Forget about the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the World Cup. The Colosseum has hosted the most spectacular games ever. It’s estimated that more than 500,000 people, and a million animals, lost their lives battling in the amphitheatres arena. We’ll also literally step back in time in our walk through the Roman Forum, retracing the steps of Caesar, Augustus and Nero.
As we walk down Ancient Rome’s chief street, the Via Sacra, we’ll focus on the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated; the House of the Vestal Virgins, a temple where priestesses vigilantly guarded the eternal flame of the Empire; the Senate, where key decisions that guided the course of western history were made; the Arch of Septimius Severus; as well as many other extraordinary monuments and ruins.
We’ll visit the Palatine Hill, site of the city’s very earliest settlements, which became the preferred residential area for most powerful and richest Roman families. We’ll stop to marvel at the Arch of Constantine, celebrating Constantine’s victory over the pagan world, and marking the moment when Christianity became the official religion of the Empire.
Then we will walk to the Colosseum, the imposing amphitheatre that was inaugurated in 80 A.D. Once inside, our guide will vividly recount the bloody events that took place in the Colosseum, bringing it all to life with tales of the gladiators, exotic animals, mock naval battles and executions.