“Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the old city. More importantly, he was able to bypass the long lines and get us in quickly by using the skip the line privileges. It was our first (my husband and I) and we had a blast! ...Amie R., USA – See more reviews
What To Expect
This tour is perfect for visitors with only a short time in Rome, who want to see the very best of Rome past and present. Visit the Colosseum, Rome's most famous site where gladiators once battled lions in a fight for their lives, subject always to the whims of emperors and the turn of a thumb. Then set off on a journey through the winding streets and picturesque piazzas of the city, exploring Rome as it is today - a city where iPhones bleep inside ancient ruins and where modern life plays out on a stage set centuries ago.
Our tour starts with a bang at the Colosseum. We'll skip the long lines to get inside this magnificent structure where your English-speaking guide will tell you the stories and point out the details that bring this important slice of history to life. Then it's on to the Palatine and the Roman Forum for a walk through other periods of Ancient Roman history. See the spot where Remus and Romulus, the legendary founders of Rome were raised by their wolf mother; march down the same paved road once graced by victorious Roman armies; and explore the easily discernable remains of the banks, temples and homes of Ancient Rome.
We'll take a well-deserved break next for lunch in the historical center of the city. Your guide will recommend a spot or you can follow your nose to one of the countless trattorias and pizzerias around the area. Soak up the atmosphere before the next leg of our tour, a journey through the best of modern Rome. We'll wander the picturesque streets and piazzas of the city, seeing the most famous sights - from the Spanish Steps** to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and splendid Piazza Navona with its incredible Bernini fountain. Again your guide will bring old sights (from Ancient Roman times through to the Renaissance) to life with the stories and myths that make Rome quite unlike any other city in the world. Want to know why Raphael died so young? Or why there is one spot by the Trevi Fountain from where your view is completely obscured? Listen to your guide as they lead you on a trek that takes in the length and breadth of Rome's historical center.
Sites visited may include but are not limited to Piazza del Popolo, Santa Maria del Popolo Church, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Colonna, Palazzo Montecitorio, Pantheon*, Palazzo Madama (Senate of the Italian Republic), Piazza Navona- Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Campo de Fiori and Skip the Line entrance and visit inside Colosseum, Palatine Hill including view of Circus Maximus, and the Roman Forum / "Via Sacra".
Expert English speaking guide
Hotel pick up and drop off
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Infants below 4 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation.
This tour operates with a maximum of 25 participants.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Colosseum does not have any cloakroom facilities in which to store such items.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking and comfortable shoes are recommended.
It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points
We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or walking disabilities in a group tour. We are also unable to accommodate pushchairs, buggies, strollers or baby carriages. We recommend you book a private tour.
Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
*The guided visit inside the Pantheon will not be provided on Saturdays, because it will be closed for Mass. We will offer a full explanation on the outside.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
-**Please note that there will be ongoing restoration work on (or to the buildings surrounding) the Spanish Steps, this will cause some visual disturbance and will affect the viewing and photo opportunities of these monuments.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 30 minutes