Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour

Explore the center of the Roman Empire with a PhD archaeologist through my Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour!

Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour

Explore the center of the Roman Empire with a PhD archaeologist through my Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour!

Availability

Daily

Duration

3 Hours

Times

Flexible

Tour Overview

Availability

Daily

Times

Flexible

Duration

3 Hours

Complete

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but through my Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour you can certainly see it in one! This 3-hour guided tour fully immerses you in Rome’s rich history as you visit three of its most iconic sites.

Educational

There are plenty of Colosseum tours around, but mine offers something extra special. Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill with me and you can guarantee you’ll be exploring Rome with an expert in the field.

Comprehensive

As well as having a Ph.D. in archaeology, I have years of guiding experience, meaning that your experience is smooth and the stories I tell are engaging, educational, and entertaining.

Full Itinerary

Colosseum


All my tours include priority skip-the-line entry, and my Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour is no different. Stepping straight inside the Colosseum and past the crowds of flustered tourists, you’ll make your way to the upper levels for a bird’s eye view of the arena.


Imagine the scenes that played out below you – not just gladiatorial contests, but also wild-animal hunts, battle reenactments, and gruesome executions. Learn how long it took to build the Colosseum (the answer will surprise you!), and which city’s destruction funded its construction (hint: the answer begins with ‘J’).


My Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour is the perfect introduction to ancient Rome as the ancient amphitheatre was a microcosm of Roman society. The seating was stratified according to class (find out who sat where and see if you can still see their places!) and the scenes that took place below – and the animals procured for them – reflected the reach and dominance of the Roman Empire.



Arch of Constantine


The Colosseum might be the city’s blockbuster building, but the Forum is where Rome’s history was written. At this point in your Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour, we’ll pass by the Temple of Venus and Rome, built by the emperor Hadrian, and enter the Forum along the Via Sacra (Sacred Road).


Triumphant generals returning from successful campaigns would parade along this road, through the Forum and up to the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline. As we enter the Forum, I’ll show you one of these parades, carved into the relief of a triumphal arch in the 1
st century BC. We’ll then follow in the footsteps of such names as Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great and Marcus Tullius Cicero as we make our way into the Roman Forum.


Roman Forum


The Roman Forum is a true treasure trove for the keen-eyed archaeologist. I’ll show you the Temple of Vesta and the House of the Vestal Virgins – my personal favourite site. The Vestals were the cougars of ancient Rome: priestesses consigned to chastity in their youth but unleashed when richer, and in older age, on the young men of ancient Rome.


During our time in the Roman Forum, I’ll regale you with stories of the scandals, seditions and intrigues that made this public space the city’s beating heart. Using visual props and aids, I’ll bring the ruins you see before you to life, injecting life into the stone and travertine through the tales they tell and the names associated with them.


We’ll pass by the Temple of Romulus (not Rome’s founder, but another one). We’ll see the remains of the Temple of Caesar (yup, Julius), and we’ll admire the awe-inspiring architecture of the Basilica of Maxentius, an emperor who was cancelled, subjected to damnatio memoriae, after being killed in battle by his rival. We’ll also explore the Forum’s lesser-known sites, even visiting the place where Caesar was cremated. Having mined it for its treasures, we’ll then ascend the Palatine Hill to see where Rome’s history began.



Your Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour finishes where Rome began


The Palatine Hill has gifted us a lot: it’s from the Latin word ‘Palatinus’ that we derive our word ‘palace’. Such was the wealth of those who lived there – from Cicero to Augustus Caesar, Caligula to Nero. As you’ll see on this Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour, you can still see traces of its imperial grandeur in the architecture of the palaces that line it.


But the Palatine Hill is famous for another Roman legend. For it was here that one of Rome’s founders, Romulus, settled while his twin set up camp on a neighbouring hill. Why did Romulus choose the Palatine? What caused the conflict with his twin brother? And is there any historical or archaeological trace of Rome’s first ‘mythical’ king?

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Cancellations

Cancellations made 8 days or more prior to the scheduled tour will be in receipt of a full refund. 

 

No-shows and late cancellations are subject to a 100% penalty fee.

 

I always purchase your tickets in advance (to save any waiting in line) so they are non-refundable.

