Remus in a fight over who the founder would be, which is why the city is named Rome. A slightly different choice could have led to Marc Antony's speech opening with "Friends, Romulans, countrymen ..."
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out. Please meet in the lobby at least 15 minutes before your designated tour time with a printed copy of your voucher.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Flat shoes make walking on cobblestones much easier.
Backpacks, tripods, and big umbrellas cannot be taken inside the Vatican Museums for security reasons. To reduce any disruption of your visit, we recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour.
Wheelchair users can join the tour as long as they are able to manage vehicle steps and are accompanied by an able bodied companion. Involves approximately 1.5 miles of walking over uneven, cobblestone surfaces with inclines and long periods of standing.
Private Tour, Family Friendly, Cultural, Scenic, Shopping
Vehicles? We have all kinds for all sizes of groups, from cars to buses. Vehicles vary based on the number of travelers.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 6 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
If your mobility is limited, it may be too challenging for you to maintain the pace needed to see all the sights fully. If you use a folding wheelchair, we can accommodate you with at least 7 days notice, providing you have someone along to assist you.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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