The Capitoline Hill
Capitoline hill is the most important of the seven hills of Rome. In fact, after 3000 years, it still is the center of Roman political life. Your guide will not only explain the fascinating origin of the word Capitol but also all the restyling of this fantastic place. On the Tabularium, the Ancient Rome State Archive sits the city hall seat today. In the 16th century, Michelangelo designed today’s harmonious Square, flanked by the two aisles of the Capitoline Museums and closed by the Senatorial Palace. Marcus Aurelio Statue dominates its center.
Roman Forum (from outside)
We will not enter the Forum but will have the opportunity to understand its magnificence from three different perspectives. First, you will admire the rest of the ancient Basilicas, the political center of the Empire. Second, your guide will also explain the significance of the temples and other religious buildings.
The original sacred way is still there and is easily recognizable from above.
Incredible but true: at the time of Emperor Traian, behind his Forum, there was the first shopping center in the world. The building is known as Trajan’s Markets, dates 112 – 113 a.D. and is still there, incredibly preserved!
Saints Cosma and Damiano Basilica (inside visit)
The history of this Basilica is very ancient, as the history of the two benefactor medicians. The incredible 6th Century mosaic of the apse is rich in Christian symbols, and the Chapel of the Crucifixion houses one of the rare dressed Christs. The Church sits on a round building with original bronze doors facing the Forum. Thanks to a glass wall, you will see it from the inside of the Basilica.
You will finally enter the Colosseum; thanks to a modern elevator, we can now include it in the Accessible Rome tour! During this tour, even children will be fascinated by our professional guides’ anecdotes! The Roman Colosseum is Rome’s most famous landmark, known as The Flavian Amphitheater. The Imperial Dynasty built it in only 2 years and 9 months and inaugurated it in 80 A. D., So why do we call it Colosseum? Your guide will tell you many stories about this glorious monument, and at the end of this tour, you will bring 3000 years of history to life through time.
Remember to keep the Colosseum ticket:
The Colosseum/ Forum ticket is valid 24 hours. You can enter the Roman Forum area with elevators and an accessible pathway with the same ticket.