8 hoursStart time
Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 8 hours
From Cental Rome hotels (within the Aurelian Walls) between 0800h (08:00am) and 0840h (08:40am).
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
If you are not staying in central Rome the tour also starts from Via G. Amendola 32 at 0900h (09:00am).
You will be dropped in the vicinity of your hotel or Via G. Amendola 32.
Visit the classical sights of this city such as the Pantheon, the ancient Castel Sant’ Angelo and the Palazzo Madama. All these sites celebrate the grandeur of ancient Rome and commemorate the spirit of the Italian Renaissance. Travel around the city’s classic landmarks and take in the sights that are glorious reminders of Rome’s imperial past.
See evidence of the inspired genius of Michelangelo and immerse yourself in the bustling Piazza Venezia. Gaze at the iconic Colosseum and the imposing Basilica of St Paul, as you tour the city’s ancient historical landmarks and experience the splendour of imperial Rome.
You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Rome & travel by coach accompanied by a multi-lingual guide.
The first stop is at the busy Piazza Venezia. All Rome’s roads lead to this large sunny square built in 1455. From here you will continue on foot, the tour reaches the grand and famous Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo. which provides a superb view of the Roman Forum.
Re-boarding the coach, the tour moves past the famous Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Then drive past the 12th century BC Pyramid of Caius Cestius - the tomb of a wealthy magistrate.
The next stop on the tour is at the ‘Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls’. Of all the churches in Rome, this one retains its primitive character even after 1400 years! Enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating building.
Moving on, the coach makes its last stop of the morning at the most famous icon of Rome. The Colosseum is one of the finest surviving examples of Roman architecture.
In this area you will stop for lunch.
The first stop of the afternoon is Esquiline Hill, the largest of the Seven Hills of Rome. Esquiline Hill is the site of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which houses rich and beautiful frescoes and other works of art. Your multi-lingual guide will give you a guided tour of the treasures of the Basilica.
Continue in the coach to the Holy Staircase, which are believed to be the steps Christ climbed on the day of his trial before Pontius Pilate. Adjacent to the Holy Staircase is the Basilica of St John Lateran the Cathedral of Rome, which serves as the official ecclesiastical seat of the Pope.
Travel along the Appian Way, the most famous and important road built by the ancient Romans and go past the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, which is believed to be the place where St Peter had a vision of the risen Christ.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Catacombs of Santa Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano depending upon seasonal conditions. Christians gathered in the catacombs to celebrate funeral rites and the anniversaries of martyrs and the dead.
The tour ends with a spectacular view of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla. This great architectural complex is in ruins but they still impress visitors.
After the tour, the coach will be dropped you in the vicinity of your hotel or Via G. Amendola 32.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
Hotel pick up available from hotels within the Aurelian Walls.
No drop off at the hotels but stops at: Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica, Termini Station and Terminal GLT.
Knees and Shoulders must be covered for entrance to the Basilica.
Large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum.
I was collected as promised and taken on this historic tour. It seems two tours had been joined leaving a 2-3 hour break in the middle in which we had some lunch. The tour was...RHONDA BAQRK-SHANNON