Skip the line at the Colosseum, marvel at the Pantheon’s dome & the ancient aqueducts on a tour that digs deep into the Roman engineering & design that still shapes our modern world today.
The architecture developed under the Roman empire surrounds us in the modern world. Rows of perfect arches, enormous domes & the mechanisms for elevators & water purification – the architecture of the Roman empire was revolutionary, elegant, but also practical. On this tour, you’ll visit three impressive sites that include a Colosseum guided tour, where you’ll learn all the most interesting Roman architecture facts.
The Colosseum architecture is the foundation of the modern sports stadium – an elegant repetition of rows of arches, fit together like the perfect puzzle. Unlike other Roman Colosseum tours, this visit will focus on more than the history & anecdotes of the gladiator & animal fights performed in the arena (though there will be plenty of that as well). Your guide will also go in-depth into the artistry of the structure itself.
A Pantheon tour is a must when in Rome to witness the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, constructed by the emperors back in the 2nd century. The Pantheon dome & oculus have been an inspiration to architects for centuries. You’ll learn the history behind Rome’s best-preserved ancient temple, its transformation into a church, see the great artist Raphael’s tomb & above all learn the many theories about how it was made & why it has continued to inspire architects to this day.
Aqueducts in Ancient Rome were fundamental to the success of the Roman Empire & many remains can be seen across Europe but any Rome aqueducts tour must include a visit to Rome’s aqueduct park to get a sense of the size & scale of these incredible structures. You’ll learn how they were built, how they worked, & how important they were to the development of the city.
From the Colosseum to the aqueducts to the Pantheon architecture, Rome’s great architectural symbols are not to be missed. Both in physical reality in Rome & in the forms we use in construction in modern-day, the architecture of the Roman empire endures.