Your rendezvous with your private guide will be at our office just 2 mins from the entry of the Colosseum. From there we will take the short walk to the Gladiator’s Gate and, after a brief security check, we will head towards the Arena Floor, that nowadays is one of the restricted areas of the Colosseum. Your friendly guide will give you all the background knowledge of the structure and the incredible events that would unfold during the games provided for the Roman public, sometimes in celebration of wartime victories and sometimes also to placate the masses.
Of course you will already probably be aware that all the participants to the events were not volunteers or trained gladiators. Unfortunately 2000 years ago the easiest way to keep a crowd happy was to shed blood and usually it was human. The value of life was very cheap.
The construction of the Colosseum should not be undervalued. Though it does not retain all its original elegance, it is still incredible that so much of it still remains. Rome has suffered untold numbers of earthquakes even up to modern days and the Colosseum has defied them all.
As we leave the Colosseum to continue your combination tour at The Vatican, we will take a short taxi ride (payable on site) and on this 10 – 15 min drive we will pass many interesting places so please again feel free to question your guide.
Arriving at The Vatican we will again have direct access tickets and after passing the security check we will be quickly inside. There is so much to see that of course we have chosen the highlights for you. If there is a particular piece of art or a feature of the Vatican you wish to see please let your guide know before you enter. If we can make it possible we will.
The main treasure you will see will be the magnificent Sistine Chapel with its wonderful frescoes by Michelangelo. The story told in this masterpiece will be explained by your guide and when you are inside you will have some time in silence to fully appreciate its beauty and meaning.
As we leave The Sistine Chapel, we are able to use a special exit that will bring us directly to St Peter’s Basilica. It is hard to put into words the importance of this monument to Christianity and the first Pope, St Peter. Its size alone is quite astronomical as indeed its footprint could enclose six football pitches and still have some room for the fans. Once you have got over the shock of the size then you can take in the magnificence of its interior. As you enter and move off to your right you will encounter one of Michelangelo’s most incredibly poignant sculptures, the Pieta. A depiction of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary. The artist decided to show the dying adult Jesus in the size of a child. This work was done when the artist was only 23 and still considered a boy himself. It is one of the few pieces that Michelangelo actually signed and legend would say that it is because local dignitaries disbelieved it was by someone so young. When you witness it I am sure you will also share their disbelief.
When you leave the Basilica you will enter into St Peter’s Square, an incredible open space that is surrounded by Bernini’s Colonnades, topped of by a selection of early saints.
Architects involved in the 120 year construction were to include:
- Gian Lorenzo Bernini
- Donato Bramante
and many more.
All told the combination tour of the Colosseum and Vatican is an incredible way to use half a day in Rome. It will give you a background on how the Empire and Church have shaped this remarkable city over two millennia. If it is your first visit you will soon realise why people keep returning to see more.
It is often said that, if you have a month long vacation in Rome, then you might start to make inroads into seeing everything. Of course that is a sweeping statement and, as regular visitors will tell you, a month would not even finish the tip of the iceberg. No city in the world can offer a richer and better preserved heritage. No other democracy today is unaffected by the democracies that descended from the Roman Empire. From the early days of Rome to the modern Roman society, one thing stands out and that is “style” be it in buildings, art or fashion. Style dominates the skyline in Rome, it always has and seemingly always will.
As you stand on Fori Imperiali and look down 300 metres the view is dominated by The Roman Colosseum in all its splendour. The other great icons can be seen from almost any slightly elevated and unobscured place in Rome, the mighty St Peter’s Basilica and The Vatican.
For a visitor to Rome it is essential to get to the heart of these two icons. By delving into the histories of both, you will come to understand what is the basis of Rome and also all Italian culture. The Colosseum and The Vatican are two of the worlds most visited historical entities and, therefore, that in itself can create a difficulty for the visitor as you will see long lines of people waiting to have access. In this combination tour we have privileged access to both so you will not be delayed entering.
Please also feel free to discuss and ask questions of your guide as they are totally at your pleasure.
- Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
- The time may be changed according to tickets availability. If necessary we will contact you with confirmation.
- When accessing the monument, Colosseum visitors will be asked to pass security checks, even when entering with pre-booked tickets or vouchers. Please make sure you DO NOT have pointed large umbrellas and knives of any sizes with you. Liquids are allowed but only if in plastic bottles. Remember that you can refill your containers in the fountains inside the Colosseum. Back packs are allowed inside the Colosseum if very small in size; shoulder bags or handbags are permitted if regular size.
- In case the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.