Join this Historic Naples Private Tour to see the best of the historic city of Naples. Our expert guide will bring to life the fascinating history behind the beautiful architecture and vibrant atmosphere.
Chiesa del Gesu Nuovo and Santa Chiara with Cloister
The ancient street, the Spaccanapoli
Sansevero Chapel with the Veiled Christ
Via San Gregorio Armeno with Neapolitan nativity scenes
Cathedral of San Gennaro
Tour Length: 3 hrs
Typology: Private Tour
English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and more
Historic Naples Private Tour
Historic Naples Private Tour
Join our expert guide for a tour of the historic center of Naples. On this tour you’ll see all the highlights of this remarkable city, a strange confluence of different influences; French, Spanish, Greek – it’s all here, and you’ll see it all, on this special Naples private tour.
A Naples Tour to Remember
Florence, Milan, Rome; they’re all well respected as remarkable Italian cities, but do any have Naples’ ridiculous, energetic charm? Naples has been the odd-one-out for hundreds of years. First, the city was Greek, then Roman, French, Spanish… only Italian last of all, in the late 1800s.
On this tour of the historic city, you’ll see the vestiges of all these periods of leadership. From the mediaeval French Gothic Church, Santa Chiara, to the excessive grandiloquently Baroque Gesu Nuovo, all of Naples’ history is here.
Our expert guide will lead you down the Spaccanapoli, the street that first divided the city when it was an Ancient Greek colony – even before the Romans! From there, you’ll see many of the city’s churches, including the Sansevero Chapel. The Sansevero Chapel is adorned with weird esoteric sculptures, including the Veiled Christ – our expert guide will reveal the hidden meanings behind the mysteries within.
Finally, you’ll wander down Via San Gregorio Armeno, and here, you’ll see all the marvelous Neapolitan nativity scenes. The nativity scenes found here are famed all over the world for incorporating pop-culture figures – but they’re for show. The real beauty is in the delicate, traditional Nativities, which people travel from all over Italy to buy.
Join this Historic Naples Private Tour to see the best of the historic city of Naples. Our expert guide will bring to life the fascinating history behind the beautiful architecture and vibrant atmosphere of the modern metropolis.
Naples Private Tour: with Panoramic Views and Historic Center
Join your guide and embark upon a full-day Naples private tour of this magnificent, unappreciated city. Enjoying sweeping vistas and fascinating history.
Tour of the panoramic viewing platforms of Naples and the Bay
Piazza del Plebiscito; with the Church of San Francesco di Paola and the Palace of the Prefecture
Sansevero Chapel with the Veiled Christ
Churches of the Spaccanapoli
Coffee at the world-famous Gambrinus
Tour Length: 7 hrs
Transport in a private car with AC
Typology: Private Tour
English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and more
Naples Private Tour:
With Panoramic Views and Historic Center
Naples Private Tour: With Panoramic Views and Historic Center
Join your guide in Naples and embark upon a full-day tour of this magnificent, unappreciated city.
See firsthand how Greek, French, Spanish and Italian culture collide, in the lively ancient city of Naples – so unlike anywhere else in Italy. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the picturesque Naples, the Bay, Vesuvius and Isles from the panoramic viewing platforms.
Italians may tell you “Naples is a crazy town” – and it’s certainly crazily charming. High art, high drama and great food culture make Naples a destination not to miss.
Experience the best of Italian history, from the ancient, to mediaeval and Baroque, on this tour of a greatly loved Italian city.
A Private Tour of Naples to Remember
Leave any preconceptions you have behind and join us on this whirlwind tour of the dazzling city of Naples. Naples is a truly unique city, due to its blend of Greek, French, Spanish and Italian influences and its location on the beautiful Bay.
Begin the tour with a driving tour of panoramic viewing platforms. From here, you’ll enjoy remarkable views of Naples, the Bay, Vesuvius, and the islands of Ischia and Capri.
Our walking tour begins with the monumental area of the city center. Make you way between palaces, castles and some of the most impressive architecture in Naples, as you traverse the sea front. Enjoy a coffee at the world-famous Gambrinus, near the iconic Piazza del Plebiscito to enjoy great taste, in style. After that, our guide will recommend you to one of the city’s many restaurants for you to take lunch. Did you know Naples is thought to have the best pizza in Italy?
Continue to Piazza San Gesù, at the bottom of the ancient Greek street, The Spaccanapoli. For thousands of years, this was the place for bright young Neapolitans to see and be seen. First, our guide will take you into two very different churches – the flamboyantly Baroque Gesù Nuovo and the restrained, elegant French Gothic Santa Chiara.
Onwards to the San Gennaro Cathedral, where you’ll see the statue of Saint Januarius, the city’s patron saint, who is said to weep blood once a year.
This Naples private tour is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy a journey through one of the most lively and charming Italian cities, where many great European civilizations beautifully collided.
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Vatican Private Tour – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica
Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s Last Judgment
St Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums
Belvedere Courtyard and the Pine Cone
Laocoön Group in the Octagonal Court
Raphael’s Rooms and the Borgia Apartments
Belvedere Torso and Apollo Belvedere
Red Porphyry Sarcophagi and Nero’s Bathtub
Hall of Maps and Hall of Tapestries
Typology: Private Tour
Skip-the-line Admission Tickets Included
Language: English, Spanish, Arabic, French, German
Tour Length: 3.5 hrs
Vatican Private Tour 3.5 hrs
— Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica
EXPLORE THE VATICAN WITH US
Our Vatican Private Tour is the equivalent of a crash course in European art and history. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guides, you will get to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica, the centerpiece of Vatican City and the most important site of the Catholic Church. You will admire some of the world’s famous masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s Pietà and several other seminal works of Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art. The Vatican Museums are indeed one of the greatest and largest collection of art in the world. You could simply spend days and weeks inside the Vatican Museums to explore every single detail of such a stunning gathering of beauty and art works. In fact, people spent years, even their own life, exploring the Vatican. Still an expert guide can lead you through this beautiful labyrinth with no time waste, and show you the best, most iconic and admired parts of Vatican Museums, from the Pio-Clementino section to Raphael’s Rooms, to end of course with the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. You will have the chance to stand below one of the most iconic frescoes in the world and see for yourself the magnificent simplicity of that powerful gesture by which God, extending his hand, gives life to the first man, in Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. You will stand right in front of the magnificent Christ depicted by Michelangelo centuries ago in the Last Judgment and admire the unparalleled skills and vision of such a great artist.
