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The Roman Colosseum Seen As It Should Be
What could be better than skip-the-line entry to one of the world’s most visited and iconic monuments? How about an award-winning tour company and a private historian versed in all things Ancient Roman to guide you through it. This private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum cuts no corners, taking you to the center of the fascinating ruins of one of the greatest civilizations ever.
Our private Colosseum tour is designed for history buffs and curious travelers alike, with the common thread of leaving standard tours in the dust. Not only will you have the full and complete attention of your guide, you'll also be able to customize the tour based on your preferences, which means spending more time exploring the Forum, or seeing specific areas of the Palatine Hill. Whatever the case, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy your personal expert's invaluable insight.
Flavian Amphitheater Come Back to Life
Ask any Ancient Roman where the Colosseum was, and they would have shrugged at you or worse. When the travertine stone was white, shiny and new, Rome’s massive arena was called the Flavian Amphitheater after the imperial dynasty that had it built in 80 AD. The rest is history, a bloody one at that, of wild animal hunts, public executions, gladiatorial combat and even mock naval battles. One thing's for sure, your guide will separate fact from myth.
Follow your private archeologist inside to the best vantage points around the 2nd Tier, where the the patrician and knightly classes sat, then down to the arena level to see where the Emperor’s tribune once stood. Your guide will reconstruct the Colosseum for you in all its historic glory, from the innovative architecture, feats of engineering, and public's attitude towards mortal combat, to detailed descriptions on the gladiators themselves. By tour’s end, you’ll agree the Colosseum is still very much alive today.
Inside the Roman Forum Heart of the Empire
After the Colosseum you'll stand before the Arch of Constantine, built by Rome’s first Christian emperor in the early 4th century AD, before heading into the Roman Forum. Welcome to one of the most influential archeological sites on the planet. As you explore among the mighty columns and ruins of temples, your guide will transport you back in time to when this was the political center of the Roman Empire, pointing out the incredible details that have survived across millennia within the temples of Vesta and Saturn, as well as the exact spot where Julius Caesar's funeral pyre burned and more.
With a detailed Forum visit under your belt, you'll then walk up the Palatine Hill for sweeping views over Rome. This is the exact spot chosen by Romulus to found his city, so a fitting finale to your exploration of Ancient Rome from apex to origin.
What You'll See Along the Way
The Flavian Amphitheatre, more famously known as the Colosseum, was (and remains to be) the Roman Empire's largest stadium. Inaugurated by the Emperor Titus in 80 AD after only 8 years of construction, it was the ultimate testimony of ingenious Roman engineering – and a true beauty to behold. Even at the time of its erection the satirical poet Martial expressed his firm belief that the awe-inspiring structure deserved to be amongst the world’s “new seven wonders”. Almost two millennia later, in 2007, Martial's wish was fulfilled as the Colosseum officially entered that very exclusive category.
Private Colosseum Tour
What Our Customers Say...
We toured the Colosseum with Mario who was amazing! He was super knowledgeable on Rome's history and specifically as it pertained to our tour. His enthusiasm and sense of humour made it even more fun. You should give him a raise so he never leaves your company!
This was another private tour we booked with What a Life and had the good fortune of having Mario as the tour guide. Mario was fantastic! He showed us the highlights in both the Colosseum and Roman Forum. He was able to bring to life the ruins of Ancient Rome!