3 Hours Skip the Line: Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour
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Discover how the animals and gladiators were brought up to the arena where the action took place in front of thousands of spectators. After walking around the perimeter of the Colosseum, gaze down onto the arena floor and beneath to the maze-like underground level where man and beast awaited their moment of glory or met their fateful death. Follow your guide outside the arena and travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum, the true heart of Ancient Rome with monuments dating as far back as the 7th century BC. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus (legendary first King of Rome) and Remus after they washed up on the banks of the Tiber River, and how these famous twins would pave the way for tyrants, Emperors, and Caesars who declared themselves Gods throughout the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
Operated by: ROMA IN TOURS
Stop At: Colosseum
The Colosseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater (in Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium) or simply Amphitheatrum (in Italian: Anfiteatro) located in the center of the city of Rome, is the largest Roman amphitheater in the world (capable of containing a number of spectators estimated between 50,000 and 87,000). It is the most important Roman amphitheater, as well as the most impressive monument of ancient Rome that has come down to us. The amphitheater was built in the Flavian period on an area on the eastern edge of the Roman Forum. Its construction, begun by Vespasian in 70 AD, was completed by Titus, who inaugurated it on 21 April in 80 AD. Further changes were made during Domitian's empire, in 90. The name "Colosseum" spread only in the Middle Ages, and derives from the popular deformation of the Latin adjective "colosseum" (which can be translated into "colossal", as it appeared in the early Middle Ages among the one or two-storey houses)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Roman Forum
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum (Italian: Foro Romano), is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.You will pass several important ruins of government buildings of the past and stroll along the “Via Sacra” the main street of Ancient Rome where once emperors such as Augustus and Hadrian, and generals paraded in the full glory of their triumphs to the Roman Forum. The Roman Forum was the center of commercial and religious life in Rome. The tour also takes you to the interior of the old Senate, the dwellings of the Vestal Virgins, Temples of Vesta, Septimius Severus, and Triumphal Arches of Titus, your guide will tell you stories of the past which are bewildering and almost impossible to believe – all are true by the way.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Palatine Hill
The Palatine Hill may be overshadowed by the fame of its next-door neighbour, the Colosseum, and overlooked by many tour companies in Rome, but you wouldn’t want to miss it. No visit to Rome is complete without a thorough exploration of the ancient city. This majestic hill towers over the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus, the ruins of its ancient palaces still visible from a distance were once the home of emperors and the site of temples, and was at the center of Rome’s most important myth – the legend of Romulus and Remus. You can’t understand Ancient Rome without understanding something of the Palatine and its remarkable history.
Duration: 30 minutes