COLOSSEUM or AMPHITHEATRE FLAVIUS
No visit to Rome is complete without having seen its magnificent Colosseum, a vast amphitheatre with seating for 55, 000 that was designed as a horse racing circuit and arena for animal fighting and gladiatorial battles.
Upon its completion, spectacular 100-day celebrations were organized as part of the opening ceremony in 72 AD. Its name is believed to come from Nero's enormous statue of Colossus that stood close by.
More information:Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Information and Booking 06 39 96 77 00
Opening Times: Mondays-Saturdays 9 am-1:30 pm/2:30 pm-5 pm
Tickets: from 8 to 12, 5 Euros (The prices include the cost of the exhibition hosted. During the period without the exhibition the prices have a discount of 2 €)
Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour
Join this three hour walking tour and experience 2753 years of ancient ruins and intriguing history. Visit the best known monuments of Rome such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, as your professional guide brings the ancient city of Rome alive for you.
Imperial Rome Tour - Roman Forum, Colosseum, St Paul's Basilica
As your coach takes you through the bustling streets of modern Rome, you will be astounded at the ancient monuments which lie around every corner. You can see The Roman Forum - the political, legal and business center of ancient Rome, and the Colosseum - venue of spectacular chariot races and gladiatorial battles
CAESAR'S FORUM, the "Roman Forum"
The Forum of Caesar was the first of the Roman Forums. Caesar bought the area in 54 BC and the inauguration took place on September 26th 46BC but the construction of the Forum came actually to an end under Augustus.
The Forum was made up by a rectangular long square, with a equestrian statue of Caesar in the middle.
Today, the visible part of the forum is the result of a restauration dating back from 1930 and it represent the half of the entire original area.
Phone: tel. 06 39 96 77 00
Opening Times: 9 - 1h (Before the sunset)
Ticket: Free Entry
AREA SACRA DI TORRE ARGENTINA
Largo Torre Argentina is a square in Rome that hosts four Republican Roman temples, and the reminings of Pompey's Theater. It is located in the ancient Campus Martius.Address: Via di San Nicola de' Cesarini
Ticket: Euro 2, 10
Address: Via di S. Gregorio (Colosseo - Piazza Venezia)
In the 4th century B.C., the Circus Maximus was one of the largest stadia in Rome, with a capacity of 250, 000 seated spectators. It was the venue for horse racing, athletics tournaments and animal fighting. The last races held there were in 549 A.D. Another very popular sport was marine battling: the arena was filled with water and fights between light boats took place. The tower is from medieval times.
The hill which was the first nucleus of city life in Rome became thereafter the Imperial Headquarters. It is some 70 metres high and looks down on one side upon the and on the other side upon the Circus Maximus.
It is surmounted by the Villa Farnese, which, with its many gardens and staircases, covers much of the hill, and hence a good deal of the architectural remains of the Roman age.
According to Roman mythology, the Palatine hill was where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf that kept them alive. According to this legend, the shepherd Faustulus found the infants, and with his wife Acca Larentia raised the children. When they were older this is where Romulus decided to build Rome.
Here you can also find the Domus Tiberiana, or Ancient House of Tiberius.
Address: Via di S.Gregorio 3
Phone: 06 39 96 77 00
Opening Times: Mondays-Saturdays 9 am-1:30 pm/2:30 pm-5 pm.
Ticket: from 8 to 12, 5 Euros (ticket valid for the Palatine Hill, the Palatine Museum and the Coliseum too)
THE IMPERIAL FORUMS
The Imperial Forums consist of a series of monumental fora (public squares), constructed in Rome over a period of one and half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD. The forums were the heart of the late Roman Republic and of the Roman Empire.
The Imperial forums are not part of the, which was the public square during the Roman Republic. These forums were the centres of politics, religion and economy in the ancient Rome.
Address: Via dei Fori Imperiali / Via Quattro Novembre, 94
Phone: 06 69 78 05 32
Opening Times: Winter 9 - 16.30, Summer 9 - 18.30, Mon. Closed
The Forum of Augustus is one of the, built by Augustus. It includes the Temple of Mars Ultor.
The Augustan Forum was built in celebration of Augustus' victory (together with Marcus Antonius) over Caesar's murderers, and it took 40 years to build and was completed in 2 BC. Its North side was dominated by a Temple dedicated to Mars the Avenger. The centrepiece of the forum was a statue of Augustus riding triumphant in a chariot.
Trajan's Forum is chronologically the last of the .
The ruins of Trajan's Forum rise 16 feet below modern street level in the heart of Rome, and resemble pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle. These are the ruins of an exceptional monument, begun during Trajan's principate and finished by his successor, Hadrian, in A.D. 128. Though the forum was described by the historian Ammianus Marcellinus (A.D. 330-395) as "a gigantic complex...beggaring description and never again to be imitated by mortal men, " today's battered remains convey little of its past glory