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  • Colosseum: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    1. Colosseum: Private Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    Meet your private guide at the Colosseum. Here, your expert in Roman history will give you an introduction to the finest arena of the Roman Empire. You'll then explore the magnificent Colosseum, which had 80 entrances and could accommodate around 65,000 spectators. Hear about the spectacular festivals the Romans held here, which could last up to 100 days. After visiting the Colosseum, you will have some time to take some pictures, buy refreshments and wander around before starting the second part of your tour. Next, learn about the daily life of ancient Rome with a visit to its most bustling center of activity, the Roman Forum – see the temples, squares and legal buildings that would have defined this area. Finally, continue onwards to the Palatine Hill, the mythological birthplace of Rome’s founder, Romulus. Admire a spectacular view of the modern city, the ruins of Nero’s Golden Hou...

  • Rome: Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Roman Forum Skip-the-Line

    2. Rome: Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Roman Forum Skip-the-Line

    Meet your tour guide outside the Colosseum and head back in time to Ancient Rome on a guided tour. Skip the long lines to this magnificent amphitheater and hear fascinating stories about the events that took place inside its walls.

    Learn about the technological advancements Roman engineers used to build their impressive structures. Find out how the Colosseum delighted emperors and roaring crowds. Visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

    Enjoy free time after your tour to explore the site at your leisure.

    Beautiful views, great guide passionate about the history of Ancient Rome, who was sharing with us unique pictures and stories, as we moved along. Definitely worth spending 2,5 hours of your time in Rome.

  • Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour

    3. Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour

    Explore the world's most famous amphitheater with an official guide and journey back to the days of the Roman Empire at the monumental Colosseum. Get access to areas not available to regular ticket holders, including the underground level where the wild animals were kept before they went into battle with the gladiators. Enter the arena through the Porta Libitinaria and go up to the first level. 

    Complete your experience by going further up to the 3rd tier, known as Belvedere (only if you choose this option) for a spectacular view of the arena and surrounding area. Learn about the innovative techniques the engineers used to build the monument and hear how it has survived for hundreds of years. Be amazed as history is brought to life as you discuss the political and social reasons for the games and events. Enjoy a short break and then enter the Roman Forum to get a bett...

    I loved the tour of Colosseum and our guide. I just wish I had more time to experience the Palatine Hill before it closed.

  • Rome: Skip the Line Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

    4. Rome: Skip the Line Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

    Begin your tour of Rome's Ancient City with skip-the-line access to the Colosseum. Get acquainted with your guide and listen to an introduction to the Colosseum. Learn about the building's incredible construction and why it is considered an engineering marvel to this day.

    With priority entrance, notice the Roman numerals above each archway as you cruise past long ticket lines. Explore the Colosseum’s first and second levels as your guide shares stories of the emperors, gladiators, and famous battles that make the Colosseum Rome's most celebrated ancient monument.

    With your newly acquired expertise of ancient Romans, get ready to appreciate the second part of the tour—a walk through the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Pass by the triumphal Arch of Constantine as you learn the story of Rome's birth and its legendary twins, Romul...

    We had a great time with our tour guide Claudia who was very sympathatic and caretaking. Claudia shared her broad knowledge about the roman history in a very easy going and funny way. We had a great time and can definitely recommend this amazing tour. Thank you Claudia!

  • Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    5. Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colloseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and magestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” by foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Location highlights include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

    Rome is so big and the best way to save time and see all the attractions is to take the Big Bus.

  • Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

    6. Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

    Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one! Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace.

    The OMNIA Card includes: 

    • Fast track entrance to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - fast track entrance needs to be booked when collecting the pass, not before.  • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio guide  • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica - including a free...

    Perfect for us, very helpfull. Still, I would find very useful a meeting point at Termini Station, where are all the connections for the city. Nevertheless, I think it was a good idea to take the offers.

  • Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

    7. Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

    Begin your guided walking tour outside the magnificent Colosseum. Skip the long queues as you enter the impressive amphitheater. Dive into the history of Ancient Rome, as your entertaining guide teaches you all about Roman history, architecture, and archaeological facts. Take some time to explore the almost 2000-year-old monument at your own pace. Carry on to the Roman Forum. See the historic area that was once the center of all political, social, and economic life in the 'Eternal City. Explore the ancient ruins in your own time. Visit Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient parts of the city of Rome, believed to be the location of the cave, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf. Capture gorgeous, panoramic shots of the Colosseum and the city itself, from this iconic point.

    Interesting tour. The guide was very experienced and used a nice amount of humor explaining the history of ancient Rome

  • Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

    8. Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

    Immerse yourself into a green archeological area a stone’s throw from the Colosseum and explore two of the ancient Romans’ favorite places of leisure. Save time with an express and complete guided tour featuring insider tips. Let your guide bring to life the impressive ruins of the best-preserved baths in Rome. Marvel at their gigantic walls and wander through the monumental rooms of the Caracalla thermal complex. Be an ancient Roman as you go through the exact steps of a typical day at the baths in the 3rd century AD. Discover the bizarre range of services offered in this ancient spa for both the body and mind. Appreciate the architectural greatness of Imperial Rome and be surprised by the abilities of the ancient engineers. Learn about the labor-intensive underfloor heating system, find out the techniques used to maintain the desired temperature in every room, and admire the geometr...

    As I was the only person in the group the tour was not cancelled and became a private one for the same price. Samuele is extremely knowledgeable and willing to share his knowledge. The tour was supposed to last 1h30. It ended up lasting 2h30 (!) and was most informative. I definitely recommend this tour. Thank you Samuele!

  • Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

    9. Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

    Rome is a city filled with ancient monuments, bustling city streets, fascinating alleyways, and small, hidden squares. It is a sprawling city with many hills, and by foot it can be completely overwhelming. Today, you'll hop on an E-bike and experience the joys of Rome - from its elegant shopping streets to its ancient monuments - on a fun and healthy day of bike riding! You'll stop off many of the main attractions of Rome, and also have a chance to visit many charming smaller squares and buildings that are lesser-known. Your guide will take you from the Imperial Forum all the way through to the Pantheon and will share all about the history and curiosities that have made Rome's story - from its foundation to the present day. Morning Tour Highlights: Colosseum Imperial Forums Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano monument Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza del Popolo Park of Vi...

    Great tour with great people. The best way to experience Rome. We recommend the electrical bikes. Regards, Bas & Jeannette

  • Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

    10. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

    Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

    My husband and I did the five hour bike tour, including the San Sebastian catacombs, with Alessio on June 23rd, 2020. Alessio is such an amazing guy…so nice and so fun and showed us all around Rome and educated us on the vast history of Roma. We stopped at a cafe and had a coffee and a panini with Alessio on the way. This was one of the best tours and one of our best days in Rome. Seeing Rome by bike is a great way to explore the city. We highly recommend this tour and we thank Alessio for such an amazing day!

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What people are saying about Circus Maximus

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,197 reviews

More informative, thrilling and exciting than expected! Big compliments to Berk, great information is also accompanied by pictures, seems very well informed and can pass on his knowledge well. Organizationally great too! Definitely recommendable! The package with underground is worth booking if you are interested in the subject!

This tour is highly recommended if you want to fully explore the Colosseum. Our guide Zenda took us on an excellent journey through the underground sections and to the arena and upper levels. She provided lots of info and made the tour extremely enjoyable and interesting. Highly recommended.

We had a great time with our tour guide Claudia who was very sympathatic and caretaking. Claudia shared her broad knowledge about the roman history in a very easy going and funny way. We had a great time and can definitely recommend this amazing tour. Thank you Claudia!

Beautiful views, great guide passionate about the history of Ancient Rome, who was sharing with us unique pictures and stories, as we moved along. Definitely worth spending 2,5 hours of your time in Rome.

Fantastic tour of the Colosseum, the underground Colosseum, Roman Forum etc. A lot told in an interesting way by our guide Serena!