“…hunched up there like a cat in Lombardy” (Michelangelo, 1475-1564)
THE SISTINE CHAPEL
The Sistine Chapel owes its name to Pope Sixtus IV (Sisto in Italian), the man who built it. His nephew, Pope Julius II, summoned Michelangelo in 1508 and commissioned him to paint the ceiling’s frescoes. Michelangelo actually was more comfortable with the chisel rather than with the brush, he considered himself a sculptor, not a painter. Plus, the fresco technique is also particularly hard because you cannot fix and repaint what has been painted already, because walls actually absorbs the pigments. The ceiling is also a curved surface, which would have made everything even more difficult. The pope had to resort to all his diplomatic skills to convince him to undertake such an enormous task. Eventually Michelangelo accepted. It took 33-years-old Michelangelo four years to paint the ceiling and the main wall of the Chapel, whose highlights are the large fresco depicting The Creation of Adam and, on the front wall, the Last Judgment. So painstaking was the process, which Michelangelo performed while standing, that the master once complained to a friend in a private letter in versi, about the pain of standing “hunched up there like a cat in Lombardy”. As aforementioned, Michelangelo’s self-confessed feeling of inadequacy because of his background in sculpture rather than painting. But precisely his craft as a sculptor turned out to bring a new and revolutionary contribution to the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose representation of the human bodies have a sculptural dimension and a magnificence that have impressed modern scholars as well as Michelangelo’s contemporaries.
Not only was the Vatican one of the most powerful states in Europe, its pontiffs were for centuries some of the most influent individuals on the political scene. Not least, many were men of great taste and culture who possessed the means to commission and amass a great number of art works spanning 4000 years of history and many genres. During this tour of the Vatican museums, our passionate guides will reveal the stories behind each of them, while walking you through the 12,000 rooms filled with unique artifacts. The highlights include the Papal apartments known as Raphael Rooms, decorated with brightly colored frescoes by Michelangelo and Raphael, the Borgia Apartment, The Room of the Animals, The Hall of Maps occupying nine rooms and The Octagonal Court with Laocoön Group, a unique example of ancient sculpture, displayed in the Vatican since 1506, ever since its discovery on January 14 of the same year. Another extraordinary piece, now located in the fascinating Room of the Muses, is certainly the Belvedere Torso, an original Greek statue of the 1st century before Christ. Michelangelo was so impressed with this muscular torso that he used it as a model for many of the figures in the Sistine Chapel, including that of Christ. The man represented in this torso is seated on an animal skin, spread over a rock. Underneath it is still possible to read the unusual (for that time) signature of the artist: “Made by Apollonius, from Athen, son of Nestor”.
VISITING SAINT PETER’S BASILICA
The history of the world’s smallest sovereign state and for centuries the most powerful, is entwined with that of Rome, the city surrounding it. Located across the Tiber river from Rome’s historic center, St. Peter’s Basilica is the world’s largest church and an important symbol of Christendom (although many don’t know that the official seat of the pope is actually the Basilica of St John Lateran!). The church’s location, on the Vatican Hill, is highly symbolic, marking the place where Saint Peter, considered the first Pope, died a martyr and was buried in 64 AD. Only recently it has been found a tomb underneath the basilica, that after much excavation archeologists think could really be the tomb of St Peter. The presence of Saint Peter’s tomb, located under the altar, as well as those of other pontiffs have attracted over the centuries crowds of pilgrims. Certainly, this remains a sacred site for Christians all over the world, and “on this rock” the popes built a stupendous basilica. It took over a hundred years to build the church as it is today (1506-1615) and the work of some of the most brilliant and talented architects of the Renaissance, such as Bramante, its first chief architect, Michelangelo, who designed the impressive dome, Maderno who built the facade, and Bernini, who drew up plans for St. Peter’s Square and adorned its colonnade with statues. But Bernini also failed in his attempt to build two tall bell towers on the sides of the church. He miscalculated the weight of the towers and he had to demolish the one he had already built, jeopardizing his entire and brilliant career. Our Vatican tour will introduce you to the many art treasures housed in the church, whose 185 meters long and 46 meters tall nave can accommodate up to 60,000 people. They include the magnificent Pietà, a cornerstone work of Renaissance sculpture completed when Michelangelo was only 24, the richly adorned Chapel of the Sacrament, and, under the magnificent 119 meters tall dome, Bernini’s impressive bronze baldachin which hosts the Papal altar.
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Private Vatican Tour at Night: with Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel and Vatican Tours
Laocoön and Apollo Belvedere
Raphael’s Rooms and the Borgia Apartments
Red Porphyry Sarcophagi and Nero’s Bathtub
Hall of Maps and Hall of Tapestries
Typology: Private Tour
Skip-the-line Admission Tickets included
Language: English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Russian, Italian
Tour Length: 2.5 hrs
Vatican Private Tour at Night:
with Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night, on this very special private tour. Shake off the day’s crowds and see some of the greatest artworks in the world, including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Bernini, under the stars.
Our expert guide will take you to the treasures of this collection, so you can see some of the greatest artworks European civilization has ever produced.
The Vatican Museums’ collection stretches across 5 miles – a novice can frequently miss some of the highlights by getting lost in minor rooms. Instead, join a private tour and allow our expert guide to illuminate you to the great wonders of this special collection. See the Raphael Rooms, where Raphael’s frescoes, like his Philosophers of Athens, delight with their humanist elegance and dazzling color. Enjoy the extensive range of classical statuary, including treasures like the powerfully masculine, fractured masterpiece, The Belvedere Torso.
