The Rogue Historians The  Essential Colosseum Tour

The Essential Colosseum Tour

Best way to see the Colosseum (Tour and Tickets) The Colosseum may have once had a capacity upwards of 70,000 but with the Rogue Historians, you are guaranteed a more intimate experience. Our Semi-Private tours are maxed out at 13 people in order to make this a more enjoyable and personal experience.  Starting at the arena of death, we head straight into the Colosseum with our skip the line tickets (we do still have to wait in security lines which can be up to 20 minutes on extremely busy days, nobody skips these lines no matter what they advertise or promise).  After the Colosseum, we head to the exterior of the Roman Forum (exterior only).  Although we don't go inside the Forum we know the best overviews allowing us to see much of the site without having to waste more time in security lines. This leaves us time to explore more of Rome's wonders. We will head up to the Campidoglio, an incredible site and city hall for Rome today. The palace and the floor pattern were both designed by the great Michaelangelo (take a look in your pockets and you may recognise the pattern on your 50c coins). We finish the tour at the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome's most significant cultural sites. A place with a deep history and the perfect place to end our tour.    Best Things to do in Rome Visiting the Colosseum:  The arena of death! The Colosseum, a monument so vast and imposing, so awe-inspiring and iconic that it many ways it has come encapsulate the Roman Empire. Commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in 72 CE and finished during the reign of Emperor Titus in 80 CE.  With a capacity of over 50,000, it would remain the biggest sporting arena in the world until the 20th Century. The arena was used to host spectacular public entertainment events such as gladiator fights, wild animal hunts and public executions from 80 CE to 404 CE. It may be over 1500 years since the last gladiator fights but this isn’t a problem for The Rogue Historians. We will take you back in time for a day at the games - blood, guts, gore and more.   Visiting the Roman Forum:  The Roman Forum or Forum Romanum of ancient Rome was the bustling religious, administrative, legal, and commercial heart of the city from the 7th century BCE onwards. Although wracked by earthquakes, weathering, pollution, and centuries of architects robbing it of its stones and columns, the Forum Romanum, nevertheless, remains one of the most impressive sites surviving from antiquity and a unique window into the once great glorious world that was Rome.  Campidoglio: Otherwise known as the Capitoline, this hill gave us the word Capitol and was home to the Capitoline Triad, Rome's most important temples. Today the site is dominated by Michaelangelos beautiful palaces, which make up the Capitoline museums (the worlds oldest public museum) and City hall.  Jewish Ghetto: Home to the Jewish community in Rome since its walls were erected in 1555. The ghetto was a walled quarter with its gates locked at night. At the time of Sixtus V (the late 1580s), roughly 3,500 inhabitants were living in inhuman conditions. It would remain this way until the foundation of Italy with Rome as its capital in 1870. It was the last remaining Jewish Ghetto in Europe until their reestablishment under Nazi occupation during WWII.   Important Information The tour duration is three hours at a medium pace, we do cover a lot of ground. The tour is not accessible for those with walking canes or wheelchairs, but please contact us and we will be glad to work out alternatives to accommodate any needs. The Colosseum has strict security measures. Please leave, long umbrellas, knives, glass, large rucksacks, and SELFIE STICKS at home as they will not be permitted inside and there are no storage facilities.   

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The Rogue Historians Best of Rome at Twilight

Best of Rome at Twilight

Evening Walking Tour of Rome's Attractions  With the arrival of the Renaissance in Rome during the 1400s and the return of the Papal court, Rome is reborn. The aqueducts were to be rebuilt and their terminuses celebrated with grand sculptural groups and mesmerizing piazzas. Join us as we explore Renaissance and Baroque Rome. From the great palaces to the beautiful Baroque piazzas and fountains to the great rivalries of artists such as Bernini and Borromini, to lovestruck Popes, scandalous courtesans, and everything in between. Our journey begins at the Bernini’s Triton fountain in Piazza Barberini before we head to the Spanish steps and then onto the most famous fountain in the world – The Trevi fountain, whose history spans back all the way to Augustus and his right-hand man Agrippa. After throwing your coins into the fountain to ensure your safe return we head on past a number of beautiful sites, including; The Pantheon (outside only as it is closed in the evening) Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori and much more Things to do in Rome The Spanish Steps:  The monumental 174 steps were built when French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s left funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, The steps link the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France,  to the Spanish embassy and to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi located below. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. Featured in some of the most stylish movies of all time, from Roman Holiday and The Talented Mr. Ripley , to The Man From U.N.C.L.E, they are always guaranteed to be a highlight of any trip to Rome. The Trevi Fountain: The most famous fountain in the world! Started in in 1732, they would take the great Nicolo Salvi thirty years to complete. The fountain lies at the junction of three roads (tre vie)  and marks the terminus of the "modern" Acqua Vergine an aqueduct built by the Marcus Agrippa in the first century BC and is a must-see on any visit to the Eternal City. The Pantheon: The Pantheon is the best-preserved building from ancient Rome and was completed in c. 125 AD in the reign of Hadrian. Its magnificent dome is a lasting testimony to the genius of Roman architects and as the building stands virtually intact it offers a unique opportunity for the modern visitor to step back 2,000 years and experience the glory that was Rome.    Important Information We cover a lot of ground in 2 hours if you have mobility issues please contact us in advance so we can best accommodate you. Check the calendar for schedule and availability   Duration: 2Hours    

