Forget about the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the World Cup. The Colosseum has hosted the most spectacular games ever. Its estimated that more than 500,000 people, and a million animals, lost their lives battling in the arena. Well also literally step back in time in our walk through the Roman Forum, retracing the steps of Caesar, Augustus and Nero.
As you walk down Ancient Romes chief street, the Via Sacra, youll focus on the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated; the House of the Vestal Virgins, a temple where priestesses vigilantly guarded the eternal flame of the Empire; the Senate, where key decisions that guided the course of western history were made; the Arch of Septimius Severus; as well as many other extraordinary monuments and ruins.
Youll visit the Palatine Hill, site of the citys very earliest settlements, which became the preferred residential area for most powerful and richest Roman families. Youll stop to marvel at the Arch of Constantine, celebrating Constantines victory over the pagan world, and marking the moment when Christianity became the official religion of the Empire.
Then you will walk to the Colosseum, the imposing amphitheater that was inaugurated in 80 A.D. Once inside, your guide will vividly recount the bloody events that took place in the Colosseum, bringing it all to life with tales of the gladiators, exotic animals, mock naval battles and executions.
Your day would include:
- The Roman Forum, the worlds largest archaeological site
- The House of the Vestal Virgins
- The Roman Senate
- The Arch of Septimius Severus
- The Palatine Hill
- The Arch of Constantine
- The Via Nova, built by Nero
- The Via Sacra and much more...