Following pickup from your centrally located Rome accommodation, you’ll head straight to the Colosseum—New7Wonder of the World and iconic Roman symbol. With your skip-the-line pass, you’ll bypass lines, often in excess of two hours, and head straight inside the magnificent amphitheater.
On a guided tour, you’ll discover why the 2,000-year-old structure, estimated to have once held 80,000 spectators, has been the subject of both glory and scorn. Hear about the bloody gladiator games observed by Roman emperors in 80 BC and appreciate the minute details of the Colosseum’s architecture.
Just outside, you’ll be greeted by the triumphant Arch of Constantine (Arco di Constantino) before beginning a walking tour that covers popular attractions including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the spot on which Rome was reputedly founded.
Then, revitalize with a typical Italian lunch and proceed to two of Rome’s most important basilicas: St. John’s Lateran Basilica and St. Mary Major’s Basilica. The oldest of Rome’s four main churches, St. John’s Lateran Basilica’s holy steps are an important pilgrimage site.
Finally, your tour culminates with a visit to the Roman Catacombs, subterranean cemeteries that date back to the 2nd century. Admire historic paintings and learn about the reason for these underground mausoleums before drop-off in central Rome.