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2 Days in Rome including the Appian Catacombs

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    What to Expect

    Day 1: Best Of Rome Walking tour and Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel small group tour

    Stop At: Via Quattro Novembre, 147, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
    You will meet your guide in our office and walk around the city. You will throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and visit the Pantheon, one of the most amazing buildings in the world, still today having the largest dome in the world, made of cement! We will guide you to admire the Baroque treasures of Piazza Navona as well as the most important city attractions.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Via Leone IV, 6, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    You will meet our staff at our Vatican's office.
    The office is just a few minutes walking distances from Metro station Ottaviano.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy
    An expert English speaking guide will take you on a journey to The Vatican City home possibly the most famous tourist destination in the world. The Vatican museums attract with its ancient Roman and Greek statuary collections of the Renaissance popes, Muse's rooms, Circular room with Hercules, the Gallery of Maps and the rooms of Raphael, millions of fervent religious supporters and interested visitors each year. Join us to see the fantastic art, history and architecture housed within the walls of this beautiful city's 7 km of galleries, chapels and rooms, overlooking the Vatican Gardens. Start your adventure with the main part of the tour seeing all of the very best parts of the museums like explained in detail by your professional private guide.
    Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

    Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy
    Then you will move on to the Sistine Chapel and see the breathtaking Last Judgement of Michelangelo, a project which changed the course of Western art and is regarded as one of the major artistic accomplishments of human civilization.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy
    After this you will be left in St. Peters Basilica the greatest piece of Renaissance architecture as well as being the largest church in the world, to explore at your own leisure.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Skip The Line Colosseum & Ancient Rome Small Group and Catacombs guided tours

    Stop At: Via della Polveriera, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
    You will meet our staff at our Colosseum office. Our staff will provide you also with the tickets for the Catacombs and instruct you about it.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome Italy
    On your tour, you will beat the crowd skipping the long ticket lines to venture deep inside the walls of the Colosseum discovering its many secrets and gory past. You will visit the ground floor and the second level giving you a great view inside of Colosseum. Join us and discover the secrets held within the walls of this incredible monument.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Palatine Hill, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy
    Being one of the most visited sites in the world, there is regularly long ticket line at the Roman Forum and Palatine. By joining our Explore Ancient Rome - Ultimate Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tour, we will provide you with 'skip the line' entrance tickets, so the group can head straight inside and not waste time standing around in ticket lines.

    Visiting the imperial palace or having the best view over the city, will represent just some of this tour's attractions. Along with providing you with expert knowledge, your guide will also point out the best places to capture that perfect picture during your tour
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Roman Forum, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy
    The Roman Forum was the downtown of the ancient city, the political, economic and religious centre. You will learn about the roman life and you will find out what Romans enjoyed the most.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Largo di Villa Peretti, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
    You have to arrive at the meeting point at least at 2:45 pm for the shuttle bus departure. This bus will take you to the Appian Catacombs and bring you back at the same meeting point.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Catacombe di Santa Domitilla, Via delle Sette Chiese 282, 00147 Rome Italy
    You will explore the mysterious catacombs situated along the old Appian Way, some 93 miles (150km) of underground galleries used as cemeteries by early Christians under Roman persecutions.

