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clock-o3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy skip-the-line access at Rome's most famous monument with this private 3.5-hour tour of the Colosseum. Explore from the underground level of the Colosseum to the Third Tier, where you get one of Rome's best views. See where gladiators, prisoners, and wild animals waited to face their fate in the arena above. Visit the Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill as well.
  • 3.5-hour private tour of Colosseum, plus Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry at the Colosseum to avoid a long wait
  • Visit the underground level of the Colosseum and enjoy excellent views from the Third Tier
  • Walk through the Roman Forum to learn about the political center of ancient Rome
  • Admire the Forum from the top of the Capitoline Hill
Choose from two departure options, 8:15am or 1:15pm, and get picked up by your private guide at your hotel in central Rome to start your 3.5-hour tour.

Begin your tour at the Colosseum, where you'll enjoy skip-the-line access thanks to your guide. Admire the massive amphitheater from the inside, imagining the battles that once took place there. Hear about the lives of the gladiators, the wild animals that were brought in for certain fights, and even the naval battles.

Head down into the underground level of the Colosseum to learn about the maze of rooms where men and beasts waited to be lifted onto the arena floor by ancient elevators to fight. Climb all the way up to the Third Tier to enjoy a commanding view over Rome.

Continue your tour with a walk to the Roman Forum to hear about this one-time epicenter of the ancient Roman Empire. Walk along the important Via Sacra to see the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Temple of Julius Caesar.

The final stop on the tour is at the Capitoline Hill, one of ancient Rome's seven hills, from which point you'll get one of the best views over the Forum.

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M
, Sep 2017

Our private tour of ancient Rome was fantastic. Our tour guide, Maria, was very knowledgeable and a great story teller. She was very attentive to our kids, ages 14 and 11. After our tour of ancient Rome, she brought us to the Colosseum where we joined a small group tour. So glad we paid a little extra to see the 'basement' and the third tier!

k
, Aug 2017

this review is long overdue. our guide was stefania pistone with eyes of rome storytelling, and she was fantastic.

we were a group of four two adults, two senior citizens--one of whom was prone to veering off the moment no one was watching, and not only did stefania manage us beautifully, but she gave us a walking tour that was informative and comprehensive, yet not too strenuous. despite the crowds we were in rome during their bank holiday, so even the romans were playing tourist that day, she guided us around the colosseum, the forum, and the palatine hill in such a way that we were rarely in the thick of them.

stefania has several degrees, including one in i believe it was industrial architecture, which meant that she gave us the most interesting notes on the ruins we saw. we learned what the various buildings were used and later reused for. my father, who can always be counted on to find the fault in something, had no complaints about this tour. it was, in fact, his favorite thing about our entire two-week vacation in southern europe. four months later, this tour is still the part of our trip that he brings up.

we all appreciated being able to walk aroung the hypogeum. it may have been the best part of the colosseum portion of the tour.

this tour is absolutely worth the price. if you're able to, specifically ask for stefania. she's outstanding.

A
, Jul 2017

This was our third tour with Eyes of Rome, and also the third with Marco as our guide. As an archeologist, Marco was the perfect person to lead us through the ancient city of Rome. He was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer any questions we had. He is a great storyteller and makes history come alive. For each of our tours he arrived at our hotel early to pick us up. On this day, we started with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill before heading to the Colosseum. It was 103 degrees F on the day we took this tour, but Marco made sure we stopped in the shade, had plenty of water, and enjoyed views of the Forum from the top of Palatine Hill where there was a beautiful breeze. After giving us a brief tour and history of the Colosseum, Marco took us to the meeting point for the Hypogeum and Third Tier Tour, which was a small group tour conducted by a Colosseum guide. We were able to access areas of the Colosseum not available to regular visitors. It was fascinating and we were glad we were able to do it.
Overall, we were very happy with the 3 tours we did with Eyes of Rome and with Marco our guide. We only had one glitch, on the day of this tour. Our tour pickup was scheduled for 8:15, so we arrived in the lobby at 8:00. When no one showed up by 8:30, I began calling the Eyes of Rome office, but no one answered, so I began e-mailing them as well. At 8:45 someone called the hotel and informed me that they had to change our tour to 1:15 and that they had left a message at the hotel for us. We never got a message and they did not call the cell phone number that I had e-mailed them the week before in case they needed to contact us. Not being able to get through to anyone was frustrating as was not getting any messages about the change in plans. Fortunately, we did not have anything scheduled for that afternoon, so we were able to do the tour later in the day.


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