Short on time but still want to capture the true essence of the Eternal City? Well, you've chosen the right tour! Your tour begins at the magnificent structure that has become synonymous with Ancient Rome, the Colosseum. Skip the long ticket lines and gain access with your professional English guide regaling you with tales of the glory days of room as well as pointing out architectural facts and tidbits about how the Colosseum came to be and survived the ravages of time. You will then make your way to the Roman Forum. Once upon a time, the Forum as it was then known, was the social, economic and political epicenter of the city. When you walk on the smooth, worn out flagstones of the Via Sacra, the Sacred Road, which was traditionally the route which triumphant Roman military generals took along with their armies to be celebrated as heroes and saviors, you can almost imagine the remains of the temples and homes, banks and squares in their true glory. Head over to the Palatine Hill, once the most popular place to build a home on the outskirts of the city, not only because it towers over the Roman Forum but because the view from the incredible hill is probably unparalleled and no other part of the city can boast the same.
After having traipsed around Ancient Roman sited for half a day, stop for a quick break and a meal. Though lunch is not part of your tour price, you're more than welcome to nip in to a spot that offers exceptional Roman fare since pizzerias and trattorias are a dime a dozen and probably will still serve up a world class meal. Enjoy some free time in this part of the city before taking the metro to the next meeting point where your tour guide will meet you with your headsets.
The next part of your day will be spent taking a walk through time as well as space as you saunter through the bustling streets and vibrant piazzas that make up the city, while admiring sights that are essentially markers of time in the history of Rome, like the the Spanish Steps, at the base of which lays the Fontana della Barcaccia, the Fountain of the Longboat, built by one Pietro Bernini. He himself was a little known artist but one of the other stops on your tour is a far more famous fountain built by his son near the iconic Piazza Navona: the Fountain of the Four Rivers, Gian Lorenzo Bernini's tribute to the four main rivers of the ancient world, the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and Rio de la Plata, built in 1651.
Make your way to the Pantheon, the oldest temple and now church in Rome, once made to honor all of the ancient gods. It is a remarkably well preserved structure, the architecture of which is still a marvel and a mystery to the modern world. It also happens to be the resting place of the famed artist, Raphael Santi, his body having been moved here from his hometown of Urbano. You will also be visiting the beautiful Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in Rome and easily one of the most famous fountains in the world, having been featured in numerous feature length films. Legend has it that if you a toss a coin into the fountain over your left shoulder with your right hand, then you will surely return to Rome one day. After all, who wouldn't wish for that? Your guide will accompany you through everything, telling you the great stories of Rome that the outside world never knew.
You will even get to stop on the way for a gelato or an espresso to truly cap off your Roman holiday!
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Know Before You Go
The tour begins at 10 AM in with the Colosseum tour. After the Colosseum tour, you will break for lunch. The second leg of the tour begins at 3:30 PM. The duration of the tour is 8 hours (including the lunch break). Guided tours of Colosseum and Rome last 3 hours and 2.5 hours respectively, with a break in between. No transfer is provided. Please arrive at the respective meeting points at least 15 minutes prior to your tour.
For the Colosseum tour: At Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Your guide coordinator will be waiting here, wearing a blue City Wonders polo shirt or jacket for ease of recognition.
You can find the google maps link here.
For the 'Best of Rome' tour: Near the metro station entrance in Piazza di Spagna at the third of the five palm trees (at the central tree). Your City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.
You can find the Google maps link here.
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking, stairs and hills; comfortable shoes are recommended.
• Entrance into churches requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
• Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
• Please note that our vendor will be unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. They will be unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages as well.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
You will receive your mobile voucher via email instantly. You can display this along with a valid photo ID when meeting your guide. No need to print!
You MUST carry valid ID with you to and present it at the time of entry if requested. Should you fail to do so, venue authorities may deny you entry and such instances are not liable for reschedules or refunds.
Near the metro station entrance in Piazza di Spagna under the palm trees in the piazza next to the red ‘M’ sign. Your coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.
How to Get There
ake metro line A (red line) and get off at the Spagna metro station. Follow the signs that read Uscita Piazza di Spagna to exit the station into the piazza. The meeting point will be directly in front of you in Piazza di Spagna under the palm trees.
Ask the taxi driver to take you to Piazza di Spagna. When facing the Spanish Steps, you’ll see the palm trees to your left towards the north end of the piazza (near the metro stop). The meeting point is under the palm trees.
Expert, English speaking guide
Small groups of 25 people or less
1 gelato in the summer/ 1 hot chocolate or cappuccino in in the winter
Skip the Line entrance ticket and reservation fee to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
Transport between the two meeting points