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Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

1. Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

Explore the beautifully preserved archaeological remains of Ostia Antica, founded in the 4th century BC, and once home to more than 100,000 Roman citizens. Traveling by train from central Rome, your guide will accompany you to the ruins, and give a comprehensive account of Ostia’s rise and fall. Along the way, marvel at well preserved remains of taverns, thermal baths, warehouses and theaters. Walk the main Decumanus Maximus thoroughfare as your guide brings the stones to life. Admire Roman statues that line the walkways, and feel as though you are walking in Ancient Rome itself. Go to the Baths of Neptune, crowned by an impressively intact mosaic of the sea god being drawn by a 4-horse chariot. Imagine the roar of the crowds at the amphitheater, and take your place in the stands just as 3,500 spectators would have done back in 12 BC when it was first built. Visit the communal Forica (public washrooms), where a marble bench is lined with 20 well-spaced holes along 4 walls of a large open room. Take a seat to experience one of the more natural and human aspects of Ancient Rome! At the end of your tour, you have the option to remain at Ostia Antica and the modern city of Ostia, or go to a nearby beach. Those who prefer can join the guide on the train back to Rome for the end of the tour services.

San Gimignano & Siena: Small Group Wine Tour from Rome

2. San Gimignano & Siena: Small Group Wine Tour from Rome

Travel through Italy on a full-day journey from Rome, through the hills of Chianti, to the cities of San Gimignano and Siena. Arriving in San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore its charming medieval streets and sample the world-famous Vernaccia white wine. Stop for a wine tasting and sample local products in a beautiful wine cellar: 10 different types of wine and oil. Then visit the estate and learn about the processing of the grapes before having lunch at a restauarant.  Finally, make your way to Siena for a lovely wander around the historic center of the city, a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along Piazza del Campo, the public square that's also home to the Palio di Siena horse race. Visit the Mangia Tower, and admire the Duomo's Romanesque-Gothic facade, before beginning the trip back to Rome through the Tuscan countryside.

Ponza Island Day Trip from Rome with Boat Excursion

3. Ponza Island Day Trip from Rome with Boat Excursion

Escape the heat of central Rome, and discover the crystal clear waters, breathtaking views, and relaxing ambience of Ponza, a tiny Mediterranean island paradise just a few hours from the city. Your day starts early, but you'll soon be rewarded for your efforts. After checking in at a central office near the Colosseum, board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for a quick transfer to the departure port. Here, catch the fast ferry direct to Ponza Island (not included). Upon arrival, board the boat you'll call home for the day. You'll be greeted aboard by the captain. Then, set of on an itinerary defined by the day’s wind and sea conditions. Whatever the route, you’ll enjoy stops at some of the island's most beautiful grottoes and swimming spots. Famous for its crystal clear waters and stunning cliffs, Ponza is also full of legends that your captain will tell you about as you sail. Visit the grotto of Circe, sorceress of Homer's “The Odyssey,” who turned Odysseus' men into animals. Learn the heartbreaking true story of Lucia Rosa, whose name now lives on in one of Ponza's most beautiful swimming areas. When it's time for lunch, the crew will serve a simple but tasty "mariner's style" pasta lunch, prepared in the boat's kitchen. Lunch will be served on deck, with wine and beverages. After, grab your beach towel and laze on deck as you enjoy the sea breeze. There is plenty to do on board and in the water. Your tour leader will be on hand to cater to your needs. At the end of the day, trade in your sea legs, and enjoy some free time to shop on Ponza Island. Explore the typical alleys around the port area, or grab a glass of wine before your ferry departure back to the mainland at 17:00 (not included). Here, a vehicle will be waiting to whisk you back to Rome.

2 in 1 Entire Vatican Tour & Fast Track Colosseum Ticket

4. 2 in 1 Entire Vatican Tour & Fast Track Colosseum Ticket

Experience some of the most iconic monuments of Rome and the Vatican City on a small group semi-guided tour. Check-in at the Vatican and collect your 2-in-1 tickets, along with information on how to get to the Colosseum. Then, start with a guided tour of Vatican City. Marvel at masterpieces from the papal collections in the vast galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's glorious frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. At the end of your guided Vatican tour, head over to the magnificent Colosseum amphitheater and ancient Roman archaeological areas, exploring them at your leisure with fast-track entry.

Colosseum and Archaeological Park of Rome Tour

5. Colosseum and Archaeological Park of Rome Tour

Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is one of the most famous monuments in the world. Opened to the public with a solemn inauguration that lasted 100 days, it was used for gladiatorial fights (murena), wild animal hunts (venationes) and, with the arena filled with water, simulated sea battles (naumachiae). Built where there had been an artificial lake of the Nerone’s Domus Aurea, it had a capacity for approximately 73,000 people with a large awning (velarium) which protected the spectators from the sun and the rain.  It’s 2,000 years old, but the Colosseum remains a symbol of the Eternal City. The Palatine, with the development of Rome and the continued embellishment of the Forum, due to its close proximity to the seat of power, became a fashionable place to live and the most exclusive neighborhood where  emperors and patrician families built opulent palaces. The Roman Forum was for centuries the center of Roman public and  economic life, where the most important structures of the ancient city were located.

