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This tour will include some light hiking up the hill and walking on uneven terrain.
Domus Aurea, or the "Golden House", was the name given to the Emperor Nero's imperial palace. Gain access to this immense and magnificent structure.
As this villa has only recently opened to the public and still undergoing an archaeological excavation, we provide you with a hard hat before entering.
With the help of cutting-edge virtual reality technology, experience the colors and opulence of the palace as it once existed.
On the way to the Colosseum, pass the Ludus Magnus, the biggest gladiatorial training school in ancient Rome.
Walk past the regular entrance and gain special access into the Colosseum Arena Floor using a special entrance. Skip the lines!
On the second level of the Colosseum, get a view down onto the Arena Floor as you learn about the savage games that once took place here.
Choose to stay inside the Colosseum or follow your guide across the street where you’ll skip the line to the Roman Forum.
After a brief introduction to the Roman Forum, bid farewell to your guide as you set off on your own journey through the streets of ancient Rome. Your tickets also include access to the Palantine Hill
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Virtual Reality Tour of the Domus Aurea
The Domus Aurea, or “Golden House”, was the private residence of Emperor Nero. A perfect testament to how rich and powerful Roman Emperors were, the Domus Aurea covered 200 acres and even included a private lake. Nero didn't live long enough to enjoy his palace, but we want to make sure you do. Virtual reality brings to life this important piece of Roman history. Ancient Rome doesn't get much closer than this! Plus, enjoy a skip the line Colosseum tour with access to the first and second levels. The entire tour lasts for 3.5 hours and includes the following:
Two thousand years ago, this labyrinth, now under the city of Rome, was the sprawling home of Emperor Nero. Stretching the size of three football fields, the palace took three years to finish. When the enormous ancient Roman villa was finished, the emperor was quoted as saying “At least I am beginning to be housed like a human being”. While the unsuspecting site might look like just a pile of rocks now, inside it’s a completely different story. With the help of cutting-edge virtual reality technology, experience the colors and opulence of the palace as it once existed. The Domus Aurea is a work-in-progress archaeological site, so we provide you with a hard hat upon entry. If you've ever daydreamed about working as an archeologist who digs for insights into the lives of people in ancient civilizations, don't miss this opportunity.
Once you exit the Domus Aurea, pass by the Ludus Magnus on the way to the Colosseum. Most visitors to Rome aren't aware of what this site is, and simply walk by unaware. But not you - learn about how this the site of the biggest gladiatorial school in Ancient Rome. Historians claim that over 1,000 gladiators could be housed in the school at the one time. Men would train intensely for two years before they fought in front of the roaring crowds on the Colosseum's Arena Floor. Learn about what happened inside the training school, what the gladiators wore and even what they ate. The answers are surprising! As you peer down into this archaeological site from above, the gladiator school comes back to life as your guide uses visual aids to tell the tales of gladiators and their roles in ancient Rome.
Used for gladiator fights, mock sea battles, animal hunts and fights, mythology drama shows and even public executions, The Roman Colosseum is a must-see attraction in Rome. Witness the incredible history of this 2,000 year old building up close and personal on a skip the line Colosseum tour. Use a separate entrance than the general public and go straight inside the Colosseum with no wait at all. Visit the first and second levels of the Colosseum. The views from these parts of the Colosseum provide an excellent opportunity for more photos.
As you snap away on your phone or camera as you learn more about the brutal games the Colosseum once witnessed. All our tour guides are experts in the archeology and history behind the historic sites we visit - including the Colosseum. We don't want to give away all the secrets just yet, but you will learn that the "Colosseum" is just a nickname, why women didn't sit with men and that there was a very "modern" device to make sure that everyone was protected from the sun!
After you’ve explored the Golden House, enjoyed a birds-eye view down into the gladiator school, now it's time to leisurely stroll through the ancient Roman Forum. If you want to explore the Roman Forum, follow your guide and skip the line to enter the archeological remains of downtown ancient Rome. Then, after a brief introduction to the site, bid farewell to your guide and enjoy the Roman Forum at your own pace. Visit some of the most famous Roman Forum buildings, including the Temple of Julius Caesar, Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate House and much more. Relive ancient history as you walk down the same roads taken by famous Roman philosophers and emperors.
And last but not least, sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus is Palatine Hill. This awe-inspiring area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins and unparalleled views was where Romulus was said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. and where Rome's emperors lived in opulent luxury. Climb the Palatine Hill and take in the views over Circus Maximus, visit the Farnese Gardens or simply relax and take in the beauty and historical importance of your surroundings.
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The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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We took three tours with the Roman Guy and I tried to research everything really carefully. I agonized a bit about which Colosseum tour would be the bWe took three tours with the Roman Guy and I tried to research everything really carefully. I agonized a bit about which Colosseum tour would be the best for our family of five. We chose this one because VR and teens seemed like an ideal mix. For our whole family, the best part of the tour was easily Nero's Golden house. It's a working archeological site and you put on a hard hat and go underground. It also gets chilly in there, which I didn't realize. Our guide for this part of the tour was an archeologist who works on the site and guides the tour as well. She was great and gave us some history and stories that we all enjoyed. The VR part was also really fun for our entire tour group - you could just tell everyone liked it. I wish I could say the same for the Colosseum. When we were planning our trip, we all agreed this is what we wanted to see. It was hot. The lines were long and it was crowded. We stood in the sun while our guide talked about travertine. I honestly can say I could have skipped the interior of the Colosseum and been okay - it wasn't the highlight we expected it to be. By the time we were done, we were done and needed food and air conditioning. But that's our family - for others, this could still be really interesting. ..more
Ele was a kind, knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide! We thoroughly enjoyed this unique tour!
When we received a call from Gabriela that our tour guide was sick and the Colosseum floor was closed, what could have been a disaster turned into a mWhen we received a call from Gabriela that our tour guide was sick and the Colosseum floor was closed, what could have been a disaster turned into a major save. Gabriela kept our booking for the Domus and then found a competitor to take us on the Colosseum tour. Amazing customer service!!! I highly recommend because this company actually cares about their clients!!!..more
My wife and I did the Colosseum tour that included the underground complete with trap doors and first century lifts. I highly recommend spending the eMy wife and I did the Colosseum tour that included the underground complete with trap doors and first century lifts. I highly recommend spending the extra money and booking with The Roman Guy, particularly this specific tour. Our guide, Giulia, had a degree in art history and was both incredibly knowledgeable and eager to answer all our questions. From the moment we crossed the street to get to the Colosseum she began sharing stories and facts about this amazing amphitheater. Once inside, she handed us off to an archaeologists who took us into the lower levels and the arena floor. We rejoined Giulia later, visited the second highest floor, got some great pictures, and made our way through the Roman Forum. Giulia was amazing and made our trip so incredibly special. I am a huge first century nerd and she obliged my questions and queries with the upbeat manner of someone who truly enjoys her job. If you're in Rome, you have to see the Colosseum and trust me, The Roman Guy's "skip the line" option was worth the extra money by itself! Another highlight was that there were only six people in our party, which made everything feel very intimate...more