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Discover Ancient Rome on a group tour limited to 13 people
A walking tour of Rome is the perfect introduction to the city, covering the most important archaeological sites. You’ll discover the truth behind the legends of the gladiators and the arena on your Colosseum tour, and gain new insight into this magnificent monument. Continuing on your Roman Forum tour, as you stroll through the atmospheric ruins, your expert guide will help you to understand the politics and power play of the ancient city. Then there’s the peaceful Palatine Hill, where the history of Rome began with Romulus and Remus. You'll visit the impressive remains of the imperial palaces and admire the stunning views of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum from the top of the hill.
With an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide to lead the way, you’ll end your in-depth tour of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill with a much greater understanding and appreciation of Rome, which continues to amaze its visitors nearly three thousand years later.
Our groups are small, with a maximum of 13 people, and we buy all our tickets in advance so you can skip the lines and spend more time exploring Rome, rather than waiting around.
Learn about the bloody spectacles on our Colosseum tour
The ancient Colosseum is undoubtedly the most amazing monument in Rome, built on a vast scale in less than ten years. The spectacles that took place here were like nothing seen before or since, and they were designed to entertain not only the people of Rome, but also the emperor himself.
The gladiatorial games are legendary, and on your tour of the Colosseum you’ll learn the difference between fact and fiction. But you’ll also discover that truth is often stranger than fiction, as you hear stories of wild animal hunts, mass executions, naval battles, and violent re-enactments of Greek myths that all took place in the arena. You’ll learn about everything that went on behind the scenes, including the amazing machinery that made the spectacles possible and so popular. For the rare opportunity to descend into the Colosseum’s Underground to see these machines and mechanisms up close, check out our Colosseum Underground Tour.
There was more to the games than meets the eye, as the entertainment at the Colosseum also had an important political role. Your expert guide will help you to understand the Colosseum in context, explaining what the games meant not only for the slaves and gladiators who took part, but for the whole of Rome.
Explore the heart of Ancient Rome in the Roman Forum
A Roman Forum group tour is an opportunity to learn about Roman history in the very place where the events took place.
These atmospheric ruins were once the political heart of the ancient city. You begin in front of the Senate, the imposing building used for the meetings and heated debates of the Republic. In the gardens and the House of the Vestal Virgins you’ll learn about the extraordinary lives and deaths of the priestesses. The Basilica of Julia and the Basilica of Maxentius were the courthouses of the ancient city. Famous public trials took place here and contributed to the fame of people such as Cicero and Caesar.
Your walk in the Forum continues with a visit to the temples, as you explore the impressive ruins of the temples of Saturn and Castor and Pollux. Here you’ll learn about the Roman gods and the early days of Christianity, which often overlapped in unexpected ways, as you’ll see from the temple of Antoninus and Faustina, an ancient Roman temple that was transformed into a Catholic church. To learn more about the gradual shift from pagan to Christian Rome, be sure to join our Underground Rome and Catacombs tour, which journeys back to the very origins of Christianity. On your group tour of Rome you’ll also walk on one of the most important Roman roads, the Via Sacra, where you can still see the wheel-ruts of the carriages that passed over it for centuries.
The triumphal arches are another highlight of our visit to Ancient Rome, and you’ll be amazed by the Arch of Titus and the Arch of Septimius Severus, which dramatically represent the conquests of the Roman Empire.
See the palaces of the emperors on our Palatine Hill tour
Often overlooked by other tour companies, the Palatine Hill is one of the most beautiful parts of the ancient city. It’s also the oldest, as according to legend, this was the place where the young Romulus and Remulus were discovered by the she-wolf, and where Romulus eventually founded the city of Rome.
For centuries it was the most desirable part of Rome, as the lush green hill offers stunning views of the city. The villas of the Roman aristocracy were later replaced by the enormous, luxurious villas of the emperors. On your Palatine tour you’ll explore the vast Flavian Palace, the Baths of Septimius Severus, and the Stadium of Domitian. These ruins are impressive in their own right, with their colonnades and mosaics, but hearing the stories of the excesses of the emperors will give you a whole new perspective.
The Palatine Hill is the perfect place to escape the heat of the city. Take a relaxing stroll in the shady Farnese Gardens of Pope Paul III, where you’ll learn about Renaissance Rome and enjoy an unparalleled view of the Ancient Rome, on one of the most memorable parts of your experience.
Near the entrance to the Ancient Roman Forum. Full details, including a map and photo, will be provided on booking.
This is a walking tour through large archaeological sites in Rome with steps and uneven surfaces. We strongly recommend comfortable shoes and a bottle of water.
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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for Rome's inspiring cultural heritage. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!