Rome's Colosseum, once home to brutal gladiatorial combat, is the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire. One of the new seven wonders of the world, this famous feat of architecture is not to be missed.
"Glory of the gladiators" : a good ship-excursion with an excellent guide. In the morning visit of the Colosseum and the Forum (a lot of people!). Then, 2h30 of free time on Piazza Navona for lunch and personnal visits : a very well balanced excursion.
The colosseum was wonderful, but our experience with the excursion and the colosseum was not great. We had to wait outside for over half an hour while the tour guide argued with someone, and we were unable to enter into the special door where the gladiators would enter. The tour was called the glories of the gladiators for this reason, as we were told by the tour guide at least, so that was disappointing.
Rome is crazy! The president was there the same day we were so everything was rushed, there were crowds and tremendous security everywhere. The ruins of & near the Colosseum are amazing, but we had so little time anywhere that it detracted from it. My daughter had never been to Rome so wanted to go, but I suggest going to Tarquinia instead (fascinating Etruscan graves & museum) & spending more time in Rome on your own.
Ancient Rome and Collosium with Underground, Arena and Upper Tier. Met at 8:15-, walked across the street promptly atb8:30a and then stood for 30 minutes listening to 'icela while awaiting our tour group entry time of approximately 9:00 to go through security and then turned over to the Collesium archeologist (historian) tour guide. The process irritated all. Watched many go straight through to include those without the skip the line tickets.
Underground: begins on arena floor with your group only. Definitely neat being the only ones on the area a floor with all others looking on from the side lines, Excellent view of the uncovered underground. Continued to actual underground to view aqua system, boat pull outs and "elevator" for animal raising. Quite interesting.
Upper tier: gives excellent views of arena floor and surrounding tiers along with the Forum and Pallatine Hill.
Once inside of Colosseum is complete we were turned back over to Micela for the remaining Forum and Pallantine Hill tour. Micela was very good and could have given the inside portion as well if not better than the Colosseum required historian. She was informative and had the personality lacking from the Colosseum required historian.
Recommend: would recommend the above, below and arena tour but would suggest going directly through the Colosseum vice a tied party for a discounted price since you're made to use them anyway. I would then recommend hiring someone for any additional touring you may wish if not comfortable with do it yourself, audio or Rick Steve tours. As for Micela, we would hire her for another tour outside the Colosseum.
Took trip including internal/external. Staggering. One of the best trips I've ever been on. Was told entry would be 1 1/2 hrs but took 10 mins. Can't recommend enough. Guided tour about 2 hrs. Excellent guide. History heaven
Beautiful- feels incredible to stand in the middle of it and look around and imagine the things that went on here This tour was AMAZING! so much to do in one day, but Paola and Georgia were amazing!
Everything was so well organized, we ate lunch right outside of the vatican, the whole tour was amazing- these girls were an incredible team!
A terrific ''upstairs/downstairs'' tour of the Colosseum, partly with an archaeologist who really knew her stuff about both the arena and the below-ground history. Included the Palatine Hill and the Forum.
Even with a fast track ticket the queues were very long, you cannot take any drinking water inside with you but keep your bottle as you can fill up at the taps inside. Beautiful and atmospheric place. Need to pre book tours of the underground parts of the Colosseum
Booked the glories of the gladiators tour via royal carribean. Very well organised, the Guide was brilliant and knew his stuff, there was hardly any queuing as we had been prebooked in and it wasn't too hot thanks to the early morning start. The Colosseum was amazing and well worth the trip. We had free time to have some lunch and look around ourselves before getting back on the ship.
It was expensive, but worth it. We saw the Colosseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The Colosseum tour included the underground and it was excellent. We didn’t wait in line and had access to areas that general admission guests did not have. It is a 10-hour day as Rome is about 1.5 hours from the pier. Wear comfortable shoes! It was very, very, hot. Be sure to read all tour requirements. There are clothing requirements for St. Peter’s and there are no exceptions. I forgot to bring a scarf, but thankfully another tour guest had a scarf I could use (to cover my shoulders). There was some free time to wander and shop but you MUST be back at the meeting point on time – the tour continues with or without you. One guest on another tour in Rome got separated from his group and lost the emergency number everyone gets…just in case. It cost him $200 Euro to get back to the ship via taxi as he did not know how to access the public transportation (train) system that was much cheaper. We did not find this excursion overly taxing in terms of physical exertion (we are both 50 and in relatively good shape). We had plenty of time at all locations to take photos.
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