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Carpe Diem Rome

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Carpe Diem Rome’s tours are crafted to ensure you get the most out of Rome’s rich history. British born, but now based in Rome, our friendly, expert guides will provide all of the incredible facts and captivating stories which made Rome the centre of the ancient world.
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Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Tour

Take in three of Rome’s top ancient sites without waiting in long lines or feeling overwhelmed by their wealth of history and architecture with this guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Enjoy fast-track tickets to save time and explore with a guide for a deep dive into Roman history. Admire the Colosseum amphitheater before moving onto the villas and temples in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
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2 hours 30 minutes
from US$84.59

Ultimate Tour of the Ancient City

What makes this particular tour our favorite is exploring the heart of the ancient city of Rome. With history stretching back to 753BC, thousands of incredible historical moments took place within the ancient city. Join us on this tour and our guides will bring these events and characters back to life!

What makes our experiences a cut above the rest is our charismatic and passionate native speaking guides who are guaranteed to captivate, amaze and indulge you in the real soul of Rome. All of our bespoke experiences have been carefully thought out in order to ensure you go home with a smile on your face, but most of all, with our infectious love for the eternal city!
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1 hour
from US$54.48

Colosseum Tour

The Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill are the most important ancient sites in the city, but visiting on your own can be overwhelming. With this tour, save time with skip-the-line entry and take in the highlights of these three fascinating sites with a guide. Learn about the history and architecture of the Colosseum before moving on the civic and religious buildings in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
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2 hours 30 minutes
from US$78.85

Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

As the spiritual home to over 1.6 billion Catholic’s worldwide, the Vatican City can be something of a nightmare get into - with queues lasting for hours on end. But our Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica tour utilises premium skip-the-line tickets - allowing us to breeze past the crowds and dig right in.

Those visiting the Vatican unguided often find themselves dazzled by the plethora of works on display here - which can make it somewhat difficult to navigate. But our guides have curated a bespoke route through the Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica that packs in all the best bits - without leaving you lost for hours in its maze-like corridors.
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2 hours 30 minutes
from US$93.18

Rome Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Imperial Palace Tour

Join us on this tour to walk in the footsteps of previous Emperor's through the Imperial Palace and Roman Forum. Allow our guides to bring the ruins back to life through incredible stories and events that happened over 2000 years ago!

What makes our experiences a cut above the rest is our charismatic and passionate native speaking guides who are guaranteed to captivate, amaze and indulge you with the fascinating characters and stories of the Emperors. All of our bespoke experiences have been carefully thought out in order to ensure you go home with a smile on your face, but most of all, with our infectious love for the eternal city!
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1 hour
from US$55.91

Ultimate Tour of the Ancient City - Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

What makes this particular tour our favorite is exploring the heart of the ancient city of Rome. With history stretching back to 753BC, thousands of incredible historical moments took place within the ancient city. Join us on this tour and our guides will bring these events and characters back to life!

What makes our experiences a cut above the rest is our charismatic and passionate native speaking guides who are guaranteed to captivate, amaze and indulge you in the real soul of Rome. All of our bespoke experiences have been carefully thought out in order to ensure you go home with a smile on your face, but most of all, with our infectious love for the eternal city!
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1 hour
from US$60.22

Best of Rome Walking Tour

Take a break from the blood, gore and glory of Ancient Rome and join us on our Best of Rome tour - The ONLY way to see the Eternal City!

Our tour will take you from the glory days of the Roman Empire through to the sparkling inspiration of the Renaissance Period and back again, exploring how Rome’s many piazza’s - and the churches, fountains and statues that inhabit them - have played their part in cultivating the city’s rich and sprawling history. Let Carpe Diem Rome's passionate guides grip and enthral you with an injection of humour to complement our extensive knowledge of the city.

Make sure to quizz our guides on where to eat after. We were foodies before we were Historians! We finish at Piazza Navona in the area Campo Marzio - homes to the Eternal Cities best eateries, bars, and rooftop terraces.
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2 hours
from US$31.87

Sunset and Moonlight VIP Colosseum Tour

See Rome's ancient Colosseum under the light of the moon with this tour. You'll start with the arena floor, continuing into the dungeons where animals and gladiators waited for their fights to begin. Your tour will finish off with the chance to ascend to the third ring to take in great views over the monument.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from US$136.20

Colosseum Private Tour

What makes our experiences a cut above the rest is our charismatic and passionate native speaking guides who are guaranteed to captivate, amaze and indulge you in the real soul of Rome. All of our bespoke experiences have been carefully thought our in order to ensure you go home with a smile on your face, but most of all, with our infectious love for the eternal city!
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2 hours 30 minutes
from US$200.72

VIP Vatican Experience

Experience the Vatican as the Pope himself does by entering before doors open to the public with our 8:30am VIP Vatican Tour. At this time, the winding corridors, sweeping hallways and stunning chapels are near-empty, allowing our small group to explore in the peace and tranquillity that the great Catholics of history intended.

