The Original Colosseum Experience
— with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
We Have Two Tours of Rome Ancient City
Were you ever impressed by the noise of a roaring stadium full of fans chanting the name of their favourite team? Then you will love the stories of gladiators fighting in the Colosseum, the greatest arena in the Roman world. Curious about the lives of the powerful men who changed the world history, such as Caesar, a leader of great charisma and unmatched military strength, Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire, or Nero, the tyrant who allegedly burnt down Rome to gain space for his grand architectural projects? A visit to the Roman Forum during our Colosseum tour will reveal many exciting stories about the deeds and misdeeds of these remarkable individuals.
Lastly, if you’ve always wanted to know how Rome evolved from a small settlement into the greatest city of the Ancient World, a walk on the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum the oldest part of the city and a place where history meets legend, will seem like a journey back in time!
Book with Roma Experience and get to know all about Ancient Rome. You can choose between 2 different tour options: our Classic Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour and our unique 360° Virtual Reality Tour of Rome Ancient City with amazing 3D accurate reconstructions. Thanks to Oculus Technology Ancient Rome has never this exciting since 300 AD. We will provide you with a 3d visor (at the beginning of the tour) so that you can see the ancient city as it was! The tour guide will stop in different spots throughout the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum Square — and in each place, you will see Rome like it appeared to a Roman at the end of the second century. Choose your Colosseum Experience below. We look forward to meeting you in Rome! (Except for the virtual reality glasses the itinerary of the two tours is the same).
THE ANCIENT WORLD’S MIGHTIEST ARENA
“It is the most beautiful of ruins; there breathes all the majesty of ancient Rome,” wrote 19th century French writer Stendhal after visiting the Colosseum. Not much has changed since then, in terms of the Colosseum’s power of attraction: its imposing presence and the remarkable endurance in the face of time are as impressive as the stories of cruel gladiator games and elaborate mock sea battles it hosted. Built almost 2000 years ago by the Flavian emperors (started in 70 AD under Vespasian and completed by Titus in 80 AD), the Colosseum held a very important social role. It enabled everyone, regardless of status, to participate in public celebrations, a right of every Roman citizen. As such, the arena served a more complex role than first meets the eye, as it provided the powerful men of the day with not just a venue for mass entertainment, but also the means to influence and measure the mood of the people. In the words of 1st century Roman poet Juvenal, the crowds could be swayed in favor of one leader or another by means of “bread and circuses”(panem et circenses, in Latin). Today, the arena that could hold up to 80,000 spectators is one of the world’s most visited monuments and, a detail of interest for cat lovers, currently hosts about 200 feline occupants.
THE ROMAN FORUM
Located in the valley that connects the Capitoline and Palatine Hills, the Forum transformed from a marshy plot of land to the administrative, political, and economic center of Ancient Rome. In addition, the Forum was the epicenter of the city’s social life, the place where citizens and slaves would cross paths with patricians and senators and attend events of public interest. A collection of beautiful and majestic ruins of buildings representing different ages in the life of the city, the Roman Forum is today one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our guided Colosseum tour through the remains provides valuable insights into the everyday life of Roman citizens and represents the perfect way of getting to know more about the figures that shaped the history of the Ancient World.
THE PALATINE HILL – A PLACE SHROUDED IN LEGEND
Inhabited since 1000 BC, the Palatine Hill is the most ancient part of the city. A visit to the Palatine, an open-air museum situated nearby the Forum, will allow you to gain important insights into the development of the city of Rome, from the legends of its foundation, to how it became the center of one of the most powerful empires of the Ancient World. According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill is where the she-wolf Lupa adopted and cared for the twins who would later found Rome, Remus and Romulus. During the city’s most glorious days, throughout the Republican period and in the time of the Empire, several of the most affluent Romans, as well as Emperors Augustus, Tiberius and Domitian, lived on the Hill in magnificent palaces whose remains can still be seen today.
Virtual Reality Tour of Rome Ancient City
Can’t wait to see all of these places live? You’ll see much more than this. Our English-speaking guides will surely do their best to bring to life the glorious past of Ancient Rome. Thanks to our state-of-the-art 3D Oculus displays, though, you’ll be able to really have a clear picture of how the Colosseum and the Roman Forum looked 2000 years ago, at the peak of its glory and fame. Once you’ve reached the Colosseum* square, the majestic amphitheater will appear in front of you in its original state, surrounded by the huge statue of Nero, the so-called “Colossus”, the word from which the Flavian amphitheater itself took the name it is famous for nowadays.
After a deep exploration of the ground level, the 1st and the 2 ring of the Colosseum, your tour guide will climb with you up to the Palatine Hill, where a breath-taking view over the city of Rome will let you understand why Emperors and Noble families chose this location to have their rich residences built. A beautiful view indeed, but one which can’t compare to the one Emperors of Ancient Rome were able to gaze upon. Now you can admire it too! Just wear your 3D visors and marvel at the view from the Palatine Hill over Ancient Rome and a brand new Circus Maximus! Nowadays you can only see a green field, but in Ancient Rome the Circus Maximus was a U-shaped, marble covered hippodrome which could seat up to 250,000 people!
Emperors loved assisting to chariot races held in the Circus Maximus from the comfort of their own residences. Thanks to your Oculus visor you will find yourself standing in the patio of a real Emperor palace on the Palatine Hill and observe the outside of the building in all its magnificent details.
The last part of your tour will take you in the beating heart of Ancient Rome and its political and daily life. You will walk with your guide inside the archaeological area of the Roman Forum on cobblestoned alleys, lined on both sides by what remains of columns, arches, buildings and temples. Here Romans used to participate or simply assist to public speeches, engage in conversations about politics and law and follow impressive “Triumphs” – these were civil or religious processions organized to celebrate military victories and sanctify the commanders who led them. The Roman Forum is the biggest and richest archaeological area in the world. Most ruins, though, are only partially visible today and without a guide, most of their history would remain hidden. With an expert guide by your side, you will understand the history behind each and every ruin and discover legends and facts about Ancient Rome. But this is a special tour and we’ll go further than that – by the time you put your 3D Oculus back on, you’ll be like traveling in time, and find yourself at a moment in history when these monuments, like the temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Basilica Aemilia were at the peak of their splendor!
*Tours might start or end at the Colosseum.
Colosseum and Roman Forum are ancient sites and not wheelchair friendly because of steep stairs and numerous up-and-downs. We encourage those with mobility issues (with or without wheelchair) to book a private Colosseum tour, so that the tour guide can adapt the pace to their needs.
If you want to make a reservation for an Ancient City and Colosseum Tour running in the next two days, please check our last minute page for great discounts.
Tickets to access Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill are included in the price*
Meeting Time: 8:30am
Meeting Point: Central Location in Rome (Full details provided after booking)