The Rome Tour from the Colosseum to the Orange Gardens is a fascinating journey through the birth of the city, which soon became the undisputed Caput Mundi. Ancient monuments and Roman ruins remind us of a glorious past when the city was already the center of western civilization. Its extremely vital port was a center of trade and meeting between different populations. Myths, legends, and historical testimonies will intertwine in the stories of your Private Guide. The tour includes other top things to see in Rome like the circus Maximus, Teatro Marcello, and the Mouth of Truth.
The first stop of the Rome guided tour from the Colosseum to the Orange Gardens will start from the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world. Built by Vespasian to accommodate all the Roman people, it wanted to symbolize the greatness of the emperor. Here there were fights between gladiators and between slaves and ferocious animals, as well as shows representing simulations of naval battles, the famous naumachia.
Via dei Fori Imperiali e Campidoglio
Following along Via Dei Fori Imperiali, which crosses the most extensive archaeological area in the world, you reach the Campidoglio hill. It is the most important of the seven hills of Rome, and its terrace offers an unmissable panoramic point on the Roman Forums. For 3000 years, it has been the center of the political life of the city, today the seat of the town hall. Let your guide explain the fascinating origin of the word “Capitoline” but also the history of its transformations. In the 16th century, Michelangelo designed the harmonious square which appears today to our eyes. The square houses at its center the imposing statue of Marcus Aurelius and is one of the top attractions in Rome
Teatro Marcello & Portico d’Ottavia
You will walk down the monumental staircase, also designed by Michelangelo, to reach Teatro Marcello, built by Emperor Augustus in honor of his nephew, son of Octavia. To her, the emperor dedicated a temple, the remains of which, full of stories to tell, bear the name of “Portico d’Ottavia.” From this point, the imperial history testimonies give way to the more recent ones of the Jewish Ghetto. But this is another tour.
San Nicola in Carcere & Mouth of Truth
The tour of the Roman Empire will continue with a stop outside the church of San Nicola, which stands on the foundations of three temples, still identifiable. The bureaux de change offices are still visible in the basement, testifying to the commercial area created around the ancient river port. In effect, the square where you will admire three beautiful little temples, two Republicans and one dating back to the 4th century B. C. was the ancient Forum Boarium. Today it is called Piazza Bocca Della Verità and owes its name to the mask placed under the porch of the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. His mouth, legend has it, will sever the hand of those who will tell a lie after introducing it into its slot. Because of the tale, the mask became one of the most famous Rome highlights.
Circus Maximus & Orange Gardens
Finally, you will reach the place of one of the main events to which the birth of the Roman people is due, the Circus Maximus. It was in this valley that Romulus organized the rape of the Sabine women. Your guide will tell you the details of this story, or is it a legend? Indeed it was the largest circus of antiquity, where carts pulled by mighty horses darted dangerously.
The last stage of our walking tour of Rome is on the Aventine Hill. The Giardino Degli Aranci is the legendary place that saw Romulus and Remus juxtaposed for the government of the small city that would become a vast Empire. From its terrace, you can enjoy an alternative view of the Tiber river.
Meet your private, professional guide at 9:00 am or 3:00 pm at the exit of the Colosseum underground station (ground level close to the green stall). The guide will hold a sign with your name.