Relive the glory of Ancient Rome on this 3 hour, small-group tour, led by an expert guide. Skip the long lines and enjoy an access-all-areas tour of Rome’s mighty Colosseum, including parts usually restricted to visitors. Explore the subterranean underground chambers, where the wild animals were held, and stand in the area where the bloody gladiator battles once took place and enjoy unparalleled views.Then traverse through Palatine Hill before discovering the historic gems in the Roman Forum. Numbers limited to six people, ensuring a small-group experience and a friendly environment to interact with your guide.
**Starting June 1st** As of June 1st all participants are required to bring a valid form of ID to enter the restricted areas of the Colosseum (passport, drivers license or government ID) Meet your professional guide at the Colosseum Metro Station in central Rome, and then head to the colossal creation itself. Once known as the Flavian Ampitheatre, the Colosseum embodies the true eminence of Ancient Rome. Built to host the gladiator battles that are synonymous with this period in history, it seated over 50,000 spectators and is undoubtedly the Roman Empire’s greatest architectural feat. With your priority entrance ticket, skip the long lines and head directly inside. Then, follow your guide into the belly of the Colosseum to explore the fascinating underground level, which is only open to a limited amount of people each day. Stroll through the labyrinthine network of subterranean passages and chambers, and listen as your guide shares gory tales of the gladiators who prepared for battle here, and the fearsome animals that were held under the arena in cells. Then, head up a level to the arena. Instead of walking around the edge as most visitors do, walk with your guide right into the space where the battles were fought. Tread carefully across the patches of original flooring, and peer down the gaps at the level below. After exploring the Colosseum, enjoy a short break, then enjoy a leisurely walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. As you stroll amid the aromatic pine trees, listen to your guide talk about the origins of Rome, and see where the rich Romans once lived. Then, descend into the valley of the Roman Forum. With your guide leading the way, weave through the cluster of ruins that once formed the heart of ancient Rome, and learn about the area’s highlights, such as the Arch of Titus and the Senate. Your tour then concludes in the Roman Forum where you will have the possibility to wander around more if you wish. * The above itinerary is an example, the order of the sites might change depending on the scheduled slot for the Colosseum Underground and Arena floor. ABOUT OUR 6 PEOPLE SMALL GROUP POLICYWhen you book a small group tour, you are guaranteed one tour guide per group of 6 people. Please bear in mind though that in order to accommodate traveling families and friends, we do on rare occasion make the exception of adding an additional one to two guests in order not to split groups who are traveling together. On that same note, you may find yourself on tour with less than six people. As we accept bookings in multiples of six, math doesn’t always work in our favor to help accommodate individual travelers and their families when on the same tour, so we hope you understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.