The biggest of its kind throughout all the Empire and three continents, for a long time the symbol of the Capital itself, built in the year 80 AD in white heavy blocks of travertine stone on the facade and no need of cement, the impressive Colosseum, has been used as a theatre for Gladiators fights more than 400 years. For the official opening celebration, Titus donated 100 days of games at the Colosseum. We know that 5000 animals were killed in those days, among the lions from Africa.
On the side of this terrific heritage, the Colosseum teaches us today about the incredible engineering, imagination and building technique that the Romans had reached : cranes, elevators, trapdoors, props, tunnels, live beasts and dozens of slaves and fighters were involved during the shows, to literally amaze the people with the greatness of the Empire.
Our New Tour of the Colosseum is proud to take to the restored underground level of the arena, where we can now look at the wooden built cranes and elevators that carried the beasts above, and to the system of pipes and sewers that were used to flood the theater and set up real battleships in it.
Afterwards, our tour continues to the Palatine Hill, where the residence of the Emperors remains in such great ruins still capable of telling – to eyes which can see - their old wealth and luxury in a sequence of courtyards, gardens, colored pools, sophisticated heating systems and beautiful view points on Rome .
Eventually, descending from those imperial heights to the public spaces down the valley, we’ll walk in the roman Forum, on its cobblestone roads, thru its Arches and its Temples, to the markets and the Courtrooms, all the way to the building of the Senate planned and built by Julius Cesar before his assassination.
All our tours focus on Archeology. All our tours are provide in English. Additional languages can be provided on request. For groups bigger than 6 people we provide free headsets to listen to your guide’s voice.
All our tours grant:
History and visit of the Colosseum, its external square and underground level.
History and visit of the Palatine Hill focusing on:
History and visit of the Roman forum, focusing on:
|1st March to 31st October|
|Monday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Tuesday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Wednesday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Thursday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Friday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Saturday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Sunday||08.30 - 18.30|
|1st October to 28th February|
|Monday||08.30 - 16.30|
|Tuesday||08.30 - 16.30|
|Wednesday||08.30 - 16.30|
|Thursday||08.30 - 16.30|
|Friday||08.30 - 16.30|
|Saturday||08.30 - 16.30|
|Sunday||08.30 - 16.30|