Those visiting the Vatican unguided often find themselves dazzled by the plethora of works on display here - which can make it somewhat difficult to navigate. But our guides have curated a bespoke route through the Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica that packs in all the best bits - without leaving you lost for hours in its maze-like corridors.
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2 hours 30 minutes
from US$114.70

Fountains, Squares and Gelato

Take a break from the blood, gore and glory of Ancient Rome and indulge in some of the city’s finer treats with our Fountains, Squares and Gelato’s tour.

Our tour will take you from the glory days of the Roman Empire through to the sparkling inspiration of the Renaissance Period and back again, exploring how Rome’s many piazza’s - and the churches, fountains and statues that inhabit them - have played their part in cultivating the city’s rich and sprawling history.

Part way through we’ll pause at one of our favourite local spots to enjoy some of Italy’s finest artisan gelato. Produced with locally-sourced ingredients, this stuff is some of the most mouth-wateringly smooth, rich and creamy ice cream you’re ever likely to taste.

This route covers about 2 kilometres in total and is conducted at a leisurely pace that is suitable for all. The tour duration is around 2 hours.
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2 hours
from US$45.88

Colosseum by Night: Underground, Arena Floor and the Third Ring!

Setting the gold standard for Colosseum experiences, this tour enables you to create unforgettable memories in peace, while you to forget Rome’s notorious crowds and enjoy the atmospheric illumination of this iconic monument. Together with our expert English-speaking tour guide, you will be able to weave your way through the ruins and arches and gain the most in-depth experience of one of the world’s seven wonders. We visit those areas of the Colosseum that are not open to regular ticket holders: the arena floor, the intriguing underground level and the third ring! By telling you the tales of its dark and fascinating past in such a setting, our guide will bring the amazing history and the mystery of this awesome place alive!
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1 hour 30 minutes
from US$141.94

The Colosseum Underground Experience

If it’s got big teeth and a taste for human flesh, there’s a pretty good chance it once called the Colosseum Underground home. This tour is our most comprehensive, and includes a access to two RESTRICTED areas of the Colosseum, plus Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum - all with premium skip-the-line access. The underground chambers we’ll explore weren’t just for fearsome gladiators - they also housed many of the wild beasts shipped in from across the Roman Empire: from Bavarian Brown Bears to Syrian Lions.
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3 hours
from US$141.94

Half Day Combo Tour: Colosseum and Best of Rome Walking Tour!

Get to see both the Colosseum and the Best of Rome all in half a day! This incredible tour is absolutely perfect for people with limited time in Rome.

Walk in the Gladiators footsteps with our knowledgeable and charismatic English speaking guides. Tour the biggest fighting stadium the world has ever seen and create unforgettable memories. Then experience exploring the astonishing Imperial Palace and take in the breathtaking views over the Ancient City of Rome.

Venture with us down Rome's iconic little backstreets in this pack-a-punch tour! Explore the best of Rome's ancient ruins, fountains, monuments, architecture, churches, and MORE! Discover the interesting stories that surround the legends.

Let Carpe Diem's passionate British guides take you on a half day tour of Rome and grip and entral you with an injection of humor to complement our extensive knowledge of the city.
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4 to 6 hours
from US$107.51

Sunset and Moonlight VIP Night Tour of Rome: Aperitif, Ancient Rome & Colosseum

The ULTIMATE tour of Rome by night. This fantastic tour includes Aperitif, an Ancient Rome tour AND a Colosseum tour! Experience Ancient Rome and the Colosseum at night, the absolute best time to go. Weave with us in between the ruins and arches as you get the most in depth tour of the world's biggest fighting arena. Inside the Colosseum we visit these area's that regular ticket will not take you; the Arena floor, the Underground, and the Third ring. Whether you're a couple wanting to experience romantic Rome under the moonlight, or a group looking to escape the heat, this tour is for you!
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3 hours
from US$172.04