Not even the most raucous crowd could ruin the Sistine Chapel, but busy days in high season frequently diminish its impact. Instead of letting the shine of this special place dim, join this night tour and see 12,000ft of Michelangelo’s frescoes, in the relative serenity of evening. Our guide will awaken hidden meanings behind these most impressive works, including The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam.
Join our private tour of the Vatican at Night to see one of the greatest art collections in the world, away from the day’s crowds. Experience the history of culture like never before on this unique tour experience.
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PLEASE NOTE: The 4th & 5th rings of the Colosseum are currently closed for maintanence work, until further notice.
The 3rd ring is still accessible.
If the 4th & 5th level are still closed at the time of your tour, you can claim a rebate of €10 per person as compensation.
Just send an email to [email protected] with your order reference number. We willl send the rebate the day after the tour, if the 4th & 5th levels are still closed.
All in One Colosseum Tour
– with Colosseum Underground, Arena and Belvedere
We at Roma Experience are proud of having been the very first group tour to visit the higher levels of the Colosseum after the reopening. It was more than 40 years that no visitors had the chance to walk up to the fourth and fifth level, and now we are happy and amazed to be able to provide you with a new spectacular tour. During our Colosseum Belvedere tour, you will explore the third, fourth, and fifth rings of the Colosseum, the highest level of the Roman Amphitheater. Experience one of Rome most beautiful panoramic view and walk through privileged-access galleries and corridors. During the rest of this Colosseum group tour you will also explore the archaeological area of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the heart of the ancient city where all the most important buildings of ancient Rome stood and at times still stand.
The Highest Levels of the Colosseum
More than 40 years has passed since the last visitor was able to climb up to the fourth and fifth tier of the Colosseum. Now, this extraordinary Colosseum underground and Belvedere tour experience has been made again possible. The first lucky ones have already climbed up to the highest possible level of the Colosseum. New and never-opened-before stairs and galleries are now available for the tour groups and their guide. Reach the highest rings of the Roman Amphitheater. The view of Rome you can gain from the top of the Colosseum is one of the best that you can imagine.
Your guide will take you through a new tunnel, never before opened to the public, that is still preserved in its pristine status. It was here that the crowd coming to the Colosseum for the gladiatorial games found the way to the assigned seats. It was also here that were located the restrooms, still partially visible today. Wall writings carved by the workers employed in the construction of the Colosseum are visible today, thanks to the refurbishment recently completed.
The Third Tier of the Colosseum
It is from here that you gain access to the upper levels of the Colosseum. The third tier, the fourth tier, and the fifth tier. The third tier of the Colosseum has been opened already for5+ years and. Before it was possible to visit this level as a privileged related to the Colosseum underground tickets.
Now, a separate ticket is necessary to visit, on the one hand, the Colosseum and Arena levels, on the other,
hand the third, forth and fifth level: the so-called Colosseum Belvedere.
The view available to the visitors of the Colosseum Belvedere is already amazing from the third level, as you have a complete overview from the top of the Colosseum lower levels, the arena and even the underground area which is partially uncovered. The view of Arch of Constantine from here is particularly suggestive, as you can see the giant triumphal arch right under your eyes at a distance that is just perfect to catch the details ina big picture. Take photographs of the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill and the Temple of Venus and Roma from here, and you will have amazing images to take home and show your friends and family.
Colosseum Top Tiers
The real show starts when you leave the third level to climb still up and reach the fourth one, raising on top of the third of more than 15 meters. This means 49 feet above the third ring. The fourth and fifth tiers were destined to the lower classes of Roman citizens. Particularly, the fifth one was destined to the plebs, what we would today call, the proletariat. The fourth level was for the small merchants and artisans. The third ring hosted the richest merchants and businessmen. The second and first rings (which we visit during our Classic Tour of the Colosseum) were booked for knights, patricians, nobles, and senators. The senators and the people of the imperial court were so close to the arena that the architects had to build a fence to protect them from unexpected jumps from the ferocious beats employed during the games.
But let’s go up to the highest rings. The view from here is just amazing. Breathtaking. You can see from here all of the ancient city of Rome, with the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill (which we still visit during this ancient Rome tour, before or after the amphitheater), you can see the inside of the Colosseum with a stunning bird-view perspective. You will be surprised at how much bigger the Colosseum actually is than it looks from below. The Roman amphitheate, after all, was built to replace an artificial and private lake built by Nero for its Domus Aurea, the famous Golden Palace whose underground level is today possible to explore with Roma Experience. But going back to the Colosseum. The bird-view is just stunning. You will feel a cold chill on your spine all along. You will hold your breath. Won’t believe your eyes. It’s all real.
The Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world, was employed to provide hunts and gladiatorial games. Roman people would just go crazy for a good day of hunts and games. Politicians knew it and often sponsored games to gain consensus among the people. It would have been all useless if they forgot to keep them happy during the show. The sun was shining in Rome 2,000 ago as it is shining today. Shade is very welcome at certain hours of the day. This is way, like modern stadiums, the Colosseum also possessed a retractable cover maneuvered by a squad of expert sailors. It was actual sails that these men would operate, no much different from the ones they used on a ship. Same thing, but bigger. This retractable curtain was called velarium, which comes from vela, the Latin for sail. This bad batch would work on the fifth level. Bollards are still visible today, where the sailors would secure the ropes holding the giant tents. Their duty was that of keeping the keen audience out of the reach of the fierce sun so that people could enjoy the game, and grow their appreciation for whoever sponsored the bloodshed.
Colosseun Underground & Belvedere Tour
Select this tour if you are looking for an all-in-one Colosseum tour that allows you to explore the ancient Roman amphitheatre from tip to top, and discover all the secrets, stories and the history behind the ancient city, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Skip the Line Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Journey to the heart of Rome’s Ancient Empire and experience the iconic Colosseum for yourself. Allow your expert guide to bring to life the trials and triumphs of the gladiators and uncover the Roman Forum’s secrets.
