Our Guide made this tour. Since you are seeing ruins, you need to understand the history and reasons for the ruins you see in order to appreciate their place in history. Our guide spoke perfect english, has a degree in European History, and has in depth knowledge of Roman History. Every question we had was answered completely. He made us understand how incredible the whole original construction of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Forum were. He gave us a real understanding that the top of the "Hill" was actually the top of palace ruins from over 1000 years ago. He explainded how the coloseum was built and why. Then he explained how it decayed and was torn apart. Our guide made it real and gave it life.