Archaeological Walking Tours of Rome

Ancient Rome Tours


ANCIENT ROME WALKING TOUR


Ancient Rome Walking Tour

An expert archaeologist will bring to life the mythical history of Ancient Rome full of legends and epic. The visit starts with the Palatine hill where the hut of Rome's mythical founder Romuls is located, together with a series of ancestral cults sites such as the grotto of Lupercal, the temple of Vesta and the sacred site of the goddess Pales.

We will then visit the Antiquarium Comunale where a plastic model and a series of archaeological finds will help us to understand the topography of the site. Finally we will take a walk in the Roman Forum, the monumental centre of commercial, political a social life of ancient Rome and visit the Colosseum. It is also possible to visit the house of Augustus with its splendid frescoes recently reopened to the public and the Colosseum undergrounds on your request.

Meeting point: out of the subway station "Colosseum".
Duration: 10.00 a.m. - 13.00 p.m.
Price: from 80 Euro per person.
Palatine - Roman Forum - Colosseum entrance fee: 12 Euro.


APPIAN WAY ARCHEO-BIKE TOUR


Appian Way Archeo-Bike Tour

As a return to the past, far away from the rumblings of the city, cycling on the ancient stones of the "Via Appia Antica", we will discover numerous Roman sights many of which are with legends and epics.

We will visit the huge complex of the baths of Caracalla and the splendid villa of the emperor Massenzio, together with the Circus and the Mausoleum of his son Romulus.

Appian Way Tour

Finally we will reach the nearby sight of the catacombs of Santa Domitilla. This is one of the best preserved early Christian catacombs in Rome, lying below the Basilica of the same name. Your local expert archaeologist will take you down into the painted chapels and narrow corridors were you will learn about the role that this

catacomb played during the time of religious persecution along with many details and information related to the frescos cycles and the history of the site.

Meeting point: out of the subway station "Colosseum".
Duration: 10.00 a.m. - 15.00 p.m.
Price: from 100 Euro per person.
Bike rent fee: 10 Euro.
Note: this tour its available only on Sunday. It is available also as walking tour.


THE JEWISH GHETTO AND TIBER ISLAND


The Jewish Ghetto

The word "ghetto" derives from the venetian "gheto", the district of the foundry of Venice where the Jewish lived during the XIV century. The Roman ghetto its today one of the most fascinating and ancient district of Rome. During Roman time this was the area where the Roman generals wanted to celebrate their victories with the dedication of monumental porticoes and temples still today well preserved beneath the medieval houses and alleys of the district.

For more than 300 years, between the Counter Reformation ( 16th century) and the Italian unification ( 19th century) a wall encircled its limit to make the Jewish population of Rome separate from the rest of the Christian community. In 1899 the area was chosen for the construction of the main synagogue of Rome so that today the ghetto is still the lively centre of the Jewish community full of artisans shops, kosher traditional restaurants and stores.

After a walk through the medieval houses and alleys of the ghetto and a visit of the remains of the porticus Octavie, we will enter the Synagogue to retrace the history of the Jewish traditional quarter of Rome. We will reach then the nearby area of the Tiber island.

Tiber Island Rome

In 293 BC, when Rome was hit by a terrible plague, the Romans decided to build here a temple in honor of Aesculapius, god of medicine and healing. The legend tells that after consulting the Sybilline books, the priests sent a delegation to Epidauros, the center of worship of the cult of Aesculapius. The ambassadors returned to Rome bringing back a serpent, the animal sacred to the god, with them on the ship.

As the ship came alongside the Tiber Island, the serpent slithered from onboard the trireme ship and chose the island as the location for the temple. The Temple of Aesculapius, with the ditch full of serpents which the priests had the task of feeding, stood where the church of San Bartolomeo stands today, with its baroque facade, built around the year 1000 and dedicated to St. Adalberto.

Meeting point: out of the entrance of the Synagogue, Lungotevere Cenci.
Duration: 10.00 a.m. - 13.00 p.m.
Price: from 80 euro per person.
Bike rent fee: 10 euro.
Note: this tour is not available on Saturday.


TESTACCIO CULTURE AND FLAVOURS WALKING TOUR


Testaccio Culture And Flavours Walking Tour

The district Testaccio, located on the right shore of the Tiber river, is one of the most authentic neighbourhoods of Rome, rich of history and archaeological evidences.
This is the district where “cucina romana” (Roman cuisine) was born, famed for the many typical restaurants offering a variegated range of Roman dishes and for its lively food market. During Roman times here was located the main fluvial port of Ancient Rome, the "Emporium".

In a short time the district became the busy commercial centre of Imperial Rome and was endowed with warehouses for the storage of goods arriving from the port of Ostia via Tiber River. Some of these warehouses' buildings, among which the “Porticus Aemilia”, are still visible today, hidden amidst the streets and alleys of the district. An artificial mound, called "Monte Testaccio" was formed with the "testae", fragments of broken amphorae dating from the time of the Roman Empire, which gave the name to the district. Later new building were constructed, including a monumental Piramid, called the “Piramide Caestia” and a massive wall circuit, the Aurelian wall. We will explore the main Roman monuments and ruins of the district in the light of recent archaeological discoveries.
Finally we will take a walk into the new market area to experience the genuine homemade Roman dishes prepared with great care by the vendors of the many street food stands of the market. You will taste the delicious hand- cut ham and mozzarella di bufala balls from Enzo and Lina stand, the exquisite famed “panini” with boiled beef meet (alla picchiapò) and “trippa alla romana” from Sergios’s “Mordi and Vai” stand , the tasty Sicilian “cannoli” from “ Dess’ Art” of Costanza Fortuna and, for wine lovers, a glass of homemade genuine Italian wine from the popular Orazio’s stand is a must!

The tour lenght including the visit to the new market area is of about three hours.

Monuments and places included in the itinerary: Piazza Testaccio, the Emporium quay, Porticus Aemilia, Via di Marmorata, “Monte dei cocci”, Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the Aurelian wall museum, the new Testaccio market

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