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Spend a day in Rome on our private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with expert guides, and the most famous squares and fountains of Rome.
A day in Rome and the Vatican with a personal guide
You could easily spend a lifetime exploring Rome, but at Through Eternity we know that time is precious. With careful planning, we believe that it is possible to do justice to the Eternal City in a single day, through an in-depth private tour of Rome. On an immersive tour of essential sights such as the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica, you’ll go on a journey through over 2,000 years of Roman history. The mythical foundation of Rome, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the life and work of the great Renaissance artists will all be revealed, as you explore the sites where these events took place in the company of an expert guide.
Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators on a private Colosseum tour
Your voyage begins at the Colosseum, the most magnificent monument in Rome. The bloody spectacles of the Colosseum are legendary, as slaves, gladiators and wild animals were killed for the entertainment of Rome, on a scale that had never been seen before. You’ll be amazed by stories of violent gladiatorial combat and awe-inspiring naval battles that were staged in the arena, but you’ll also learn about what went on behind the scenes. Your personal guide will help you to separate fact from fiction as you walk through the Colosseum, allowing you to discover what it was like to be a gladiator and how the shows were staged, thanks to ingenious engineering and the labour of the slaves beneath the arena floor.
Looking up at the Colosseum from the inside is an unforgettable experience, as the sheer size of the amphitheatre never fails to astound. It is only on a private tour that you can begin to appreciate the Colosseum as an immense architectural achievement, an iconic monument that has endured for 2,000 years.
Explore the impressive temples and courthouses of the Roman Forum
On your Roman Forum tour you will see another side of Roman history, learning about religious rituals and political power struggles in the buildings where they happened. The mysteries of Roman religion will be revealed when you visit iconic temples such as the Temple of Saturn, or walk through the gardens of the House of the Vestal Virgins, while a tour of the famous courthouses is an opportunity to find out more about the great debates and speeches of Ancient Rome.
The Roman Forum is a microcosm of Roman society. A walk across the cobblestones of the Via Sacra, where you can still see the wheel-ruts of ancient carts, takes you to the Arch of Titus, which was built to commemorate the emperor’s military victories. Ordinary Romans went about their daily business in these streets, but as the political centre of Ancient Rome, it was also the scene of triumphal processions and high profile events such as the funeral of Caesar or the decapitation of Cicero. A walk through the Roman Forum offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the city, covering all levels of Roman society, and bringing you closer to the people of the past.
Discover the treasures of the Vatican on a private tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
You haven’t truly seen Rome until you’ve visited the Vatican, the Catholic capital and the location of one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Your day in Rome continues with a visit to the Vatican Museums, where masterpieces include the moving Laocoon - perhaps the most important and influential classical statue of all time - and the breathtaking frescoes of the Raphael Rooms. On a private tour of the Sistine Chapel you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Michelangelo’s breathtaking paintings. The Last Judgement was initially one of Michelangelo’s most controversial works, but it has since been considered one of the greatest works of art of all time.
The splendour and grandeur of St Peter’s Basilica is there for all to see, but a tour of the basilica gives you a more in-depth understanding of this awe-inspiring building. As well as showing you the highlights of the basilica, such as the poignant beauty of Michelangelo’s Pietà, your guide will tell you stories of the popes, artists and architects who transformed the Vatican over the centuries.
Stroll through the streets of Rome’s historic centre
The beauty and history of Rome is best appreciated in its streets, as you wander through the charming back streets and elegant piazzas of the city centre. On your relaxed walking tour towards the end of your day in Rome, you will stroll through the oldest and most characteristic neighbourhoods, where artistic treasures and captivating stories of the past can be found on every street. The Baroque splendour of the Trevi Fountain has to be seen to be believed, while the Pantheon is another highlight, due to its architectural beauty, atmosphere, and history of transformation and survival against the odds.
As the sun sets in the enchanting Piazza Navona, gaze into the waters of Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain and savour the atmosphere of the Eternal City at twilight, at the end of your day in Rome. You will end your private tour with a completely new perspective on Rome and its history, having heard stories of emperors, popes and artists in the places where they lived and worked, transforming Rome over the centuries.
This is not the Rome of the history books, but Rome as it lives and has lived over the passing millennia. Join our A Day in Rome private tour for an unforgettable day in the Eternal City.
For an even more in-depth experience of Rome, we invite you to join our Hidden Rome Tour.