Were you ever impressed by the noise of a roaring stadium full of fans chanting the name of their favourite team? Then you will love the stories of gladiators fighting in the Colosseum, the greatest arena in the Roman world. Curious about the lives of the powerful men who changed the world history, such as Caesar, a leader of great charisma and unmatched military strength, Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire, or Nero, the tyrant who allegedly burnt down Rome to gain space for his grand architectural projects? A visit to the Ancient Rome during our skip-the-line Colosseum tour will reveal many exciting stories about the deeds and misdeeds of these remarkable individuals.
Lastly, if you’ve always wanted to know how Rome evolved from a small settlement into the greatest city of the Ancient World, a walk on the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum the oldest part of the city and a place where history meets legend, will seem like a journey back in time!
Book with Roma Experience and get to know all about Ancient Rome. You can choose between 2 different tour options: our Classic Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour and our unique 360° Virtual Reality Tour of Rome Ancient City with amazing 3D accurate reconstructions. Thanks to Oculus Technology Ancient Rome has never this exciting since 300 AD. We will provide you with a 3d visor (at the beginning of the tour) so that you can see the ancient city as it was! The tour guide will stop in different spots throughout the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum Square — and in each place, you will see Rome like it appeared to a Roman at the end of the second century. Choose your Colosseum Experience below. We look forward to meeting you in Rome! (Except for the virtual reality glasses the itinerary of the two tours is the same).
The Ancient World’s Mightest Arena
“It is the most beautiful of ruins; there breathes all the majesty of ancient Rome,” wrote 19th century French writer Stendhal after visiting the Colosseum. Not much has changed since then, in terms of the Colosseum’s power of attraction: its imposing presence and the remarkable endurance in the face of time are as impressive as the stories of cruel gladiator games and elaborate mock sea battles it hosted. Built almost 2000 years ago by the Flavian emperors (started in 70 AD under Vespasian and completed by Titus in 80 AD), the Colosseum held a very important social role. It enabled everyone, regardless of status, to participate in public celebrations, a right of every Roman citizen. As such, the arena served a more complex role than first meets the eye, as it provided the powerful men of the day with not just a venue for mass entertainment, but also the means to influence and measure the mood of the people. In the words of 1st century Roman poet Juvenal, the crowds could be swayed in favor of one leader or another by means of “bread and circuses”(panem et circenses, in Latin). Today, the arena that could hold up to 80,000 spectators is one of the world’s most visited monuments and, a detail of interest for cat lovers, currently hosts about 200 feline occupants.
The Roman Forum
Located in the valley that connects the Capitoline and Palatine Hills, the so-called Roman Forum transformed from a marshy plot of land to the administrative, political, and economic heart of Ancient Rome. The Roman Forum was also the epicenter of the city’s social life, the place where citizens and slaves would cross paths with patricians and senators and attend events of public interest. A collection of beautiful and majestic ruins of buildings representing different ages in the life of the city, the Roman Forum is today one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our guided Colosseum tour through the remains provides valuable insights into the everyday life of Roman citizens and represents the perfect way of getting to know more about the figures that shaped the history of the Ancient World. From the Temple of the Vestal Virgins to the ancient Roman senate, from the Arch of Septiumus Severus to the Temple of Saturn, you will see the best of Ancient Rome.
The Palatine Hill: A Place Shrouded in Legend
Inhabited since 1000 BC, the Palatine Hill is the most ancient part of the city. A visit to the Palatine, an open-air museum situated nearby the Forum, will allow you to gain important insights into the development of the city of Rome, from the legends of its foundation, to how it became the center of one of the most powerful empires of the Ancient World. According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill is where the she-wolf Lupa adopted and cared for the twins who would later found Rome, Remus and Romulus. During the city’s most glorious days, throughout the Republican period and in the time of the Empire, several of the most affluent Romans, as well as Emperors Augustus, Tiberius and Domitian, lived on the Hill in magnificent palaces whose remains can still be seen today.
Virtual Reality Tour of Rome Ancient City
Can’t wait to see all of these places live? You’ll see much more than this. Our English-speaking guides will surely do their best to bring to life the glorious past of Ancient Rome. Thanks to our state-of-the-art 3D Oculus displays, though, you’ll be able to really have a clear picture of how the Colosseum and the RomanForum looked 2000 years ago, at the peak of its glory and fame. Once you’ve reached the Colosseum* square, the majestic amphitheater will appear in front of you in its original state, surrounded by the huge statue of Nero, the so-called “Colossus”, the word from which the Flavian amphitheater itself took the name it is famous for nowadays.
After a deep exploration of the ground level, the 1st and the 2 ring of the Colosseum, your tour guide will climb with you up to the Palatine Hill, where a breath-taking view over the city of Rome will let you understand why Emperors and Noble families chose this location to have their rich residences built. A beautiful view indeed, but one which can’t compare to the one Emperors of Ancient Rome were able to gaze upon. Now you can admire it too! Just wear your 3D visors and marvel at the view from the Palatine Hill over Ancient Rome and a brand new Circus Maximus! Nowadays you can only see a green field, but in Ancient Rome the Circus Maximus was a U-shaped, marble covered hippodrome which could seat up to 250,000 people!
Emperors loved assisting to chariot races held in the Circus Maximus from the comfort of their own residences. Thanks to your Oculus visor you will find yourself standing in the patio of a real Emperor palace on the Palatine Hill and observe the outside of the building in all its magnificent details.
The last part of your tour will take you in the beating heart of Ancient Rome and its political and daily life. You will walk with your guide inside the archaeological area of the Roman Forum on cobblestoned alleys, lined on both sides by what remains of columns, arches, buildings and temples. Here Romans used to participate or simply assist to public speeches, engage in conversations about politics and law and follow impressive “Triumphs” – these were civil or religious processions organized to celebrate military victories and sanctify the commanders who led them. The Roman Forum is the biggest and richest archaeological area in the world. Most ruins, though, are only partially visible today and without a guide, most of their history would remain hidden. With an expert guide by your side, you will understand the history behind each and every ruin and discover legends and facts about Ancient Rome. But this is a special tour and we’ll go further than that – by the time you put your 3D Oculus back on, you’ll be like traveling in time, and find yourself at a moment in history when these monuments, like the temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Basilica Aemilia were at the peak of their splendor!
