An expert guide leads this fast-track tour of the Roman Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill. Get in on all the action without waiting in line with our exclusive skip-the-line pass.
Discover the Beating Heart of Ancient Rome on a Colosseum Tour
This tour is a deep dive into the beating heart of ancient Rome. The Roman Forum was the center of all social, political, and jurisdictional decisions. Located in the valley between Capitoline and Palatine Hills, the Roman Forum was the place where every major action in the city originated.
According to ancient thought, the Forum is a symbol of allegiance between Romulus and his rival Titus Tazio. In its early days, the Forum served as an open-air market which soon outgrew the space where it was located.
This structure is as important as the hills that surround it. The Palatine was chosen by Romulus to found Rome and the Capitoline holds immense spiritual dominance over all others as the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus sits atop it.
The Colosseum is a massive structure known around the world, which cannot be missed. On the very site of the Colosseum once stood the Domus Aurea of Nero (Nero’s Golden House). Once Emperor Nero died, all his creations were destroyed and so was his entire Golden House. Vespasian then drained the gigantic lake and laid the foundation for the Colosseum, which was later inaugurated by his son Titus. The Colosseum is still known as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Right next to it sits the Arch of Constantine, built in honor of the first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire, to commemorate his victory against Maxentius (his brother-in-law) in the Battle of Milvian Bridge. Maxentius had a much larger army, but still lost the battle, which was fought to determine the rightful heir to the throne of the Roman Empire.
The arch now lies in ruins but is still a monument of ancient beauty. The historical significance of the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine along with the Roman Forum and Fori Imperiali is immeasurable. These epic structures formed the most significant parts of the lives of the great deceased Roman Emperors like Julius Caesar.
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