Private Walking Tours of Ancient Rome, including the Coliseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill


Private & Semi-Private Walking Tours of Ancient Rome
The Coliseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill




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Private Tours including Underground Coliseum
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Private Three-Hour Walking Tour of the Coliseum, Forum & Ancient Rome

This three-hour walking tour offers a chronological start to your stay in Rome, by introducing you to its oldest sites. You'll stroll through the Roman Forum, center of political and social activity under the emperors. The Forum was the marketplace of Rome and also its business district and civic center. It was expanded to include temples, a senate house and law courts. When the Roman Empire fell, the Forum became forgotten and was used as a cattle pasture during the Middle Ages. It was not uncovered again until the early 20th century, and you'll find out why.

At the far end of the Forum stands Rome's most famous monument, the Coliseum. You will skip the ticket lines and enter the amphitheater, which Emperor Vespasian began around 70 AD in a low-lying area surrounded by the hills where Rome's patricians had their lavish villas. Previously, all amphitheaters had been constructed of wood. These structures were vulnerable to fire and occasionally collapsed under the weight of the spectators. Thus the Roman Coliseum was both a technical innovation and an enormous gift to the public. Vespasian's son, Emperor Titus, oversaw the final construction of the Coliseum and, in 80 AD, celebrated its opening with 100 days of games. Ancient historians estimate that as many as 9,000 animals were killed in those games; thousands of gladiators also fought to entertain the masses. From his private "box seat" the emperor decided the fate of those gladiators defeated in battle. You may sit in that very area as your guide explains what went on for centuries in this, probably the most famous stage ever built in the world.

This tour is available on request every day except December 25 and lasts three hours.

The price of the tour includes entrance tickets to the Coliseum and personal tour guide.  Children under 6 years old pay nothing. If your group numbers more than 9, you will hear the guide better if you purchase audio headsets at the door for 2 Euro/person. There are subway and bus stops in front of the meeting point, but if you prefer, you may be picked up at your hotel (please add the extra charges that appear in the price chart below). The tour is available in English or Spanish.  Want to add the Underground Coliseum? Details are here.

2016 Prices for the Three-Hour Tour
1 person 277.00 Euro/group
2 people 296.00 Euro/group
3 people 316.00 Euro/group
4 people 356.00 Euro/group
5 people 376.00 Euro/group
6 people 416.00 Euro/group
7 people 435.00 Euro/group
   
2016 Prices for the Three-Hour Tour
including One-Way 
Transportation From your Hotel
1 person 328.00 Euro/group
2 people 348.00 Euro/group
3 people 367.00 Euro/group
4 people 418.00 Euro/group
5 people 437.00 Euro/group
6 people 488.00 Euro/group
7 people 507.00 Euro/group



Underground Coliseum The Coliseum's "backstage" was actually underground. Here were stored the colorful fake jungles, rugged mock mountains, elaborate costumes and terrifying weaponry used above ground. This was the "Green Room" where brave men prepared to defy death before a crowd of thousands, and here were kept the beasts who would strive to kill them. Really, a visit to the Coliseum is incomplete if you don't also visit this section, newly excavated and just recently opened to the public. Add this to the above-described tour for a four-hour walking tour. The price includes entrance tickets to the Coliseum and personal tour guide.  Children under 6 years old pay nothing. If your group numbers more than 9, you will hear the guide better if you purchase audio headsets at the door for 2 Euro/person. There are subway and bus stops in front of the meeting point, but if you prefer, you may be picked up at your hotel (please add the extra charges that appear in the price chart below).

This tour is available on request every day except December 25 and lasts three hours.

2016 Prices for the Four-Hour Tour
including Underground
1 person 332.00 Euro/group
2 people 366.00 Euro/group
3 people 400.00 Euro/group
4 people 455.00 Euro/group
5 people 489.00 Euro/group
6 people 543.00 Euro/group
7 people 577.00 Euro/group
   
2016 Prices for the Four-Hour Tour
including Underground
and One-Way Transportation
1 person 384.00 Euro/group
2 people 418.00 Euro/group
3 people 452.00 Euro/group
4 people 516.00 Euro/group
5 people 550.00 Euro/group
6 people 615.00 Euro/group
7 people 649.00 Euro/group




Semi-Private Three-Hour Walking Tour of the Coliseum, Forum & Ancient Rome

The semi-private three-hour walking tour of the Coliseum, Forum & Ancient Rome is a more economical alternative for small groups of one to three people. Tour groups number no more than 12 people, and tours are guaranteed with a minimum of two people.  The semi-private tour starts at 9:30 a.m. near the Coliseum. Children 6-18 pay 80 Euro/each. Children under 6 are not admitted.  We suggest families with children booked our private Coliseum, Forum & Ancient Rome Tour where the guide can gear the tour towards the children's interests.

The price of the tour includes entrance tickets to the Coliseum and personal tour guide.

2016 Prices
1 person 90.00 Euro
2 people 180.00 Euro
3 people 270.00 Euro
For four people or more the price is the same as for a private tour.
Please click here for details about the private tour.