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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Eric R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Paolo was my guide, meeting at Trajan's column we walked to Coliseum. Got really eerie night shots of Forum. He answered all questions no matter how stupid, this is the sign of a great guide, respectfully and completely. Very informative.

Doing what: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

Geraldine L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This was an absolutely fantastic experience. In the Colosseum with the guide and about 15-18 other people, exploring the different levels and Patricia our guide giving us a detailed account of life at that time. Absolutely brilliant....can't think of another way to describe it! This is a great tour from the beginning at Trajan's column through the different and various ancient sites to the climax in the Colesseum. Our Guide kept us enthralled with her detailed account of the changing face of ancient Rome through this journey. Must do if you can that's all I can say!

Doing what: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

Lucinda Z W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was a very thorough tour, inclusive of the Roman Forum, loads of history beginning with Trajan's Column, and ending with a wonderful evening tour of the Colosseum. Our archaeologist-leader, Christina, was as knowledgeable as they come, very kind, and kept the pacing going comfortably. I get why they say that strollers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated--their were a couple of steep hikes up stairs, and the walking is over 10,000 steps, but the evening breeze and lack of sweltering sun keeps the tour enjoyable. My family loved having the Colosseum all to ourselves at this hour, and it's not too dark for awesome photo opps! This was a highlight of our Roman holiday! We learned so much! :

Doing what: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

Yvonne B

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

Emily R

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 with Optional Electric-Assist Bike

Jaime H

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

Francesca was fantastic - full of knowledge, upbeat, and great at suggesting other fun activities her recommendation of the light shows at the Forums of Caesar and Augustus were a giant hit. The tour spent a little more time around Trajan's forum, the Wedding Cake and forums than I expected. The time in the Colosseum was shorter than expected, but fantastic. It was a great treat to be able to step onto the arena and go below to see the workings of backstage. Overall, a great tour.

Doing what: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

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