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Distance: 2 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

This itinerary takes you on a tour of the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, the beautiful panoramic views from the Palatine Hill and to the renowned Roman Colosseum. This tour will guide you through the Capitoline Museums, where you can see the influence and remains of ancient greek art in Rome.

Since all the locations are on archaeological sites and very close to each other, it is highly recommended to walk from one place to another.
Time Required:
It takes about 8 hours to visit all of the sites mentioned, depending on the amount of time you decide to stop in each of the archeological areas.

The tour begins by walking along Via dei Fori Imperiali, easily accessible by subway stop at “Colosseo” (Line B).  At the beginning of the street, on the left, you’ll find the Mercato Traiano, designed by Apollodorus of Damascus in 107 BC. We suggest you go inside the archeological area of the Fori Imperiali and walk among the ancient Roman ruins, a truly magical experience! Among the ruins of Imperial Rome there's Caesar’s Forum, next to which are still visible the remains of the columns of Venus Gentrix Temple. The itinerary continues with a visit to the Trajan Forum, the largest of the Fori Imperiali, built under Trajan between 107 and 112 AD. A little further you’ll arrive at the Forum of Augustus, the location of the Mars Ultor Temple. We suggest you also visit Nerva's Forum and the Temple of Peace. On the other side of the street, you’ll arrive in front of the Roman Forum. To visit the Roman Forum, pass through Largo Romolo e Remo. Among the Roman ruins and the ancient columns, we suggest you also visit the temple of Saturn, the Vestal Virgins' house, the Arch of Titus, the Arch of Septimius Severus, and Antoninus and Faustina's temple. After visiting the Roman Forum, at the Arch of Titus, turn right. This will lead you to Palatine Hill, an archeological area which contains the ancient Emperor’s residences, arches and temples. Inside you can admire the great Domus Flavia and Domus Augustana. From the top, you can also enjoy a magnificent view over the Eternal city. The itinerary continues with a visit to the Roman Colosseum or Coliseum, the most symbolic monument of Rome, also known as the Anfiteatro Flavio. Once inside the Colosseum, you can enjoy the magnificence of one of the largest and oldest monuments in Rome. Wander around this ancient building and discover the places where the gladiators of Rome fought and entertained the throngs of people in ancient Rome. When you are finished at the Colosseum, walk back down Via dei Fori Imperiali to Venice Square. Climb the stairs on the far side of the square up to Capitol Hill, the smallest of Rome's seven hills. From here you can admire the decorative design of Campidoglio’s Square, designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti and currently the seat of the municipality of Rome. From this square, you can also enter the Capitoline Museums. This itinerary includes a visit to the museum, divided into two parts: Palazzo Nuovo, where you'll find ancient greek and roman sculptures, such as the famous “Discobolo”; and Palazzo dei Conservatori, where you can admire paintings and frescoes by great artists such as Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Bernini and Veronese.


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