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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)
Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and Rome’s ‘centro storico’ (historical center) on this must-do Ancient Rome tour. The 3-hour Rome walking tour offers the perfect introduction to the city’s tumultuous history. Hear tales of gruesome gladiator combat while exploring the Colosseum’s second and third tiers; learn about monuments like the Regia inside the Roman Forum; and enjoy photo stops at Rome’s big-name attractions such as Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and more! Choose between a standard tour (maximum 25 people) or a small-group tour (maximum 12 people) for a more personalized experience.

Entrance fees to the Colosseum and Roman Forum are not included on this tour; simply pay on the day.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Ancient Rome tour including the Colosseum, led by an expert local guide
  • Explore Rome Colosseum’s second and third tier and learn about the gladiatorial games
  • Admire the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum on a Rome walking tour
  • Walk around Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitoline hill, one of the ancient Seven Hills of Rome
  • See top Rome attractions like Rome Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour with no more than 12 people and enjoy personalized attention

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour packs all the biggest Rome sights into a short period of time, leaving you the rest of the day to explore further on your own. There's a lot of walking so be prepared!

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

See the sights of the Roman Forum on this exciting Rome walking tour!

Your Rome half-day tour starts near the Colosseum. After paying your entrance fee to the iconic attraction, head inside to explore the second and third tiers of the Roman amphitheater with your guide. Hear how seating was allocated to social status, with the Emperors and senators enjoying the best seats in the house, and plebeians toward the top. The stadium’s gladiatorial contests were its main attraction, and you’ll hear tales of the gory games where trained gladiators would fight each other for the amusement of the crowds.

After your Colosseum tour, set off to explore the surrounding area, discovering places that once represented the financial, commercial and political center of Ancient Rome. The main relics and ruins are clustered throughout the Roman Forum, so head inside to wander seeing history set in the site’s stones. Entrance fees are at your own expense.

Hear fascinating tales about the power and treachery associated with the Emperors of Ancient Rome while seeing the ruins of once-important monuments like the Temple of Caesar. Stop for photos by the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus, and gaze in wonder at the colonnaded Regia – once the home of the Kings of Rome. Other highlights include the Gemonian stairs and Temple of Vespasian and Titus.

Leave the Roman Forum and walk to Capitoline Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Stroll around Piazza del Campidoglio, a square designed by Renaissance artist Michelangelo, and gaze down at the sights of Ancient Rome.

Continue into Rome’s centro storico, to see all the sights around its historical center. Throw a coin in the impressive Trevi Fountain for luck, and then pose for photos in front of Rome Pantheon – one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the city. Stroll around Piazza Navona, a lively central square, and learn about Bernini, a much-celebrated Baroque sculptor who designed three of the square’s fountains. Your Ancient Rome half-day walking tour then finishes in the center of town.

Please note: Rome's Trevi Fountain is currently under restoration until late 2015. A walkway above the central portion of the fountain will allow you to catch a glimpse of the ongoing work. Water will be drained during the process, but you'll still be able to cast your coins into the fountain for luck.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Another amazing tour and good way to see Rome. Wear really comfortable shoes! The guide was over 65 years old and was very knowledgeable and very kind. Thanks Viator!

Cedric
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Highly recommended! It's a good complement to the Rome Segway Tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was great . lots of info and lots to see .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Guide was a historian who was from Rome so she knew loads of information. Very sensitive to our comfort on a scorching hot day and as per other reviews she kept us in the shade as much as possible and provided us with lots of water stops from the copious number of water fountains on tour. Would recommend this tour and Viator for booking. Skipped the lines always and groups were small enough to allow us to stay close to guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing the tour guide was so knowledgeable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I absolutely loved this tour. Being able to drive the Fiat gave the tour a very different angel and made it fun too. We had Angel as our host, who was brilliant. He took us to some picturesque places so we were able to stop and take some pictures too. We were the only group so we were lucky enough to have Angel as our photographer too. We ended up driving to a private property for lunch where they had fresh pasta and tasty wine while we overlooked a breathtaking view. We then drove back to the city to conclude this experience. what an incredible one - I highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Auriana is a gem: fun, quick-witted, full of knowledge, and incredibly helpful. It was hot day, but Auriana made the whole excursion extremely pleasant and entertaining. She was able to package her wealth of knowledge regarding ancient Rome into some easy-to-understand lessons. She's a great storyteller.

LANCE
Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

For anyone on a tight timeline this is a great way to squeeze in the most !!...My only complaint was that the tour ended at a different point that the start point and we were left to our own devices to find our way back!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved this tour! This is a must do. Learned so much about the history of Rome and what we were actually seeing. Our tour guide was American so we had no trouble understanding her. She had a book of the before and after pictures of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum which helped you see what it could have looked like. Would suggest this tour for all who go to Rome for the first time.

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