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The best of the Ancient Rome in one day

Rome, Italy

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Are you ready to discover the most beautiful city in the world? The Coliseum, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, San Peter. We are going to explore the Ancient Rome and all its wonders, the home of the Catholic Church and so much more.

We are going to visit Rome in the most fascinating way: by walk.

Timing

The whole trip is going to be about 7 kilometres by feet and it will take one day. One of your best days actually!

Get ready

Dress comfortable and wear your best shoes for walking and get ready to jump into a living dream of history, food and beauty.

Palatino
Step 1

Recommended visit time: 30 min. Opening from 09.00 am to 07.00 pm Our trip begins here, where Romolo founded Rome in 753 b.c. The Palatino is the central of the seven Roman hills. Close to the Roman Forum was recognised as the most exclusive district of the city. The Roman Emperors, starting from Augustus, lived here where they built amazing palaces. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the area was inhabited by wealthy families that started to built churches, castles and Gardens. Buy your tickets for the Roman Forum and get in. We will guide you step by step.

The stadium ( Stadio )

Right after entering the complex, going up along Via San Gregorio, you will find the stadium that was used from the Emperors for games and sporting events.

Domus Augustana

On the opposite side of the Stadium you find the ruins of the huge Domus Augustana: the private neighbourhood dedicated to the Emperor. Looking from the top you can see the basement of the large square fountain. The Domus was developed underground. The archaeologist today continue to retrieve new findings.

Domus Flavia

Pass over the small Palatino Museum to reach the Domus Flavia. This was the area dedicated to all the public activities of the Emperor. The palace consisted of a central fountain and a long colonnade. The north area there was the hearing room ( Aula Regia). West a Basilica and south the banquet hall (Triclinium).

Livia's House

The Livia's house is one of the best preserved monument of the Palatine. The palace was built by Augusto's wife. A cozy building painted with mythological scenes, landscapes, fruits and flowers.

The Farnese Gardens

One of the first botanical gardens in Europe. You must absolutely get to the balcony to enjoy a breathtaking view over the Roman Forum.

Now get ready! It's time to move on to the Coliseum.

Colosseo
Step 2

Welcome to one of the world wide most important attraction. Build in 80 d.c. it could contain over 50,000 seats. It was covered by a huge tent supported by 240 trees. Can you imagine the power and the beauty? It was started by the emperor Vespasian and completed by his son Titus. The inauguration lasted for 100 days of games. During the events over 5.000 animals were slaughtered. The interior of the building was divided in three main parts: The Arena - the "central square". A huge wooden floor covered by sand. The Cavea - the stairs with the seats. Every seat was assigned depending on the social class. The Podium - the large terrace reserved for emperors and senators (VIP). With the collapse of the Roman Empire the Colosseum was abandoned and during the Middle Ages transformed into a fortress. Today still retains is unique beauty as a must see attraction. Get in and enjoy the show.

Can you feel the power of all the fights of Gladiators? The blood and the glory? Take your time to enjoy the Colosseum and don't forget to shot your perfect selfie. 📸 After the Colosseum head toward to the Arch of Constantine. Unique monument for its beauty built on the Ancient path of Triumph.

Foro Romano
Step 3

Recommended visit time: 45 min. Opening hours: 09 - 19 The Roman Forum was the heart of Rome, the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. After the fall of the empire, the Forum experienced a rapid decay until it was used as a land dedicated to pasture. It's time to enter the Forum! Imagine a living quarter where you could see the most beautiful palaces of the time and walk side by side with the most important empire characters.

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

The temple was built by the Senate in honor of Emperor Antonino Pio and his wife Faustina. This information is recalled by the inscription on the architrave of the facade "Divo Antonino et Divae Faustina ex s (enatus) c (onsulto)" or "To the divine Antoninus and to the divine Faustina by decree of the Senate".

The Basilica of Fulvia Aemilia

The basilica ruins are the symbol and last building coming from the Republican era surviving in Rome.

The curia

The curia was the seat of the Senate, the head of command for the entire Repubblica.

Arch of Settiminio Severo

Settiminio Severo's arch was built to celebrate the victories of the empire. On the basis of the arc you can see the representation of the victories of the Empire on the Parties, which today correspond to the nations of Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The Vesta Temple and the House of the Vestals

The temple is probably one of the oldest in Rome. The main function of the temple was to maintain the fire (resource of extraordinary importance). The Vestals, the flame keepers, were six noble virgins who had the task of keeping the flame alive.

The Basilica of Massenzio

It is one of the largest monuments in the Roman Forum, a classic basilica composed of 3 naves. Today we can admire the northern arcade as the rest collapsed with the 9th century earthquake.

