Visit four of Rome’s most important ancient landmarks, and get to know more about the city’s millennia of history, on this intimate, small-group tour. Meet your guide directly at your local accommodation, and head first to the Colosseum. Continue next to the Roman Forum, where your guide will point out the sprawling archaeological park’s highlights, before continuing to the Palatine Hill, which offers panoramic views of the city. Your final stop is the Circus Maximus: one of ancient Rome’s largest entertainment venues, and today an enormous public park.
A small-group tour gives you an intimate way to discover Rome’s highlights
See the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Circus Maximus
Don’t worry about finding your own way: hotel pickup is included
Learn the stories behind the landmarks from your guide’s commentary
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction started with the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). On the other hand, the name Colosseum is believed to be derived from a colossal statue of Nero that once stood nearby.
The Imperial Fora (Fori Imperiali in Italian) are a series of monumental fora (public squares), constructed in Rome over a period of one and a half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD. The forums were the center of the Roman Republic and of the Roman Empire.
The Imperial forums, while not part of the Roman Forum, are located relatively close to each other. Julius Caesar was the first to build in this section of Rome and rearranged both the Forum and the Comitium, another forum type space designated for politics, to do so. These forums were the centres of politics, religion and economy in the ancient Roman Empire.
The Roman Forum was where religious and public life in ancient Rome took place. This place was home to many of the ancient city’s most impressive temples and monuments.
Inside the Roman Forum you can admire the senate house, the first Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Vesta, Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Sacra Via.
Our tour came with pickup at the hotel. The pickup was 20 minutes late... and they asked us where we wanted to be dropped off. He dropped us at the most common dropoff spot at the Colosseum, but we found that we were on the total opposite side. We had to run / fast walk for 15 minutes to get to the proper spot (in 85 degree weather).
When we finally got to the meeting spot they did not recognize our booking from Viator. And the tour actually started 1.5 hours after the advertised time (so much for our rushing).
When the tour finally began, the guide was difficult to understand. She had a very thick accent that most Americans would find difficult to interpret. Also, we walked at a snail's pace. There is so much to see but we walked so slow and took so many breaks that we didn't get much out of the tour guide. In fact multiple times she sent us to go explore on our own.
Very disappointed in this tour. We clearly did not get our money's worth. We booked other tours through Viator that turned out very well. This one was absolutely horrible!!
We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our tour, we generally receive positive feedback from our customers about this tour.
We always take care of our customers, if there was a delay for the pick up it was probably due to bad traffic condition.