A tour of the ancient city normally includes the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. (3 hrs)
The Colosseum was the great amphitheatre built by emperor Vespasian in 72 AD to house animal hunts and gladiator combats and could contain some 65.000 people. Admission fee. (Colosseum ticket includes entrance to the Forum and Palatine).
Roman Forum: the central square of ancient Rome for politics, religious ceremonies and triumphal parades. Inside this area, excavated in modern age, are ruins of ancient buildings such as the temple dedicated to Julius Caesar after his death, the temple of Vesta, the Senate house, the Arch of Titus. Admission fee.
If you wish to extend the lenght of the basic tour to 4 hours it would be possible to add one of these three sites: the Palatine Hill, the Pantheon or St Clement’s basilica.
Palatine Hill: the cradle of Rome, where the legendary foundation of the city took place and where the Roman emperors had their magnificent palace. Admission fee.
Pantheon: a 2nd century AD temple dedicated to all the major gods, later turned into a Christian church. One of the greatest architecture in the world especially for its dome. Free admission.
St Clement’s: one of the most extraordinary examples of “layered” Rome. This basilica dedicated to Pope Clement is a journey through history as one explores its three different historical levels.
Entrance fee for the excavations levels