*Tours might start or end at the Colosseum.
Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly because of steep stairs and numerous up-and-downs. We encourage those with mobility issues (with or without wheelchair) to book a private Colosseum tour, so that the tour guide can adapt the pace to their needs.
Skip-the-line Admission Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are included in the price
Meeting Time: 8:30am
Meeting Point: Central Location in Rome (Full details provided after booking)
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Experience the Sistine Chapel just by yourself and your guide!
Early Morning Vatican Tour
— Visiting the Vatican Before General Admission
OUR EARLY MORNING VATICAN TOUR
Join our Early Morning Vatican Small Group Tour and beat the crowds! Be joined by one of our selected, experienced guides and enter the Vatican Museums at 8 o’clock, one hour before the regular opening – you will be sure to explore the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel when they’re least crowded. Skip-the-line entry fees are included in the price!
A visit to the Vatican, the seat of the papacy and one of the biggest collection of Museums in the world, is certainly on the wish list of most people visiting Rome. Despite being the smallest country in the world, Vatican City is a powerful and independent state that can boast the most important edifice of the Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and countless masterpieces collected by the Papacy during the centuries.
No wonder the Vatican is crammed with visitors everyday — 6 million people entered the Museums and the Sistin Chapel in 2017 alone. Especially in the high season, buying skip-the-line tickets is not enough to save your precious time and enjoy a memorable visit of the Vatican Galleries.
If you want to explore the Vatican and St. Peter’s away from the big, daily crowds, choose our 3-hour Early Morning Vatican Experience. You will enter the Vatican Museums at 8am, on hour before the general opening at 9 am. One of our selected, local guides will lead you through the maze of the Vatican galleries, inside the Sistine Chapel and in the heart of the Papacy, St. Peter’s Basilica. To make the visit even more special, you will be joining an intimate group of maximum 12 people, so that you can easily hear and interact with your guide. Book today our Early Morning Vatican Tour and live an experience you’ll never forget.
A LABYRINTH OF CORRIDORS AND ROOMS
The Vatican Museums host one of the world’s biggest art collections, displayed on around 4.5 miles of halls and corridors.
One of the most appreciated masterpieces in the Vatican Museums: The Laocoon GroupOver 70,000 works of art are on display and countless more are tucked away in its huge archives. Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, this huge collection was later enlarged by successive pontiffs who added all kinds of artefacts from ancient busts to precious tapestries and priceless paintings of old and modern masters. Visiting all the rooms and corridors on a single visit would be impossible and it is quite difficult to select the best things to see on your own. This is why we only select the best guides to run our Vatican Tours – you will be sure you cover all the highlights of the Vatican Museums – all the frescoes, statues and paintings you really should not miss! These include the spectacular collection of classical statuary in the Pio-Clementino Museum, the beautiful rooms frescoed by Raphael, and, of course, the Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican State is the smallest country in the world. Inside its 44 hectares, the Vatican houses St. Peter’s Basilica and the halls and galleries of the Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano. This huge complex can be divided into two palaces – the original Vatican palace, lying near to St Peter’s Basilica, and the Palazzetto di Belvedere – both palaces are joined by two long galleries. When walking from one hall of the Museum to the other you will see three courtyards: the Cortile della Pigna (Pinecone Courtyard), the Cortile della Biblioteca (Library Courtyard) and the Cortile del Belvedere (Belvedere Courtyard).
When touring the Vatican with Roma Experience, you will follow an itinerary planned by our best guides. In this way, you will be sure you cover all the must-sees in 3 hours – and with our Early Entrance Vatican Tour you’ll enjoy your visit even more – Less crowd, more space and time to walk and admire the halls of the Vatican Museums!
One of the biggest collections housed in the Vatican is the Pio-Clementino Museum. These stunning rooms exhibit beautiful examples of classical statuary, the most famous being the Apollo of the Belvedere and the 1st-century Laocoön located in the Octagonal Courtyard. As soon as you access the courtyard, the Apollo Belvedere will be on your left. This marble masterpiece is the beautifully-crafted 2nd-century Roman copy of a 4th-century-BC Greek bronze, representing the Greek god of the sun, Apollo. Just a few steps further you will lay your eyes on the Laocoön complex, a series of statues depicting a muscular Trojan priest and his two sons, struggling in a battle against two snakes. You’ll be left speechless by how the muscles and sinews of each of the three figures have been carefully carved out of a single piece of marble!
Back inside, you will walk in the Sala degli Animali (Animal’s Room), filled with sculpted creatures and stunning 4th-century mosaics and in the Sala delle Muse (Muses’ Room), house to another of the Vatican’s must-sees, the Torso of the Belvedere. This statue is what is left of a muscular 1st-century-BC Greek sculpture, discovered in the centre of Rome in the 15th century. The contorted pose of the body and the realism of his musculature made the statue influential on Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque artists, including Michelangelo and Raphael. Michelangelo, in particular, studied the Torso of the Belvedere so deeply that the statue started to be referred to as “The School of Michelangelo”, as the artist used it as a model for his ignudi (male nudes) in the Sistine Chapel’s frescoes.
Following the Muses’ Room is the Sala Rotonda (Round Room), displaying a number of colossal statues and an exquisite floor mosaic. Loved by kids and adults alike is the enormous basin occupying the centre of the room. This round basin made of red porphyry stone was found at Nero’s Palace (Domus Aurea), near the Colosseum. This is believed to have been used by Emperor’s Nero as his personal bathtub – its red, purplish porphyry was very similar to the red extracted by seashells. Romans used it to dye the dresses of the Roman Ancient Roman Senators, making this red a symbol of a wealthy status.
Time to reach the western side of the Vatican Museums and enter the Gallery of the Candelabra. Once called simply “Gallery of the Miscellanea”, it gained its new name when architects adorned it with marble candelabra at the end of the 18th century. Around 500 artefacts are displayed in the 6 sections of this gallery – statues, frescoes, sarcophagi and much more. Next to the Gallery of the Candelabra is the Tapestry Gallery, a 120m-long corridor where 40 16th-century topographical maps of Italy have been hung on its walls.
