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Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine hill

  • See the best of Rome in one comprehensive walking tour
  • Hit top sites of interest including the Colosseum and the Forum
  • Panoramic city views from Palatine Hill
Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine hill
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Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine hill
With archaeological treasures dating back 3,000 years, UNESCO–listed Rome is considered the jewel in Italy’s crown—but exploring alone means missing out on the hidden history. On this walking tour, take in top attractions including the Colosseum and the Forum, and admire sweeping views from Palatine Hill. With your guide bringing Rome’s past to life, learn of the powerful Emperors and brave Gladiators who made Rome what it is today.
What to Expect
Enjoy with us one of the seven wonders of the world, a UNESCO site, the symbol of Rome and Italy, the most long lasting, cultural and social institution in Rome, attracting more than 15000 thousand visitors every day, the Flavian Amphitheater keeps being the main highlight of the city, located on top of the ranking of the must-do things in Rome!
The building still preserves its majesty, the impact, the magnificence, the glory, but at the same time, the echoes of the screaming, the terror, the fear of gladiators and animals as well as the noise of the crowd.
You'll be amazed by the reconstructions of the fancy armors, helmets, gladiators, fighters and weapons meant to impress the audience.
The visit of the Palatine Hill means going back to the origins of the eternal city, the south west corner of the hill was the place where the first wooden huts of the first romans were found, and according to the myth, the venue where the two twins Romulus and Remus were abandoned and then raised by the she wolf.
The hill still preserves the archaeological remains of four houses of Emperors with fountains, dining and sleeping rooms, showing the luxury and expressing the political power and coexisting with secret recesses and underground corridors, venues of betrays, conspiracies, adulteries and the typical intrigues of the royal families.
And then, walking over the big basalt blocks of the most important ancient roman street, the Via Sacra, we'll take you to the Forum, the beating heart of the political, social and religious life of the romans and the biggest archaeological area of Rome.
A ramp connecting to the Forum by the street called Via dei Fori Imperiali built by Mussolini in 1932, works as a time machine, the more you go down, the more ancient is the level where you are. It gives the sense of the unbelievable archaeological deposit of this city, 2000 years of history in 10 meters (30 feet) of stratification.
It can be considered like a main square with banks, shopping malls, religious buildings and the center of political power and administration of justice. Location of the most famous speeches of the most influential personalities including the one of Mark Antony regarding Julius Caesar, the forum reflects the attitude of the romans as very theatrical people,
So we’ll land our voices to the ancient latin authors whose vivid descriptions will provide a real taste of the area 2000 years ago, as a way to see the square through the expert eyes of historians, comedy writers, poets, whose attentive and expert eyes and sensibility will let us virtually feel to be there as spectators of the daily life of the romans.
Reviews (13)
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Reviewed 16 July 2018
A nice way to see these sight

We booked Ferdinando based on the Trip Advisor reviews and were very happy we did. Most tour groups you see around Roman sights are so large and impersonal but this was not that way at all. We had a small group and everyone had time...More

1  Thank BHTravelbug
Reviewed 15 July 2018
So much more than a tour of the Colosseum

Ferdinando was the perfect person to do this tour. He has a command of the history of the region AND he is an archaeologist. We got so much more than a tour of the Colosseum. Ferdinando brought history to life for us. He told us...More

1  Thank Veronica F
Reviewed 14 July 2018
Fantastic Colosseum Tour with Ferdinando

We booked Ferdinando for our Colosseum tour after reading excellent reviews and he was fantastic. We had booked as part of a small group but the others didn’t turn up so we ended up with a private tour. Ferdinando speaks perfect English and is extremely...More

2  Thank AllyP132
Reviewed 24 June 2018
Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

We were very lucky to secure Ferdinando B., as our tour guide. It seemed to be his passion as this PhD in archeology provided great insights on many aspects of the life and culture in ancient Rome. Enjoyed many tours during our visit to Italy,...More

Thank yardleymom2018
Reviewed 17 June 2018
Would book Ferdinando all over Italy if we could!!!

If you want the BEST tours while in Rome, book with Ferdinando!!! We took the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour with him and he was very knowledgeable and interesting. Tour was like having a conversation—he has a great sense of humor, he is...More

Thank Beth M
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