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Excellant tour!! Our tour guide worked at the Colosseum's archeological dig and was passionate about old Rome. The Colosseum tour was excellant and our guide assisted us in getting the best picture. The tour of the Roman Forum helped us to understand life in old Roman. Palantine Hill was so interesting - a must see.
Davide did a fabulous job and painted a great mental picture of the Roman Forum. There was a lot of walking, but it was worth seeing things in Ancient Rome we had not seen on previous trips. We only wish we had more time to spend in the Colosseum, but it was a very hot afternoon with minimal shade. Wear good shoes, and I highly room end sunscreen and/or a parasol.
Our night tour of the Colosseum was incredible! Our tour guide, Irena, was very sweet, funny and informative. We were able to see the Roman Forum and learn so much history about the layers of Rome on our way to the Colosseum! When we arrived at the Colosseum it was just our tour group and one other in the entire place! It allowed us to take some incredible pictures without a bunch of other tourists in the shots and also were able to see the underground chambers where they kept the animals and gladiators! I would highly recommend spending just a bit more to see this amazing piece of history in a more quiet and private environment!
Doing what: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night
Amazing tour! Our guide was superb! Great overview of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. There is quite a bit of climbing required so be prepared. The history and facts about the Colosseum and Forum are mind blowing. Highly recommend tour!
We had El Torrido for our morning col. tour I kind of forgot what his name was as our guide and he was amazingly awesome. Absolutely humorous, walked at a speed that was fast enough for most but slow enough for us to take photos at, was well detailed when introducing the col. and the roman forum and palatine hill
We took this tour on 6/18/16 with Patricia as our guide. It actually had a tour within a tour as we met up with another guide who took us into the underground chambers and upper tier of the colosseum which I highly recommend. There was a lift for those unable to climb up and down the stairs to the underground portion, but I'm not sure if there was one for the upper tier. The steps for the upper tier were very steep and may not be suitable for all travelers. The tour was very informative and gave you a great glimpse into Imperial Rome. The second half of the tour included the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill which made for some incredible views! Overall, the tour was amazing. A little time would have been nice to stop and grab some souvenirs from the gift shop inside, but there's plenty of other shops nearby.
We really enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum and The Roman Forum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history and we felt like we learned so much about that period that we never knew before. We had access to areas in this tour that people who purchased the standard tour did not, the price was worth it!
Met up with the City wonders tours at the side of the Colloseo metro stop. Despite lots of tours meeting up, we were quickly sorted out a group of around 20 US, UK and Aus, provided with headphones and transmitters to enable commentary from our English speaking guide Francesca. First we walked around the Roman Forum, plenty of interesting information provided, the commentary never became boring, keeping our two teenagers engaged. Francesca was knowledgeable about her subject and rightly proud of Rome and it's treasures. Then on to the awesome Colloseum, waited in a small queue to clear security, but got inside pretty quickly. We then had a short toilet break of around 15 minutes while we waited for the Colloseum guide Barbara, Francesca stayed with the tour, must be a Colloseum thing the headsets provided here were not as good, more like a walkie talkie and initially harder to hear the guide. Started out on the arena floor, it was awe inspiring to stand there and look up at the size of the place. Then we descended down into the lower level of the structure, very interesting to see 'behind the scenes' of how the show would be set and staged. This included a reconstruction of a lifting device used to move animals / gladiators into the arena. After this we ascended a lot of steps lift provided some of the way for those who needed it to the fourth tier, this provided superb views of both the Colloseum and much of Rome. The radios worked much better here and the information given was interesting. We were given plenty of time for photos and to ask questions. The tour ended there, we descended to the ground floor where we took our leave of Francesca, we were able to stay inside the Colloseum for as long as we wanted, before making our way out. The tour is long, it lasted around 3.5 hours and it gets hot, but I would recommend it as the 'skip the lines' and the information provided by our guide definitely enhanced the experience.
You have not seen the true colosseum unless you do this! They take you to EVERY level from the highest point to the bottom. The history you learn from the guide is so in depth and there is truly so much more to see and learn. I had to be talked into this as I had already seen it, or thought I had. What a different and better experience it is to actually walk the entire building and enter the underground passage ways and tour the upper level. If you are going to go, do this. The small group size and bypassing the crazy line alone is worth it. Our tour also took us to the Roman Forum and Palentine Hill. There we had our guide as well, but were then left to explore on our own. Which we did. It was wonderful too. Fully enjoyed it.
Rosa Puerto Rico
Excellent Tour! First we walked to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill where everything was explained in detail. Our guide had pictures of how everything would have looked in those days, which was great. Then we entered the Colosseum. I booked the upgrade which included the underground chambers, arena and upper tier a must!!!!. Loved our guide! I highly recommend this tour.
The girl that was assigned to us, was wonderful. She knew exactly what she was talking about. We started of in the Colosseum and then moved to the Roman Forum. She made a cool remark saying that to get to know the Roman Forum, you need to immerse yourself in it and spend time there. In the Colosseum, she showed us a marking on the pillar where people use to buy wine too. I thought it was pretty amazing. I wish I could remember her name! Also, even though she kept saying her English wasn't good, I thought it was pretty clear and I could definitely understand what she wanted to tell us. In overall, I would recommend this tour to anyone.
