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Tour Rome with Dimo, Archaeologist

Tour Rome with local expert, Dimo
From US$1,564 privately
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Tour Details
8 hours
Product Type
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Pantheon
  • Largo di Torre Argentina
  • Historic District
  • Palatine Hill
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  • A scholarly day in Rome to explore archaeology and ancient history
  • Led by Dimo, Rome private guide and Archaeologist
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Tour Description
Meet Dimo, your expert private guide to the history and archaeology of the Eternal City. If you’re after an exclusive curated experience with an expert guide who will take you through Rome’s most famous monuments and sites, this is the perfect in-depth eight-hour tour for you.

With his knowledge of archaeology, ancient art history and Roman architecture, Dimosthenis provides you with a unique perspective on ancient Rome. 

During his PhD. studies at La Sapienza, the University of Rome, he participated in national and international projects as well as several archaeological excavations including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Outside of the city, in collaboration with the British School at Rome and the German Institute of Archaeology in Rome, they covered Falacrinae, Segni, and Albano Laziale. 

His intriguing work as an archaeologist led him into the fascinating study of Latin epigraphy and Roman pottery as well as researching classical art and architecture. His career has allowed him to study abroad and research in Paris and Athens and explore the interaction between Roman and Greek architecture. 

It’s safe to say that Dimo is an expert in archaeology, and not only will you have a great time during this specially curated private tour, you will also leave with a deeper knowledge of ancient Rome’s fascinating rich history, architecture, and archeology. 

Languages: Italian, English, German, Greek.

Please note:
  • Colosseum tickets are amongst the most difficult to secure in Rome due to the way the venue releases tickets for tour operators to purchase. In the event that we cannot secure tickets for your tour date, our team will be in touch with alternative options.
  • This venue may require headsets on certain tours. We may add a headset fee to your order if it is required for your group.

Sites Visited 

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill 
  • Pantheon 
  • Largo di Torre Argentina 
  • Historic District 


  • 8-hour private tour with Ph.D. archaeologist, Dimo 
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum 

Dimo's Roman Itinerary:  Highlights of the Ancient World

Dimo has designed this itinerary exclusively for Context, and it covers the most spectacular highlights and architectural masterpieces of the ancient city. Join him on this full-day exploration of Rome’s archaeology, history, and architecture. 

Your day begins at the Colosseum, one of the world’s greatest wonders, where you will learn all about how and why it was built. Dimo will take you to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill afterward to continue your explorations. After a break for lunch nearby at one of his favorite local spots, the tour will continue through the archaeological heart of the city along Via dei Fori Imperiali and towards Piazza Venezia. 

Passing by Trajan’s Markets (and his mighty Column), we’ll discuss the role of public spaces in ancient Rome as we walk towards Largo Argentina, a fascinating archaeological site and the scene of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BCE. Dimo will point out the impressive temple architecture and explain the layers of history visible below street level.
The learning continues at the Pantheon with a focus on the role of architecture during the reigns of Emperor Augustus and Emperor Hadrian and how the surrounding area, the Campus Martius, evolved from swampland to battle training ground. We will stop for an afternoon coffee or gelato while we enjoy a stroll in one of the most elegant areas of the modern city rich with ancient historical landmarks, from ancient Roman construction to Renaissance residences to opulent Baroque churches.


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Can I change the itinerary with Dimo? 
The published itinerary represents Dimo’s favorite way to visit Rome. If you are looking for something different, please feel free to check out our other Rome offerings!
Is this tour suitable for children and/or clients with mobility challenges? 
Yes. We can adapt the itinerary based on the ages, needs, and interests of travelers in your party.
What is included in the itinerary? 
Rome private guide itineraries include the cost of your time with your expert and usually include museum or monument entrance tickets.  Lunch and refreshments are at your expense. Accommodation is not included. 
Do we buy children's passes? 
We only buy adult tickets for our Colosseum tours because people with reduced tickets have to wait in a different line to go to the cash desk and show their ID. In order to save time, we purchase skip-the-line tickets so families may enter as quickly as possible. 
Can Roma Passes be used? 
We don’t accept Roma Pass; holders have to wait in a different line and won’t be able to access priority tickets, so they cannot be used on this tour.

Will I need to bring identification to enter the Colosseum?
Yes, original identification is required to be presented upon entry to the Colosseum for all visitors including children. These should be original documents, copies will not be accepted.   

Does this tour include skip-the-line tickets?
For this tour, your Colosseum tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to skip the ticket office line upon arrival at the venue. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

Are there any other tickets included on this tour?
Yes! It is now required to purchase tickets in order to enter the Pantheon. Context will pre-purchase these tickets in anticipation of your tour.

What is the dress code inside the Pantheon? 
The Pantheon is considered a holy place. Men should wear slacks, and women should wear slacks or skirts below the knee. Shoulders must also be covered. If you are intent on wearing spaghetti straps or a halter-top, bring a shawl and expect to keep it around you. Shorts above the knee are not allowed. These rules may seem unduly strict, but remember, the Pantheon is also a church so the same dress code standards apply.

Do you reserve headsets for this tour? 
Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. If you would like to guarantee headsets for your tour regardless of your group size, please email us and we’ll be happy to get them reserved for you.
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Our tour with Dimo was perhaps one of the top 3 best day of my life. Dimo is very intelligent, highly educated & most importantly he's excited about the topic he's teaching. I'm a person deeply addicted to Roman history & he could not have been a more perfect fit for me.
Dimo is an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, passionate and a great storyteller. Easy to be with.
I cannot imagine a better tour guide than Dimo. His archaeological expertise was exactly what we were looking for. He had many interesting stories about archaeological projects in Rome. He had a wonderful itinerary planned for us based on info we gave Context in advance, and he paced our day perfectly. He was flexible when we wanted him to be and gently kept us moving so that we finished our itinerary. He is kind. Thanks for a wonderful day in Rome!

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