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Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

1. Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

Chart a course through the archaeological tribal beginnings of Rome and its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of the Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and stay in the Roman Forums as long as you wish at the end of your official tour. During your booking, you may choose the option to extend your Ancient Rome experience by adding an extra 30-minute tour of the Circus Maximus, overseeing it from the scenic terrace of the Palatine Hill.

Colosseum, Ancient Rome, Small Group Tour, Virtual Reality

2. Colosseum, Ancient Rome, Small Group Tour, Virtual Reality

This 3-hour adventure begins at the Victor Emanuel Monument for a spectacular view overlooking the heart of Ancient Rome. With things in perspective, proceed down to the excavation site of the Roman Forum to admire the remarkably intact remains of temples, basilicas, government buildings, and entertainment centers. Stroll along the same cobblestone roads where heated discussions between toga-clad senators of the Curia took place, and view the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Visit the underground prison where Saints Peter and Paul were interned, and see the magnificent Arch of Constantine, site of colorful victory parades by Roman soldiers. Next, go to the Colosseum and skip the long lines to get an up-close look at a triumph of ancient engineering. Your guide will paint a vivid picture of the blood and carnage of the gladiatorial fights that took place within imperial Rome’s greatest arena.

Private Colosseum & Ancient City Tour

3. Private Colosseum & Ancient City Tour

Begin the day at the impressive Victor Emanuel monument and step back in time to ancient Rome. As you tour the Roman Forum, learn about the daily lives of ancient Romans. Walk down its cobblestone streets to visit the site's ancient temples, theaters and government buildings. As you make your way to the Colosseum, learn about the underground prison where Saints Peter and Paul were interned, and visualize the colorful victory parades of Roman soldiers as they passed under the magnificent Arch of Constantine. Once at the famed site, skip the long queues with your special Skip-the-Line pass and head directly into the Colosseum to get an up-close and personal look at this amazing triumph of ancient engineering.

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What people are saying about Basilica Julia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 15 reviews

The meeting point is easy to find and there are toilets in the tourist information centre for €1 . The tour started on time and we entered the Forum straight away. Giovanni spoke through a headset which was clear. He was very well informed and described the function of the Forum, the Temples, The Senate and many other monuments. He answered any questions we had really thoroughly. I would have found it useful to have a timeline of the different Emperor’s. We walked for 2 hours and you need to bring water; there are small water jets that you can fill your bottle up with. Also you could bring a snack as there are plenty of shady places to sit after the tour and enjoy the view. There are toilets at the top of the Palatine Hill and also in the museum church . I really enjoyed this tour!

We had one of the first tours since it reopened. We were very happy with the choice. We have two children, aged eight and ten, whom we had already put on a lot. But they also thought the tour was good. Our guide Silvia really knows everything about Rome and the Romans. I was a little educated but without the guide I would not have appreciated the Roman Forum and the hill.

This was a great tour! The whole archeological area is beautiful and the guide made it even more fascinating with all the facts and history he delivered. The group kept making questions and he answered all of them. Very impressed by the overall experience

Very interesting tour, Helena did a great job! I appreciated the use of earphones even if the group was very small, gave me the chance to take photos without missing the info

Excellent guide (Helena) and very professional and friendly staff. The tour took about 1 hour and a half. I loved it and my 15 y-old son is still talking about it