By choosing the three most iconic areas in Rome and carefully selecting the best from the three, we have created a package that will leave you with the knowledge, experiences and memories of a visitor that has had three or four days in our incredible city.
You will meet your guide at our reception office located 2 minutes from The Colosseum Via Frangipane 30. From there we will take the short walk to go directly into The Colosseum. Here you will learn of its construction 2000 years ago and see for yourself that it has stood the test of time actually very well. Of course you will also hear of the blood thirsty acts that occurred within, some by trained athletes, Rome’s famous gladiators and some by less fortunate victims of the Roman quest for bloody entertainment. There was a lot more to it though. Hear about mock naval battles that occurred in the amphitheatres early days. Consider that in just one event, the inaugural games, 9000 animals would perish. We will then move into The Forum where day to day political life was interspersed with religion and trading. In the early days of the Roman Empire and even prior to the construction of the Colosseum, all major decisions were to be made in this area as Rome had a fairly active democracy of sorts. As you will know, although the Emperor had a huge amount of power, they also had to always be aware that death would remove that. It was important to not only keep the public happy but also The Senate. You will walk today in the footsteps of all the great and not so great Roman Emperors. The cobbled roads of the Forum is exactly as it was back then.
Moving on and into the nearby Baroque Rome area you will enjoy seeing more Rome icons! Spanish Steps, a favourite meeting place of Italians for many generations. The Trevi Fountain, probably the most beautiful fountain in the world. The Pantheon, at over 2000 years old, what was originally a pagan temple is now a wonderfully preserved church with a unique dome with a hole in it. Also the Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini in the centre of Piazza Navona. Bernini was the Master of Baroque and while in this central Area of Rome almost everywhere you will see his influence. As well as being the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo he was an amazing architect.
After a quick lunch break we will visit The Vatican. Having direct access tickets, we will negotiate past any lines and enter very quickly.. As we pass through the highlights of the world’s smallest country, with an area of one quarter of a square mile, we will take in the Gallery of tapestries, where your perception of dimensions will be challenged. Gallery of the Maps, where your country may not exist, and past countless works of Renaissance Masters. Raphael’s Rooms will open up to us and you will view The School of Athens arguably his greatest work. A study of philosophy that features all the greats from Greek philosophy from ancient times. The last stop inside The Vatican will be The Sistine Chapel where you will have time to contemplate silently Michelangelo’s incredible ceiling frescos. From here we will have access to a privileged passage which will allow us directly to enter St Peter’s Basilica without standing in line. Entering, one of the first things you will be seeing is again Michelangelo at his best. The Pieta, a stunningly poignant and sad interpretation of the Virgin Mary holding her deceased child Jesus. In this sculpture in marble, Jesus is created as the size of a child. This was carved when the artist was a mere 23 years of age. A sign of the genius he was later to become. The sheer size of the Basilica can take your breath away, however. the whole structure has been created with beauty and serenity in mind. There are many different chapels inside and there is always a mass being celebrated in one of them. Bernini was a major contributor to the interior ( he also created St Peter’s Square) as he was to design and build the four ornate pillars below the cupola. He also created the breath-taking Cathedra Petri. We will end your day in St Peter’s Square, an immense open space which can hold over one hundred thousand people and regularly does. Surrounded by Bernini’s Colonnades it is the final masterpiece of your tour.
You will now have had a pocket sized version of the best of Rome. Your head will be full of incredible images. Two thousand years of history. Empires and Emperors, papacy and Papal Wars. Art and the artists. You now know it all. Of course you don’t, there is so much more of our amazing city we wish to show you. This is just a small taster. When you come back, which you will, we will show you the rest.
- Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
- Entrance fees not mentioned as included and transfer between the Baroque Rome and the Vatican portion of your tour will be paid on site.
- 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.