HIDDEN ROME FAMILY TOUR SKIP THE LINE COLOSSEUM WITH SAN CLEMENTE UNDERGROUNDS

Hidden Rome family tour is an exciting journey into the past. Enter the Coliseum, the biggest entertaining monument of antiquity. Descend into the undergrounds of St. Clemente, an off the beaten path fun archaeological layer cake for kids to explore. Hidden Rome family tour is an eye-opening educational experience filled with enriching discoveries. A key to understanding Rome past and present. Step back in time and learn about the development of the city. The Colosseum and San Clemente complement each other perfectly, like salt and pepper, cookies and milk.

Your expert kid-friendly guide spellbinds your family with tales in places where every stone has a story to tell. Take a stroll through history. Walk along the archaeological core of the city littered with awe-inspiring sites, fancy temples, and symbols of the Gods. Skip the line at the Colosseum. Hear thrilling stories of Roman Emperors, Gladiators games, wild animals, mock naval battles and be part of the show! Enter the huge Forum, the heart of ancient daily life and let your imagination run wild. Descend into the mysterious world buried beneath the multilayered Basilica of San Clemente and let your children feel like archaeologists for a day! This treasure trove showcases different slices of Roman history, a time capsule where kids can step from the 12th century, down to the 4th century, to the 2nd and 1st century, under the streets of Rome. Contact us for pricing and availability.

* Private Half-Day Walking Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Coliseum Skip the Line Access
* Arch of Constantine
* Roman Forums
* Capitoline Hill
* Underground Excavations of the Basilica of St. Clemente
* Best Photo Ops

Hidden Rome family tour is private, offering the personal attention required to experience one of the world’s leading cities at your own pace. Get the answers to the questions you are burning to ask from your expert kid-friendly guide. Discover all the main sights in detail. Learn all about Rome’s secret stories that bring the city history to life. This living history and experiential hidden Rome family tour is the most meaningful way to experience the city’s key sights without wasting time waiting in line.

Experience history where history was made. Your own dedicated guide opens your eyes to the ancient world with informative stories and fun facts that entertains and educates the whole family. Learn the storied mythical history of ancient Rome. Step back in time as you enter the Coliseum. This colossal monument is the largest amphitheater ever built, bigger than many baseball stadiums. Learn about its exciting history and the games that went on within its walls. See the Roman Empire coming back to life as you walk along the Forum the meeting place in the ancient world. Vestals, soldiers, buyers, and families used to wander down to the Forum. We will follow in their footsteps. All the historical information are tailored to your interests, well-seasoned with curiosities about habits and daily life of the Romans.

A little off the beaten track but close to the Colosseum there is the multi layered Basilica of San Clemente. For a complete history lesson, continue your travel back in time by descending deep below this medieval Basilica. Enjoy the history of Rome all in one building! This historical layer cake built on the remains of a pagan temple and the remains of Roman houses, showcases different slices of history. Here you descend to a depth of 60 ft. and go back over 2000 years of culture. By going beneath the church kids understand the passage from Paganism to Christianity. This treasure trove is not just another church in Rome, it is unique and demonstrates how a city changes and builds and exemplifies a lot of the history of the city. The Basilica is small, almost child sized and is the only place in Rome where you hear the underground river that flows beneath your feet!

How it Works
We will get the tickets ahead of time so that you won’t have to wait in any lines. During the booking process, you will be able to tell us when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour for you and yours. With that, we will create the perfect tour for you.

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Tour

Pantheon

ADD ON Private Guided Visit of the Mythic Pantheon. Discover Why are Our Planets are Named after the Roman Gods
Travel back in time and learn more about the Gods and mythology. For a complete feast of ancient Roman history enter the Pantheon, one of the best preserved temples of ancient Rome dedicated to the 7 planetary Gods. This celebrated monument with its impressive concrete dome and open oculus never fails to impress! Children of all ages will be fascinated by the open “window” hole at the top of the dome and the holes in the marble floor designed to allow the rain that comes in through the hole to flow out. The Pantheon Rome’ 2000 year old gem is located in the lively Piazza della Rotonda, surrounded by outdoor gelato parlors is the perfect stop for an Italian ice cream!
Please Note: When entering the Pantheon always ensure that you dress appropriately, no shorts or sleeveless dresses. By not being properly attired you run into the risk of being denied entry.
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes

Capitoline Museums

ADD ON Private Guided Visit of the Capitoline Museums a Huge Hit with Children of All Ages Interested in Mythology
Enhance your family’s understanding of the ancient Roman world. If your children are interested in mythology you shouldn’t miss the Capitoline Museums packed with Greek and Roman mythological statues. Be inspired by the legend of the founding of Rome. For a complete feast of ancient Roman history your family-friendly guide takes you from the archaeological heart of Rome to continue your travel back in time by visiting the Capitoline Museums. Located at the top of the Capitoline Hill the museum provides an amazing backdrop for a deeper understanding of ancient Rome. Listen to stories and curiosities about the world’s oldest public museum which holds one of the richest and most eclectic art collections in the city. Children discover marble engraving, giant statues of emperors, and the she-wolf and learn about myths and legends while having fun.
Please Note: The Capitoline Museums are closed on Mondays.
Extra Time Duration: 90 minutes

Tour Rome in Comfort and Style by Private Transportation

ADD ON Private English Speaking Licensed Driver and Deluxe Air-Conditioned Mercedes Benz Vehicle

The beauty of a private guided car tour lies in the comfort and flexibility that it offers. Upgrade your tour to include a private driver (in addition to your private guide). With this optional private transportation service, guests have their own vehicle with a driver, and a guide for a total of 2 professional people at disposal for the whole length of the tour, including accommodation pick up and drop off. A private car and a driver (in addition to your private guide) is the perfect solution for those who want to tour in comfort and style.

Make the most out of your precious holiday time. Enjoy the flexibility of touring at your own pace with the convenience of an on-hand driver. Having a car and driver in addition to the guide is beneficial as you cover more sites, see off the beaten path sites that are not accessible on foot, and save energy as you are chauffeured from site to site in the luxury of an air-conditioned vehicle, thereby skipping the long walks.

For safety reasons even with booking reservations, there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the Coliseum.

The Colosseum is free on the first Sunday of every month. There is NO skip the-line access on these days. Visitors will thus enter the Colosseum WITHOUT priority admission.

Coliseum Opening Times:
08.30 – 16.30 from the last Sunday of October to 15 February
08.30 – 17.00 from the 16 of February to 15 of March
08.30 – 17.30 from the 16 of March to last Saturday of March
08.30 – 19.15 from the last Sunday of March to 31 of August
08.30 – 19.00 from 1 of September to 30 of September
08.30 – 18.30 from the 1 of October to the last Saturday of October
Last admission 1 hour before closing time

Good Friday 8:30 am – 2 pm
June 2nd 1:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Coliseum Closing times
1 January , 1 May, June 2nd AM, Good Friday PM and December 25th

The Colosseum is subject to occasional last minute closures without notice due to rain, assembly meetings, strikes or other factors. If this happens your guide will modify the itinerary working with the circumstances given. While we regret this inconvenience, the unforeseen closure of the Coliseum is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued.

When entering the Basilica of San Clemente ensure that you dress appropriately, no shorts or sleeveless dresses. By not being properly attired you run into the risk of being denied entry.

Basilica of St. Clemente Opening Hours:
From Monday to Saturday, 9-12.30 & 15-18. Last entrance to the excavations at 12.10 & 17.40.
On Sundays and State Holidays, 12-18. Last entrance to the excavations at 17.40.

When you contact our family vacation consultants let us know as much about your children interests in order to make the experience as interesting as possible for them.

Brush up on your history. To enhance the experience, Nancy Aiello suggests children’s books so that you can prepare for the tour.

Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private, luxurious, and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else – without having to accommodate other people’s interests. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.
We specialize in private, tailor-made vacations for individuals, families and friends.

Do we skip the line to enter the Coliseum?

Yes. This tour includes entrance tickets to skip the line. Your tickets will be pre-booked and prepaid for fast hassle-free entry.
Please Note: Recently, due to increased security measures, new screening procedures were put in place for entry to the Colosseum. For safety reasons ALL visitors must pass through security checks and metal detectors, so even with reservations there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the site. Because of the security measures, the line for entry may be quite long during peak seasons and holidays. However, no time will be wasted. Your experienced guide will use this time to provide an overview and contextualization for the tour.

