Why you'll love this tour
An award-winning experience in the Eternal City
Elected "Historical Tour of the Year 2016" by Luxury Travel Guide, this Exclusive (yes, with a capital E!) tour can only be considered as one of the very best tours of the Colosseum. At What a Life Tours, we know that every guest – and each private tour – is one-of-a-kind and thus tailor our approach to meet your individual needs and wishes. Put your own creative spin on the itinerary or sit back and allow us pull together a carefully crafted route through the unmissable must-sees. Naturally, we will escort you past all the long lines to ensure that you get the best of every minute with us on this 3-hour tour through the heart of Ancient Rome.
Navigating through the chaos of Rome solo can be rather overwhelming, but with our guides you can relax and focus on the finer details. We’ve made it a point to surround ourselves with only the most engaging, fun-loving and knowledgeable individuals on the Roman guide scene – and it seems to be a recipe for success! Experience our team’s wonderfully contagious passion for history first-hand as you explore the wonders of antiquity with your very own two-legged encyclopedia leading the way. Since you won’t be sharing your cicerone with anyone else, you’ll have ample opportunity to mine your personal expert for invaluable info and insights.
One of the worlds seven wonders – and rightfully so
Learn how one man’s desperate attempt to secure his position as Emperor led to the construction of the most monumental arena the world has ever seen. Standing in the world- famous Colosseum evokes a deeply reminiscent feeling. Though other buildings stand taller and span wider, few walls are filled with as many compelling stories as this 1st century amphitheater. This world-renowned landmark was, after all, the ultimate entertainment locale of the Ancient times, where both the affluent elite and the unwashed masses gathered for food and a show.
Of course, we’ll cover the gruesome battles of the gladiators and their elaborate animal hunts, but we’ll also give you the scoop on its quick construction, its innovative use of underground pulleys, and its advanced sewer systems. It’s undeniable that, 2000 years ago, the Romans’ approach to entertainment, engineering, and architecture were truly revolutionary and, thanks to its remarkable durability, the Colosseum continues to holds all of these features on display today.
Millenia of history nestled between two of Rome's famous hills
History buffs at heart, we specialize in rich, cultural experiences amongst the architectural fragments and resilient superstructures of Ancient Rome. With our guides, you’ll not only learn about what remains, but also revel in a time that once was, and there is no better place to do this than the Roman Forum – the absolute center and starting point of the Roman Empire. With a past dating back to 753 BC, an endless amount of historical events are left to be recounted.
Witness what remains standing throughout the evolution of one of the most innovative, powerful, and significant civilizations that ever existed. Observe the altar where the Sacred Fire of Vesta was once kept aflame by the six Vestal Virgins. Drop a flower on Julius Caesars’ cremation site. Analyze the impressively detailed carvings on the Triumphal Arches of Titus and Septimius Severus. Explore the Palatine Hill, where almost every Roman emperor dwelled in his very own personal palace. Reliving the stories amongst the remains leaves no wonder as to why Rome has been crowned “The Eternal City”.
What you'll experience
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.