Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour of Ancient Rome
For those who want a first class, entertaining, engaging, fun and informative tour of the Ancient Palatine Hill and Roman Forum area, then this is the tour for you.
Perhaps you have already done the Coliseum and missed out on the other archaeological areas, or perhaps you just don't have too much time... Well, whatever the reason, you will be glad you chose this tour. The guide has never received less than a 5 star review (see the reviews tab) and is renowned for being one of the best guides to learn about the rise and fall of Rome.
After meeting your guide under the Arch of Constantine just outside the Coliseum, you will enter into the Palatine Hill area of the excavations where you will learn that the theme of the tour is "Greatness" - the Greatness of Rome.
Here begins your journey in time going from the 10th Century BC and then travelling with your expert guide up to the eventual fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th Century A.D.
The 1500 years worth of history will be made understandable and digestible to discover the archaeological beginnings of Rome on some hilltops to how it grew to become an Empire that stretched from Portugal to Iran; from North England to North Africa!
Venturing further up the Palatine Hill, you will then learn of the Mytholigical beginnings of Rome to decipher the many emblems and symbols of Rome that you see during your stay in Italy.
Reaching the summit, you then learn about some notable Emperors of Rome such as Emperor Vespasian, Emperor Nero and Emperor Domitian. In particular you will see the archaeological ruins of the Hippodrome of Domitian with an expert explanation of what it was and how it came to be on top of the Palatine Hill.
Continuing on, you will then stroll through the marble courtyards to the magnificent Palace of Domitian where your guide will vividly paint you the picture of its opulence and importance. You will learn about the great Caesar Augustus and understand more about how he fits in with Julius Caesar.
After experiencing the private apartments of Emperor Domitian, you will then venture to the part of his palace that entertained visiting dignitaries, emissaries and persons of importance - Domus Flavia. You will learn of the symbolism present and glimpse into the impression it made on its visitors.
From there you will ascend still further into the 16th Century Gardens of Alexander Farnese and learn of it's links with the glories of France.
Hold on to your hats, because then you will be given an in depth explanation and exploration of the Roman Forum so that the pieces of stone, columns and ruins come alive with your guide explaining their role in the life of Ancient Rome.
From there you will then journey to the end point of the tour - the impressive Arch of Titus - where you will learn of the conquering of Jerusalem and the link between the Jews and the world famous Coliseum (aka Colosseo or Colosseum). It is here that you will also learn more about the rise and fall of Julius Caesar in addition to the rise and fall of Rome itself.
This tour will not only bring alive Ancient Rome and the Republic and Empire, but will also help you make sense of the unravelling of time in today's period too. This is a truly outstanding tour - one of our best - and not to be missed.