We’ll start your day at one of Rome’s most famous landmarks, the Colosseum (also known the Flavian Amphitheatre). Be whisked back in time as your expert local English-speaking guide will brings the monument’s rich and bloody history to life. The site of historical turning points, the location of bloody gladiator fights and executions, the venue for ancient plays and mock sea-battles, enjoy over an hour exploring the this captivating landmark inside and out.
Next we’ll head to the Roman Forum, the heart of the Empire. This site hosted countless historical festivals, chariot races, political debates and triumphal processions as Rome's conquering armies returned from combat, bloodied and victorious.
Rising above the Roman Forum is the most famous of the ancient city's Seven Hills - the Palatine Hill. Here it is said that Romulus and Remus were found as wolf-raised infants before going on to found Rome, which holds the vistorious brother’s name. From here you will enjoy time on your own to further explore, enjoy an authentic Italian lunch or shop for souvenirs from the local vendors. The choice is completely yours and your guide will be happy to make recommendations for the best places to visit depending on your interests.
Step aboard your private air-conditioned coach and watch as the tranquil hills of the Castelli Romani whisk by. Here in the picturesque Frascati region of the Italian countryside we will visit the gorgeous vineyards and olive groves of the the Pallavicini family. Producing wine since the 1600s, they are one of the oldest and most honored vintners in the area, including recent awards such as the Decanter World Wine Award, Sommelier Wine Award, Vinitaly Cangrande Award and the Calix Aureus award.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll among the grape vines, olive trees and ancient ruins while learning about the phases of Pallavicini wine production. Step inside the Acacia and French Oak-lined third century barrels - built into the ruins of an Ancient Roman aqueduct - where Pallavicini wines are aged until perfection. Then enjoy a professionally-led wine tasting with a Pallavicini sommelier in the family’s 17th century farmhouse. Sip on two red wines, ‘Casa Romana’ and ‘Soleggio’; a white wine, ‘Poggio Verde’; and the their celebrated dessert wine, ‘Stillato’, before also trying their signature fresh-pressed olive oil with two types of bruschetta.
Your expert local English-speaking guide has everything taken care for you. See two of ancient Rome’s most fascinating monuments by morning and enjoy an authentic Italian wine tasting at one of the Frascati region’s most awarded vintners, the Pallavicini Estate, by afternoon - this tour offers the perfect combo of city and country in the perfect amount of time. Why settle for one or the other when you can have both?
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.
For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.
Due to the uneven grounds and stairs on the itinerary at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, we are unable to accommodate customers with walking difficulties.
Our tours run rain and shine! We encourage our clients to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
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