The Colosseum is an amazing structure in itself but we thought the guided tour made a massive difference to our experience. Not queueing was a big plus in the off season and would be even more so in the summer, that is the first must on the list. Our tour guide was called Nina and her knowledge was only rivalled by her skill in delivering every bit of information in bitesize chunks with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. We felt we were really given a true historical representation of how the building was used backed up by pictures of how everything would have looked in its prime. The additions of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill would have been almost non-events without a proper guide, we learnt a lot more and had a better experience than we would have done with just a book.
Outstanding! We completed this tour in December of 2013 and had the pleasure having a great historian as our guide. We greatly enjoyed seeing the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palentine Hill all of which were included. Throughout the tour, our guide provided detailed information and insight into Roman life of that day. We discovered much of what we had learned in the past was not true. It was great being in a small group and having the ability to have all questions answered. This was truly a memorable day.
Trip was very rewarding with an informative tour guide. In order to appreciate the history and what you are seeing, you'd either have to 1) do your own extensive history lesson at home, but hey, who has the time? 2) do a guided tour with a reputable company who hires qualified and knowledgeable staff (we had an archaeologist). At the end of October, this place was crowded and skipping the line alone was well worth the ticket. It was particularly helpful that the guide also provided illustrations of how the Roman Forum looked like before its demise and artistic renderings of buildings intact and then comparing it to what we actually saw.
It was a great tour, although I thought I had paid for just a Roman forum and Colosseum tour, (as did some of the other people on my tour) so had seen many of the sights already. It was a long time on your feet but our guide was great, and had many stories. I would recommend this as a tour to do on day one in Rome to help you get your bearings of the city.
Doing what: Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour
This tour was offered through Dark Rome. The meeting place on the directions say in the square above the subway for the morning tour which is actually a circular area above the line :) thought I'd mention since quite a few people were confused. Giulia was our morning guide. Very good tour of the Colosseum and very knowledgable guide. She had lots of great pictures to help you I vision what it looked like in ancient times. Morning tour also includes the Roman forum. Afternoon tour led my Damien. This tour brings you to the major attractions like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon. We saw the sight on our own but you miss a lot without a guide. Overall great. Anything Dark Rome tour company led was fantastic!
The walking tour is a must. No queuing . An informative guide and lots of time to ask questions etc. The guide was excellent, although sadly I don't remember her name. The meeting point was easy to find. My only gripe was that we were taken around the colluseum and then the Roman forum,at the end of the tour we could stay in the forum for as long as we wished but we didn't have any free time in the colluseum. 30-45 mins free time there would have been good too.
We throughly enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum and the forum area. Angilini (not sure of spelling) was our tour guide and she was so informative! She really loves history and it shows in her talks. She was fun to listen to as she took you back in time as to what happened there. Unfortunately due to the strike we missed the Roman Forum but she took us around and explained all the other ruins in the area so we did not feel that we were short changed. I would highly recommend this tour.
This excursion was excellent and I cannot speak highly enough of the tour guide who conducted it. She was extremely well-informed, personable, answered all our questions and went above and beyond what I ever expected.
For anyone wanting to see the main sights in ANY city, booking your excursion online in advance using the 'SKIP THE LINE' ticket option is the ONLY way to do it.
You receive your voucher online which tells you exactly when and where to go to meet your tour guide. At the meeting spot there is a small group (10-20 people, roughly) who have all purchased the same excursion. The tour guide meets you, gets you outfitted with a receiver and headphones and then you proceed to the venue for your tour. She/he has a microphone and you are able to hear the tour guide at all times.
Your prepaid group then gets to walk past the lineup of HUNDREDS of other people (ie. individuals who are waiting just to buy entrance tickets). You enter immediately with no holdups/ no lineups.
This particular tour allowed us access to the lower level of the Colosseum which is fascinating all by itself. The guide provides detailed information about the Colosseum and the Roman Forum that you would not know if you simply bought a ticket and wandered around on your own.
A long day with plenty of walking but I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Unbelievable! The tour guide was extremely knowable. We had a small group with English dialect and a full tour of the coloseum, roman forum, and palatine hill! Do this tour!!!!!
The guide we had for this tour was excellent, very knowledgeable and interesting. Unfortunately we were not able to see the underground of the Colosseum that day as some of the ground had collapsed. We were compensated by being able to go to a special viewing area. Tour of Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was also great. A must tour.
Our Guide was a Great fellow.. He explained each and everything with sketches and drawings, answered every question very well, he knows his job. After spending 4 hours with him there, now I can explain most of the places in the Colosseum and Roman forum...!!! Really enjoyed the tour. Highly recommended.
Irene was extremely knowledgeable and it was a well thought out tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. I Would definitely recommend this.
This was a great tour, and we could not have been more impressed with our guide, Sara N. She was so knowledgeable and engaging that it really brought these ancient structures to life. She encouraged questions of all kinds, and she was prepared and able to answer any and all inquiries. For us, there was some overlap of attractions between this tour and our afternoon tour the previous day. We were very grateful for this second opportunity, because Sara N.'s presentation of both the Colosseum and the Roman Forum was so much more thorough and informative than what was offered in our first tour of those same sights. We highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide Sarah was awesome!!!! I don't know what she gets paid, but whatever it is she should get a raise! Lines....what lines, Sarah did a wonderful job on getting us through with no questions asked. We were up, over, down and through areas I never thought we would see. It was really nice standing on the Colosseum floor, seeing the underground chambers and standing on the (almost) roof of the Colosseum. Not only did she do a wonderful job on the tour, she went out of the way to ensure every question was answered. Due to her expertise we decided to take her advice and visit Villa Borghese and her home town of Tivoli. Needless to say, the pictures from the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Villa Borghese and Tivoli are our highlights in our scrapbook. I would highly recommend this tour!!!!!
Great tour!!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable!!! Amazing to start at the Roman Forum and move to the Colosseum. What a great experience to see the Underground and take a private tour all the way to the top.
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