Walks of Italy

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3.5 hrs
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • Step off the normal tourist trail for a full Caesar's Palace tour which lets you explore the ancient Roman villa of Caesar Augustus, featuring frescoes even more beautiful than those in Pompeii.

  • Skip long lines at the Colosseum to get straight inside. With a small group of 22 people or fewer and an archaeologist tour guide, you'll explore this incredible amphitheater for a full hour.

  • Enjoy an ancient Rome tour in the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.
It's hard to believe these frescoes are over 2,000 years old. Originally, the frescoes would have covered the bricks and extended over the entire wall. A scene from Roman mythology is depicted in this fresco. After more than 2,000 years these Roman bricks appear freshly-laid. The houses also include a museum with the artifacts found inside them. Walks guides always have a visual aid or two helping bring the past to life. Some views of the Colosseum never get old. Inside the Colosseum on our VIP Caesar's Palace Tour Small groups mean easy interaction | Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour The Palatine Hill | Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour Small groups on the Palatine Hill | Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour The garden of the Vestal Virgins, Roman Forum | Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour Ruins on the Palatine Hill | Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour Walks of Italy small group tour on the Palatine Hill - part of a special VIP Caesar's Palace Tour Exploring the Roman Forum on Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour The Roman Forum on Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour The Arch of Titus at the Roman Forum, as seen on Walks of Italy VIP Caesar's Palace Tour The Arch of Constantine, as seen on Walks of Italy VIP Ancient Rome Tour Beautiful paintings inside Casa di Livia, dating back to the 1st century BC! As seen on Walks of Italy's VIP Ancient Rome Tour

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

VISIT THE INCREDIBLE CASA DI AUGUSTO - THE HOME OF ROME'S GREATEST EMPEROR, CAESAR AUGUSTUS!

This ancient Rome tour unlocks the gates of the Caesar's Palace - the grand villa of Caesar Augustus - to give you a VIP experience of one of Rome's greatest ruins. Following an expert guide through closed doors, you'll see ancient living spaces and gape at 2,000 year-old frescoes as you'll learn the story of Augustus; from his rivalry with Mark Antony and Cleopatra to his ruthless pursuit of power, and even his tender relationship with his wife, Livia (who may or may not have poisoned him).

EXPLORE THE COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL WITH AN EXPERT, HANDPICKED GUIDE.

Use pre-reserved Colosseum tickets to skip the long entrance lines and explore the first and second tiers of this iconic structure with your guide. You’ll learn what a day at the games was like, from animal hunts and “halftime” executions to gladiatorial combat and even a bit of betting.

Next, enjoy a full Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tour where you'll learn about day-to-day life in ancient Rome as you walk on the very same paving stones that men like Julius Caesar and Mark Antony used when this very spot was the center of Western Civilization. Although the ruins can be hard to decipher, your guide on this ancient Rome tour will bring the old stones to life with stories and anecdotes.

SMALL GROUPS OF 22 PEOPLE OR FEWER — AND SPECIAL ACCESS AREAS ALL TO YOURSELF.

The sights of an Ancient Rome tour shouldn’t be considered in isolation, but rather as individual stitches in the rich tapestry of Rome’s history. With groups of 22 people or fewe,r you'll have fantastic access to your guide As they immerse you in the wonders of the Eternal City.

Sites visited

  • Casa di Augusto (Caesar's Palace)
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Arch of Titus

Included

  • VIP entry to Caesar's Palace (or special access to the House of Livia or Case Romane if the Palace is closed)
  • Skip the line tickets & reservation fees for the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Small groups of 22 people or fewer
  • Headsets
  • Handpicked Walks of Italy tour guide throughout

Reviews

5-stars from over 1025 Customer Reviews

Tiberious made the tour so informative. You can tell he is very passionate about his job!
Mr. T was a fantastic guide. He gave us great information and kept the group entertained. He certainly knows his way around the sights. We loved our tour. Thank you, Mr. T.
This was a great tour. Bruno was a great tour guide and told us interesting stories about the places we were seeing. I was very happy with this tour.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

On some days it will not be possible to visit the House of Augustus due to closures or restricted availability. On such occasions, you will visit House of Livia instead, where you will see many of the same features.”

On Saturdays the House of Augustus and the House of Livia will be closed to the public. On such occasions, you will visit the Case Romane instead, where you will see many of the same features.”

There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.

The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).

