Start your day, and your appointment with the Colosseum, right with a buffet breakfast at a premier Rome hotel whose terrace is acclaimed throughout the city as having one of the best views of the Forum. Watch as its columns and capitals bask in the morning light, while choosing from a selection of bacon, sausages, made to order eggs, fruit, jam, pastries, yogurt, coffee and juice with dedicated service. When the weather is good, you will even be able to enjoy the morning feast in the even more spectacular setting of the hotels uncovered terrace reserved for your group alone. After breakfast enjoy a relaxing stroll taking in the Forum from the street with your guides commentary before reaching the Colosseums recently opened Gladiators Entrance.
Take in the glory and majesty of Rome at the height of its power as you walk on the very same stones as those who came to fight here in gladiatorial combat, treading in their footsteps out onto a partial reconstruction of the arena floor, looking up at the tiered ruins that were once filled with some 50,000-80,000 bloodthirsty spectators.
You are sure to hear their echoes as your eyes are drawn upward, your body turns and your mind is boggled by the elegance and engineering prowess of what was once the largest structure of its kind in the world, all from this unique 360 view, as a local expert guide reminds you of its dramatic purpose in a narrative that goes beyond anything Hollywood could dream up.
Home to the gladiatorial games, exotic staged hunts, theatrical executions and even mock sea-battles, this 1.5-hour Colosseum tour explores the Arena Floor with its awe-inspiring perspective, up-close views of the underground area where the spectacle was brought to life, and the panorama from where the Emperors box once stood, all special access areas that standard ticket holders dont get to see.
In addition, you will follow your guide up to the second level to see what the crowds saw, tracing the Colosseums circumference in an effort to understand what it must have been like when the stands were packed, the crowds were roaring and a gladiators destiny hung on their whims.
No other itinerary allows you to see the Colosseum from the two most impressive above and below viewpoints in such a compact time frame. After the tour you will also have the option of following your guide for Skip the Line access to the Roman Forum. Here you will be taken to the best vantage point for a short introduction into its history and most famous monuments before visiting them on your own, enriched by your guides expert knowledge. You will also be able to hike to the top of the Palatine Hill for an exceptional birds-eye perspective over the Forum and Circus Maximus.