- City: Rome
- Duration: 3.5 hrs
- Start Time: Times vary.
Step off the trodden trail for a “new” experience of Ancient Rome! Security gates, previously opened only for archaeologists and historians, will swing open for you on this Ancient Rome tour; allowing you exclusive access to the 1st century BC home of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus Caesar (nephew of Julius Caesar) and his formidable wife, Empress Livia Drusilla.
For many years archaeologists and preservationists have been hard at work restoring these ancient treasures: Shoring up the walls and recapturing the colors and details of 2000 year old fresco painting. The result is an archaeological complex, ready to be seen like never before. Be amongst the first to experience it as our handpicked guides bring history to life. Then continue with tales of gladiators and beasts on a guided Colosseum & Ancient Rome tour.
- At the imperial houses, in a small group of 15 people or fewer, you’ll learn why they are, in fact, the world’s first “palaces.” Your group will be the only ones inside and you will be able to imagine the days when the world was ruled from here. Your Ancient Rome tour also continues to the Roman Forum and Colosseum, by-passing the regular entrance lines with pre-reserved tickets for a truly rounded view of life during that period.
EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION
VISIT THE NEWLY-OPENED HOME OF EMPEROR AUGUSTUS CAESAR — 100 YEARS OLDER THAN THE COLOSSEUM!
Beyond the well-traveled trail of the Palatine Hill lies a narrow walkway leading to one of the most important discoveries in the Eternal City: the home of the Roman Empire’s very first emperor, Augustus (Octavian) Caesar. For decades archaeologists have labored over the complex of buildings within the Casa di Augusto and the Casa di Livia, the home he built for his beloved wife and partner in power, the Empress Livia. The result is astounding, room after room of ancient fresco paintings have survived, the original colors still intact. Decorative figures, tricks of perspective, ceiling moldings, and floor tiles are all still there 2,000 years after their creation.
On this special access, VIP Ancient Rome tour you’ll walk where few visitors have walked before, even fewer than those who’ve been to the Colosseum underground. With your handpicked Walks of Italy guide, in a small group of 15 or fewer, you’ll travel back 2,000 years to the birth of the Roman Empire. You’ll learn how, in the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s assassination, Octavian formed an alliance to successfully avenge his uncle’s death and ultimately defeat Marc Antony and Cleopatra to consolidate power in himself. Best of all, you’ll hear the story from where Augustus lived: No crowds, no guards, no fuss.
EXPLORE THE COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL WITH AN EXPERT, HANDPICKED GUIDE.
Of course, we’ll see the best of the rest too! With pre-reserved Colosseum tickets, you’ll skip the regular entrance line and explore the first and second tiers of this iconic structure with your expert, fully-licensed guide. You’ll learn what a day at the games was like, from animal hunts, to “halftime” execution, to gladiatorial combat and hear of the political and social function the building played in the Roman Empire.
Your walk continues to the Roman Forum, undoubtedly one of the most historically important areas in the Western World. It was here where Marc Antony spoke at Julius Caesar’s funeral and his body cremated, where the Vestal Virgins tended the sacred flame, where politicians debated publicly and the Senate met, where currency was exchanged, and where many of the most sacred temples once stood. Its stones and ruins are replete with history but may not seem like much to the casual observer. Your guide will speak their stories, help you mentally reconstruct their fragments, and connect their influence to the world today.
SMALL GROUPS OF 15 PEOPLE OR FEWER — AND SPECIAL ACCESS AREAS ALL TO YOURSELF.
The sites of Ancient Rome shouldn’t be considered in isolation, but rather as individual stitches in the long and rich tapestry of Rome’s history. With an expert guide leading the charge, you’ll step into this story, following its twists and turns while being illuminated along its path.
With groups of only 15 people or fewer throughout your tour, you’ll have no trouble hearing, questioning or following your guide and with the special entry at Caesar’s Palace, you’ll have a full hour of peace and quiet in a cool, temperature-regulated room. Walk with us for an experience of Ancient Rome worthy of an Emperor!
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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements
There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.
The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).
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