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Tiberious made the tour so informative. You can tell he is very passionate about his job!
Mr. T was a fantastic guide. He gave us great information and kept the group entertained. He certainly knows his way around the sights. We loved our tour. Thank you, Mr. T.
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This was a great tour. Bruno was a great tour guide and told us interesting stories about the places we were seeing. I was very happy with this tour.
Our guide was awesome and so knowledgeable about everything we saw on the tour. We loved our experience!
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Amazing tour. Loved the special access to Augustus's palace. Tour guide was awesome, it was obvious he was highly educated in art history. Would highly recommend to a friend
Overall I enjoyed the tour, although it often felt like we were spending more time getting to places than actually seeing them. Livia's Villa was quite impressive and worth the stop; unfortunately, with the new timed entrance, it seemed like the timing for when and how to get there is off, impacting the rest of the tour: it seemed like once we finally got into the Forum/Palatine Hill area, there was not enough time to see anything, even though it wasn't time for our tour of the Villa yet. And then once that was done, there was no time left to see anything else. In particular -- and maybe this was a misunderstanding on my part -- we spent zero time touring the Forum area, something I was quite interested in seeing: all we got were some pointers from an overlook. The tour guide was friendly, easy to understand, and was clearly knowledgeable; however, she had a tendency to ramble on without getting to the point, such that I sometimes felt like we were missing out on chances to learn more than we did. Overall a good tour, but the timing with the change at Livia's Villa definitely needs work.
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I really enjoyed the tour. Bruno is extremely knowledgeable and very kind... He brought the ruins to life in a very interesting way. It being able to enter such a special location was just amazing
The guide was very good. It was a very good tour
What a fabulous experience. It was such a treat to have such a wonderfully knowledgeable and passionate guide. Please thank Mariella again for us.
Mariella was a delight to be with. The history of the sights we saw flowed from her, and she managed our tour well. Well done!
I thought our guide whose actual name escapes me (although he said he would answer to “Mr. T”) was excellent. His descriptions at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill were great. I was less impressed with the choice of the Roman house we saw but I do not have any idea of the alternative choices.
Guide was very informative and interesting. So glad we had someone to explain and point out the important sights.
Wonderful guide with lots of information. The Guide was very accommodating with my physical problems.
Very impressive, if somewhat hot and exhausting. Claudia was very energetic and tried to help us out with heat and with getting water. She is very knowledgeable and kind. It was a great tour.
Claudia was a great guide. She made the Colliseum and the Forum come alive!
This tour was fantastic, and the guide did a superb job with excellent subject matter expertise.
Great, knowledgeable guide!
Luciana was a wonderful guide- she was considerate for the older people in our group, she was informative, and kind.
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If you dont have a lot of time and are looking for an overview of these areas this is a very good tour to do! There is a lot to cover and see so if you really want to get into a lot of detail in the Colosseum I recommend doing a tour that focuses spécifions that! The 3.5 hour tour gave me exactly what I was looking for!!
I enjoyed the tour, but struggled with the earpiece, i have small ears and it kept falling off. I didn't see the point in saying anything as they were all the same. I had adjusted it as much as possible. It would also have been nice to know in the information that your tour means that we exit the forum site and are unable to remain to explore. I was disappointed because i wanted to look round. The guide was great but i wanted to take photos of the stones because I have a stone carving hobby.
Great tour all around!
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We highly recommend this and any other Walks of Italy tour. Very organized, and the small groups allow for maximum participation in discussions about the sites.
Excellent tour, excellent guide.
Very inspiring and our guide made the whole experience very personal. She especially made our children feel comfortable
Very interesting and complete tour! The guide was brilliant, very informative and also fun!
Our tour guide was Mariella and she was outstanding! She was friendly, funny, and had a wealth of knowledge. She looked after all of us very well and was able to answer all questions we had during the tour. We were a party of 4 and we all agreed that this was an excellent tour and that we could not have asked for a better tour guide. Thank you so much for the experience and we certainly recommend your tours to other and hope to walk With you again soon:-)
A wonderful tour! Worth every penny! We recommend it highly to everyone!
Guide Selenia was terrific. Enjoyed tour immensely
Very informative! Loved it
Mariella is great!
We loved the tour and Angela was very enthusiastic and so happy to share her knowledge of Rome.
Great tour! The guide really enjoyed what she was doing and it showed!👍 We'll be back.
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We loved it
I will recommend your services to others
Mariella is an EXCELLENT guide. Her background as an acheologist sheds more light on what we are seeing and learning about.
This was a wonderful tour and Francesco was a great guide! His ability to bring the history alive and point out details was great! On a very busy and crowded day, he managed to keep us moving through and found great open and shaded places for discussions. I loved his visual aides that helped us visualize what the ruins might have looked like at other times. By far, my favorite tour and guide from Walks of Italy!
If we could give her a higher rating we would. She was above and beyond. Also the person she was training was very knowledgeable and added to the tour. I’m sorry I can’t remember his name. She really painted a picture of what would have been and brought it to life.
Maria was amazing and I absolutely loved this tour and will recommend it to anyone I ever meet who is planning on visiting Rome. She navigated the crowds with ease, and always made sure we were in the shade as much as possible. My husband and I loved the tour!
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Overall very good tour, but guide may want to be a little more assertive with other guides as they bumped us out of a few spots. Tour was really neat though and Maria had lots of good info!
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An excellent tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. He was happy to answer all our questions in a very professional manner. Thank you