Eat and drink your way through Italy's famous culinary regions —Bologna, Tuscany, and Rome—on this packed weeklong tour. Start in Bologna, Italy's food capital, to try the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and see the University of Bologna. Continue to Florence to see works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, then sample local Chianti in a Tuscan winery. End your trip in Rome to experience Vatican City, Roman ruins, and the perfect Italian pizza.
If you opt for a tour, you'll meet your guide outside the Colosseum, completed in the year 80 CE. Once inside, a custodian will open locked gates and lead you onto the arena floor. Follow the steps of brave gladiators who engaged in combat almost two thousand years ago, and imagine what it's like to have 80,000 spectators screaming your name!
Next, you'll descend beneath the Colosseum and explore the labyrinth of dungeons and preparation rooms. These areas provided space where gladiators dressed for battle and caged beasts waited for release onto the arena floor. There are even mechanical elevators that raised participants through trap doors into the arena!
After an unforgettable experience into the depths of the Colosseum, you'll follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the centermost of Rome's seven hills. The area was once an exclusive neighborhood for political leaders and emperors. Walk around and observe the ruins of imperial palaces and savor the views of Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum below.
The Roman Forum, the center of Roman political life in its heyday, marks your final stop. This area was an ancient public marketplace and general agora (gathering place). Today, it’s filled with the ruins of government buildings, temples, basilicas, and more. Follow your guide through the ancient grounds along Via Sacra, where you'll pass the Arch of Titus and the temples of Vesta, Antonino, and Faustina. You’ll also view the Basilica Julia, a public meeting house commissioned by Julius Caesar.
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Itineraries with Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour in Rome
From Venice's Grand Canal to Tuscany's winemaking region, this 7-day itinerary is a top choice for travelers on a time crunch. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, shop for carnival masks and handblown art in Venice, and explore medieval hilltop towns in the Chianti Classico Region. End in Rome, where legendary Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, and buzzing nightlife await.
This whirlwind 8-day tour through Italy's highlights fits it all in. Start off in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the incredible Duomo and Ponte Vecchio bridge. Continue your travels in Rome, where ancient monuments and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel await. Finish off your travels on the Amalfi Coast, relaxing in the sunshine and admiring the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea.