Ancient History Walking Tour, Rome

Ancient History Walking Tour, Rome
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Rome Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Rome Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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The glory of Ancient Rome is known throughout the entire world and each year millions of tourists travel to Rome to visit its ancient sites. Rome's historic center is packed with so many landmarks and works of art, that it would take days to see it all. The following tour offers you a walk by the most remarkable, must see sites in Rome's ancient center.

Ancient History Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Ancient History Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Rome (See other walking tours in Rome)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: clare

1) Pantheon (must see)

The Pantheon is one of Rome’s most famous buildings, and its dome and columns have been inspiring architects for centuries. The original temple, commissioned in 27BC by Marcus Agrippa, after the Battle of Actium, was destroyed in an earthquake. In 126 AD Emperor Hadrian commissioned a new temple dedicated to “pan theos” – all the gods. The temple was restored by Emperors Septimus Severus and Caracalla in the 3rd century.

The immense dome is over 48 meters high with a central oculus of...   view more
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Navona Piazza

2) Navona Piazza (must see)

The Navona Piazza has been one of Rome’s liveliest areas for over 1900 years and is a great place to linger over a meal in one of the restaurants or stop for a coffee in one of the outdoor cafes while admiring the fine buildings and fountains around this lovely square. The square is situated on the site where in 80 AD the Stadium of Domitian once put on athletic events for the public. The church Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore was built in 1450. It was designated a public square at the end of...   view more
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Theater of Marcellus

3) Theater of Marcellus (must see)

The remains of the Theater of Marcellus on Via del Teatro Marcellus are the only surviving ruins of a building used uniquely for mythological dramas in ancient Roman times.

Julius Cesar had wanted to build a theater and had the land where the theater stands cleared and leveled, but before work could begin he was murdered. In 23 BC, Emperor Augustus had the theater built for his nephew Marcus Marcellus – who was also his son-in-law and his designated successor. Young Marcellus died long...   view more
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Imperial Fora

4) Imperial Fora (must see)

The Imperial Fora (Fori Imperiali in Italian) are a series of monumental fora (public squares), constructed in Rome over a period of one and half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD. The forums were the center of the Roman Republic and of the Roman Empire. Built by Julius Caesar and Augustus, the first one was an extension to the Roman Forum and a Temple of Venus was built there with an equestrian statue of Caesar in front of it. It became a popular public square and just before Caesar’s...   view more
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5) Colosseum (must see)

To the east of the Roman Forum stands the remains of the Colosseum, probably the most visited ruins in the world. The Colosseum was first called the Flavian Amphitheater after the family name of the emperors Vespasian and Titus, under whose rule the building was constructed. Construction began in 72AD and was finished in 80AD, entailing over 100,000 cubic meters of stone, held in place not by mortar, but by iron chevrons. The amphitheater was elliptical in shape, 189 meters long, 156 meters wide...   view more
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Arch of Constantine

6) Arch of Constantine (must see)

You will find the Arch of Constantine between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. It is the last Triumphal Arch to be erected in Rome. In 312 AD Constantine I led his troops against Maxentius for a final battle at Milvran Bridge. The emperor’s army was hopelessly outnumbered, and according to legend, Constantine had a dream in which he saw the sign of Christ’s Cross in the sky and a voice said “By this Sign, Conquer”. The emperor had his men make a wooden cross, which they carried into the...   view more
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Palatine Hill

7) Palatine Hill (must see)

Palatine Hill is the centermost of the Seven Hills; it is reputedly the one where Romulus and Remus were found in a cave and where Romulus founded his city. Rising 40 meters over the Roman Forum, the Hill was the “in” place to live for the rich nobles: the views from the summit are magnificent and it was thought that the air was purer here. A great number of palaces and villas were built.

In the Middle Ages churches and convents were built on the Hill and in the 17th century Cardinal...   view more
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Circus Maximus

8) Circus Maximus

In the valley between the Palatine and Aventine Hills is a long, grassy public park, a pleasant place for a picnic. This park stands on the site of the Circus Maximus, the biggest of all Ancient Rome’s circuses. The circus was laid out in the 6th century BC and became a permanent structure in around 329 BC. It was used by gladiators and for dramas of Greek and Roman mythology, but its main purpose was for chariot races, as in the famous scene in the film Ben Hur. The stadium was 621 meters...   view more
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Pyramid of Cestius

9) Pyramid of Cestius

The Pyramid of Cestius stands near the Porta San Paolo and the Protestant Cemetery. It is one of the best preserved buildings of Ancient Rome. For a long period in Ancient Rome, Egyptian monuments were highly prized. Obelisks were transported from Egypt at great cost and inconvenience, and having a pyramid built was considered a mark of wealth and stature. In around 15BC Caius Cestius commissioned one for this family tomb. Cestius was a magistrate and a member of the Septemviri Epulonum, one of...   view more
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