This ancient Rome tour will take you from the Imperial Era to the Republican Era, detailing the epic history of this remarkable city. As you hear about Rome's past, you'll discover how the city grew from an agricultural settlement to a center of power and innovation. You'll also learn about Rome's most prominent figures, its most bloody battles, and the ancient architecture that still defines the city.
On your Rome tour, visit the Roman Forum and gain an understanding of how the ancient Romans considered themselves men of the soil, gave the letters S.P.Q.R their meaning, and later carried them to the ends of the known world. As your ancient Rome walking tour continues, you'll see traditional architecture, including iconic arches and columns, and examine how the styles changed over time. As society's ideas about structure and art changed, the resulting architecture changed as well to reflect the new beliefs.
One of the tour's highlights is a visit to Rome's famous Colosseum. Skip the line with your guide, who will lead you through the world-renowned structure. You'll learn how the Romans constructed such a massive, multi-leveled building without the aid of modern machines. The epic Colosseum was designed to hold a crowd of 50,000 cheering men and women. On your Colosseum tour, your guide will teach you about the often violent entertainment and races held in the Colosseum. Learn how the Romans managed to provide special effects during the games and what it meant for the citizens to attend. After the Colosseum, continue on your ancient path to view Constantine's Arch and its intricately carved facade, which greatly affected Baroque artists in Rome. Your walking tour of Rome ends with a visit to Palatine Hill, a place full of incredible views over Ancient Rome.
Walking through the city, you'll find it fascinating that many others have walked the same exact steps for thousands of years. The small size of your group tour and your expert guide create an intimate and satisfying experience. Enjoy Rome and its beautiful past on this tour of ancient Rome.
Please Note: Bags and backpacks are NOT allowed inside the Colosseum and Ancient Forum. Please do not bring any bags with you, as you will not be allowed to enter the monuments with them. This tour takes place in Rome. Guests on ships docking in Civitavecchia will need to make their own way to Rome from Civitavecchia (approximately 50 miles away) at their own expense. A taxi ride takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to and from the pier each way. There is train service from nearby train stations, and the average trip takes approximately 90 minutes each way. Your cruise ship may offer a shuttle to a nearby station.