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Birth of Rome

A 3-hour private walking tour of the Circus Maximus with views of the Palatine Hill, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin with its underground temple and the Mouth of Truth, the Tiber Island and the city’s most ancient bridges, the Augustan monuments such as the Marcellus Theater, Portico d’Ottavia and Jewish Ghetto and Michelangelo’s Capitoline Hill with panoramic views of the Roman Forum and Coliseum.

This 3-hour private walking tour tells the story of Rome comparing its mythical legends and kings, with archaeology and strategy. It focuses on how Rome started as an Etruscan kingdom and developed during the Roman Republic as a major commercial center in a series of forums to become one of the greatest empires in the world. We will begin in Rome’s oldest athletic stadium, the Circus Maximus, just under the ruins of the Roman Emperors’ palaces at the Palatine Hill. Then we will continue along the river banks visiting the best preserved ancient temples in Rome before descending under a medieval church to discover the continual re-development of that area for centuries. We continue onto the Tiber island above Rome’s first ancient complex water system while standing on Rome’s oldest ancient bridge in front of the charming Jewish Ghetto neighborhood. We end the tour on the Capitoline Hill where the religious history of Rome began and now is home to Rome’s municipality in a square designed by Michelangelo, offering the best views of the entire ancient city and Roman Forum and Coliseum.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Sites visited: Circus Maximus with views of the Palatine Hill, Tiber Island and Rome’s oldest ancient bridge, Marcellus Theater, Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Mouth of Truth, Jewish Ghetto, Capitoline Hill with views of the Roman Forum and Coliseum.


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