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This tour will start from St. Clement church. With its four levels of buildings, shrines of two religions, artworks from the last 20 centuries, along with a subterranean street and some good old solid Roman engineering, San Clemente offers a unique history lesson about the many layers Rome has: walking through each one of these layers will be a true journey into the amazing architecture of Rome…
After the Church, which is located close to the Coliseum, we will reach the Ancient City: the Coliseum, the Roman forum, the Palatine Hill, which was the Emperor’s residence, the Capitol Hill square, designed by Michelangelo, and a great view of the Vittoriano, our Altar of Nation.
We will skip the lines and visit the Flavian Amphitheater (this is the Coliseum’s real name!), which was an arena for gladiator’s contests and public spectacles. We will admire the incredible engineering genius of the romans and learn about the mad emperors that performed in the arena as gladiators.
From the Arch of Titus we will walk through the heart of the Ancient city, the Roman Forum, where we will bring back to life the old memories of a lost world, from the assassination of Julius Caesar to fascinating details of daily life in ancient Rome. We will see the sight where the body of Caesar was cremated, the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, the “Curia Julia” (Senate House), the Basilica Aemilia, the Temple of Saturn, then walk on the Via Sacra, where legions and emperors once marched during the triumphal parades. We will then visit the Palatine hill, a large open-air museum with the ruins of the emperors’ palaces and where, according to the legend, Romulus founded the city in 753 BC.
Through the Arch of Septimius Severus and up to the high steps we will reach the Capitol Hill’s main square (Campidoglio) that Michelangelo transformed from pagan to papal. From here we could visit the famous complex of the Capitoline Museums… but that is another tour!
St. Clemente Church Underground ticket: euros 10 per adult. Buy on spot.
Photos and videos are allowed inside the church.
No lines: tickets with reservation for Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.