Colosseum Arena Tour

Enter where the Roman fighters would only exit... through "Libitinaria" The Gate of Death! If that doesn't scream "BOOK ME NOW", what does..?! Your tour begins being the centerpiece of history's most notorious stadium, with unbeatable perspectives and a restricted area - this one never fails to impress! All of our bespoke experiences have been carefully thought our in order to ensure you go home with a smile on your face, but most of all, with our infectious love for the eternal city!
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2 hours 30 minutes
from US$98.92

Colosseum Express Tour

Carpe Diem Rome’s Colosseum Express tour is designed for those tight on time! We begin the experience by skipping the lines with our priority entrance to the incredible stadium that was once home to fierce battles between brave Gladiator’s even wild animals. Here about the mystery that shrouds the games and separate the truths from the myths. Let our expert guide bring these 2000 year old stones back to life with little known facts and the stories of the Gladiators.
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1 hour
from US$70.25

Colosseum and Vatican Skip the Line

Rome in day! Or break it over two? This tour can be customized and we will be in contact shortly after the reservation is made to firm up the details for the big day! Enjoy skip the line access and Rome's best guides.

This tour will visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, St. Peters Basillica, Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. Usually we do the tour in this order. However, when we contact you we can make special arrangements.

At the Vatican we usually have entrances every 30 mins for English tours.

Usually we start with the Colosseum,
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5 to 7 hours
from US$159.31

Rome Food Tour

Although known for its incredible history, Rome is also famous for its delicious cuisine. Join this experience to ensure you leave Rome knowing you have tasted the best cuisine there is!

We will begin this experience in Campo de Fiori, one of Rome’s most famous Piazzas. Here we visit one of Rome’s oldest deli’s, incredibly operating since 1890! On offer here will be a range of meats and cheeses, paired with some beautiful Italian wine. Following on from this we will head to a bakery that has been in the family for four generations, where we can taste traditional italian pizza.

By this point you will need some time to let all that food settle, so we can visit Piazza Navona. We will then move on to the highlight of our tour – traditional homemade Roman pasta! Here you can watch how traditional Roman pasta is made, and then enjoy eating it five minutes later!

Then we will stop for some Gelato! Finally, we will enjoy some coffee in a traditional Roman café.
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2 hours
from US$95.20

Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Experience

The Jewish faith is deeply ingrained into Rome’s sprawling history, meaning this Jewish Ghetto tour is essential if you want to fully understand Rome. The tour will begin in Piazza Venezia, where your guide will delve into the history of one of Rome’s most famous Piazzas. We then will head to Piazza del Campidoglio, the Theatre of Marcello and the Jewish Ghetto, home of the renowned Jewish Synagogue. From Ancient Rome, through the medieval age, up to the 20th century the Jewish Ghetto has an incredible amount of history. Allow your guide to delve into the mysteries and tragic tales that are engrained into this beautiful part of Rome. We will then cross the oldest bridge in Rome, incredibly still standing since 62 BC, into Trastevere. Here we will walk the small streets of Trastevere, a picturesque and lively neighbourhood with the look and feel of a traditional small Italian town. Not only will we walk the small streets of Rome, we will also visit one of the oldest churches in Rome.
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2 hours
from US$61.88

Tipsy Tour of Rome

This is the the perfect opportunity for travelers to get familiar with Rome's sights as well as it's signature drinks in a sociable and relaxed atmosphere.

This beautiful stroll through Rome's backstreets will pass some of Rome's highlights such as the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Along the way your expert guide will present you the need-to-know history alongside little know facts of Rome.

The route includes stops for photo's and tastings of authentic Italian drinks.
After a warm welcome, a brief plan of action, and some history about the area we head on towards the Trevi Fountain and our first tasting.

At the Trevi Fountain we will drink a "Cafe Corretto" - Baileys and Italian Coffee. A true delight to the senses.

Outside the Pantheon we will enjoy beer or wine on the steps, before you go inside.

The tour finishes with tastings of classic Italian Liquers, such as Amaretto and Limoncello.
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2 hours
from US$52.34

Running in Rome

Run back through time in this unique and historic 8km adventure through Rome. Whether you class yourself as an amateur or a pro come and join me on one of the most memorable runs of your life. The carefully curated route is scenic and passes attractions and viewpoints! We believe exploring a new location by foot and without a map is the best way to get acclimated and get out of the tourist bubble.

In this experience you will not only get to see the wonders of Rome but you can gain an insight into the history behind this beautiful city from a local guide. Seeing new places and experiencing new cultures is what we do with our time off and we never leave our running shoes at home!

During the experience we will take brief stops for photos, snippets of history about the monuments we pass, and water as the route passes many fountains.