This was a fantastic tour! I would to this one again. I had no idea how much you would do on this tour it was terrific. You got to see the Roman forum first and then headed to the Colosseum. This is well worth the money. We loved it! This one was my favorite tour. Skipping the line is the best!
We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who took his time to explain the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. It was a great experience.
I really enjoyed this tour. I would recommend, and have done, to anyone heading to Rome for a holiday. The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill were amazing, probably a little rushed but I understand the time constraints, but the Colosseum tour was the highlight. Gaining access to gated off areas of the Colosseum gave a complete different insight into the history of the place.
The fact that our tour guides were both archaeologists only added to the tour.
Our guide had great knowledge of the Colosseum and the surrounding Roman forums. Great history lession with alot of facts. Dave was an awesome guide. Can wait for a nighttime tour.
Great your and information. The Roman forum got a little boring.
Kim United States of ...
This was exactly the tour we were looking for: behind the scenes access to parts of the colosseum that are not typically on view to other groups! It was phenomenal walking out onto the floor of the colosseum. We had a good 15 minutes there to get oriented and look around and take pics... stunning views from this spot. And the underground chambers were amazing as well. We went with a guide from the colosseum who had to use keys to access the areas we visited... it felt very special! Our viator guide for the day was Elizabetta and she was very organized, friendly and knowledgeable. After our tour at the colosseum she escorted the group to the Roman Forum, which is stunning. It's a massive site so we zipped through this at a decent pace but after the formal tour was complete we had free time to wander... and we stayed an additional two hours to explore. Well worth the price of this tour!
Tour guide Luca Romano is excellent! Very knowledgable, friendly, and funny. This tour was one of my highlights on my recent trip to Rome. You get to visit parts of the Colosseum the average visitor misses out on. The tour itself is a good length about 3 hours. The small size of the tour group is perfect - my specific group included 8 people three couples, me, and the guide. Any more people than that might have slowed things down, as well as made it difficult to hear everyone's questions and answers. Don't forget to bring sunglasses, a hat, and a bottle of water, as there isn't much shade once you head into Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Highly recommended!
Kim United States of ...
Absolutely loved this tour, very few people are allowed access to the Underground Chambers and Upper Tier at any given time. Our Colosseum guide literally had to unlock gates to grant us access to these special areas and it was an amazing experience. Not only are you allowed onto the arena floor but get to go below it to see where the animals were kept, how the gladiators entered and how the elevators that raised competitors to the area floor were operated. Then you get to head up to the third ring which grants amazing views over the entire Colosseum and they vistas beyond. This tour also takes you through the Roman Forum which was a fantastic experience as well. Both guides, the main tour guide and the Colosseum guide, were very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions. I was also impressed at how intimate the tour felt, even though it was a group of 22 people. I would definitely recommend this tour!
Awesome. Angela was our guide and this three hour tour went by quickly. We started with a tour of the vast Roman Forum. So rich with history including Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony and the six vestigial virgins. The views from the Palentine Hill are amazing.
The Colosseum tour was definitely a high point of our 10 days in Italy. Skipping the line is a must as the crowds are very large. I also recommend seeing the underground chambers as it really adds to the experience and the understanding of how the events were orchestrated back in the day.
Our guide Francesca was amazing! Not only was she engaging she kept the tour interesting and fun. If you want to spend a great 3 hours touring the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill book your tour with Francesca, you won't be disappointed.
We met the guides in an oval meeting area above the metro opposite the colosseum and 8:15am, we were organised into groups of 15 with our own headphones and audio sets so that we could clearly hear the guides from a distance if you don't like the hard headphones take your own as it is a three hour tour and they can hurt your ears abit! Our guide was Giovanna but said we could call her Gi or Momma Gi, she was fantastic and really made our tour an experience to remember. Gi made a note of all our names so she could refer to us throughout the tour of the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine hill. We were one of the first groups in the Colosseum so it wasn't too busy when we started the tour only when we left. Gi was extremely knowledgable and funny, teaching us about the history of Rome and helping us imagine what everything used to be like with audio descriptions and visual aids in the form of photos and flip books. We loved our tour and would highly recommend it to anyone! Thank you Momma Gi you made this one of the best highlights of our trip to Rome!
I found the Colosseum tour to be absolutely amazing - we had a great host and guide and got to explore all areas of the Colosseum and hear the stories of what happened underground. We then toured the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill - amazing.
Great tour of the Roman Forum, Palestine Hill, and Coliseum. Our tour guide was very informative and made the history interesting. I like ending in the Coliseum so we could see other items there that we didn't see on the tour.
Sara was an amazing guide. So knowledgeable and kind. She went into great detail talking about the Colosseum, showed us what it would have looked like in it's prime and described every single stone we saw in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. I can only sing her praises.
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