I know that while one is in Italy, one is kind of obligated to be interested in the Renaissance. Unfortunately, the Renaissance was sadly devoid of gladiators, and as such, I’m much more interested in ancient Rome. Luckily for me (and you, presumably), there’s a tour package that takes you through the city’s Roman ruins, including the Coliseum.
Like London, Rome has double-decker Hop-On, Hop-Off tours where you can explore the city at your own pace, with audio guides available in six different languages. You can get these passes for 48 hours, too – so in case you need a break from all the Rome attractions, you can stop for dinner or a drink.
If you’re a fan of Dan Brown’s books, you can take an Angels and Demons tour. This will take you past the famous and beautiful plazas and chapels found in the movie, but it also takes you off the tourist path to show you where pagan and Christian symbols intermingle. You might not crack the Illuminati’s code, but you’ll have fun pretending to.
If you don’t like Dan Brown’s books but still want to see the catacombs, get a Skip the Line Pass of Rome. Like the catacombs in Paris, this is a popular attraction, so it helps to save some precious vacation time and wander on your own.