The Colosseum

Cris Roman Guide - Colosseum Tour


Colosseum Tour


The Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill


Time:  3 hours

When: daily

No line: direct access to the Colosseum

Tickets: cost 14euro/person. Book your tour with Cristina first, only then Buy the tickets or use the Roma Pass


The Colosseum, called the “Flavian Amphitheater” during ancient times, was built by the Flavian dynasty for a political propaganda event.  The inauguration party games lasted for 100 days, during which thousands of gladiators and animals died.  Remembered in the Christian literature as a place of martyrs, it was truly one of the principal places of entertainment for the Roman citizens, who were fed on panem et circenses (bread and games).

 

Today the Roman Forum is a small valley of archeological ruins in the heart of Rome, with column pieces, marble blocks, triumphal arches, and remains of walls, but in the golden time of ancient Rome, between 100 BC and 300 AD, it was the central square of the city where people from all over the Empire, politicians and merchants, gathered and conducted their business. Facing the main square were the Roman Senate Hall (Curia), the Court Halls (Basicilicas), and the most important temples.

 

The Palatine is the hill on which Rome was born.  Today ruins of the first age of Rome, the Rumulean Huts, still exist.  But surely, what is more fascinating to the modern visitor, is the idea that within those walls, abandoned today, an ancient God was living, the Emperor was living with his family.  From the Palatine Hill you will have a superb view of the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum.


Colosseum & City Walk Tour


Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Venice Square, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Navona Square


Time: 4 hours

When: daily

No line: direct access to the Colosseum

Tickets: cost 14euro/person. Book your tour with Cristina first, only then Buy the tickets or use the Roma Pass


Other details: the tour can be done in reverse depending on the season, to avoid heat.


Starting from the great Navona Square (set of the movie Angel's and Demons), we will understand the complexity of Roman stratigraphy. The square was once Domitian's stadium. Than we will step into the Pantheon. No words for this incredible ancient Roman architecture. Even today, it stands as the biggest concrete dome in the world. Than we will go to the Trevi Fountain which still uses an ancient roman aqueducts as its source. To make sure you'll come back to Rome, throw a coin into the water.

We continue our walk to Venice Square, Capitoline Hill (designed by Michelangelo), and we will enter the Roman Forum. In the forum we will feel the old market's crowd. 


Finally we will get to the Colosseum where, upon entering the arches of the building, we will step back to time of the blody games which took place there.