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Take a small group walking tour (maximum 25 people) of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the queues for the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Perfect for first-time visitors, this guided morning tour is the ideal introduction to Ancient Rome, leaving you with the afternoon free to explore Rome at your leisure. Several major sites are covered in just three hours, and you'll receive enlightening insights into Rome's millennia of history as you stroll, without wasting time waiting in line.

Your tour begins atop the Colle Oppio with a panoramic view of the Colosseum, Rome's most recognizable landmark. Next, you will skip the long lines and gain special access to the Colosseum. Once inside, your expert official guide will take you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome.

From here admire the views of the Roman Forum and Nero's Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. Romulus and Remus were said to have been found on the Palatine Hill by the she-wolf who nursed and raised them. The last stop is a walk along the Via Sacra or 'Sacred Way', the main path through the Roman Forum that was used for triumphal processions. Tour ends at the temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated.

Do you want special access to the Colosseum’s underground chambers and its third tier?
For the first time in history, the Colosseum is opening its underground level to visitors. 2011 marked the public opening of the Colosseum’s underground chambers for the very first time, as well as the Colosseum’s third tier, which hasn’t been open in decades. If you upgrade to the 8:30am tour, you’ll get special access to both areas and see Ancient Rome the way no one ever has. You’ll follow in the footsteps of the gladiators themselves as you explore the tunnels where they once prepared for fights and where lions and tigers were once caged. You’ll also go up to the highest existing level of the Colosseum – the third tier (terzo anello). This third level is opening for the first time since the 1970s. The view from the third tier includes not only a new perspective of the inside of the Colosseum, but also the surrounding Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Important Note 2012: The underground areas of the Colosseum are currently closed due to excessive flooding. Due to this, the "8:30am Upgrade in English" option includes 12% off recommended retail price (89 Euros) for all travel dates until March 15, 2012. We will continue to accept sales with this option so you can visit the third tier of the Colosseum with the smaller-group of 10 people. The underground may open at any time so the tour guide will notify guests upon commencement of tour.


Tours

Escorted Tours

If time is short, or you need a hand to unlock the hidden pleasures of Venice, there’s plenty of choice of local experts to help you discover the city and the lagoon on land, water or air.

Boat Tours

Excursions to Murano, Burano and Torcello
+041 529 8711
Four-hour boat trip to the three northern lagoon islands, with a 35 minute stop . at each island.

Gondola Serenade
+041 529 8711
A 40-minute gondola trip down quiet canals, accompanied by musicians and singers.

Grand Canal Tour
+041 529 8711
One-hour boat tour with commentary in Italian, English, French and German . Traverses the Grand Canal from the Giardinetti Reali to the station and returns via the Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore.

Il Burchiello
www.ilburchiello.it
Cruises along the Riviera del Brenta, with stops at three important Palladian villas: Pisani, Barchessa Valmarana and Foscari Wilmann. Modern boats with catering, facilities and commentary.

Walking Tours

Venice on Foot
Two-hour walking tour around the main monuments of San Marco. English and French tours leave daily at 9:15 am. Spanish and German tours are also available.
+041 529 8711

Venice on Foot and by Gondola
A combined walking and gondola tour. Tours leave daily at 3:00 pm.
+041 529 8711

Venice Events
www.veniceevents.com
An Anglo-Italian company offering themed tours of the city concentrating on history, art and architecture. It also offers private tours emphasizing anything from museums and scuole to the lagoon and its wildlife.

Adventure Bellissime
www.tours-italy.com
A range of theme-based tours on foot in Venice. A host of options include art and architecture, photography, children’s Venice and specialist shopping. Boat trips around the lagoon and to the islands are also available.

Helicopter-airplane Tours

Venice Water Limousine
http://www.venicewaterlimousine.com/venice_helicopters.php?hlangs=en
The Company offers a wide range of services, from limo to bodyguards and aircrafts.
+39 335 634 7521