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Skip the lines to the main monuments of Ancient Rome on a guided tour of only 14 people, with exclusive access to the newly opened 3rd, 4th and 5th tiers of the Colosseum. From these fantastic viewpoints, you will gain a unique perspective on the games the Romans watched here. Get a glimpse into what life was really like in Ancient Rome with a trip to the Roman Forum afterwards.
Your tour begins at the Colosseum, taking advantage of the early morning shade provided by the huge monument to Ancient Rome, this is the best time to visit! The early start will also prevent excessive waits at security - you'll be the first into the Colosseum that day.
Once inside, your guide will take you to the upper tiers (3rd, 4th and 5th), where you can look down at the arena where gladiators and animals fought to the death for the entertainment of bloodthirsty Romans citizens and their megalomaniac emperors. Your guide will let you in on all the fascinating stories about the events which took the place at the Colosseum thousands of years ago - dispelling some popular mistruths along the way.
The word "Belvedere" literally translates as "beautiful view" and for this reason they have named this section of the Colosseum very well indeed!
The views from the top tiers of the Colosseum are truly stunning and not to be missed. On the fifth tier, you'll be standing at 40 metres - just remember to take plenty of photos! The Belvedere section of the Colosseum was closed for 40 years and has only been reopened recently. On this section of your tour, you'll have access to a connecting gallery which has never been open to the public before. Incredibly preserved, you're guide will also show traces of six Ancient Roman toilets!
When you exit the Colosseum, you will see hundreds of people standing in line waiting to get in and you'll be glad of the early start.
We'll then travel to the centre of Roman life in ancient times - the Roman Forum. Here politics, business, state funerals and military parades all took centre stage. Today, you can still see the wall on which famous orators such as Cicero and Marc Antony made their greatest speeches to the Roman public. Friends, Romans, Countrymen - lend me your ears!
Your guide will show you to the site of Caesar's funeral, which is still honoured every year on his anniversary (the Ides of March) by proud Romans, who leave flowers at the spot believed to be where his pyre was burned.
With the aid of overlays, your guide will help you to see the ruins as they would have appeared 2000 years ago.
After exploring the ruins of the temples, triumphal arches and other monuments that are still visible today in the Roman Forum, you can exit with your guide or choose to remain to look around further by yourself in the Forum and also the nearby Palatine Hill.