Fast track: Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour with Arena entrance
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Fast track: Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour with Arena entrance

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Your Rome half-day tour starts near the Colosseum. Head inside to explore the first and second tiers of the Roman amphitheater with your guide. Hear how seating was allocated to social status, with the Emperors and senators enjoying the best seats in the house, and plebeians toward the top. The stadium’s gladiatorial contests were its main attraction, and you’ll hear tales of the gory games where trained gladiators would fight each other for the amusement of the crowds.

After your Colosseum tour, set off to explore the surrounding area, discovering places that once represented the financial, commercial and political center of Ancient Rome. The main relics and ruins are clustered throughout the Roman Forum, so head inside to wander seeing history set in the site’s stones.

Hear fascinating tales about the power and treachery associated with the Emperors of Ancient Rome while seeing the ruins of once-important monuments like the Temple of Caesar. Stop for photos by the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus, and gaze in wonder at the colonnaded Regia – once the home of the Kings of Rome. Other highlights include the Gemonian stairs and Temple of Vespasian and Titus.

Leave the Roman Forum and continue into Rome’s centro storico, to see all the sights around its historical center. Throw a coin in the impressive Trevi Fountain for luck, and then pose for photos in front of Rome Pantheon – one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the city. Stroll around Piazza Navona, a lively central square, and learn about Bernini, a much-celebrated Baroque sculptor who designed three of the square’s fountains. Your Ancient Rome half-day walking tour then finishes in the center of town.
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  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets to ear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Colle Capitolino
  • Entry/Admission - Piazza del Campidoglio
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Strollers are permitted.
  • If you or any member of your party has difficulty with mobility (uses crutches or a wheelchair, et.c) private tours are available on request
  • The Colosseum has strict security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances of most attractions (and no bag check) it is forbidden to bring the following:
  • Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.)
  • Glass bottles, aerosol sprays, and alcohol.
  • Bicycles, skates, and segways.
  • Luggage or large bags.
  • Pets.
1 | 2019-07-18

You walk down to the Colosseo, and you're greeted by a myriad of organized tours holding up extended umbrellas and signs high up in the air. Not these guys, these guys had two 5'3'' girls lazily walking around with clipboards. How am I supposed to find that? To make matters worse, the reservation voucher said the meeting point was "Piazza dell' Arco di Constantino" which of course doesn't exist but we were still able to deduct that it was somewhere around the Arco di Constantino. Still couldn't find them. When i called the phone number the rep i spoke was rude but I managed to get something useful out of her and after speaking with the info staff on location I was able to find the meeting point. We walked around for 30 minutes looking for them and we had now gotten there about 5 minutes past the start time and the tour had already left. The girl with the clipboard OFFERED (and i emphasize offered) to help, but she made no effort to actually help, and about 15 minutes later she wandered off with another tour and did not return. She had no intention to actually do anything. There was about a 20 minute wait for the security line. She could have very easily had us meet with the tour while they were waiting there. The only person that actually made an effort was the gentleman i believe his name was Sergio, and he put us on the next tour leaving. Great we're getting in now! However it turns out that they miscounted the number of people and they did not get enough tickets, so we got bumped off of this tour as well. Finally, Sergio then put us on a different tour from a different company, which was great, except for the fact that it was just a tour of the Colosseo and nothing else. At the end of the day we paid to gain easy access to the Colosseo with arena access and to explore the Palatine Hill and Forum with a guide. What we got was an incredibly frustrating 2 hours of walking around the outside of the Colosseo, followed by a short tour of only the Colosseo with no arena access. Its worth noting that the guide for this tour was excellent. We ended up buying tickets to the Forum and Palatine separately and went on our own using Rick Steves Audio guide. My advice? Go to the Forum and buy combo tickets for both the Colosseo and Forum as there is hardly ever a line, bring headphones, download the Rick Steves Audio Europe app, and do your own walking tour. Don't just skip the line, skip this tour entirely.

5 | 2019-07-11

Jan was incredibly informative, spoke excellent english and really seemed to enjoy giving the tour - despite the 98* weather and smoldering sun! The only thing we regretted was not staying for hte whole tour, we had just arrived in Rome that morning and between the heat and being tired from travel we just didn't have the energy to stay until the end.

5 | 2018-09-10

Very educational tour. We had a relatively small group, our guide as very knowledgeable. Also very considerate of the group with appropriate breaks. I would strongly recommend the tour!

Kerry J
5 | 2018-07-12

Joseph was very knowledgeable, a lots of information packed in 3.5 hours. Don’t miss the best gelato at Trevi Fountain.

vanreen R
5 | 2018-05-19

I really enjoyed this tour it was worth it, our tour guide Maria was very informative and patient with us, she answered all our questions and made the tour a very joyful event. I did the early morning tour 09.15, I personally think doing these tours in the mornings are better because you miss the crowd, each time you move on you are a step ahead of the crowd.

Siddharth D
5 | 2018-03-31

Good tour. Highly recommended.

David M
5 | 2018-03-31

We signed up our family of 6 and my parents for this tour, and we all LOVED it! Our guide, Joseph Giuseppe was wonderful. He was not only knowledgeable and friendly, but he was very considerate of my parents who are both in their late 70's. We really saw more than expected on the tour. We also liked that we had time to take pictures at each site and do a little exploring. It wasn't just a drive-by tour.

Jennifer A
5 | 2018-03-30

Francesca was fun and professional. She knew her stuff and managed us well, finding the best lines, how to get to the under used bathrooms and where we should be cautious. Very entertaining. Thank you!!

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