the “Colosseum Tour and Best Rome Highlights” includes all the following sites:
Admire the Arch of Constantine, then start the Colosseum Tour entering the colossal amphitheater, where fights between gladiators and beasts took place for the pleasure of bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.
Upwards of 50,000 spectators would gather beneath enormous awnings to witness the cruel battles unfold. Many events took place in this grand arena, but we will leave the details to your guide!
Roman Forum and the Sacred Way
Now pass through the Rome Forum – the ancient marketplace where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries with many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march, and political campaign run in its surrounds. The rich archaeological history of the Roman Forum now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year.
Then take in the Sacred Way – this was the route of victorious generals returning from battle in triumph. Listen to the tales of our experienced guides as they recount stories of Julius Caesar, who orchestrated the construction in 46 B.C. Other Emperors continued to develop the space through to AD 608.
The Monuments of the Roman Forum
One of the most striking features of the Roman Forum is this Temple of Castor and Pollux; three 40-foot high Corinthian columns reach into the sky. The Temple of Antonius and Faustina is one of the few structures maintaining much of its original form, while the enormous Basilica of Maxentius preserves its impressive stature. Finally, the Arch of Titus is an excellent introduction to the panoramic Palatine hill.
According to ancient legend, Romulus founded Rome on the Palatine in 753 B.C. Following his actions, the Emperors built their opulent homes for the rest of the civilization to enjoy. Taking part in this Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour, you walk in the same footsteps of Roman Emperors who lived more than 2,000 years before you, bringing more than two millennia of history to life.
Start the Highlights tour with Trevi Fountain, a secretive masterpiece and perhaps one of the top attractions in Rome. Hidden down the city’s narrow backstreets, the iconic Trevi Fountain attracts many visitors if only for them to toss a coin into its waters to ensure their safe return to Rome at some stage in the future.
The Spanish Steps
Proceed to the Spanish Steps, one of the best Rome highlights in the city. As you stand and admire the Church of Trinità dei Monti, which sits at the top of the Spanish Steps with the Fontana Della Barcaccia at its foot, you will wonder how they were ever able to complete it.
A true masterpiece to admire on your tour of Rome: The Pantheon. Immaculately preserved and seemingly just a few centuries old, it isn’t easy to believe that the structure was finished in AD 128 by Emperor Hadrian. The square in front of the Pantheon is a gathering place for locals and tourists. In its center sits a decorative 16th-century fountain beneath the Egyptian obelisk.
End the perfect day in Rome with a visit to Piazza Navona, one of the largest squares in the city. It is one of the most visited highlights of Rome for one primary reason: Bernini’s “Fountain of the Four Rivers.” Built to represent The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube, and Rio de la Plata, the structure now sits amidst the artists who arrive to peddle their wares daily.
Between 1 pm and 2 pm, you will be offered lunch in a selected restaurant, as included in the tour price ( Starter, Main course, and water).