Our professional, entertaining guide brings the Colosseum to life. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the Colosseum in just one hour!
Explore and discover the real Roman legacy with Show Me Italy’s Ancient Rome tour! There is so much more to Ancient Rome that you can’t find in the history books. Take our guided Ancient Rome tour and you’ll have the opportunity to see and touch the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. Stand where the Roman’s stood, where the gladiators fought, where Julius Caesar was assassinated.
ESSENTIAL DETAILS OF OUR ANCIENT ROME TOUR
ANCIENT ROME TOUR | HIGHLIGHTS
This tour of Rome’s Ancient City includes skip-the-line access and a licensed guide for the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. After arriving at the meeting point and getting acquainted with your guide, your tour begins with an introduction to the Colosseum. You will learn about the Colosseum’s incredible construction and why it is still considered an engineering marvel to this day. You will enjoy priority entrance; you will notice the Roman numerals above each archway as your guide leads you past the long ticket lines! You will explore the first and second levels of the Colosseum and your guide will bring to life the stories of the emperors, gladiators, and famous battles that make the Colosseum Rome’s most celebrated Ancient monument. You can take the private Colosseum arena tour on its own, and you can even opt for an express Colosseum tour if you’re in a hurry.
With your newly acquired expertise of the Ancient Romans, you will better understand and appreciate the second part of the tour – a walk through the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You will pass by the incredible triumphal Arch of Constantine as you learn the story of Rome’s birth and its legendary twins, Romulus and Remus. Once inside the Roman Forum, you will pass by the Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and the burial site of Julius Caesar — all standing on what was once a vast swampland. The tour will then continue to the Palatine Hill and you will see the ruins of the Imperial Palaces, the extensive grounds from which the Emperors would rule the city. Our Best of Rome walking tour is a great complement to this tour, as it covers all of the nearby parts of Rome, exploring the Trevi Fountain, Trajan’s Column, the Pantheon, and so many more of Rome’s hidden treasures.
What You See
- The Colosseum
The Colosseum, officially named the Flavian Amphitheater, was commissioned by the Emperor Vespasian. It was given as gift to the Roman people, who had suffered immensely under the infamous Emperor Nero. Built symbolically atop what remained of Nero’s Golden House, it was a monument for the entertainment of Roman citizens. With more than 100,000 cubic meters of travertine and the labor of tens of thousands of slaves, your guide describes how the Colosseum was built and why its construction is so impressive.
As you explore the structure’s interior, you walk the spacious corridors and climb the stone stairs just as the Ancient Romans once did. Your guide points out the ancient graffiti that still marks the walls and shows you where the emperors and senators would sit as they enjoyed the bloody games below. Gladiators would enter the arena to the delight of the roaring, bloodthirsty crowd. Different types of battles were staged and the arena floor was equipped with trap doors which, to the surprise of the gladiators and spectators alike, were used to release wild animals onto the stage. Those skilled enough to survive would exit through the Gate of Victory; while those less fortunate would be dragged out through the Gate of Death.
The guide then gives you some free time to explore the Colosseum on your own. After you get a few snapshots, be sure to stop at the second floor balcony for a beautiful panorama of the next part of the tour — the ancient city.
- The Roman Forum
You pass by the massive Arch of Constantine as well as the Arch of Titus as you enter the Roman Forum. As you explore this ancient city center, your guide describes how this once-bustling area was the center of political and religious life in Rome. You see what remains of the Temple of Vesta and the House of the Vestal Virgins, the buildings that housed the only female priests in Rome. You pass by the Curia, where the senate would meet, and see the Basilica of Julia as well as the site where Julius Caesar was cremated.
- Palatine Hill
After surveying these breathtaking ruins, your guide takes you up to the Palatine Hill, the birthplace of Rome. It is said that the hill was home to Rome’s famous she-wolf as she kept alive the celebrated twins, Romulus and Remus. Here you stroll the beautifully spacious grounds that once belonged to the emperors. These incredible buildings were a symbol of Rome’s power and wealth. The lofty heights of the Palatine Hill provide the ideal spot to appreciate the heart of the ancient city and reflect on all that your guide has explained.
More Information About Your Rome Ancient City Tour
- Professional tour guide
- Tickets and reservation fees
- Skip-the-line entrance
- Food and beverages
- Hotel drop-off and pick-up (available on request)
- Please Note
- Latest check-in is no later than 15 minutes before the starting time.
- Skip-the-line refers to the line to buy tickets. You still need to do the security check.
- Tour runs rain or shine!
- No refunds provided for no-shows or late arrivals
- There may be security checks and delays due to new security measures.
- Only small bags allowed inside
- What to Bring
- Comfortable shoes and clothing
- Bottle of water (especially in hot weather)