What comes to mind when you think of Rome? For many, it’s the chance to explore an array of historic sites, spectacular vistas, and—of course—shop some of Europe’s most wonderful fashions. But, in our opinion, when it comes to this world-renowned city, no visit is complete without a stop at the Colosseum, an ancient amphitheater where powerful gladiators once competed for honor before a roaring crowd of 50,000-plus spectators.
An epic feat of Roman architecture and engineering, the Colosseum dates back to 80 AD, and to this day, remains a cultural hallmark and direct connection to the glory days of Imperial Rome. So, when in Rome (pun absolutely intended), the Colosseum is our number-one must-see. In fact, travel writer – and Celebrity Cruises Global Insider – Julia Dimon experienced it herself and raved about it.
With that said, what if we told you that we could take you on adventure beyond the Colosseum’s stone façade to explore the stadium’s hidden chambers and crevices for an experience that only a select few—like the emperors and gladiators of antiquity—were privy to? Wouldn’t that be the chance of a lifetime? Well, with Celebrity’s Elite Colosseum Underground & Highlights of Rome Shore Excursion we do just that, making the secrets of the Roman Empire yours to unveil.
Step back in time as you follow in the steps of Rome’s emperors, philosophers, and warriors on your private visit through the Colosseum’s underground passages, where gladiators prepared for combat, and ferocious lions were housed. This unique tour offers guests a rare and exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity to discover a whole new side of this World Wonder up close and personal.
In addition, as one of Celebrity’s most inclusive Shore Excursions, the experience also features visits to some of Rome’s most treasured attractions. Enjoy a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world, and the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles; then journey on to make a wish at the famous Trevi fountain, a masterpiece of Baroque-era craftsmanship, before soaking up the bustling city life and sweet aroma of freshly-baked Italian pastries at the Spanish Steps, nestled between the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti.
So, if you’re looking for a comprehensive way to explore the “City of Love” —with the added bonus of an intimate tour of one of the world’s most iconic and captivating landmarks—the Elite Colosseum Underground & Highlights of Rome Shore Excursion is the perfect choice.