A Visit to Ancient Rome
If you ever had a desire to visit ancient Rome and learn all about one of the most notorious places of our world history, you should definitely include it in your bucket list. The Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and everything in between are essential in any trip to Rome. Each site holds an important piece of Rome and how the Roman Empire was built. When you plan your visit to Rome it is essential that you include the following places in your trip.
The city of Rome is situated in the banks of the Tiber River, a wonderful city filled with ancient and modern history as well.
The Palace of Nero
In ancient Rome, there were several grand houses and palaces built, but none was greater than Nero’s Golden House, which was built under the reign of Emperor Nero. It was the most extravagant and ostentatious palace that no consul, king or previous emperor of Rome had considered before. According to estimations made by historians over the years, the palace occupied between 100 and 300 acres, between the Palatine Hill and the Esquiline Hill, Caelian Hill, including the Oppio Hill.
It was designed as a place for entertainment and pleasure, as demonstrated by the presence of 300 rooms but no sleeping quarters in the palace. Rooms are dressed with bright white polished marble and several floor plans, topped with niches and exedras that were set to disperse or concentrate daylight. Today it lies under Colle Oppio Park, looking out at the Colosseum. Although the site is still being excavated, you can visit through a hard hat guided tour.
Walk Up the Palatine Hill
The Palatine Hill stands about 40 meters above the Roman Forum. It is one the most ancient parts of the city and it has been referred to as “the first nucleus of the Roman Empire”. Imperial palaces were built here like the Golden House of Nero and the palace of Augustus.
The Palatine Hill was filled with rows of houses and palaces that belonged to the high class men and Roman nobles from ancient Rome. It is just a few feet away from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus, and it is the centermost part of the seven hills of Rome. You can book a tour that includes a visit to the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, all in one day.
Visit the ruins of were high Roman lived and entertained locals and foreign visitors to demonstrate their wealth and power.
A Stroll Through the Roman Forum
Located just east of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is one of Rome’s must-see historic places to visit. It was the main square in ancient Rome. When you visit you get a sense of the hustle and bustle that used to fill the streets over centuries ago. There are also several remains and entire buildings that are still standing today. Government, temples and smaller constructions that surround the Roman Forum.
The Roman Forum is where the main events happened in ancient Rome; elections, triumphal processions, one-on-one gladiator battles, commercial activities, and so much more. It is placed in the centre of Rome, and you can find also many statues
A Tour of the Iconic Colosseum
The great stone amphitheatre known as the Colosseum is one of the most iconic monuments of ancient Rome. Located just east of the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill, the Colosseum was built as a gift to the Roman people and it was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian Dynasty.
The Colosseum took around 10 years to be completed, and it was inaugurated by the son of Vespasian, Titus, with 100 days of games, which included combats between gladiators and wild animal fights as well. The massive amphitheatre remained active for over 400 years, afterwards, it fell into neglect, and up until the 18th century the remains were used as a source for building materials.
Although two-thirds of the original building has been destroyed over the years, the Colosseum is still a very popular destination for tourists, as well as an iconic symbol of Ancient Rome and its long and thunderous history.
You can actually admire the monumental building from outside, but we highly recommend that you book yourself a tour to go inside and stand where ancient Romans stood once before and cheered to gladiator battles and wild animal fights. There is even a nighttime tour option that you can pick to visit after hours and enjoy a different view of the Colosseum.
Visit Circus Maximus
A part of ancient Rome includes Circus Maximus. The ruins of this ancient stadium are a historical and architectural point of interest in Rome. The Circus Maximus used to be a place of entertainment for chariot racing. It is right below Palatine Hill and although not much still stands from the stadium, you can visit the terrace and admire where slaves used to fight for their freedom.
Plan Your Trip Ahead
To make the best of your visit to Rome, you should plan ahead of your trip and make sure you book all the tickets beforehand. Rome is a big city and you should enjoy every single minute while you are there. If you prefer to explore on your own there are several self-guided tours that include audio, and you can also choose the best-guided tour for you as well.
There is also so much more to see when in Rome. You should also enjoy a few of must-see places like the famous Trevi Fountain, Saint Peter’s Square, the Basilica of Saint Peter, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, Piazza Navona, and so much more.
And of course, you should not leave aside all of the amazing restaurants, pizza places, trattorias, gelato shops, and cafes; and also brand boutiques like Gucci and Versace -even if is just to window shop- and the lesser-known brands as well.