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5 hours + lunch break
Entering the Colosseum is an event in itself, but our Roman Colosseum private tour enriches the experience, making sense of the structures, the engineering techniques of the time (it was built in only 10 years), and the mechanics of the arena. You’ll be transported to the gladiatorial games of Ancient Rome, understanding them in their historical context.
Our guides are carefully selected for this private tour of the Colosseum; most of them are archaeologists. The explanations of your guide will allow you to discover who the gladiators were and how they were trained. You’ll also learn about how the fights were staged, and discover the complex infrastructure of the arena, including trap doors and elevators, which made the games so popular.
Our current knowledge of the Colosseo is greater than ever before, and on our itinerary you’ll even discover the secrets of the Flavian Amphitheater. One example is the Velarium, a kind of awning that covered the seating area, which was operated by sailors; you can still see the marks left in the marble by the anchoring system. Your guide can personalise the itinerary according to your interests, discussing the theme of naval battles (which took place in specially constructed buildings) and the inaccuracies of films such as Gladiator.
On our guided visit you’ll be immersed in the events of a whole day at the Flavian Amphitheater, entering the world of the Romans - their social and political life.
The daily life and politics of Ancient Rome underwent dramatic changes during the shift from the Republic to the Empire with the emperor Augustus, at the end of the 1st century. The dialogue between ordinary Romans and the politicians of the Republic, who had mostly been elected, changed completely. The emperor was at the centre of all political power, and became the only point of reference. The citizens of Rome would go to the Colosseum to show their support for their emperor. The emperor used the spectacles at the Colosseum to demonstrate his commitment to the public, the strength of his political campaigns in distant parts of the empire, and his undisputed authority - now based on the law of the strongest.
Our Colosseum private guided tour will reveal how the gladiatorial combats in the arena of the Roman Coliseum played an important part in uniting a complex and turbulent empire, a multitude of languages and ethnicities dominated by the greatest metropolis in antiquity - Rome.
We have 17 years of experience, and our guides are expert archaeologists, keen to share their knowledge with you. We can guarantee you an enjoyable, care-free tour, as we take care of purchasing the “skip the line” tickets for your private walk. Our walks have been carefully designed on the basis of our experience and the feedback we have received from you over the years.
It lasts 5 hours because this is how long it takes to enjoy and experience an in-depth exploration of the vast archaeological sites of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Instead of hurrying through the most famous sites of Ancient Rome, we prefer to let you enjoy and understand the significance of these famous sites in the wider context of Rome and its history, as well as exploring some exclusive, less famous sites. The VIP experience is guaranteed on our tour; you will decide how long to remain in the garden of the Vestal Virgins, learning about their unusual lives, or gazing at their statues. Depending on your interests, we can explore the political or economic themes of the time, or learn about religious rites, or discuss the scandalous love affairs of cultured, emancipated women of the 1st century, such as Julia, daughter of the emperor Augustus.
In addition, our guide will take you to panoramic viewpoints to take photos of the impressive imperial ruins, as well as spectacular views of the Colosseum and the valley of the Roman Forum from above, giving you an unparalleled view across Rome.
The wide valley of the Roman Forum was the political heart of Ancient Rome. In this labyrinth of temples, buildings and streets of incomparable beauty, history is everywhere, and there are infinite ancient stories to be uncovered. Your private tour of the Roman Forum will be a journey of discovery, learning what the Forum once was, and what it is today. Your personal guide will help you to envision Ancient Rome, accompanying you through the bustling city which, in the 1st century AD, reached a million inhabitants, as you learn about both ordinary people and the prominent figures of public life.
Walking through the cobbled streets of the Roman Forum, your personal guide will put together the pieces of this fascinating puzzle of ruins. We will bring you into the Senate, the imposing symbol of the Roman Republic; S. P. Q. R. symbolises the famous pact between the people and aristocracy of Rome. Our knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the senators, their speeches, and the debates recorded by the historians of the time, as well as the crucial events that led to the unstoppable conquest of the Mediterranean.
You’ll also discover the secrets of Roman religion in the atmospheric ruins of the House and Garden of the Vestal Virgins, learning about the privileged yet often tragic lives of the priestesses. The Basilicas of Julia and Maxentius and their monumental colossal arches give us a fascinating insight into the public trials of the Republic. The famous speeches of great orators such as Cicero and Julius Caesar once echoed through these halls.
Exploring the temples of the Forum, including the awe-inspiring Temple of Saturn (connected to the foundation of the Republic), and the Temple of Castor and Pollux, is the perfect way to learn about the Roman gods and religious rituals. The grand temple of Antoninus and Faustina is made even more intriguing by its surprising history; over the centuries it was converted into a church, creating a spectacular architectural hybrid.
On our Roman Forum Tour you’ll hear stories of the triumphal parades that took place on the Via Sacra, where you can still see the wheel-ruts of the carriages, and you’ll have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Romans, all the way to the Arch of Titus. This magnificent arch vividly depicts the triumphs of the Roman Empire in Jerusalem. Along with the Arch of Septimius Severus at the other end of the Forum, it gives us a fascinating glimpse into the grandeur of Ancient Rome. The triumphal arches are covered with inscriptions and bas-reliefs; these stories immortalised in stone are the predecessors of our war films and victory celebrations.
You’ll also explore the places where some of the most important events in Roman history took place, such as the funeral of Julius Caesar and the decapitation of Cicero. This is where ordinary Romans walked and worshipped, but the Forum also played a central part in the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. In the 16th century the Roman Forum, by now abandoned, was the place where shepherds tended their flocks in the open, amongst the vast ruins. The rediscovery of the archaeological sites was gradual - it’s a fascinating story that will be revealed by our personal guide.
It will then be time to visit the Imperial Ramp, to climb up the Palatine Hill.
There’s so much to discover on the beautiful Palatine Hill. With its strategic position high above the city, the Palatine offers spectacular views of the Tiber, the Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, and has preserved human settlements from more than 3,000 years ago.
Our private tour of the Palatine will allow you to discover some of the most significant sites in Ancient Rome, mostly overlooked by other tour companies. The explanations of our expert guide will enrich your appreciation of its gardens and palaces, the banquet halls and the cryptoporticus of Nero. The history of Rome began on the Palatine Hill, and it is here that we can see the remains of huts dating to the period of Romulus and Remus, and their fatal contest for the foundation of the city. It’s no surprise that this legendary hill later became home to Roman aristocracy and emperors, including Augustus and Tiberius. This part of our walk will focus on the private lives of the Romans, just as the dominant theme of the Roman Forum was the public life.
You’ll explore the vast Flavian Palace, the Baths of Septimius Severus, and the Stadium of Domitian. As you walk through the impressive ruins of the palaces, your expert guide will share stories of the lives of the emperors, and show you exquisite frescoes, mosaics and statues. The Palatine Museum holds many of the treasures discovered on the hill during centuries of excavation.
We will then retreat to the shady Farnese Gardens and learn about the Renaissance response to antiquity, when this area was rediscovered and divided up by influential families of the time. A tour of the Palatine Hill is as an educational experience, but it’s also a chance to relax, and to enjoy the peaceful gardens.
You will meet your guide at at a designated point. Details, a map, and photos provided upon booking.
This is a walking tour through archaeological sites with steps and uneven surfaces.
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!