Does your skip the line tour of the Coliseum go to the underground level or the 3rd tier?

The visit of the Coliseum underground and third ring is only available for group tours. Therefore, the visit of these areas are NOT included in our private tours.

What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?

Nancy Aiello Tours is not liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unscheduled closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. In the event of an unexpected closure of a site or attraction your guide will promptly provide an alternative itinerary. The Coliseum is subject to closure due to assembly meetings, strikes or other factors without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases the Coliseum may make changes that may affect your tour, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given and will do everything possible to make appropriate adjustments but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.

The quickest way to find answers to your questions about our private tours is to review the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the information you are looking for please contact us.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Rome Vatican Tour

    To Whom it May Concern:
    Even though we’ve filled out the on-line survey sent to us by your company, we just felt that we didn’t have the opportunity to really let you know just how amazing we felt Andrea and Lucia did as our driver and guide for our tour of Rome on 12 August, 2011.
    Andrea met us on time in our hotel lobby, and we were very impressed by his dress for the day. He wore a dark suit and tie and looked very professional. He immediately introduced himself to us, and came across as very warm and friendly. Throughout the entire tour, whenever we were coming back to the car, he made sure the air conditioning was on, so that we came back to a cool car. So appreciated, since it was a very hot day. He was always on hand to help with my wife’s wheelchair, and to make sure she got into the car ok. On our drive to the Vatican, he was very entertaining and informative, always pointing out places of interest along the way and what it was like to live in the area. This really added to our experience, especially this being our first trip to Italy. He was very open to conversation and questions which made us feel very comfortable and relaxed with him. Since Sue was in a wheelchair, Andrea, always got us as close as possible to the entrances of the attractions. He even offered to help push the wheelchair if I needed help. He was so much more than just a driver to us.
    Lucia, met us at the entrance of the Vatican, our first stop, introduced herself, and was very personable and friendly. We immediately felt very comfortable with her. She started out by going over the plan for the day, and then we proceeded in to the Vatican. We were amazed that we went right through the entrance and into the lobby. From there we started our tour. Her knowledge of history, art, sculpture, and the architecture we saw was phenomenal. She never made it feel like we were being rushed or in a hurry. We took our time and was able to look at everything we wanted to. There were many opportunities where Lucia would suggest a little break and during that break, she would just elaborate on both what we’ve just seen and what we are about to see. We were very appreciative of how she would run interference for us so that we had no problems getting the wheelchair through the sometimes massive crowds. She was more than happy to play photographer and take our picture. She and Andrea were so aware of our having a wheelchair, and made sure that whatever route we took, was the easiest for us to get around. That really made it so easy for us to enjoy the tour. We were able to go to every site that we wanted to see. Having lunch in Piazza Navona with Lucia was really special for us. It was the first time we ate at a restaurant in Rome and Lucia, at our suggestion, was more than happy to recommend something light to eat. We were so happy that she was able to join us. Unfortunately, Andrea had to stay with the car and was unable to come with us. We felt bad about that, but of course, understood.
    Rome was our first stop on a two week trip to Italy, and we have to say that meeting Andrea and Lucia was the best way to start a vacation. They were just so warm and friendly that it was more like spending the day with a couple of new friends rather than going on a tour. They were the perfect fit for us. Both Lucia and Andrea, we feel, far exceeded our expectations for this tour and did your company proud. They really seemed to enjoy what they do. It was such a pleasure to meet and spend time with them.
    Please pass this email on to both Andrea and Lucia, so that they know just how much we appreciated all that they did for us. They both fondly live on in the stories that we share with family and friends about our trip to Italy. We were truly very impressed by both of them and they will always have a special place in our hearts. We will definitely book another tour with your company the next time we’re in Italy.

    David and Susan Szymanski
  • Vatican by Night

    Our tour guide – I believe her name was Lucia – was excellent….We thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour.  When we went by the Vatican this afternoon and saw the long, long lines, we KNEW we’d made the right choice.  Will recommend it to others.  Thank you.
    I found your tours on line – was looking at blogs about Rome and one talked about your tours…glad I listened …

    Sherry Willome
  • Rome Family Vacation Package

    Thank you Nancy your team has helped us make wonderful memories with our family. We can’t wait to return to Rome

    Peggy and Richard Lewis

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