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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

Discover the history of Imperial Rome on this 3-hour afternoon tour by coach and foot! As the capital of the Roman Empire, Rome boasts an array of ancient monuments and piazzas that teem with tales of times gone by. Learn of Rome’s Imperial past on visits to Piazza de Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill, Circus Maximus and the fascinating Church of St Peter in Chains. See Michelangelo’s ‘Moses’ sculpture, and then finish with a skip-the-line Colosseum tour.


  • 3-hour Imperial Rome tour in Italy with an expert guide
  • See the Roman Forum from Pizza del Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill
  • Visit the Church of St Peter in Chains on this Rome afternoon tour
  • Admire the Tomb of Pope Julius II, and see Michelangelo’s legendary Moses sculpture
  • Enjoy a skip-the-line Colosseum tour and learn all about the gladiatorial games

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What You Can Expect

Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

Admire views of the Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill

Start your Rome afternoon tour with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide in town -- near Termini Station. Head to Piazza Venezia by air-conditioned coach and begin your afternoon of Imperial Rome sightseeing with a walk around to soak up the sights. As you pass through the piazza, marvel at the sight of magnificent Il Vittoriano – a dazzling white marble palace that dominates the square and can be seen from just about every angle of Rome.

Stroll to Capitoline Hill for a walk around Piazza del Campidoglio -- the beautiful 16th-century square designed by the Renaissance maestro Michelangelo. Soak up views of the Roman Forum that sits below it, and envisage life during the days when Rome was founded, around 500 BC.

Return to your coach and ride through Rome’s downtown streets, passing pretty Aventine Hill and Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held during the times of Imperial Rome. Learn about the venue itself, and hear how it was once large enough to seat a quarter of Rome’s population!

Continue to the Church of St Peter in Chains (Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli), and head inside for a look around this fascinating 5th-century gem. As its name suggests, the church’s main attraction is the chains that bound St Peter when he was imprisoned in Rome’s Mamertine Prison. After a brief spell in the ancient city of Constantinople, the chains were returned to Rome in two pieces, yet were said to have miraculously joined together when they reached the church’s altar.

Equally intriguing is the church’s Tomb of Pope Julius II, a lavish marble vault designed and sculpted by Michelangelo. His iconic Moses sculpture takes center stage on the façade of the tomb, and as you gaze up at it in awe, your guide will talk your through its defining features.

Leave the Church of St Peter in Chains and continue your tour, by coach, to the world-famous Colosseum. Skip past the long entrance lines with your priority-access ticket and head straight inside to see where Rome’s brutal gladiatorial games once took place. Walk around the first tier with your guide, seeing where the city’s different social classes once sat, and looking into the arena to see where the battles were fought.

Your tour then finishes outside the Colosseum in the late afternoon.

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Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour. Visiting these places would not be as good without the tour guide to educate you on the history and the locations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Max the tour guide was fun, knowledgeable and laid back. No rushing at all, so he made the tour enjoyable.
He gave us time to take pictures, patiently answered questions. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a great time with this overview tour. Got to catch some highlights and our tour guide was very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was very well organized. The guide was informative and engaging with group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome. Provides a good overview of historical events and Roman history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Giorgio was fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Lot's of walking and steps but really enjoyed it. Great tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent and totally comprehensive. I would highly recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was great our guide was a classic full of Info and had a high level of knowledge

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