This was a fabulous, informative tour providing great insight and historical perspective of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Since the tour started early, we were able to enter the Colosseum before the general public. Starting with the underground chambers, you got a good feeling of what it was to be a gladiator like all those years ago. Our guide, Roxanne, was born in Rome so was able to provide a lot of details and history of this area. The view from the third tier was just spectacular. Not only of the Colosseum itself but also of the city, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. I loved Roxanne's 'magic book' which showed what you saw standing today plus an overlay of what it probably looked like years ago. It was incredible! Definitely a tour worth taking!
Absolutely wonderful tour! Our guide, Fabrizio, was amazing! He had an archaeology background and was able to give us so much insight into Roman life during the time period of the Colosseum. Visiting the underground chambers is a must! Being able to see where the gladiators and animals were kept, and the intricate system of trap doors to raise and lower the animals and gladiators gave us a new appreciation for what the games were like. Similarly, going to the upper tier rounded out the experience enabling us to view the colosseum as an attender would have in those times.
After our tour of the Colosseum we toured Ancient Rome with Fabrizio - this was wonderful also! Seeing the sites alone was ok, but the knowledge of our tour guide made all the difference in our experience.
Would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome. Well worth it!
Tour guide for the Colosseum was exceptional, being on the stage felt like you were back in time fighting as a Gladiator. It was really an amazing experience.
Would highly recommend! Our tour guide, Francesca, was very well spoken and very knowledgeable. Being an archeologist herself, she was able to share a rich history about the Colosseum and the area. We upgraded and viewed the Underground Chambers which added so much to the experience. Even though we were scheduled to do a walking tour through the Forum, we were unable to do so due to a National Labor Strike. However, Francesca still took us to the locked Forum entrance and took time to share a lot of history, identifying as many points of interest as she could from that distance.
This was a fascinating tour - especially the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Our guide was fantastic. She took some time at the beginning of the tour to learn all our names (there were 16 of us and she referred to personal relevant aspects of most of us as we went round). Very impressed at this.This was an extremely entertaining and educational tour. To see the inside of the Colosseum in reality after having only viewed pictures, mainly of the outside I may say, was a real eye opener and to become aware of the role and importance of the Forum was equally thought provoking. Our afternoon tour took in sites such as the Spanish steps, the Trevi fountain (under renovation at this time) the Pantheon and Piazza Navona etc. was also very interesting. One recommendation: do the organised tour if you can as it's far superior to walking round with a guide book with its limited detail. Viator have not given us anything less than well informed and knowledgeable guides and we would thoroughly recommend them, Undoubtedly 10/10.
Fantastic experience, knowledgeable guides, highly recommended. Be prepared for lots of walking and steps as you climb to the top and bottom of the Colosseum and cover a lot of ground in Ancient Rome (do take water with you!) but well worth spending the 3/4 hours to do it. Amazing photos, no queuing and we all learnt so much thanks to our enthusiastic guides who really brought the past to life; my daughter even changed the topic of her dissertation as she was so inspired by this tour.
We had a small group 12 of us and had a FANTASTIC TOUR. One from Viator and the other from the Colosseum. I would review as one of the best ones to take so much information. Thank you Viator.
I had a fabulous experience on this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable in all ares of the colosseum and what had gone on there. It sure gives a person a totally different perspective on places like that once you know more of its history. I've always been interested in seeing the colosseum so wanted to see it in a way I would get the most out of it. This tour was the perfect way to do it!
the tour and the tour guide were excellent. we had a wonderful experience walking through the colosseum and the forum. the guide was well spoken and informative. having the earphone communication system was great, we could hear everything without having to huddle around the guide.
This was my favourite tour during our trip to Rome. Our group got private access to the colosseum floor, the under floor area, and the upper third level with its amazing views of inside and outside areas of the colosseum. Our guide was very informative and shared an impressive amount of historical information with us as we made our way throughout the colosseum and surrounding Roman Forum grounds. A professionally guided tour is the only way (unless you are a history scholar) to fully immerse yourself in the history of what you are seeing and put it in context.
There was a ton of information to absorb on the Colosseum tour and Laura made it interesting and fun. A really great tour experience.
The best way to experience the center of Rome! I went on this tour as part of a 4 day trip to Rome (it was my first time in the city) and this tour, together with the visit to the Vatican which I also booked with Viator, where the highlights of my trip.
Our guide was a 35 year-old charismatic Roman who spoke fluent English. Our group consisted of about 30 people and each of us had an audio unit with a headphone which transmitted the guide's voice perfectly, which meant each of us heard the guide perfectly in spite of the crowds in places like the Colosseum.
Our guide was thoughtful, attentive and very knowledgeable! During the 4 hour tour he gave us an endless amount of interesting information about the sights we passed which only a local would know (such as pointing out that certain apartment buildings are entirely occupied by the same family).
This tour was a fantastic way to skip the lines at the Colosseum + visit the main sights in the center of Rome, all with a fantastic guide. If time is of the essence for you, this is the best way to see the center of Rome. I suggest you do this tour on your first day so you have time to go back to the sights you have time to return to some of the sights you walk past on this tour if you so choose. I would definitely choose this tour over the hop-on hop-off bus.
Doing what: Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour
We joined the group led by Elisabetta and enjoyed the tour immensely. She gave a good overview and insight to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palentine Hill. Very informative, rather than just walk the various sites without any associated knowledge.
We absolutely recommend Viator tour, and Elisabetta's tour is top of our vote!!
Fab experience with an extremely knowledgeable guide. We took the tour on my husbands 30th birthday and although it was a group tour, it was a very lovely and romantic evening - we dined on a private table (the food was exquisite). Then, the night tour or the colosseum - so special and unique!
The whole experience was brilliant. There were only four in our group plus the guide who spoke excellent English and really seemed to know his history. I have been the Colosseum and Forum before but without guides and learnt so much more this time. A bit disappointed that the underground was restricted access due to some bricks being stolen earlier in the year but that was not the tour operators fault.
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