As part of this tour, you will not only discover the secrets of Imperial Rome, but also the areas believed to be the location of the first Roman settlements dating back to the 3rd century BC. During this period, Roman was vital to European trade with its port and money-exchange offices, all managed under the St. Nicholas Church.
Ancient Roman monuments each have a great story to tell with the city lying at the heart of Western culture for centuries. During the height of its power, it really was true: all roads did lead to Rome. With 3-hours on the itinerary, prepare yourself to walk the roads of Roman history.
Kick off your tour at the huge amphitheatre that is The Coliseum, where fights between gladiators and beasts took placefor the pleasureof bloodthirsty Roman Emperors. Upwards of 50,000 spectators would gather beneath the cool awnings to witness cruel battles unfold.
Take to the Via deiForiImperiale and ascend Campidoglio – or Capitoline Hill – the setting of the acropolis of Ancient Rome and today a monument to the city mayor designed by Michelangelo in 1536. In the same square sits a statue of Marcus Aurelius, with a view down towards to Roman Forum that lies beside the Coliseum just below.
Descend the steps and stroll along the Via del Teatro Marcello before reaching the spectacular ancient theatre that was built in honour of Ottavia’s son – the sister of Emperor Augustus. Just a few steps to one side, the Portico is all that remains of the enormous temple built by Augustus to commemorate his beloved sister.
Signs of the ancient city abound on all sides as you wander the streets, reaching the Forum Boarium with its array of well-preserved temples on display for all to enjoy. The Mouth of Truth then sits under the portico of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and, according to legend, should one tell a lie while their hand is in its mouth, the face will take a bite. Watch out!!
As a key trading route of the 3rd Century, Rome played a dominant role in ancient times. The port itself, and even the money exchanges of the area, remained under the watchful eye of the Church of St. Nicolas, which wielded much power throughout the city. From here, take in one final panorama of the wondrous city from the Orange Gardens and bid the empire, CIAO!
– Professional, Certified Guide