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    Avi G
    Avi G
    2020-01-19
    A wonderful tour guide My wife and I and our three kids did two tours with Nina (Ancient Rome and a Walking Tour) in mid-January. Nina was delightful, extremely knowledgeable (she is a trained archaeologist), she got on particularly well with our kids and couldn't have been more accommodating with our various requests. We learned a great deal and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!
    Jim M
    Jim M
    2020-01-10
    Nina is Incredible My wife and our two teenagers spent a day and a half with Nina, touring the Vatican, Coliseum, Roman Forum, walking the main squares, Spanish Steps, etc. Simply put - she was incredible. Nina is full of passion and energy about Rome, with a warm disposition that will immediately make you feel comfortable. My family not only loved the tours, we loved her! She's prepared, and organized. While waiting in line for the early entry to the Vatican, she pulled out a large reproduction of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, and panel-by-panel explained what was being done or said. She did the same for the large wall at the end of the room. Before we even got into the Chapel, we understood what it was, what it meant and what to look for. We got so much more out of the experience because of her preparation. Very impressive. She will listen to you, understand what you're trying to accomplish and make things happen. We happened to be in Rome over New Years, and hadn't made a dinner reservation for New Years Eve. She made a bunch of call for us to find a spot, something she didn't need to do. I prefer reviews that are concise, so I'll stop here. But I can't say enough good things about Nina. I would never dream of visiting Rome again without spending time with her. She's without peer.
    Marco L
    Marco L
    2019-10-18
    Pantheon met gids Nina Genoten van de rondleiding Pantheon met onze gids Nina. Zelden een gids meegemaakt die zo deskundig maar ook overduidelijk enthousiast over de geschiedenis van Rome is.
    CBJessel
    CBJessel
    2018-08-13
    Best Afternoon in Rome with Nina - Shopping Tour This is the best way to see Rome. Walking with Nina in the small streets and alleys in Rome and getting to “find” the local shops and craftspeople perfecting their art. How would you ever find any of this without Nina? We enjoyed every minute of our walking tour. Nina made sure we saw all of the shops we wanted to see before they closed and she had to leave us. It was a great afternoon of shopping, chatting and wandering the city. 3 hours was not enough time to explore Rome this way. We have to mention - Laura of Do You Explore provided a fabulous list of local places to eat in drink around all of neighborhoods. The one we picked with Nina’s recommendation did not disappoint - great pizza and salad. We needed to stay longer to try more of these recommendations. Ciao !
    Maria M
    Maria M
    2018-06-22
    Excellent and informative tour Luciana is a wonderful guide and she made the Vatican interesting for first time visitors as well as two of us that had been several times. You see a lot but it isn't overwhelming and there is some customization so you can choose what's most important to you. We enjoyed our time with Luciana very much and would happily recommend her,
    17scarlet
    17scarlet
    2018-06-16
    Nina is simply the best tour guide in Rome!!! This was our second trip to Rome and our second tour with Nina. It was even better than the first! The tour was arranged by Laura who was incredibly kind and helpful. She and I communicated via email to craft the exact tour that my husband and I wanted...antient Rome and the "lasagna" church. Nina not only has incredible knowledge of her home town, she has participated in archeological digs across these ancient sites. Quite a different perspective and depth than most tour guides. We adore Nina and highly recommend Do You Explore?
    JODI A
    JODI A
    2018-04-08
    Nina....the best tour guide in Rome:)! Not only was Nina pleasant, knowledgeable, informative, warm and friendly she was beyond patient with our group. My family and I arrived about 10 minutes before we were set to meet her and were starving so we stood in line at the cafe and ended up being a few minutes late to meet Nina out front. She let us stand in the skip the line, line while we ate and she went over information on the Sistine Chapel, which you aren't allowed to talk when viewing so she loaded us up with need to know info and then led us in. Our teenager ended up loosing his ticket somewhere between the entrance and the museum so she patiently took him to buy a new ticket and still had some tricks up her sleeve to get us in past the line so we got into the chapel before it got too crowded to enjoy. In the museum we got to experience a secret room that is closed off to the general public but because Nina is so incredible we were able to go behind the scenes! The experience as a whole was amazing! I would highly recommend this tour and any other tour given by Nina at DoYouExplore!
    nicedream29
    nicedream29
    2018-03-31
    Best Colosseum tour with NINA! My 13 yr old son and I enjoyed Nina's enthusiastic and passionate tour of Rome and the ancient history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. There is nothing better than learning about Ancient Rome from someone who has a PhD in archaeology and can explain it all and in a fun way! She's positive. energetic but above-all,most knowledgeable about the Colosseum and I would highly recommend this one or any of her private tours in Rome. She's the best and her energy is positively infectious!
    Lena O
    Lena O
    2018-03-07
    Best Vatikan tour ever Thank You "Do You Explore" for contribute to a most wonderful stay in Rom, . The guided tour led by Nina to the Vatikan state and St:t Peterschurch was the best guided tour we ever had and it was adaptet to our "nipote" 12 years old in a fantastic way. So thank You for a lovely stay in Rom. We will come back and we will certainly recomend your guiding skills and this company is the best ever in guiding children in "high culture".
    Cjostrom
    Cjostrom
    2017-06-30
    Nina is AMAZING!!! This my first time over seas and I didn't know what to expect. I was so overwhelmed with the all of the sights, sounds, and smells it was hard to take it all in. Nina was an amazing tour guide giving me the history and stories behind all of the attractions that we saw! she was truly amazing. She brought the historical locations to life giving me a much greater appreciation for where I was and what I was seeing. She was more knowledgeable than any book you could buy and was an absolute delight to be with, I didn't want the tours to end! If you are in Rome and you want to not only see the attractions but actually learn about them and get a sense of what life was like back then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiring NINA for a tour! You will not be disappointed! As soon as I can make it back she will be the first person I call!

    • Make sure to bring your phone or camera! 

     

    • Bring with you a bottle of water (NO GLASS), we will be able to refill it during the tour 😉

     

    • Sun screen and a hat are highly recommended, especially during the summertime!

     

    • Don’t’ forget comfortable shoes as the terrain is a little uneven in the Roman Forum!

     

    • We can meet either at your hotel or in the Colosseum area.
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