Colosseum tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
`I found a city of bricks and left it a city of marble`, Emperor Augustus"
This Colosseum tour includes the premier landmarks of the ancient city: the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. For all of these venues, you will have a “Skip the Line” access.
You’ll visit the Arena floor at the Colosseum, accessing through the ‘Gladiators’ Gate’, the side entrance once used by gladiators. You’ll have the same view as gladiators over the ancient Colosseum seating area!
The Colosseum, with a capacity of more than 50,000 spectators, stands as an enduring witness to a past of glory and violence. However, it was primarily conceived as an effective form of political propaganda and control over the population.
On your Colosseum tour, you will hear stories of gladiator fights, and wild animal hunts before the crowds that once filled the world’s largest amphitheater.
Then, we will head for a walk through the Roman Forum where you will learn about the important role this originally small square played in ancient Rome through the stories of its temples and civic buildings.
Among the many ruins still visible, we will see the temple dedicated to Julius Caesar after his death and the ancient temple of Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The Vestal Virgins tended to the eternal sacred flame of Vesta, enabling the Romans to thrive.
Finally, we visit Palatine Hill, famously known as the place where the she-wolf found the twins Romulus and Remus and where Romulus will found the first city of Rome.
Finally, we will also see here the remains of the ancient palace where the emperors once lived and the view onto the largest venue for entertainment in the Roman empire, the Circus Maximus, where over 200,000 people could watch chariots races.