Rome in a Day Tour with Sistine Chapel and Colosseum. History at finger tips.
Tour of Rome in one day with Vatican and Colosseum: beauty and history
Dive into the stadium atmosphere for the fightings in the arena, walk through the first two levels of the Colosseum. Discover on our private guide how it was built in less than 10 years, who wanted it and how the imperial propaganda used the gladiator games to pilot the consent. Come find out who the gladiators were, where they came from and how they fought.
Venture into the valley of the Roman Forum, the vital center of Ancient Rome for over a millennium. Discover well-preserved monuments: the Senate and politics, the temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the religious rituals, the temple of the Vestal Virgins and their life, the Via Sacra with furrows in the stone of ancient chariots.
Recharge your battery with a good traditional cuisine lunch in a restaurant suggested by our guide before you resume your Rome in a day tour.
Through the vast art collections of the Vatican Museums appreciate a well-studied selection of masterpieces and significant works. From the Belvedere Courtyard to the Gallery of the Maps absorb the ideas and passions of the time, and continue aware to the Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel enjoying the frescoes on the vault and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo.
Reach St. Peter’s Basilica without lines to admire the Pietà by Michelangelo and other unmissable artworks.
Finally discover modern Rome with the splendor of Piazza Navona and its four rivers' fountain, the secrets of the Trevi Fountain and the perfection of the Pantheon.
7 hours + 1 hr lunch break
- Licensed guide with degree in archaeology or history and narrative talent
- Skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
- Best Sistine Chapel Experience
- Private Colosseum Experience inside plus Ancient Rome walking tour
- Guided interaction with crucial subjects of your day tour
Main sites Explored in the Tour
- Tour the Colosseum inside
- Stroll into the valley of the Roman Forum
- The Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter's Basilica including Michelangelo's Pieta
- Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain tour
Opening hours and tickets
The Colosseum is open from ....
Famous people's stories
The powerful controversial popes of the time, including pope Barberini VIII and Inncente X
Bernini, the great genius of the Baroque, and his antagonist Borromini
Learning and Experiencing Goals
- extraordinary photos taken from the most scenic and less beaten places
- meaning of the sites visited for our ancestors, in their histostorical context
- to absorb their experiencen: a juge enrichment
- 360-degree experiences of the heart and mind
- guided interaction with the most relevant sites and artworks
It’s a winning challenge discover Rome in one day with our tour perfected to see the utmost in shortest time possible, thanks also to skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum pre-purchased by us. In addition, the investigative approach to discovery, the captivating presentations of our guide, exciting details designed to enhance the progressive discovery of the sites, will make a difference.
Walk with our professional guide through the first two levels of the Colosseum to relive the highlights of a day around the arena, the most exciting spectacle of the Ancient Rome and the whole Empire - although almost all the cities of the Empire had a building similar to the Colosseum for the gladiator games, Rome's shows were the most subsidized and coveted.
They started with the hunting of fairs throughout the morning, followed, under the sun at noon peak, by the executions dramatised with the executed put to death staging the most atrocious moments of some Greek myths - for example the death of Icarus, while flies until, too close to the sun, its wings fall apart with the wax used as glue melting. In the afternoon the tension in the arena grew with the gladiator combats, in pairs or in groups, with a complexity of weapons, combat styles, scenography and technical skill of the gladiators, leding the crowd to roar like in our stadiums.
You will then discover who the gladiators were, where they came from, their social status (free men or slaves?), the incredible popularity of the combats, the enormous expenses supported by the emperors - transfering from the distant provinces to Rome and keep thousands of wild animals a well as the training and allocation in Rome of the gladiators - to win the favor of the people, taking their attention away from the problems of Imperial Rome in the collective delirium of blood and screams around the arena.
Tour the Roman Forum, one of the best archaeological areas in the world, walking to many temples in excellent condition. You will be in front of the temple of Antoninus and Faustina with the mystery of a church embedded in its structure. Reach the Senate where the speeches of Cicero, Caesar, Octavian echo. Enter the garden attached to the house and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins and find the life flow channeled in the past in the Via Sacra, today busy by tourists but beaten in Ancient Rome by so many Romans - in transit to religious, political and legal buildings located in the Forum - to require a law regulating the circulation of chariots and pedestrians.
Then enjoy a lunch of traditional Italian cuisine in a good restaurant - our guide will have suggestions for you.
Be spellbound by the innovations of the Renaissance (about 500 years ago), first of all from the revolutions of the printing and the modern science - in whose wake we still live today -, giving meaning to the artworks of the Gallery of Maps, the Tapestry Gallery (finely woven at the time in the Netherlands), only some of the historical collections of the Vatican Museums. you will analise and love on our Vatican tour.
Obviously our guide will propose a well-studied selection of artworks for the most significant collections, historically contextualized in a stimulating progression, recreating the past by accumulation of clues, details and personal stories of popes, princes and artists.
Appreciate Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoon, classical masterpieces unearthed in the Renaissance and loved by Michelangelo and pope Jiulius II, who immediately bought it for his already extensive art collection.
Then fully understanding the exuberant frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel set againt the dramatic style of the Last Judgement, painted by Michelangelo only 20 years later.
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