Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
An obligatory visit for all those interested in Ancient Rome, as well as for those who would like to just immerse themselves in the atmosphere of this most fascinating period of history.
Accompanied by a professional guide, this is a chance to discover the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, all three being rich in art and history. And thanks to the audio equipment available, you do not have to miss a single detail (either of the historical explanations or of the intriguing stories of ancient Roman life) provided by your guide.
The tour begins with a visit to the Colosseum, which you will be able to enter without having to queue. The Flavian Amphitheatre, inaugurated in 80 A.D. and better known as “the Colosseum”, is sure to amaze you even from the outside, and this is only to be expected: for good reason it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980 and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Once inside, the exciting tales narrated by your guide will transport you to the time of the Roman Empire, to gladiatorial combat, and to the games that were celebrated in this enormous amphitheatre. Today, the Colosseum is one of Rome’s most visited monuments, and is one of the most famous icons of classical antiquity in the world.
Have enjoyed this architectural marvel, you can go on to contemplate the archaeological remains found within the Roman Forum. This was the very heart of the imperial city, as well as being the economic, commercial, political, administrative and religious centre of ancient Rome. The widest section of the Via Sacra – linking the Capitoline Hill and the Colosseum – was also located here. The Roman Forum contains the remains of various temples (such as those of Castor and Pollux, Romulo, Saturn, and the Temple of Venus and Rome), of basilicas (such as those of Aemilia and Maxentius), of arches (such as the Arch of Titus), of the Rostra and of the Curia Hostilia, among other archaeological gems.
To conclude your tour, and passing by the famous Arch of Constantine (a triumphal arch from the 4th century), your guide will lead you up the Palatine Hill. This is one of Rome’s ‘seven hills’, upon which the city was built and where, as legend has it, a she-wolf suckled Romulus and Remus in her cave. On the Palatine Hill you will be able to contemplate a range of historical wonders, from prehistoric remains to the great many ruins from Imperial Rome, including houses, temples and the Imperial Palace itself.
In short, this excursion (lasting about 3 hours) is one to be savoured and to live on in your memory, owing to the great many treasures that can be explored in this magnificent archaeological area of Rome.
Duration: approx. 3h aprox.
Meeting point: 15 minutes before the start of the tour, in front of the Arch of Constantine (big arch situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill); you will find your guide there, wearing a shirt and jacket with the pink “I Love Rome” logo.
Finishing point: archaeological area