Note:
The route is about 8 kilometres.
We start with some dynamic stretches.
The pace will be set to accommodate the group.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from US$23.80

Haunted Rome Ghost Tour

As the night approaches another side of Rome emerges, a dark and sinister side of the city. With over 2000 years of history, Rome is made up of streets and corners packed with ghostly stories from its haunted past. Join this night-tour tour to discover the eerie tales that Rome would rather forget.

In a group with maximum 12 people, your guide will take you on a scary stroll through the Roman streets still haunted by the ghosts of Emperors, Popes and artists. Soak in the eerie atmosphere of Rome after dark while discovering the spine-chilling tales of Rome's most famous ghosts, gruesome executions and murders. Experience Rome in a different way to most, as we visit some of Rome's major monuments, churches and prisons accompanied by a spooky past certain to leave you even more fascinated by Rome!
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2 hours
from US$55.53

Walking Tour of Rome's Historic Centre

Explore the Eternal City in the best way possible with Carpe Diem Rome’s Walking Tour!

Operating every day at 5PM, this tour is the perfect way to walk round Rome's historic centre, witness the beautiful monuments and also learn some cool facts along the way! In a fantastic walk lasting no more than 2 hours you will see Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and some hidden gems only a local expert would know!
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2 hours
from US$39.64

Rome Walking Tour

Join us on this enchanting stroll through the Eternal City, leaving behind the crowds and the heat and soaking in the incredible history and architecture illuminated beautifully at night.

Our tour will take you from the glory days of the Roman Empire through to the sparkling inspiration of the Renaissance Period and back again, exploring how Rome’s many piazza’s - and the churches, fountains and statues that inhabit them - have played their part in cultivating the city’s rich and sprawling history. Let Carpe Diem Rome's passionate guides grip and enthral you with an injection of humour to complement our extensive knowledge of the city.

Each monument we pass will be delightfully lit up, meaning you have the opportunity to get a photo of a lifetime!
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2 hours
from US$55.53

Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Explore one of the most beautiful art galleries in Rome in a 17th century villa built specifically to house a dazzling collection of art.  The Borghese Gallery is named after Scipione Borghese an extremely wealthy Cardinal who had a passion for art.  Nephew to the Pope, he was an avid collector and talent spotter who was ruthless when it came to getting his hands on the masterpieces that had taken his fancy.

Whether you are new to art or consider yourself an afficionado you will love this tour and the Borghese gallery.  Your guide will take you back to the 17th century when the cardinal hosted lavish parties to share his art collection with other nobles.  You will hear how he stole paintings and even used the pope to threaten artists as well as hear about the lives and works of the most famous artists in Rome.

Discover artworks by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, Titian and other famous Italian heavyweight artists.
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2 hours
from US$475.93

Rome Catacombs & Basilica San Clemente

This is a wonderful introduction to some underground sites in Rome where we will go back 2,000 years and physically walk through layers of time in Rome Catacombs! We begin with the hidden gem Basilica of San Clemente.

We will start on the ‘modern’ level in a church dating back to the 12th Century. After admiring the beautifully decorated church and marble clad floor we descend into the past. The lower levels of the church take us back in time to a much earlier, larger church from the 4th century. Beneath this lies a 1st century Roman house, later converted into a temple.

Our next stop is the Rome Catacombs outside of the ancient city walls, we will take private transport to one of the oldest and largest catacomb complexes on the Via Appia. We will explore several parts of the catacombs learning about death in ancient Rome and see crypts with pagan and Christian decorative themes including the tomb of Diogenes, a grave digger who created the endless corridors of graves.
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3 hours
from US$103.13

Wonders of Rome at Night Walking Tour

Book this enchanting late night walk through the Eternal City, leaving the crowds and the heat behind. With your expert English guide you will hear the incredible history of Rome as you visit the beautifully illuminated monuments.

The tour begins by the Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona - Rome's most elaborate square/piazza. Discover its many uses throughout the past 2000 years.

Venturing on through the rustic cobblestones of the historical center you will proceed to the Pantheon - one of the most incredible buildings in the world.

Next Up: the Trevi Fountain. This is definitely Rome’s most romantic spot, even more so under the moonlight. We will take a short beak here to throw coins in and take photos after a detailed explanation.

After we will visit Ancient Rome and the Colosseum. Walk down Rome's most iconic road Via Fori Imperiale and discover the Ancient City/ Roman Forum.