Colosseum and Roman Forum: 3-Hour Skip-the-Line Tour

6. Colosseum and Roman Forum: 3-Hour Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the most important sites of ancient Rome on this 3-hour guided tour. Skip the lines waiting to enter the Colosseum with your priority access ticket, and enjoy a tour of the amphitheater and the Roman Forum with your knowledgeable guide. The construction of the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, began in 72 A.D. and was designed to change the relationship between those in power and the Roman people. Learn about the incredible engineering techniques that allowed ancient Romans to complete this massive structure. Entertainment and other distractions were offered to the populace for free. The events included gladiator fights and hunting simulations involving ferocious and exotic animals. The capacity of the Colosseum is estimated at around 70,000. The amphitheater was often filled to capacity for shows that became occasions to impress and control the people through an astonishing display of special effects. Continue on to the archeological site of the Roman Forum and learn more about life of the citizens of Rome during that time.

Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

7. Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

Skip the long lines to some of the most important monuments of Ancient Rome on a 3-hour guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Meet your guide outside the Colosseum to enter the most important arena of the Roman Republic. Your live guide will make you feel like an authentic Roman emperor as they bring the monument to life. Learn about the gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, and re-enactments of famous battles. Then, walk around the city of Rome as it was many centuries ago. See the ruined temples and markets of the Roman Forum, and learn how this was the center of all political and social life in the days of the Roman Empire. Continue to Palatine Hill, the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome. See the ruins of the Domus Augustana and get a panoramic view of the Circus Maximus. According to Roman mythology, Palatine Hill was the location of the cave where the founder of Rome, Romulus, and his brother Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa.

Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

8. Colosseum and Palatine Hill Skip-the-Line Tour

Learn the story of the Roman Republic and its most important monuments on a half-day tour of Ancient Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman (Imperial) Forum. Meet your guide at the local tour partner's office and enjoy panoramic views of the best preserved part of the Colosseum. Get a detailed description of the Colosseum from the outside, before skipping the long lines to step inside. Once inside, learn about the spectacular entertainments put on during the Roman Republic. Discover the construction techniques invented by the Romans. Hear about the great feats of the gladiators and their battles with wild animals. Marvel at the technological advancements of the Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Learn about the trapdoors and all the mechanisms used to animate the games. Your guide will entertain you with tales of sea-battles and tell you about the cages where the lions were kept. Imagine the roar of the crowd as their blood-lust was met. Continue to the 2nd tiers for the best views of the Colosseum, inside and out. Next, go to Palatine Hill to see where the elite emperors took residence. Admire the views of the Circus Maximus on one side and the Roman Forum on the other. See the ruins of the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated. Look at the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius and much more.

From Rome: Discover Lake Nemi and More

9. From Rome: Discover Lake Nemi and More

Escape from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Rome to enjoy the beauty of nature at the volcanic Lazio Lake, Lake Nemi. See the lake and the city of the same name, located 30 km south of Rome, which is famous for its sunken Roman ships. Be picked up from a hotel or hostel and drive towards Nemi in a private air-conditioned car. Arrive at Lake Nemi and enjoy the calm atmosphere and the smell of fig trees and forests throughout the area surrounding the lake. Follow the tour guide to the most amazing places in the beautiful little town next to this magical lake, and take wonderful and rare pictures of the beautiful town, before moving on to explore the mountain hills and see the panoramic view of some of the most beautiful nature in Italy. See a completely different side of Italy, and be captivated by interesting stories and legends about each place, told by the knowledgeable tour guide. Return to the hotel or hostel following this soothing and beautiful experience with nature.

Rome: Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Private Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Private Tour

Travel back to the days of the Roman Republic on a 3-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome, and see the ruins of the Empire’s greatest monuments, including the Colosseum and Imperial Forum, with your own private guide. You will enjoy skip-the-line access to all sites with pre-booked reserved tickets, and tours can be tailored to visit any of the general access areas within the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Enter the Colosseum to experience first-hand the world’s most famous stadium. Imagine the scenes of ferocious battles between gladiators and exotic animals in centuries gone by. Your guide will paint a vivid portrait that brings it all to life. Next, go to Ancient Rome’s political and commercial center at the Roman Forum, and see the temple of the altar of Julius Caesar. Stroll along the original paths of the Forum to admire the astonishing remains of the Via Sacra (“Sacred Way”). End by climbing Palatine Hill, where the Roman emperors constructed their palaces. It is also here that Rome was founded, after Romulus killed his brother Remus following a quarrel. Wander through the Roman Empire’s majestic villas and gardens and experience up close where the emperors lived, ruled, and became immortal.

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What people are saying about Rome

A very excellent wand fast-moving guide through the Coliseum and the Palatine Hill excavations. Guide was great. Cant be more positive.

Andrea was an excellent guide!! He really love and know a lot about Rome history. A great tour and very interesting!!!

Barbera was great. Very knowledgeable, detailed and had a great pace. I would highly recommend to book.

Really nice tour, our guide was very well informed and we didn’t feel when the 3 hours have passed!

A brilliant tour by Barbara. Had us engrossed with facts, trivia and humour.