    After the tour, the same shuttle bus will bring you back to the departure point.
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Via Quattro Novembre, 147, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
    2: Via Leone IV, 6, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    3: Via della Polveriera, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
    4: Largo di Villa Peretti, 1, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    10:30 AM
    2 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • All admission tickets
    • Local guides
    • Professional art historian guides
    • Priority access to all the monuments and areas
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines to all monuments
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
    • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
    • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
    • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
    • Entry/Admission - Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions(Except Appian Catacombs)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age to take part of the tour is 15 years old
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • All clients will be asked to show a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
    • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
    • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
    • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security
    • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. 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 monument
    • These tours are separated by a break to allow time for pictures or to spend more time in the monuments or attractions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    By: Explore Italy Tours
    535 Reviews
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    Merrimac, Wisconsin
    Colosseum and Forum
    Had a wonderful tour with Roberta and Giovanni. Both were very knowledgeable and energetic! Their knowledge of the history was amazing and too much to remember. Had a wonderful time and amazing weather!
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    Forum guide was great
    Overall we really enjoyed this tour. Our guide for the Roman forum was great really knowledgeable and his explanations were really clear and explained in a manner that was accessible to the layman. It was great to see the Colosseum but the guide unfortunately came across as bored and unenthusiast. Would reccomend but be prepared that your guide in the Colosseum may not be as inspiring as your surroundings.
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    b c
    Alameda, California
    Alex from NY - excellent tour of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum
    The first half of our tour was the Colosseum including the underground portion, and while the tour guide was OK I think she may have been new because there was a second guide shadowing and they would confer periodically after our guide had covered a topic or specific area of the Colosseum. But our 2nd guide, Alex from New York, who provided us with a tour of the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, was excellent. He was very knowledgable and clearly enthusiastic during the tour, maintaining a steady narration as we first covered the hill and then moved into the Forum. He even ran a little long rather than just stop at the end of our 90 minutes, and he even guided us back to a location where we could grab a cab without having the pay for the flag drop from wherever the cab was until he picked us up at the museum – very nice of him to do so. If you’re going to tour Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, you can’t do much better than Alex – highly recommended.
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    The tour was outstanding and the guide was very knowledgeable. The view from Palantine Hill was tremendous
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    Vip tour
    We had early access to the Vatican. Our tour guide guided us straight to the Sistine Chapel and we were the first people to visit that day. She made the most of her time and brought photos so she could talk about parts of the chapel before it opened. She had a wealth of knowledge and appeared to be known by Vatican staff and other tour guides. We enjoyed our tour.
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    Peter B
    Iformative but poorly organised
    This was a potentionally excellent tour diminushed by poor organisation and technology. Our guide knew her stuff and was pleasant, but we started the tour late and then sat around midway for 20 minutes while our guide went looking for two people who just wandered off on their own. So we finished over 30 minutes late. Our time in Rome is precious, don't waste it. The radio set didn't work very well either. Look for another operator of what should have been a great tour
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    RUTH W
    Our guide was very informative, she is an archeologist. She answered all our questions. The Palatine hill tour went too fast, you could tell he was tired of his job.
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    Calgary, Canada
    Love the Forum and Palatine Hill
    This is our fourth trip to Rome. We hooked up with the tour because we were interested in the inside history and details. The tour guide was great. The description of the tour said it was supposed to be two 45 minute tours of each of the areas, but it was only an hour. We were a bit disappointed that the guide didn’t take us down to the lower forum, but ended the tour at the exit half way down. It seems that maybe the tour path should be updated? We went on our own for another hour, checked out the lower forum, and also discovered an amazing area around the back of the palatine hill, showing all the different layers. The history of that would have been great.
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    Vancouver, Washington
    Terrific Tour
    Great tour with friendly and knowledgeable guides. Really enjoyed the Colosseum " all over tour "......incredible. Got lots of history info and related stories. Well worth the $.
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    Victor, New York
    Great Colosseum tour, not so for Forum
    This is a fairly long tour, so be prepared. Our guide for the Colosseum portion was excellent! She was very knowledgeable and organized. It's definitely worth going to the underground section. For the Forum tour, there seemed to be a lot of confusion as to who was supposed to do the tour. After quite some time, the guide finally showed up and off we went. Although the guide was very nice and knew his stuff, he spent a lot of time explaining things and not showing us much. We spend most of the time on the Palantine Hill and not in the Forum. Basically, after the tour was done, you had time to walk through the Forum on your own. Do not book this trip in the afternoon because by the time it ends, you won't have enough time to walk through the Forum.
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    Fort Pierce, Florida
    Worth it
    Most of the tour guides you find clearly have a strong italian accent...duh. however, scored big when Alex turned out to be our tour guide. Alex is originally from NY. Not only could I follow along with what he was saying but he was super knowledgeable. He gave fun facts, he was funny and answered all of my silly questions. He even gave solid recommendations of other places to go as well to have dinner (solid choices btw). He actually went over by 30min so we weren't rushed. Great experience I wish Alex could have given all of the tours.
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    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Good guide. This was a walk through ancient history. Amazing. Climb to the top terrace for a wonderful view over Rome ( at sunset if you can)
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    King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
    Worth it
    We loved this tour! Our tour guide was Paul who was great. He kept the tour interesting and moving to see every thing the entire time. The skip the line aspect is HUGE and definitely worth it on any of these tours. Bring your water bottle which was needed with being out in the sun for 3 hours! Also, I saw previous reviews mention it but our tour time was pushed back so if you do chose this one consider that possibility when planning other events for the day you book this tour and check your email up until the day is it scheduled.
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    Worth the money
    The tour of the colosseum is worth the money of guided tour. The colosseum tour was provided directly by an archeologist and was very detailed and interesting. Rest of the tour was managed by “Explore Italy Tours” which included Roman Forum. The tour guide (Alex) was very friendly and knowledgeable, however, the time wasn’t enough to explore all the relics. We had 4pm slot and hence didn’t have much time to explore the Roman Forum after the tour as they close the area by 6:30pm. Recommend to book slightly earlier to have enough time on hand after the tour for personal exploration.
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    Port Elizabeth, South Africa
    Fantastic Tour of Colosseum and Roman Forum
    We had a wonderful afternoon soaking up the history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Everything ran on time, there was no excessive waiting around. The first part of the tour provided insight into the mechanics and history that made the Arena and Underground areas come to life. Our guide was an archaeologist who kept the group of 20 or so expertly hanging on to her every word. Exiting the Colosseum we met with our next tour guide, Santos, who would walk with us through the Roman Forum. It was our family of 4 and another couple, so great to do this in a very small group. Santos was very passionate about the history of Rome, after our time with him much that was rather confusing to both us, and our children (age 11 and 9) became clear. He maintained a manageable pace and stopped at key points providing explanations and overviews of the amazing sites and buildings. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.
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