The tour finishes with the a grand finale - an unforgettable panoramic view of the Colosseum.
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2 hours
from US$47.58

Small Group Borghese Gallery Experience

Explore one of Rome's finest art galleries in a 17th-century villa built specifically to house a dazzling art collection. The Borghese Gallery is named after Scipione Borghese an extremely wealthy cardinal who had a passion for art. The Pope's grandson, he was a passionate collector and talent sighter who was ruthless when it came to getting his hands on the masterpieces that had taken his fancy. If you are new to art or consider yourself a lover, you will love this tour and the Borghese gallery. Your guide will take you back to the 17th century when the cardinal hosted lavish parties to share his art collection with other nobles. You will hear how he stole the paintings and even used the pope to threaten the artists and hear about the lives and works of Rome's most famous artists. Discover the works of Caravaggio, Bernini, Raffaello, Tiziano and other famous Italian heavyweight artists.
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2 hours
from US$125.33

Castel Sant' Angelo: Angels and Demons Experience

Meet your guide on Ponte Sant’ Angelo, formerly known as the “Aelian Bridge” or “Pons Aelius.” Built in 134 AD by Emperor Hadrian, the bridge spans the River Tiber from the city center to his mausoleum in the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Admire sculptures of angels by Bernini, Raggi and Morelli, before skipping the ticket lines to see Hadrian’s tomb. Feast your eyes on the frescoes, Papal apartments, and magnificent corridors of the castle. Experience the fear of former prisoners as you learn about the castle’s time as a prison.

Follow in the footsteps of former popes as you walk the Passetto di Borgo, and learn how they would escape death threats from their opponents. Your guide will explain the dark connections between the castle and Vatican State.

The tour finishes on with unbeatable panoramic views from the top of the castle that look untoward the Colosseum, Vatican, Pantheon and more!
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2 hours
from US$142.78

PRIVATE Rome City Walking Tour

Our bespoke private tours are the most premium experience we offer. From those with young kids who want a fun experience, to those who are looking for something heavy on the detail – each private tour is individually catered to your needs. Crowd-free, queue-free and stress-free, these tours are also ideal for those with mobility issues, who may struggle to keep up with a normal-sized group. After you book, we’ll be in touch to take note of your requirements so we can begin designing the perfect tour for you.

Our tour will take you from the glory days of the Roman Empire through to the sparkling inspiration of the Renaissance Period and back again, exploring how Rome’s many piazza’s - and the churches, fountains and statues that inhabit them - have played their part in cultivating the city’s rich and sprawling history. Let Carpe Diem Rome's passionate guides grip and enthral you with an injection of humour to complement our extensive knowledge of the city.
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2 hours
from US$126.92

Underground Rome: Catacombes and Crypts

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3 hours
from US$98.92

Walking Tour with Pizza & Gelato Making Experience

See the highlights of central Rome in a small group, and get your hands doughy with our authentic pizza & gelato class. This experience is the perfect combination of sightseeing, history, culture, and delicious authentic Italian food! When your in Rome don't just eat like a Roman, cook like one too!

Visit the main sights in Rome like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon. Along the way your expert guide will tell incredible stories of the glorified artists, scandalous politicians and hot-headed emperors that left their mark on the eternal city.

Upon arrival at our pasta making class there will be appetizers and wine/soft drinks and receive your apron and hat. Our head chef will quickly start to delve into the history and walk you through the traditional recipes. With expert supervision you will learn and make restaurant standard Gelato & Pizza passed down through the family for generations and eat your delicious food after.
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2 hours
from US$87.25
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chinyi l wrote a review 3 May
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Review of: Colosseum Tour
Paolo was really good in explaining the history and making the tour not boring. It was a pleasure to have him as our tour guide.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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SR27 wrote a review 2 May
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Review of: Colosseum Tour
Excellent tour, and very thorough! Paolo was very energetic and took us through everything in detail, and was extremely friendly and got to know us very well!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Caro Serrano wrote a review 2 May
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Review of: Colosseum Tour
The tour was so good, Paolo is an excellent guide and gives to you a lot of interesting information and fun
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Daniell E wrote a review Jan 2021
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Paolo is amazing... really appreciates providing a very personal experiences for his tourists. It was my mother’s first time in Rome and he was so kind to her and lite up when she became emotional over the sites. Thank you for being part of this memorable experience in our lives Paolo. Till next time it will be the whole Family welcoming you into ours.. Daniell and Stella
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Jay C wrote a review Nov 2020
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Review of: Colosseum Tour
Colin was incredible - exactly what me and my girlfriend needed... relaxed but super informative and very friendly. Would 110% recommend going with Coli, very very knowledgable man indeed.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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