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The Rogue Historians Women's History of Rome

Women's History of Rome

As the great Virginia Woolf once said: “ For most of history, Anonymous was a Woman.” Well, we intend to rid ourselves of that anonymity and celebrate some of the great women from Rome and Italy’s past. The first (as far as we are aware) Feminist tour of Rome will explore the role of women throughout Rome’s vast history. We will discuss and celebrate the amazing history of women from the foundations of Rome to the 21st Century. The men who dominate Roman history; Emperors, Cardinals, Popes, probably would not be where they are in history had it not been for some of these women. Starting at the Campidoglio, we start our story of Rome with Rhea Silva, before winding our way through the backstreets of Rome. We will discuss key female figures of ancient Rome such as Octavia and Livia, before moving on to the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque city. We celebrate the lives of sisters, mothers, wives, mistresses, and prostitutes, bringing their emotions, passions, and narratives to life. Our tour ends a little closer to home, in the 20th Century, with Franca Viola, influential in the 1960s in Italy for refusing a "rehabilitating marriage" matrimonio riparatore",  after suffering kidnapping and rape. She was one of the first Italian women who had been raped to publicly refuse to marry her rapist. Instead, she and her family successfully appealed to the law to prosecute the rapist. The trial was to have ripple effects throughout Italy. This tour explores themes of female empowerment and female victories, but also of rape, manipulation, and abuse. It is not suitable for young children but we will allow parental discrection.

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The Rogue Historians Evening Tour of Vatican Museums

Evening Tour of Vatican Museums

Night at the Museum The days in Rome can be stiflingly hot, so to get the best out of the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel, why not join us for a night at the museum (we cannot guarantee the attractions will come to life). The Vatican may be one of the smallest states on Earth but it boasts one of the largest collections of art in the world. Sprawling across a total of 14km and over 2,000 rooms it can be a daunting prospect to explore this mammoth collection by yourself.  This semi-private experience offers you Skip-the-line access to make sure you make the most of your time, a guaranteed small group, and, your very own Rogue Historian to show you the gems of the collection and answer any and all questions you may have.  Vatican Museum Tour The Christian Church in Rome has seen the rise and fall of the Roman empire, the dawning of the dark-ages, schisms and countless reformations of the church, it has seen the greatest artists of periods such as the Renaissance and Baroque mould its churches. It has seen the rise and fall of great superpowers such as Imperial Britain and the Modern United States, and in the last hundred years has witnessed countless wars and the rise and fall of Communism. Throughout all the this the Catholic Church has remained a prominent figure and has played a pivotal role in the formulation of Western society. Let The Rogue Historians help you navigate this breathtaking collection and bring these two thousand years of history to life for you. Visit some of the most iconic pieces of ancient sculpture that inspired the Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Raphael and then marvel at their masterpieces. But also be prepared for scandal and political intrigue as our guides tell you the stories behind some of these masterpieces and the men who created them. Sistine Chapel Tour You will, of course, visit the beautiful Gallery of Maps, the stunning Raphael rooms and the astounding Sistine Chapel, one of Michelangelo’s greatest achievements, a place that never fails to inspire, awe and humble. Vatican Evening Opening Hours Fridays 7 pm till 10pm

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Who are we?


The Rogue Historians were founded on the premise of affordable and sustainable tourism. We are still family run, with just a small tight-knit group of trusted guides offering walking tours in Rome and Lisbon.


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