Colosseum Highlights with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Small Group

Lazio/Rome

If you truly want to immerse yourself into the Eternal City’s 2500+ years of intriguing history, there is no better place to start than the Colosseum. The most spectacular extant edifice of Ancient Rome, this immortal amphitheater has a past filled with equal parts gore and glory – just like the Roman Empire itself. Over time, the boundary of history and legend may have been blurred out, but your guide will help you debunk the myths and shock you with stories even more jaw-dropping the ones you’ve seen played out on the silver screen. From wicked emperors to gruesome gladiator fights, we’ll delve right into the excitement from the get-go!
After our in-depth guided Colosseum tour, we’ll take a short hike over to the adjacent Palatine Hill – the very birthplace of Rome. It was upon this grassy summit that a small hillside village took its first faltering steps towards becoming the largest Empire ever known to man. But what drove the first settlers to make their home here of all places? And how did the twins Romulus and Remus and their adoptive wolf mother fit into the complex equation? Your tour guide will straighten out those question marks (and much more!) as you ponder amongst scattered ruins on the most notable of Rome’s seven hills.

It’s only a hop, skip and a jump to downtown Ancient Rome, also known as the Roman Forum. This was once the central hub of the sprawling empire, where the early Romans would mix and mingle throughout its glory days. As you gaze upon towering triumphal arches and the imposing remnants of senate houses and hallowed temples, you’ll be mesmerized by the stories that have transpired on this very ground. Get the inside scoop on Marc Antony and Cleopatra’s epic love story and hear the thrilling tale of the conspiracy that cost Julius Caesar his life – but also learns how the great Roman Empire slowly began to crumble towards its dramatic demise in 500 AD.

Includes: Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Palace of Domitian, Roman Forum, Temple of Antoninus & Faustina, Arch of Titus, Temple of Vesta, Temple of Caesar, Temple of Castor & Pollux, Basilica of Maxentius, Arch of Septimius Severus, Basilica Aemilia, Temple of Saturn

*Please note the 3rd tier is not accessible the last Saturday of the month

Max: 12 participants
Start time: 8:30am
Duration: 3 hrs