On our first full day in Rome we joined up with Walks of Italy for their PM Premium Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine tour. We met the small group just outside of the Colosseum in front of the metro station. The group was easy to find and included 8 others plus our guide Luigi. We were geared up with our individual headsets so we could hear our guides commentary. The system worked pretty good except for an occasional gust of wind that made it a bit hard to hear the guide.
Luigi, who was born and raised in Rome and a history major at University who was very passionate about the area and the history of the Colosseum. He showed us around the exterior a bit before we entered, speeding past the long line of people waiting. It’s difficult to take in all of the history at once, but you start imagining what it must have been like back in the time when the colosseum was in full working order. The patrons walking through the hallways and into the open arena where gladiators fought against fierce animals to the death. You can easily see where the world’s sports arenas got their blueprints for constructing their own battlefields. We learned so much about how the Colosseum was used, information we would have only received being on a tour.
After the colosseum, we made our way past the Arch of Constantine and onto Palentine Hill where as legend has it, was where Rome was founded. There are ancient ruins in every direction as you stand in the middle of a history buffs playground looking over Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum.
To walk through this place and not know what you’re looking at would be a shame. We are extremely thankful that we went on a tour and learned more about what we were actually looking at. It’s been a long time since either one of us learned about the Roman Empire and even then, we probably weren’t paying attention that well or ever thought we would be standing in the middle of our history books staring back in time. As people on a tight budget, we felt the cost was a bit high, but a woman and her daughter from Canada that were also on the tour said that this was the best money they had spent in all of Rome! Whether to learn from a professional or to skip the line, we highly recommend doing a tour with Walks of Italy. We had a wonderful time with our guide Luigi and would like to thank Walks Italy for including us in this tour. All opinions expressed are of course our own!