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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Duration
3 hours
Meeting Point
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Meeting Point
colosseum square, short side of the arch of Constantine at a small column and a street lamp, where the white arrow is (look at the section additional info)
Meeting Time
every day from october till march at 9:00 and at 13:00, from april till september at 9:00 and at 14:00
Dress Code
wear comfortable shoes and hat on summer
Included
ticket fees, radios and earpieces for 6 pax or more
Not Included
food, beverages and taxi transfer unless otherwise specified
Tips
bottles of water can be easily refilled at several drinking fountains inside the archaeological areas
Sites Visited

Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine hill, Arch of Constantine, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, Arch of Titus, Arch of Septimius Severus, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Temple of Romulus, Basilica of Maxentius

What to expect

Enjoy with us one of the seven wonders of the world, a UNESCO site, the symbol of Rome and Italy, the most long lasting, cultural and social institution of the roman history, attracting more than 20000 thousand visitors every day, the Flavian Amphitheater, the main highlight of the city, located on top of the ranking of the must-do things in Rome!

The name Colosseum is the corruption of Colossus, a statue of Nero, as the Amphitheater was built over the private lake of the house of this emperor. The building still preserves the majesty, the impact, the magnificence, the glory, but at the same time, the echoes of the screaming, the terror, the fear and the noise of the crowd.

Our tour will be a chance to bring this five senses experience to life, with a lot of images for at least involve one of them and make history a touchable experience!

You'll be amazed by the reconstructions of the fancy armors, helmets, gladiators, fighters and weapons meant to impress the audience.

The visit of the Palatine Hill means going back to the origins of the eternal city, the south west corner of the hill was the place where the first wooden huts of the first romans were found, and according to the myth, the venue where the two twins Romulus and Remus abandoned by their mother, were found and raised by the she wolf.

The hill still preserves the archaeological remains of four houses of Emperors, places where the political power was transmitted through the massive architectures of the houses. At the same time the enormous spaces like fountains, dining and sleeping rooms, showing the luxury and expressing this power, coexist with secret recesses and underground corridors, venues of betrays, conspiracies, adulteries and the typical intrigues of the royal families.

And then, walking over the big basalt blocks of the most important ancient roman street, the Via Sacrathe Forum, the beating heart of the political, social and religious life of the romans, 1700 years of roman history testified by excavations and the biggest archaeological area of Rome.

A ramp connecting to the Forum by the street called Via dei Fori Imperiali built by Mussolini in 1932, works as a time machine, the more you go down, the more ancient is the level where you are. It gives the sense of the unbelievable archaeological deposit of this city, 2000 years of history in 10 meters (30 feet) of stratification.

It can be considered like a main square with banks, shopping malls, religious buildings and the center of political power and administration of justice.

Location of the most famous speeches of the most influential personalities including the one of Mark Antony regarding Julius Caesar, the forum reflects the attitude of the romans as very theatrical people, having big expectations about the qualities of the speakers and wanting for this reason their feelings to be moved. This theatrical aspect was so relevant that even the play writers used the forum as a source of inspiration for their comedies; imagine them going through the crowd trying to catch phrases and situations to be reenacted on stage.

So I'll land my voice to the ancient latin authors whose vivid descriptions will provide a real taste of the area 2000 years ago, as a way to see the square through the expert glances of historians, comedy writers, poets, whose attentive eyes and sensibility will let us virtually feel to be there as spectators of the daily life of the romans.

Additional info and suggestions

  • tours don't run on january 1, may 1 and december 25. Closing days do not depend on us, but on the sites visited on the tour
  • the meeting time is 15 min prior to the beginning of the tour
  • at the Colosseum don't bring any big bag or backpack as there's no cloakroom and the security guards could forbid your entrance for safety reasons.

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