Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon
Our tour begins at the Colosseum. We take advantage of the early morning shade provided by the Colosseum, as there will be none later on in the day, so this is the best time to visit!
We also start early so that we are among the first to enter the Colosseum. This saves you a lot of time, as you will see when you exit the Colosseum, as we only have to go through a quick security check and we are in. We have your tickets pre-booked, so no ticket lines for us! When you exit the Colosseum, you will see the hundreds of people standing in line, and you will be glad of the early start!
In the Colosseum, your guide will take you to the upper tier, from where you can look down at the arena where gladiators and animals fought to the death for the entertainment of bloodthirsty Romans citizens and their megalomaniacal emperors! Your guide will tell you fascinating stories about these events, and dispel some popular mistruths along the way!
From there we take you to the centre of Roman life in Ancient times – the Roman Forum! Here politics, business, state funerals and military parades all took centre stage, and today you can still see the wall on which famous orators such as Cicero and Marc Antony made their greatest speeches to the Roman public. Friends, Romans, Countrymen – lend me your ears!
Your guide will show you to the site of Caesar’s funeral, which is still honoured every year on his anniversary (the Ides of March) by proud Romans, who leave flowers at the spot believed to be where his pyre was burned.
With the aid of overlays, your guide will help you to see the ruins as they would have appeared 2000 years ago.
After explaining the ruins of the temples, triumphal arches and other monuments that are still visible today in the Roman Forum, you can exit with your guide or choose to remain to look around further by yourself in the forum and also the nearby Palatine Hill.
The Pantheon is another wonderful example of how the Romans liked to recycle ancient buildings, to ensure no structure would be left to waste and ruin! Originally a pagan temple, built 1900 years ago, it survived in its original state throughout several earthquakes and fires in Rome during the Middle Ages, and today is a venerated Catholic Church. This mystical building hides some architectural marvels which your guide will explain to you.
On our Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon Tour, see the best of Ancient Rome in groups of only 13 or less. We start our tour early, before the crowds arrive, so that we are among the first into the magnificent Colosseum, and can enjoy it at the best time of the day!