Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

Price from: 34 $
Duration: 3 hours
Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and Rome’s ‘centro storico’ (historical center) on this must-do Ancient Rome tour! The 3-hour Rome walking tour offers the perfect introduction to the city’s tumultuous history. Hear tales of gruesome gladiator combat while exploring the Colosseum’s second and third tiers; learn about monuments like the Regia inside the Roman Forum; and enjoy photo stops at Rome’s big-name attractions such as Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and more! Choose between a standard tour (maximum 25 people) or a small-group tour (maximum 12 people) for a more personalized experience.

Entrance fees to the Colosseum and Roman Forum are not included on this tour; simply pay on the day.

Your Rome half-day tour starts near the Colosseum. After paying your entrance fee to the iconic attraction, head inside to explore the second and third tiers of the Roman amphitheater with your guide. Hear how seating was allocated to social status, with the Emperors and senators enjoying the best seats in the house, and plebeians toward the top. The stadium’s gladiatorial contests were its main attraction, and you’ll hear tales of the gory games where trained gladiators would fight each other for the amusement of the crowds.

After your Colosseum tour, set off to explore the surrounding area, discovering places that once represented the financial, commercial and political center of Ancient Rome. The main relics and ruins are clustered throughout the Roman Forum, so head inside to wander seeing history set in the site’s stones. Entrance fees are at your own expense.

Hear fascinating tales about the power and treachery associated with the Emperors of Ancient Rome while seeing the ruins of once-important monuments like the Temple of Caesar. Stop for photos by the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus, and gaze in wonder at the colonnaded Regia - once the home of the Kings of Rome. Other highlights include the Gemonian stairs and Temple of Vespasian and Titus.

Leave the Roman Forum and walk to Capitoline Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Stroll around Piazza del Campidoglio, a square designed by Renaissance artist Michelangelo, and gaze down at the sights of Ancient Rome.

Continue into Rome’s centro storico, to see all the sights around its historical center. Throw a coin in the impressive Trevi Fountain for luck, and then pose for photos in front of Rome Pantheon - one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the city. Stroll around Piazza Navona, a lively central square, and learn about Bernini, a much-celebrated Baroque sculptor who designed three of the square’s fountains. Your Ancient Rome half-day walking tour then finishes in the center of town.

Please note: Rome's Trevi Fountain is currently under restoration until late 2015. A walkway above the central portion of the fountain will allow you to catch a glimpse of the ongoing work. Water will be drained during the process, but you'll still be able to cast your coins into the fountain for luck.

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Piazza Navona - Gorgeous, especially without the crowds
gavinRome , rome, 2015-04-16
I think this is my favourite square in Rome and has got to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Of course it's not really a "square" at all, being far longer than wide but the renaissance and... read full review
Piazza Navona - Prettiest square in Rome
r1chard311 , Orpington, United Kingdom, 2015-04-16
2 stunning fountains a really beautiful church and a wonderful atmosphere makes this a great place to stop for a coffee, people watch or just admire the beauty of this elegant square. The only... read full review
Piazza Navona - Beautiful fountain
Master B , Australia, 2015-04-16
There are a whole lot of crowd accumulating over here at any point of time. Its crowded and at the same time lively and one of the best places to hangout while in Rome. Not only the surrounding areas... read full review
The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) - Magical
Robbiej4syth , 2015-04-18
We went to the Roman Forum in April and had a magical experience. You can walk around it in about and hour. I would recommend a tour for this or staying around to absorb the environment afterwards... read full review
The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) - Really wonderful
Danielle S , Los Angeles, California, 2015-04-18
The Roman Forum was the first part of my Colosseum tour. I think we spent about an hour and 1/2 here and I could have spent a couple of more days. It was fascinating, and gorgeous, and it didn't... read full review
The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) - Amazing and relaxing
Dunks961 , 2015-04-17
Visited the Forum alongside Palatine Hill - found both very relaxing and interesting to walk around. Would definitely go again near the end of a holiday to relax. read full review
The Pantheon - Amazing
Amber E , Crewe, United Kingdom, 2015-04-15
We stayed in Rome for three nights and visited the pantheon twice, once in the day and once at night. Free of charge and definitely worth the visit read full review
The Pantheon - Miss this at your peril
Tracee1 , Guildford, 2015-04-15
Best preserved monument in Rome, totally incredible, do not leave Rome without visiting this site and the best bit is that it's free!!!!! read full review
The Pantheon - Of all the places, this was the most awe inspiring.
Drsean124 , Castle Rock, Colorado, 2015-04-15
I have been all over the place, and the Pantheon is one of the best. Right out of the National Geographic magazines we had as kids. The enormity of that place is beyond words and much better than I... read full review
The Colosseum (Coliseum) - Buy the skip the line ticket!
bballwey , Temecula, California, 2015-04-17
The skip the line ticket was well worth the extra price. The hop on hop off bus stopped right in front on the Colosseum. This was an amazing site and so scared unfortunately I couldn't believe the... read full review
The Colosseum (Coliseum) - Colosseum tour
A S , Leicestershire, United Kingdom, 2015-04-17
I wont suggest to take the guided tour and queues are not as long as Vatican so don't pay more! unless you really want to know the history. it takes around 2 hours. main attraction in Rome are... read full review
The Colosseum (Coliseum) - Wow!!
clairemsmith , Mansfield, United Kingdom, 2015-04-17
This was everything I had imagined it would be - and more. We bought our tickets online before we left the UK and this meant we could "skip-the-line". So basically we went straight through to the... read full review
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) - Scaffolding!
claire f , 2015-04-16
Unfortunately the fountain was being renovated or restored and that detracted greatly from the beauty that it truly is. But saying that, what an imposing piece of art! It's huge and I'm sure well... read full review
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) - A wonderful spot
Simon Z , 2015-04-16
The Trevi fountain is a must see,however I didn't get the chance to enjoy all its bells & whistles because it was being renovated .big bummer,perhaps another reason to go back to Italy, read full review
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) - Undergoing restoration but still worth a visit
homerhotspur , Worcestershire, 2015-04-16
At present the fountain is being restored and workmen are busy but you can still see the major statues and imagine what it will look like when restored to its full glory. Worth a visit as part of a... read full review
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