One more unmissable location in our Vatican Tour itinerary are the 4 rooms frescoed by Raphael. Once used as Pope Julius II’s private apartments, the Renaissance master painted the Stanza della Segnatura (1508–11) and Stanza d’Eliodoro (1512–14) himself, while the Stanza dell’Incendio (1514–17) and Sala di Costantino (1517–24) were decorated by some of his students, helped by his designs. The Raphael rooms are stunning and if you love the art of painting it will be the highlight of your Early Morning Vatican Tour.
LOSE YOURSELF IN THE STUNNING SISTINE CHAPEL
During our tour of the Vatican we will visit The Sistine Chapel, dreamed up by 33-year-old Michelangelo, whose iconic frescoes depicting The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam are some of the most easily recognizable images in Western culture. The Sistine Chapel, named after Pope Sixtus IV (Sisto in Italian), the man who built it, represents one of the most accomplished examples of High Renaissance Art. Completed over four years by Michelangelo at the request of Pope Julius II, the frescoes, especially The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adamhave secured a place in art books as well as in popular culture. That simple yet powerful gesture by which God, depicted for the first time as a muscular figure, gives life to Adam by extending his finger is today one of the most iconic images one can think of. With its paintings covering 12,000 sq ft (1,110 sq m), the Sistine Chapel, whose 500th anniversary was marked in 2012, is until today pope’s private chapel and has served as the sole location of papal elections since 1870. With our licensed guides you will be able to skip the line again and reach St Peter’s Basilica through a dedicated corridor. Individual visitors need to exit from a secondary entrance and do not have access to the basilica unless they go all the way back to St Peter’s square to line up again, waiting to enter the Basilica. Without wasting time, we enter the basilica via the Sistine Chapel.
ST PETER’S BASILICA & SQUARE
Together, Saint Peter’s Basilica (built 1506 -1615) and the Square located in front of it represent important symbols of Christendom. Built on the Vatican Hill, a highly symbolic location, they mark the place where Saint Peter, considered the first pontiff, died a martyr in 64 AD. His tomb, located just under the altar, is a major objective for pilgrims and has been so for millennia. Built over a hundred years, the Basilica as well as the Square required the talent and skill of some of the most brilliant minds of the Renaissance. Donato Bramante was the church’s first chief architect and designed the plans that Michelangelo—who added the dome—later built on, Bernini designed St. Peter’s Square and enriched its colonnade with statues, and several others extended and completed their work. Today, the church featuring a 185 meters long and 46 meters tall nave and an impressive 119 meters tall dome can accommodate a congregation of 60,000. Among the art and sculpture treasures it hosts, Michelangelo’s magnificent Pietà, a sculpture depicting Mary mourning over her beloved son whom she holds in her arms, is a seminal work of High Renaissance and one of great sensitivity. The beautifully decorated Chapel of the Sacrament and the bronze baldacchino sculpted by Bernini are but two of the church’s many attractions.
*on rare occasions St Peter’s Basilica might be closed without prior notification. In this event, we will spend more time inside the Museum and Sistine Chapel.
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica away from the crowds!
INFO ABOUT OUR VATICAN TOUR
Meeting Time: 7:30am
Everyday except Wednesdays and Sundays
Meeting Place: at a central Location near the Vatican (full details provided after booking)
**Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but please be aware that elevators are not conveniently located on the group tour route. We encourage those with mobility problems to book a private tour, in order to allow the guide to adapt the pace to their specific needs.
From April through September you can also visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night with our Tour of VATICAN AT NIGHT, available on Fridays.
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Walking on arena of the Colosseum where the gladiators fought
Colosseum Underground Overview
On this tour you will descend into the dark heart of the Colosseum. Here the gladiators could hear the cheering of the crowd awaiting them, or the roar of a lion about to be lifted from the dungeons underneath the floor to the blinding light of the Arena. Here, perfectly synchronised scenery changes were engineered by the best minds of the time to offer the excited crowd the best possible show in the whole Roman Empire. Today, we want to offer you the best possible Colosseum tour in Rome! We created a variety of tour options ranking amongst the best Colosseum guided tours you can find in the Eternal City.
Our Colosseum Underground Tours
With multiple options at your hand you can choose what colosseum underground tour best fits your plans and needs, but all of them have in common our guarantees: professional, expert English-speaking guides, skip the line ticket Colosseum underground tickets and all related admission tickets for the sites visited, outstanding customer care for any need you might have before, during and after purchase of your Colosseum tour ticket with Roma Experience. With this in mind you can decide if you want to join a small group tour of Rome ancient city with max 12 people, or a larger group tour of the Colosseum underground of 24. In making your choice please consider that even with a tour of max 12 in the archaeological area of Roman Forum and palatine hill, we join another small group inside the Colosseum – so, just inside the Colosseum we will always be max 24. If you choose a group of 24 to start, you will be with 24 people all along the your tour, even in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Go back to the top of the page to choose your preferred tour option!
Finally, you can now choose a Colosseum underground tour that is all-inclusive of all the levels of the Colosseum including the Belvedere section (levels from 3 to 5) from which a stunning view of the Colosseum itself and the whole Ancient Rome can be seen, an experience that will leave you breathless. A separate fast-selling reservation is necessary for the Colosseum Belvedere when purchased in combination with the Colosseum underground, but you don’t have to worry about anything because we at Roma Experience will take care of making all the necessary reservations for this incredible All in One Tour of Colosseum Underground and Colosseum Belvedere. If you want to visit all levels of the Roman amphitheater, including underground area, gladiators’ arena, first and second levels, plus Belvedere terraces (3rd, 4th and 5th top levels of the Colosseum), then look no further: this is the tour for you.
