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Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

RM, Italy
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3 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 2 more


Indulge in all things Imperial Rome with this informative and entertaining 3-hour guided afternoon tour. Traverse the city on foot and by comfortable coach as you hit all the important sites related to the Roman Empire,including the Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus and a skip-the-line Colosseum tour. And bonus: pop into the Church of St. Peter in Chains to see some marvelous Michelangelo sculptures, including his masterpiece, 'Moses.'
  • 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

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Focused on one era, this is a good way to put imperial sites in context with Rome’s many other historic sites.
Get picked up at your hotel in Rome or meet your guide near Termini Station to start this informative and entertaining tour of Imperial Rome. Ride via comfortable air-conditioned coach to Piazza Venezia learning about the history of the Roman Empire along the way. Once on the square, have a look at Il Vittoriano, the massive monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, that contemporary Romans love to hate. 
Walk up to Capitoline Hill and learn about the space that Michelangelo designed. Take a minute to drink in the views here, as the hill offers stunning views in almost every direction, especially nice sight-lines of the Roman Forum. 
After being dazzled by Capitoline Hill, hop back on the bus and cruise the streets of Aventine Hill, one of Rome's famed seven hills, and go by the Circus Maximus, the spot where chariot races were once held. Learn about the history of the venue and how it was big enough to hold a quarter of the city's population. 
Next stop: jump up a few centuries and head to the Church of St. Peter in Chains, also known as San Pietro in Vincoli, an ancient church in the Monti neighborhood that was built to house the chains that bound St. Peter in Jerusalem. Most people today visit the church to see Michelangelo's masterpiece sculpture of Moses, which was originally meant to be a huge project: the tomb of Pope Julius II. The project was never completed but Michelangelo did complete the Moses statue and half-completed some sculptures of slaves which are on display in the church as well. 
After spending some time marveling at the church interior, head over to the nearby Colosseum where you'll get skip-the-line access. Home to brutal gladiator battles, this structure is one of the most dazzling sites in Rome and from antiquity. Learn from your guide about the history of the building and how so much marble from the Colosseum was stripped to help make St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. 
Exit the Colosseum and then the tour ends in the late afternoon.

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barbara m
, Aug 2018

This was an enoyable tour. we had a great guide whose name unfortunately I don't recall! -- a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
There was considerable walking at each of the three stops, however especially Capitoline Hill, which included quite a few steps to reach the top. Also, it seemed we took a round-about way of entering the Colosseum, I recall it being much easier when I visited the Colosseum a couple of years ago. The coach was parked quite a ways from the Colosseum our last stop, so there was considerable walking back to the coach. Wear sneakers, and be prepared for a lot of exercise!

John M
, Jul 2018

This was a great tour that focused on the Forum, the Colosseum and St. Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains). It combined bus and walking, so was nicely balanced. What made it really great was our guide, Susana - she is of Chinese origin, a native of Peru, but a long-time resident of Rome. She was interesting, passionate about the city, and best of all, very funny. She really knows her Roman history and made it interesting and enjoyable for all. She even managed to herd us nicely through big crowds at the Colosseum. The Michelangelo Moses in the church is really amazing. Do be aware that Rome gets hot in the Summer, even in June, and there is a bit of walking and stair climbing in the Colosseum.

Jolene W
, May 2018

Very hot and very crowded. Guide was knowledgeable and we had headsets so were could hear her. The crowds were the problem. Hard to get past people to see things or take pictures. Maybe a morning tour would have been better.

Nancy R
, Jan 2018

This tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. My only complaint is that the tour was in 3 languages. I thought that this made the tour longer than it had to be. Seeing the colosseum and the other stops on the tour made it a very good option if you want to see the most historical sites in the city.

, Jan 2018

We liked this one because they picked us up at our hotel which was helpful, since we'd spent the morning on a tour of the Vatican. We probably would not have done two tours in one day, but this tour did give us an excellent overview of Ancient Rome.

Victor S
, Oct 2017

This informative tour was taken on September 18, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.. Riccardo, our tour guide, told us very interesting stories, particularly about Colosseum. I highly recommend this tour.

, Oct 2017

Flowers, flowers. Besides the boring presenter was a great way to see Rome

, Sep 2017

This tour was wonderful, so much history.. Recommend to anyone.

Carol W
, Aug 2017

Crazy driver who arrived early and who was angry we were not in foyer waiting. Dangerous drive to two other hotels to collect more customers who were also abused and more frantic, dangerous driving to bus pick-up. Terrible guide - spent most of tour on mobile. No information as to return journey until end of tour. After discussion, bus dropped us off close to our hotel.

, Aug 2017

Perfect compliment to the morning tour of Classical Rome. We did both tours on the same day with a quick lunch between them. The combination of the two tours provided a complete overview of the city so we could decide where to go on the following days. Very professional guide and lots of good information.

Product code: 2390GRET2

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