DO I NEED A GUIDED TOUR OF THE COLOSSEUM?
WHY IS WORTH GETTING AN ARCHEOLOGIST GUIDED TOUR OF THE COLOSSEUM
Many people that visit Rome want to know if it is worth getting a guided tour to visit the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine hill or if the can visit the Colosseum by their own.
(The Flavian Amphitheatre)
Can you tour the Colosseum on your own?
The Colosseum is not free entrance and it is required an admission ticket that is purchasable on the official Colosseum website: https://www.coopculture.it/en/products/ticket-colosseum-forum-and-palatine-_24h/ for 18 € for person.
The admission ticket gives you the possibility to visit the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine by your own, taking your time to admire all Roman ruins.
Roman ruins are not very well readable for everyone and to have a better understanding about the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine, where there are the richest places of the Roman age, we suggest you to join a guided tour.
(Busy group tour at the Colosseum)
Are all guided tours similar?
Not all guided tours are the same: indeed searching on google you will find different options of guided tours.
Also walking nearby the Colosseum entrance you will meet several skip the line sellers that will try to sell you a guided tour.
In this big jungle you have to decide what is the best option for you with your eyes closed, because there are really several options on marketplaces like viator, get your guide and more, where the only difference is the price.
Many people use to book a guided tour only watching the price, without reading what they are going to buy.
Several cheaper guided tours that are visible on internet are group tours, in wich you will visit the tour with several unknow people, wearing earphones and walking behind a guide that will explain you in a summary manner the monuments; caring more about timing instead of your real comprehension.
(Francesco the archaeologist guide)
Why choosing an archaeologist guide?
All men leave traces of their steps on this earth.
Some men have left their traces in stone: emperors, gladiators, artists and architects.
There is rarely a following: the memory may be deep, but it is individual and often limited in time
As you can understand the your comprehension will depend directly by the guide's knoledges.
Joing a guided tour with an archaeologist guide, you will receive the best explanations about the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine.
(Flavian amphitheatre and the Nero Colossus)
What to expect from Francesco's guided tour?
During my guided tour of Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine I like always to give you an introduction about the history of Colosseum.
The Colosseum is not the real name of this famous monument:
It's real name is Flavian Amphitheatre and it was inaugurated in the 80 a.C. by the emperor Titus with inauguration games that lasted 100 days, in which several beasts and men were sacrifaced to entertain 50000 people, that to spend their free time, had free access to this iconical place.
We call it Colosseum, because nearby the amphitheatre up to the middle ages was set a 35 meters golden bronze statue portraying the emperor Nero.
(Nero during the fire of 64 a.C.)
For this reason I like to start my guided tour from the fire of 64 a.C. that destroyed 10 of the 14 districts of Rome.
After this sad episode the story of Rome changed completely and several buildings were destroyed and other were built by emperors in just 2 centuries.
I will explain you and show you all secrets that made the Colosseum an iconical place.
It was the place where common people could sit in front the emperor like pair level, sharing with him their final decision about death or life of gladiators.
Then we will visit the Palatine hill where are still visible the ruins of the Imperial palace, where few people had the possibility to meet the emperor in person and where emperors dedice about the history of all Roman empire.
In the end we will walk in the famous Roman forum, where you will see the famous Shrine of Vesta, with its 6 virgins nuns that have to care the eternal fire in the temple.
(Assassination of Julio Ceaser 44 b.C.)
We will also see the place where Julio Ceaser was cremated, inside the temple dedicated to him by his is nephew Ottavian Augustus.
The Cury, the house of politicians, and the square of Roman forum where Romans used to spend their time.
I hope that I was able to share with you all my passion for Roman age.
To book a tour with me, you can check our guided tours below.