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2 IN 1: COLISEUM & ILLUMINATED ROME

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by Stephen and Alice
Perfect timing!

This was a good experience for us, the Colosseum and ancient Rome part was quite early morning, leaving us all late morning, lunch, and afternoon to do as we wanted before returning to the exact same meeting point in the evening for our walk through the squares of historic Rome. Good tour, we recommend!

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ANCINENT ROME WALK & EVENING STROLL
  • Expert Rome tour guide
  • Historic Rome walk
  • Skip-the-line Coliseum

  • Coliseum

  • Roman Forum

  • Historic Center

  • 4.50 hours

Overview

“2 in 1: Colosseum & Illuminated Rome” is our newest 2-in-1 tour which begins with the Colosseum inside and panoramic views therefrom, a comprehensive tour of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill (self-guided), and a look down upon (NOT access to) the rarely-seen basement of the Colosseum (underground chambers, animal compounds, arms and weapons storage). See at first hand how and why the power and influence of blood-thirsty Roman Emperors meant death in the Colosseum for citizens from every last enclave of the Empire. After exploring the arena and a guided walk through the Roman Forum, you’ll have time to tour the Palatine Hill alone before heading out at dusk across the historic heart of Rome, where you’ll see beautiful churches, temples, squares and fountains!

Your expert When In Rome Tours guide will escort you past long waiting lines and into the famous amphitheatre with priority entrance tickets, where you’ll hear why daily life was a dangerous life for many inhabitants of Rome in antiquity. Understand why the Colosseum was built, when, and by whom. Soon after, your tour will change direction as you walk across the arena floor where so many people died for public pleasure. You’ll climb to the near top of the Colosseum from where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of world-famous ruins, and then retrace your steps down to terra firma where you’ll learn about the dark soul of the Colosseum and Porta Libitina. This is the dark realm of Libitina, Goddess of Corpses. You’ll see the space which was last exit for thousands of gladiators and tens of thousands of wild animals brought to Rome from far and wide. Your Colosseum tour ends with new information about the history of the site. You’ll enter the Roman Forum for a detailed look at the origins of Rome; the myths, the cults, the temples, Christianization and overbuilding, the Emperors, slaves, and how all of these have shaped the world we live in today..

The ancient Rome segment concludes at approximately 17:30 PM, at which time you can remain inside Roman Forum / Palatine Hill areas to further explore on your own for at least half an hour extra. Upon exiting the Roman Forum, you’ll have time to refresh in a bar nearby before your Illuminated Rome Walk at 18:00 (Apr 1 thru Nov 3) or 19:00 PM (Nov 4 thru Mar 31). We embark upon a splendid and fascinating stroll to and through all the most beautiful squares in Rome. You’ll see the magnificent fountains, temples, churches, monuments and ruins of real Rome, both on and off the beaten track.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Skip-the-line Coliseum tickets
  • Licensed Rome tour guide
  • Coliseum inside tour
  • Roman Forum tour
  • Ancient Rome tour
  • Expert Rome tour guide
  • Ancient Rome tour in the evening
  • Rome city center tour in the evening

Exclusions

Coliseum Underground (Hypogeum)

Important Information

  • Runs most days, check SCHEDULE below.
  • Tour does not run on public holidays.
  • Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised.
  • Activity level: easy.
  • NOT wheelchair accessible.

Voucher

You will be e-mailed a confirmation voucher automatically once the booking process is complete. Please ensure that the e-mail address you enter during the booking process is correct or we will not be able to send confirmation! Payment made will be clarified and meeting point maps included for you to find your way in Rome. We accept vouchers by smartphone / tablet. If you prefer to print your voucher, please show it to our representative at the start of the tour.

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by Stephen and Alice
Perfect timing!

This was a good experience for us, the Colosseum and ancient Rome part was quite early morning, leaving us all late morning, lunch, and afternoon to do as we wanted before returning to the exact same meeting point in the evening for our walk through the squares of historic Rome. Good tour, we recommend!

by Sally
#1 tour!

Can only say that we had a brilliant time and saw two Romes in one lovely day, under the sun and then under the stars. Awesome friendly and local guides, thank you!


Schedule

Apr 1 - Nov 3 (High Season)
Mon - Sat. MEET AT 08:45 AM or 14:45 PM in front of the tourist center on Via dei Fori Imperiali 2.
Sun. Closed
IMPORTANT! Your historic walk of Rome at dusk departs at 19:00 PM. You must be at the meeting point 15 minutes before tour departure time, i.e. 18:45 PM. Don't be late!
Nov 4 - Mar 31 (Low Season)
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat. MEET AT 08:45 AM in front of the tourist center on Via dei Fori Imperiali 2.
Tue, Thu, Sun. Closed
IMPORTANT! Your historic walk of Rome at dusk departs at 18:00 PM. You must be at the meeting point 15 minutes before tour departure time, i.e. 17:45 PM. Don't be late!
 
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by Stephen and Alice
Perfect timing!

This was a good experience for us, the Colosseum and ancient Rome part was quite early morning, leaving us all late morning, lunch, and afternoon to do as we wanted before returning to the exact same meeting point in the evening for our walk through the squares of historic Rome. Good tour, we recommend!

by Sally
#1 tour!

Can only say that we had a brilliant time and saw two Romes in one lovely day, under the sun and then under the stars. Awesome friendly and local guides, thank you!