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Private Colosseum Underground Tour & Ancient Rome: VIP Experience

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TOUR DETAILS

all inclusive price

PRICE

€ 475,00 for the first two people

DURATION

5 hours plus a break

SYNOPSIS

Explore the underground level of the Colosseum on our private tour. Discover the mechanical elevators, the trapdoors and cages for the ferocious animals that stood next to the terrified Gladiators before they stepped into the arena. With the help of a private guide and customized tour, you can relive the various phases of the games, learn who the Gladiators really were and why combat became so famous during the time of the Empire. Be amazed by the technology and daily life of the Romans in a city that by the 1st century AD was multi cultural and bustling with 1,000,000 citizens. Our Underground Colosseum tour will take you even beneath the Roman Forum, the political and religious heart of Ancient Rome. Explore the Senate and huge temples and see the lives of Consols and Emperors brought to life; from the dramatic death of Julius Caesar to the eccentricities of Nero. The tour concludes with incredible views from Palatine Hill where the Emperors luxuries properties were and Romulus and Remus’ huts that signalled the birth of Rome.

Enter the tunnels of the arena, and discover the secrets of the games

Join us on this Rome private tour in the fascinating underground tunnels of the Colosseum and marvel at ancient stage machinery capable of amazing special effects, mechanical elevators centuries ahead of their time, and an incredibly complex system of underground links between various supporting buildings that made the Colosseum's spectacles possible. These were amongst the ingenious inventions that we will see on our walking tour which helped ensure the incredible popularity of the games. Learn how the games were conceived as imperial propaganda, designed to cement unity between the incredibly diverse populations, languages and cultures that made up this enormous empire in the collective ritual of violence.

Relive an entire day's entertainment at the Colosseum

Follow the various phases of entertainment: the processions and the salutes, the battles between ferocious beasts and gladiators kept on a knife-edge by the surprise entrance of animals into the arena through secret trap-doors; the fights to the death between gladiators amidst the cheers of a delirious crowd; the capricious decisions of the audience or of the emperor to save or condemn a defeated gladiator according to their whim.

Discover who the gladiators really were through their own personal histories

Our guides are experts in their fields (most of them are archaeologists), and on this private tour they will take you into the world of the gladiators, evoking the modes of combat, the weapons and the origins of these men coming from the most remote provinces of the empire. The success of the games that ensured by the the multi-ethnic society of the time. On this Colosseum tour you will also learn of their daily training, which took place in the barracks where the gladiators lived: each of these was equipped with a small arena such as the Ludus Magnus near the Colosseum.

Admire the perfection of the Colosseum from its Third Tier, and experience Rome's infinite beauty

It is only from on high that we can fully appreciate the imposing magnitude of this remarkable edifice. From here all its arcades and marbles are laid out before us, its dramatic spaces testament to a colossal feat of engineering that saw the Colosseum built in only ten years on a site previously intended for Nero's Golden House. What's more, from a vantage point on the Third Tier Rome some of Rome's most spectacular and unexpected vistas are spread out below, making this a private tour not to miss.

Uncover the daily life, the political struggles and the gods of the ancient city in the Forum

This great valley was the political heart of ancient Rome. Here we will retrace the daily life and politics of the Romans in the most important sites of the age, beginning at the Senate, where the most memorable debates of the Roman republic took place. Then our private tour will enter into the rooms and the stunningly beautiful garden of the House of the Vestal Virgins; discover who they were, gaze upon their marble portraits that still survive today, and learn of the cruel destiny that sometimes awaited them. The basilicas of Julia and Maxentius, seats of the courthouses where jurisprudence was born, will bring our tour into the spaces of the great public trials during the time of Cicero and Caesar. In thetemples of Saturn, Castor and Pollux, and Antoninus and Faustina, we will meet the gods of the Romans together with the enigma of a Christian church built into the structure of a pagan temple. The innovations of Roman engineers will amaze you on the Via Sacra, still marked today with the wheel-ruts of carriages that passed over it for centuries. The film-strips of antiquity carved into the marble of the Arch of Titus and Arch of Septimus Severus, meanwhile, tell of the great conquests of Imperial Rome. Finally, right in the places where they happened, we will relive timeless events such as the funeral of Julius Caesar near the Temple of Caesar, the decapitation of Cicero in the central square and the political rise of Augustus, who with his innocent face (or at least so he appears in countless statues) finished off the Roman republic and founded an empire.

Explore the luxurious villas of aristocrats and emperors on the Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is still for the most part outside the itineraries of other tour companies. But it is a great shame to neglect this beautiful part of the ancient city, a place that for centuries hosted the exclusive residences of the Roman aristocracy, until the emperors appropriated it to construct their colossal villas, wonderfully preserved even today. But why was it such a desirable spot? Simple. The views from here of the Forum, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and indeed the entire city are unmatched. Our private tour will start with the origins of Rome, near the Huts of Romulus from the 8th century BC, which were later moved to the House of Augustus for obvious political reasons. We will explore the multiplication and excesses of the Imperial residences, with their gigantic colonnades, amongst them the House of Augustus, the Flavian palace, the Severian baths and the great stadium. You will uncover original furnishings fashioned from precious marbles and statues in the Palatine Museum, and retrace the lives of the most famous and extravagant emperors who ruled here, men such as Nero and Domitian.

The Colosseum underground and third tier are reserved exclusively for us for a visit lasting over an hour

During your visit to the Colosseum Underground you may be joined by some of our other small or private groups, up to a maximum of 23 visitors. This experience of this Ancient Rome tour is guaranteed to be absolutely exclusive and unique!

Classic sights included in our itinerary:

  • The Entrance to the Arena
  • The Third Tier
  • The Colosseum Underground (Hypogeum)
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Arch of Septimius Severus

Overlooked sights included in our itinerary:

  • The Statues of the Vestal Virgins
  • Original mosaic floors of Imperial Rome in the Curia Julia
  • The Cryptoportico of Nero
  • The Palatine Hill

At the Palatine Hill entrance - Via di San Gregorio 30

This is a walking tour through the archaeological sites of Ancient Rome which contain steps and uneven surfaces. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty 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!

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