Il Vittoriano
Step 4

Recommended visit time: 60 min. Opening hours: 09:30 - 17:30 Just after the Colosseum and the Forum there is the Victorian. It was opened in 1911 as a beautiful monument dedicated to the First King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II. At the end of the first floor you will see 2 soldiers guarding the "unknown soldier". By climbing the steps you can reach a beautiful terrace over the city. We recommend to take a small break here and have a coffee while enjoying one of the finest views over Rome. Now get ready because the Trevi Fountain is waiting for you!

Trevi Fountain
Step 5

Here it comes one of the most romantic places in Rome. The baroque fountain, recognised world wide as a status symbol, representing mystical characters and wild horses. The fountain was built in 1732 by Nicola Salvi. You can see Tritons guide Oceanus' shell chariot, taming hippocamps. Famous is the scene shot by Fellini in "The Sweet Life" showing the dive of Anita Ekberg in the fountain itself.

Coin throwing

Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder. This was the theme of 1954's Three Coins in the Fountain and the Academy Award-winning song by that name which introduced the picture. Make sure to come back to visit the fountain during the evening when the city starts to sleep and the light play enhancing its magnificence. We continue our journey heading to Piazza di Spagna.

Piazza di Spagna
Step 6

Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, is one of the most famous squares in Rome

The Square

In the middle of the square is the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, dating to the beginning of the baroque period, sculpted by Pietro Bernini and his son, the more famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The Spanish Steps

The imposing 135-step staircase was inaugurated by Pope Benedict XIII during the 1725 Jubilee; it was released in order to connect the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Church of Trinità dei Monti. A great staircase decorated with many garden-terraces, splendidly adorned with flowers in spring and summer. Take some rest by sitting on one of the steps. From the you can have a look at Via Condotti the main shopping street in Rome.

Once resting, climb the 135 steps and enter the church of Trinità dei Monti, where you can admire the frescoes by Daniele da Volterra, with particular attention to "The Deposition."

People's Square
Step 7

People's Square was the entrance of Rome during the Middle Ages. The "Babuino", Via Ripetta and Via del Corso, the three main arteries of the historic center of Rome, meet here in Piazza del Popolo. The huge square, the very high obelisk placed above the Bernini fountain, the two twin churches, and the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, immediately makes you feel the greatness of the City. You can enter one of the two churches and then, with your back to the church, head right to the Pincio climb.

The Pincio Terrace
Step 8

The Pincio terrace offers an exciting view over Rome and in particular on St. Peter's. The garden, built in Roman times and renovated several times, now has a large central square, Piazza Napoleone I, and a series of streets that stretch across the park. If you want take 30 minutes to walk into the park until you arrive at Villa Borghese Park, a real gem.

Pantheon
Step 9

Recommended visit time: 20 min. Opening hours: 09 - 18 The Pantheon together with the Colosseum, represents Rome in the world. The temple (now church), built more than 2,000 years ago, was dedicated to classical gods and its name comes from the Greek words pan (all) and theos (god). The central hole symbolizes the connection between the temple and the gods.

In 608 the temple became a Roman church and to this day it is officially recognized as the Basilica of Santa Maria in Martyres. It was precisely because of its sacral function which was spared from destruction during the dark years of the Middle Ages and, in the Renaissance, was studied by artists of the time. In particular, Brunelleschi took inspiration here to create the dome of the Florence Cathedral. Today it preserves the tombs of the artist Raffaello and the Kings of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I. The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 142 feet (43 m).

Piazza Navona
Step 10

Piazza Navona is considered by the Romans, the most elegant square in the capital. With its suggestive fountains and beautiful Baroque palaces during the Empire was home of the city market. At the center of the square you will find the Fountain of the Four Rivers of Bernini. At the center there is a copy of an Egyptian obelisk. At the four sides are 4 different sculptures representing the great rivers of the four continents, the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Río de la Plata.

On the west side of the square you can find the church of Sant'Agnese di Agone, designed by Francesco Borromini.

At the southern end the Fontana del Moro.

At the far end of the Neptune Fountain.

Basilica di San Pietro
Step 11

Recommended visit time: 40 min. Opening hours: 07 - 18:30 Welcome to the heart of Christianity the St. Peter's Basilica. Started by Bramante and finished by Michelangelo, its construction lasted 120 years. Inside there are some of the most beautiful works in the world, especially Michelangelo's Pietà, the Dome and the canopy of Bernini.

The Facade

The imposing facade is 48 meters high and 115 meters wide. The eight columns support the attic where there are 13 statues representing Christ the Redeemer, Saint John the Baptist, and the 11 apostles. From the central balcony, called the Loggia della Benedizione, the Pope offers Urbi and Orbi blessings on Christmas and Easter.

The Pietà of Michelangelo

Considered one of the most beautiful works of the world, depicts the Virgin with the Christ the Dead.

The dome

Called by the Romans Cupolone, it is the symbol of the Vatican Basilica, also designed by Michelangelo.

The Bernini canopy

The center of the Church is dominated by the famous Bernini canopy. The Pope is the only priest authorized to serve at the altar.

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The best of the Ancient Rome in one day
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