More Colosseum Tour Options
Choose your favourite Skip the Line Colosseum Tours and join our expert English-speaking tour guides to visit one of the greatest monument of antiquity, with privileged access to the restricted areas that are closed to general public: the Colosseum arena, underground and belvedere. (If you are not interested in visiting the restricted area, pleaser consider our Classic Colosseum Experience with standard access to the first two levels of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You can as well opt for a cutting-edge Virtual reality Rome tour with a visit of the Colosseum first two levels. But it’s not all, you can now book a tour of Colosseum Belvedere that allows you to visit the ancient city (Roman Forum and Palatine Hill) and the Colosseum top levels. Please for an overview of all our Colosseum Tours that compares all the highlights, prices and tour features, check out our Colosseum Tours page. To learn more about the Colosseum Underground continue here below.
The Colosseum Underground
It was here, in the Colosseum Underground that the exciting andyet horrific shows that would take place in the Colosseum arena, were planned out, prepared and put up with the utmost attention. During this special Colosseum underground tour you will be able to see a newly constructed elevator, recreated by experts, which demonstrates how the Romans hoisted animals up to the arena level. There were twenty-eight of these elevators in the Colosseum, each powered by eight slaves. After exploring the dark tunnels of the Colosseum Underground, we will raise again to the street level to enter the actual arena, the stage where the show took place and blood was spilt.
Here the gladiators fought for their lives against animals and humans as well. On the second level you will have the chance to admire a beautiful exhibit on the history of the Colosseum and many archaeological findings of great interest to visualize what really was going on inside and around the Colosseum. From here you also have quite a beautiful view over the Arch of Constantine and the Roman Forum: a truly unforgettable experience! Don’t forget your camera! From here you take some great pictures of Rome and the ancient city. After* visiting the Colosseum (itinerary may vary, as at times we might visit the Colosseum at the end of the tour, not the beginning — but usually it is the beginning), we’ll proceed on our tour to explore the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
The Roman Forum was the city center of ancient Rome and this was the place where, like in any major city today, you could find the most important public areas and buildings: the marketplace, the Senate, the different temples, the House of the Vestals — virgins who had the honor and the responsibility to keep the eternal flame of Rome alive, ensuring its fortune and glory. Off the Via Sacra, we’ll visit the altar where Caesar was cremated. We’ll also visit two magnificent arches: the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus and the Arch of Constantine. Finally, we will climb up the Palatine Hill and admire the sites where the She-Wolf, La Lupa, nursed the twin founders of Rome: Romulus and Remus. It is the oldest part of Rome and the one favoured by Rome’s richest and most powerful families, including the imperial ones. It is here where they built their vast and luxurious palaces — and the English words “palace” harks back to the Palatine.
Our small group reaches the arena after exploring the Colosseum underground
The Flavian amphitheatre
Despite much damage by fire, earthquakes and looting this stunning amphitheater has survived the centuries and it is still impressive today for its colossal size, inferior in no aspect to any modern stadium. The Colosseum could accommodate from 50,000 up to 80,000 thousand spectators, all coming to watch their favorite gladiators risking their lives on the arena in various and different ways: sword fights, animal hunts and even naval battles! The Colosseum was indeed an amazing architectural and engineering enterprise. Its whole system was so complex that it could be flooded in order to allow moke naval battle to take place inside. But many don’t know that the original name of the Colosseum was not actually “Colosseum;” it was Amphiteatrum Flavium.
The name of the Colosseum
The current name started to become popular during the Middle Ages because the building was located by a colossal statue of Nero, more than 20 meters high (66 feet). At the time of Nero this building still did not exist. On the very site where now stands the Colosseum, Emperor Nero had previously built a sort of artificial private lake. Some historians think that the decision of the next emperor, Vespesian, to build the famous amphitheater in that very place was a political move to return a private area impounded by Nero to the Roman people, who greatly appreciated the gift. The Colosseum was inaugurated by Vespasian’s son, Titus, in 80 AD and the occasion was marked by festive games that lasted 100 days during which thousands of people and animals were killed for the entertainment of the crowd. The building has four stories and each of the three lower floors consists of eighty arcades. Poles to hold the awning that could be stretched over the arena when necessary were put in place to protect spectators from the sun and the rain. The whole system required hundreds of expert sailors to be maneuvered! Our expert guide will tell you everything about the games on the arena, during our Colosseum underground tour! The last known games were held under the reign of the Barbarian king Theodoric (AD 473 – 526). The Western Roman Empire finished in AD 476 with the dead of the last Roman emperor, a teenager boy ironically named Romulus Augustulus, that is, respectively, the names of the first king and the first emperor of Rome.
Rome will stand as long as the Colosseum stands. If the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall and if Rome perishes the world will end.
(St Bede, AD 672-735)
Colosseum Tickets… in Ancient Rome
Access to the Colosseum was regulated by a sophisticated system that included tickets, numbered entrances and exits. VIP access was reserved to senators, knights and higher classes. All the other archways were numbered so that spectators with a matching number on their tickets (tesserae) could easily find a way to their seat and leave the stadium in good order after the fun. The entrance to the auditorium was free but the levels were allotted to distinct groups of the population in accordance with the class structure of Ancient Rome. Members of the senatorial class sat directly in front of the arena with seats of honour at the axes for the emperor and his family, officers of state, the Vestal Virgins and the priests. The second level was for knights and the last two levels, the third level and the fourth, were for all the other classes. A curious note: the top level was reserved for women.
What’s the Colosseum Made Of?
This last level also was not made of stone, like the others, but wood. The basement was made of wooden planks and contained al the equipment necessary fro the games: dressing rooms, stage machinery, cages for the wild beasts and, of course, the weapons. With the aid of a system of pulleys and counterweights, all kind of scenery could be lifted up into the Colosseum arena from the underground, over sloping ramps, so that a landscape setting could be created for animal hunts or different kind of reenactments. You will have the unique opportunity to see all this during our Colosseum underground tour, and your guide will recount how the scenography inside was built and used. Unfortunately, during the Middle Ages the Colosseum laid abandoned. However, curiously enough, plants whose seeds were brought in Rome with the animals imported from Africa for the games, grew inside the Colosseum creating a sort of exotic greenhouse that would have been very interesting to see. Later, the building was turned into a fortress by the Frangipane family and then made into a memorial to Christian martyrs in 1744. A bronze cross was erected on one of the sides of the elliptical stage and this preserved the Colosseum from further depredations. This is certainly one of reasons why we are still able to see this marvel of Ancient Rome still today!
