Rome Semi-Private: The Ultimate Colosseum ( Skip-the-Line Access)

Overview New and Improved for 2019! The Ultimate tour now includes VIP skip-the-line access to the Colosseum. 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 avoiding the long ticket lines (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, but your Colosseum ticket will allow you to come back later in the day and explore this area at your own pace). Then it's on to Piazza Venezia, the site of Mussolini's headquarters during World War II and Trajan's Column, before finishing the tour in the Jewish Ghetto.   Key Sites 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. Commisioned 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. 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 wrecked 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.  Trajan's Column: Trajan’s column was erected in 113 CE, it stands in Trajan's Forum and is a commemorative monument decorated with reliefs illustrating Roman emperor Trajan’s two military campaigns in Dacia (modern Romania).  Jewish Ghetto: Home to the Jewish community in Rome since it 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 an easy pace, though we do cover a lot of ground, if you have mobility issues please contact us in advance so we can discuss options with you. The Colosseum has strict security measures. Please leave, long umbrellas, knives, large rucksacks, and SELFIE STICKS at home as they will not be permitted inside and there are no storage facilities.    Schedule for 2019 is currently being updated, please contact us for availability in the meantime.

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Rome Group: City Centre at Twilight Tour

Overview 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 Key Sites 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    

Rome: Cooking Classes

Overview Remember that little backstreet trattoria with the amazing carbonara? Remember getting home, showing your friends some pictures and trying to describe it? Doesn't cut it really does it? Well with our Roman cooking classes that will never be a problem again. Take home the greatest souvenir ever, the knowledge of how to make some of the freshest and tastiest pasta you were ever lucky enough to try. We start our morning at the Mercato Trionfale. Open since the 1800s and moving indoors in 2009 Trionfale is one of the oldest and most traditional markets in Rome. There not only will we purchase all the ingredients that we will use in our lesson, but we will learn about their production and history. We then head to the rooftop apartment of a local Roman chef where we will learn how to make three kinds of pasta from the ingredients purchased at the local market. We’ll be greeted with prosecco to begin the cooking lessons in a characteristic modern Roman neighborhood. The cooking may be fun, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We will eat our endeavors from the rooftop terrace (weather permitting) overlooking the Vatican area of Rome, all the while sampling and learning of local and Italian wines. Includes All ingredients bought at the market a glass of prosecco on arrival a full history of the dishes pasta making class by trained local chef full lunch (eat what you cook) wine, wine, wine  

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