Visitors to Rome with a passion for architecture and art are incredibly spoilt for choice (“an embarrassment of choices”, as the locals would say). On top of any ancient history lovers list should be the Colosseum and Vatican City. It would be easy to spend your entire holiday within the walls of these incredible buildings. Unfortunately, it’s also possible to spend half your holiday queueing for a Vatican ticket, such is the popularity of the Vatican Museums. Buying tickets online before you come to visit is essential, as is a fully qualified, licensed guide even if you are well read as regards the history of ancient Rome.
Buying tickets and a securing the services of a Vatican tour guide online couldn’t be easier, and in doing so you will save valuable holiday time. Who wouldn’t want to swap time wasted in queues for quality time spent eating ice cream, enjoying a coffee, or discovering even more of this amazing city? Pre-planning is key, and with the help of a guide you will be able to squeeze in as much as possible. Just let them know your expectations and leave the rest to either him or her. A good guide will know exactly what to see first, the best times to visit certain places, and of course, a decent story or two to tell along the way. The Colosseum will be brought to life as your guide recounts tales of epic 100 day battles, strange encounters between man and beast, and of course about the gladiators themselves. Once inside the Colosseum you will be able to imagine what the gladiators felt as they prepared for a life or death fight in the huge, noisy, bloody arena. Learn how trap doors were used, what a “thumbs up” meant to a fighter, and how the Colosseum managed to control the thousands of spectators who attended en masse to cheer on their favourite gladiators.
The Vatican Museums are of course several museums in one, characterized by themed galleries designed by the finest artists of the time, sculptures, jewelled treasures, and of course, the Sistine Chapel. Outside, you can explore the beautiful Vatican gardens.
There is so much to see inside both the Colosseum and Vatican City, so be prepared. Book ahead online (both tickets and a guide), and enjoy the very best of the Eternal City.