The amphitheatre, as an architectural concept, is one of Roman origin. The Greeks did not have anything comparable to it. The Greek theater differed from the Roman amphitheater not only in shape, but most importantly in functions. The Greek theater was used for theatrical acting, like for tragedies and other kinds of fictional representations. The Roman amphitheater was used for hunts and gladiatorial games. The shape of the Roman amphitheater — not perfectly round, but elliptical, often in a proportion of 1.2/1.3 between the short and the long side — must have thus derived from the first fights, sponsored by private citizens. These events usually took place in public spaces, like in squares or in the forum. People would gather spontaneously around the fighters in a circular shape. The first possible gladiatorial games recorded were held in Rome in 264 BC, for the funerals of a man called Bruto Pero. His two sons had three couples of slaves fighting in the Forum Boarium, a cattle market not far from the Tiberine Island, on the South bank of the Tiber river.
Since then, we have records of fights between slaves again in 216 BC (as 22 couples fought in the occasion of Marco Antonio Lepido’s funeral, in the Roman Forum); and again, in 200 BC, with 25 fighting couples. In 183 BC, in the occasion of the funeral of High Pontiff Licinio Crasso, 60 couples of gladiators were involved. In the year 65 BC there was a show in the Roman Forum with 320 couple of gladiators fighting. The dramatic increase in demand for gladiatorial games made it more and more necessary to build dedicated edifices. The Roman Forum was no longer able to host all the people gathering on occasion of the fights. But gladiatorial games were not the only show going on in Roman Amphitheaters. Romans actually had a real passion for hunts of exotic animals. The origin of such practice dates back to the year 252 BC, when the general Quintus Caecilius Metellus, after a successful war campaign against the Carthaginians, brought back to Rome an unusual and curious booty of 142 elephants. Romans, however, did not know how to employ these elephants in battle or for other purposes. So at the end of the day, it was very expensive to feed and keep huge animals like these. Thus it was decided to put up a show in the Circus Maximus, where the elephants became unfortunate targets for hunting archers, who were supposed to kill them with their arrows. People, apparently, enjoyed the spectacle a great deal. And since then, Romans always loved exotic animal hunts. Once the Flavian amphitheater was finished, animals were kept in cages in the Colosseum underground, and released on the arena through dedicated elevators and sophisticated machinery.
The Ancient City of Rome
Our Tour of the Colosseum underground does not end* in the Colosseum! The itinerary continues into the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. The Via Sacra (sacred way), on which we will walk, was used for religious and triumphal processions and led to the so-called Forum Romanum, the center of political, religious, commercial and judicial life. Originally a marshy valley of no economic use in which the dead were buried, it soon became the natural focal point of the city for its central position, when the surrounding hills had been settled. The fifth king of Rome, Taquinius Priscus, is said to have erected several public buildings in this valley and most importantly to have installed an extensive drainage system to draw the water off the swamps. We talk about centuries before the birth of Christ. The northern part of this new area contained the Comitium, where the political meetings were held and popular festival celebrated. The Curia, where the senators met, and the so-called Rostra, the platform from which the orators spoke, were built next to it already in the 5th century BC. Further south was the actual market where farmers and tradesmen sold their products and all kind of artisans offered their services. This was the so-called Roman Forum. This was also a place where the Gods were worshiped: next to the many temples that soon were built in this part of the city, it could also be found the house of the Vestal Virgins, and the Regia, the residence of the High Priest (pontifex maximus).
* Itinerary may vary: at times we might visit the Colosseum at the end of the tour, not the beginning — but usually, it is the beginning. This depends
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The Arch of Constantine and Maxentius’ Basilica
Urban architecture began to flourish in the 2nd century when Rome rose to become the first world power. The face of the city changed. Imposing basilicas were built as law courts and marketplaces. In the first century BC, it was built also the Tabularium, the state archive, whose building is today the actual seat of the Mayor of Rome. In the following decades, Augustus transformed the Roman Republic into what was now an empire. Rome was now a monarchy and its rulers expanded the Roman Forum in every direction, building new temples and erecting triumphal arches and basilicas that made the city center of Rome a marvel of that time, a marvel that attracted visitors and tourists from all over the world, coming to admire the beauty and the glory of this incredible city. The Imperial Forum and the Roman Forum kept expanding during the centuries, at least until Constantine transferred the capital of the Empire to Byzantium, then called Constantinople. Two of the last imperial buildings of Ancient Rome that we see during our Roman Forum tour, are the Arch of Constantinople and the Basilica of Maxentius, Constantine’s fiercest enemy. The two came to a final battle in AD 312 by Ponte Milvio, a bridge on the Tiber, just outside Rome. Constantine won under the signs of the Christian God and from this moment on history took a completely different direction. To celebrate his victory the Emperor built a triumphal arch just by the Colosseum, that goes under his name: The Arch of Constantine. It was one of the last important monuments of what we could today call the center of the world, Rome, the Eternal City.
Our Colosseum Underground Tours
Skip the line tickets are included in your purchase with Roma Experience!
The Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly because of steep stairs and uneven ground. Because of extensive walk, little opportunity to sit and rest, we encourage those with mobility issues (with or without wheelchair) to take a Private Tour of the Colosseum instead, so that the tour guide can adapt the pace to their needs.
Meeting Time: 8:30am
Meeting Point: Central Location in Rome (Full details provided after booking)
* Itinerary might vary at times, depending on the Colosseum Administration.
** Backpacks and large bags are not allowed inside the Colosseum!! — NB* There is no cloakroom service at the Colosseum.
*** Please don’t forget to wear comfortable shoe. Bring a hat, sunscreen lotion, and water bottles that you will be able to refill in the fountains along the path.
**** Please notice that the Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we might offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit.