Meet your guide in central Rome, at the Metro B (blue line) stop Colosseum. With your small group, embark on a combination of two 3-hour tours that will give you a full picture of the history and culture of ancient Rome.
Morning Tour: The Colosseum and the Gems of Rome (3 hours)
Start with tales of Spartacus and Commodus, the famous gladiators, and Augustus and Julius Caesar, powerful leaders. Skip the lines for access to the Colusseum, a classic Rome attraction that habitually draws large crowds. Breeze by those crowds with your guide to stand at the center of that arena, where many gladiators have stood before, and imagine yourself in front of 60,000 raucous spectators. Learn about this structure's role in Rome's public life through your guide's engaging narrative before moving on to your next stop, the Imperial Fora. Hear the history of these series of public squares, constructed between 46 BC and 113 AD.
Pause at the place where Julius Caesar was assassinated, Torre di Largo Argentina, then continue to Piazza della Rotonda to see the Pantheon. Finish your morning tour in the Roman baroque Navona Square.
Evening Tour: The Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (3 hours)
Stroll through the Vatican Museum's private collection, belonging to the pope, which includes priceless paintings, tapestries, frescoes, busts and a collection of ancient statues from Rome, Greece and Egypt. Learn how this collection allowed the church historians to write much of the history of humanity.
Marvel at Michelangelo's iconic fresco in the Sistine Chapel, then continue to St Peter's Basilica to see works like the Canopy by Bernini, the bronze statue of St. Peter and the Pietà by Michelangelo.
End your 9.5-hour day with an in-depth understanding of Roman history.