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Trajan's Column

The enormous Trajan's Column near the Quirinal Hill was built in the 2nd century AD to commemorate Emperor Trajan’s victories in war. The column itself is 98 feet tall, but standing on its pedestal the entire structure is 125 feet tall. The column ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

During the day about 25,000 people go through the Colosseum but at night it closes and only about 100 people get to go round it. We are so pleased we did it this way. Gabrielli met us at Trajan's Column which puzzled us slightly as it is quite a way from the Colosseum but there was method to that. We first had a gentle stroll around parts of the old town in that area while Gabrielli told us a great deal about the historic sites to be found there, and we gradually moved closer to the Colosseum. Once inside the Colosseum Gabrielli walked us around the whole place, including the underground areas which not everyone can access. He certainly knows his subject and talked in a very evocative way about the uses to which the Colosseum was put - I could almost SEE the crowds and the gladiators, feel the misery in the prisoner cages etc. There is a bit of a climb to the top tier but there is a lift if the stairs are too much, however Gabrielli kept the pace suitable for everyone there. I loved the tour before we got to the Colosseum, it was a real bonus to find out some more of the history, ancient and modern, of the area. The Colosseum itself was mind blowing. I would highly recommend this tour and can't rate Gabrielli highly enough. If you don't like crowds, this is the way to go. It was so much cooler too than going round in the high heat of the day.

Doing what: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2012

Wow, what a fantastic trip!!! I was in Rome for three days, on my own during the day as my fiance had a conference to attend. The first day I wandered to the Colosseum and puttered around Trajan's Market. After an exhausting couple of hours, I returned back to my hotel feeling as though I hadn't gotten in a day's worth of site-seeing. Good thing I booked a bike tour for the next day!! Matteo was an AMAZINGLY AWESOME tour guide who took us to so many places I want to return to! The Colosseum, Trajan's Market, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon were highlights, but my gosh, we visited little nooks and crannies all over that I'm sure the average tourist doesn't get to see! There are so many charming and amazing sights I would never have seen on my own, I'm so happy I booked the bike tour. The best part was that I was on vacation but working off the pasta and bruschetta I'd indulged in. I also had a great group of other bikers. All together it made for an unforgettable experience that I'll be sure to do again the next time I'm in Rome!!! I HIGHLY recommend!

Doing what: Rome City Bike Tour

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