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LIVE TOURS
ANCIENT ROME
ANCIENT ROME + Pantheon

LIVE TOURSANCIENT ROMEANCIENT ROME + Pantheon

ANCIENT ROME Tour + Pantheon

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Key Details

This Tour includes:

  • Colosseum
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum (with Arch of Titus, Temple of Julius Caesar and more)
  • Palatine Hill overview
  • Pantheon

If you have just one day in Rome, but you love Ancient History and don’t want to miss a thing…this is the tour you need! A day will be enough to see the main wonders of Rome, and we will give you an unforgettable day in the Eternal City!

Note

PRIVATE TOURS ONLY (BIG GROUPS OF FRIENDS AND NUMEROUS FAMILIES ARE WELCOME)

You will follow our guides through more than 12 centuries of ancient Roman history, from the time of Romulus, Remus and the She-wolf to the barbarian invasions, up to the tour of the Pantheon with its spectacular dome.

What will you visit on this tour?

You will start by entering the Colosseum by going up all the rows.
Just like a spectator of the past, you will climb the steep steps of the "vomitoria" and reach the first ring... You will be breathless in front of the spectacular view of the arena.
Imagine the gladiators wounded by wild lions and tigers, criminals skinned alive to feed the wild beasts during the cruel executions. You will enter the atmosphere of ancient Rome, among the people and in the streets around the Colosseum, where you too should have bet on the gladiators who fought to stay alive.

After this experience, you will leave the Colosseum to reach the Arch of Constantine and, after a few minutes, the beating heart of the ancient world: the Roman Forum!
With the help of our guides, you will be able to imagine vendors bargaining their wares and politicians talking to crowds, judges handing out sentences for criminals and teachers surrounded by their students.
You will seem to hear priests praying to their pagan gods or predicting the future, but also thieves who run away after robbing someone right near where dozens of naked slaves, in line, are waiting to be bought.
Let yourself be inspired by the beauty of the most important vestiges of the past: the Temple of Saturn, the facade of the Tabularium, the Senate, the Temple of Julius Caesar, the house of the Vestal virgins and their sacred fire. Walk on the "Via Sacra", the most important street in Rome, to reach the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine and immediately after the Arch of Titus with its representation of the "Menorah", the seven-branched Jewish candelabrum stolen from Jerusalem.

... And after the ruins, the perfection of survival: the next stop will be the Tour of the Pantheon, the Temple of All the Gods

Converted into the church of Santa Maria dei Martiri in the 7th century, the Pantheon shows an incredible state of conservation and, what is even more incredible, it is a huge temple with the most famous dome in the world… a single piece of concrete!

If it rains you can check if you see a few drops on the floor and check if what the Romans believe is true: “even with a hole in the center, it doesn't rain in it!”.

The last part of the tour will be dedicated to an excellent ice cream. The places we know are the sweetest in the city!

Are you ready to go?

HOURS: every day except the first Sunday of the month and Saturday afternoon.
Please note: from October to February the Colosseum and the Roman Forum close at 4.30pm.

  • You’ll be alone with your guide. No other guests except your party.
  • Your guide will be LICENSED and specialized in the HISTORY OF ROME.
  • The cost of entry tickets are NOT included in the guides fees.
    Buy the tickets yourself: we ask you to buy your tickets online on your own. The online procedure is very easy and you can save money doing it yourself.
    After paying the deposit to secure the tour, we will send you a description of the online booking procedure to get your voucher.
  • Colosseum Tickets: The cost of the tickets in NOT included in the tour guide fees.
    ADULTS ENTRY FEE: 24 euros
    CHILDREN under 18 do not pay any tickets:  Just the 2 euros reservation fee
  • PRICES: THE TOUR GUIDE FEES MUST BE CONSIDERED AS A TOTAL, NOT PER PERSON
  • From June to October and extra fee of 15% will be added on last minute requests (3 days before the tour date)
!!!!VERY IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT PANTHEON!!!!
During these past weeks, green pass check + security check at the Pantheon made the entrance procedures to slow to be compatible with a tour (1/1.5 hours only to manage to enter). As the Pantheon is a church and there is no tickets sale or way to skip the line, we might NOT TO INCLUDE THE ENTRANCE. If the line is too long, the explanation will be done from the outside.  On the weekends, the entrance will not be included at all
If when there the line would be short enough, the guide will evaluate if to try the access but we are not assuring it in any case.
  • Your tour guide is LICENSED and specialized in ROMAN HISTORY.
  • The cost of the Colosseum entry tickets is NOT included in the tour guide fees.
    Buy your tickets and save your money!! The online procedure is very easy!
    After paying the deposit to secure the tour, we will send you the online booking procedure to get your admission tickets.
  • Colosseum Tickets: The cost of entry tickets is NOT included in the guide fees.
    ADULTS: 24 euros.
    CHILDREN under 18 pay only 2 euro as reservation fee.

From June to October and extra fee of 15% will be added on last minute requests (3 days before the tour date).

PRICES: the tour guide fee must be considered as a total, not per person.

Meeting point

It's a 4 hours Tour!
N. OF PEOPLE
PRIVATE*
1
200€
2
230€
3
250€
4
265€
5
280€
6
290€
7
310€
8
320€

* Please note that:

  • Tickets price is not included in the tour (please check under General Information)
  • We reserve the right to vary the prices shown on our website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings).You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy.

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