Experience living history with us and explore the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome as you walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors, generals, and gladiators on this exciting day tour from Rome
Rome was the last of the greatest ancient civilizations that had the most profound impact on today’s architecture, engineering, politics, and entertainment among many others, leaving behind iconic monuments testament to Roman awe-inspiring achievements.
In this Rome Cabs’ exclusive Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome Day Tour and Shore Excursion, you will experience the magnificence of these world famous ancient sites that have endured through the millennium and continue to astonish contemporary architects and engineers, inspire people’s imagination, and fill you with a sense of timeless civilization.
You will be driven by your own personal English speaking Driver inside a comfortable deluxe vehicle as you travel back through distant history and venture through Ancient Rome’s unforgettable ancient wonders: Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla, Via Appia, Park of the Acqueducts, Pantheon, and Trajan’s Forum..
From Rome Hotel accommodation: Your Rome Cabs professional Driver will pick you up at your hotel in Rome at 9:00 AM, and bring you back at approximately 5:00 PM.
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Your first stop will be at one of the most recognizable monuments in the world and the symbol of Rome: the Coliseum.
Considered one of the greatest examples of Roman architectural and engineering achievements, the elliptical amphitheater is on the list of Wonders of the World. Built in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian over an area that once was Nero’s Golden House, it is estimated that it required over 4,600,000 cubic feet of travertine stone blocks set in place without mortar, but held together by 300 tons of iron clamps.
An engineering feat, the Coliseum was engineered to seat up to 50,000 spectators and was primarily used for gladiatorial games and other public spectacles such as animal hunts, re-enactments of famous battles, mock sea battles, mythological plays, and executions. On this visit you have the opportunity to enter the Coliseum where all the action took place for nearly 4 centuries!
Nearby is the remains of the first and largest stadium for public games built in the entire Roman Empire, and the model that inspired many more since. At over 2,000 feet long and nearly 400 feet wide, it easily accommodated 150,000 spectators.
Famously known for its dangerous chariot racing, the stadium also hosted gladiatorial games, animal hunts, plays, religious and public ceremonies, parades, and elaborate parades.
Today, all that survives is the outline of Circus Maximus with the spina in the center, and it’s transformed into a public park with a spectacular view of the once prestigious Palatine hill behind it.
From here you will visit the bath complex that certainly inspired awe in in the ancients themselves. Italians’ love for thermal baths and recreation dates way back to the days of Ancient Rome. The Baths of Caracalla were not just thermal baths, but the most impressive and well preserved surviving example of an Imperial bath and recreational complex in Antiquity.
Built by Emperor Caracalla in approximately 212 AD, the bath complex was able to accommodate up to 10,000 people at a time with 1,600 bathers in a vast area covering approximately 1,000,000 square feet.
The massive complex included an Olympic size swimming pool (natatio), a cold baths (frigidarium), a hot baths (caldarium), and exercise courts (palastrae).
Throughout an intricate two level subterranean network of rooms and passageways were service areas that operated the baths, and systems that drained liquid waste into sewage channels.
The interior of the baths was once richly adorned with architectural opulence that included 252 columns - some 16 of which weighed approximately 50 tons.
Many priceless columns, sculptures, mosaics and statues that once belonged inside the baths can be found scattered throughout Italy in churches, piazzas, buildings and museums.
Aside from bath areas, the complex also included large public libraries in Greek and Latin, gardens, and shops. Business meetings were often held here in conference rooms. For Ancient Romans, bathing was not just a normal function of cleanliness and relaxation, it was also a common way for people to connect, network, and conduct business.
There is truth in that during ancient times, “all roads lead to Rome”, as Romans were excellent road builders...and Via Appia (Appian Way) is testament to that. Named after the magistrate who initiated its construction, Appius Claudius Caecus, the road was built to connect Rome to Capua at a time when the region of Campania was forming a joined political existence with Rome.
Built in 312 B.C., Via Appia is remarkably straight with few exceptions due to topographical factors. Along the way, “pit-stops” were created where horses could be changed and travelers could eat and rest.
The Ancient Appian Way is impressively well preserved where you can get an overall idea of what an ancient Roman road used to be like. Within the original stones, you can see the grooves created by chariot and wagon wheels that traveled through here for centuries.
Lunch will be at a traditional Italian restaurant or trattoria for an authentic Italian culinary experience.
After lunch we will continue to the Park of the Aqueducts.
Bringing fresh water to Rome helped the city grow and flourish, and this was done through the incredible achievements of aqueducts.
Roman engineers understood the principles necessary to allow water to move uphill and downhill through the aqueducts as it traveled long distances. While large portions of the aqueducts were underground, some were above ground, especially as the aqueducts neared the city of Rome.
In the Park of the Aqueducts you can see the majestic beauty of what remains of some of the seven major aqueducts recognized by their distinguished arches that supported the flow of water.
Our next stop is in the Piazza della Rotonda to visit the Pantheon, one of the most impressive architectural monuments of Ancient Rome. After nearly 2,000 years, this ancient monument is also the longest in continuous use, its survival due to its exceptional strength and stability, and its 7th century conversion into the church of St Mary of the Martyrs.
One fascinating historical fact about the Pantheon is that the building we see now is the third Pantheon that was built on this spot: the original built by Marcus Agrippa in circa 27 AD but burned in the great fire of Rome in 80 AD. The second Pantheon was rebuilt by Emperor Domitian, but it was struck by lightning 30 years later and burned down as a result.
The current Pantheon was built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD and dedicated to its original builder, Marcus Agrippa - the dedication inscription can be boldly seen on the front.
What the Pantheon is most famous for is its impressive dome that has inspired architects for centuries. It was also the largest concrete dome in the world until the 1958 CNIT building in Paris. In the center of the coffered dome is the oculus, a round opening that allows light and the weather to enter inside the circular interior.
Inside the Pantheon are also toms of some of Italy’s most illustrious: famous artist Raphael, and Italy’s former kings Vittorio Emanuelle II, and Umberto I with his wife Queen Margherita. While the original purpose for the Pantheon remains unknown, its own name indicates that it was a temple dedicated to all gods.
The last of Imperial Fora, Trajan’s Forum is testament to Ancient Rome’s golden age of architectural wonders by ambitious Emperors. Throughout the remaining ruins you can imagine the opulence that overwhelmed succeeding emperors, like Emperor Constantinus who visited from Constantinople. Historian Marcellinus who was likely present during such a visit wrote:
“He (Constantinus) stood there transfixed, surveying with an astonished eye the gigantic fabric, of such grandeur that it defies description and can never be replicated by mortals.”
Inside this great complex you can see the famous Trajan’s Column, a victory column comprised marble bands that detail Trajan’s successful military campaign against Dacia (present day Romania) whose spoils paid for the construction of the forum.
Below you’ll see numerous foundations and columns that once belonged to Greek and Latin libraries, Hall of Liberty, Temple of Trajan, and Basilica Ulpia. In the background in a semi circle once stood the unprecedented Trajan’s Market, the ancestor of today’s shopping malls that also functioned as civil and administrative centers.
This marks the end of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome tour with RomeCabs. Your driver will now return you back to your hotel.
Rome’s history is vast, complex and enduring....thus the sobriquet Eternal City.
We thank you for choosing RomeCabs Limousine Service for your tours, shore excursions and transfers. We look forward to seeing you in Italy soon!
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* The price of this “Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome” tour includes a private deluxe vehicle with a personal English speaking Driver, Italy’s VAT tax, fuel, insurance, and any applicable toll and parking fees.
* The price of this tour does NOT include entrance fees into monuments, lunch, gratuities, or other personal expenses you may incur on this tour.
* If you are pleased with the service you received from your Driver, a minimum of 10% gratuity is customary in Italy.
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Price of Colosseo standard Admission Tickets booked online is currently 14 Euros per person. Please purchase your tickets to the Coliseum in advance at the link below. Select to print your vouchers at home and bring them with you in order to avoid long ticket line as the vouchers are required to be converted into tickets:
* The price of a Baths of Caracalla ticket is currently 6 Euros per person, to be paid upon entry to site.
* Ticket prices may change without notice from the time you book your tour to the date of your tour. Changes in ticket prices is at the discretion of the sites and monuments and beyond our control. We accept no responsibility for changes in ticket prices after you book the tour.
* Please note that monument sites in Rome are subject to closing without notice. In such cases, the sites will be replaced with other exciting places in Rome.
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COLOSSEUM SECURITY CHECK POINT
* A new security check point has been put in place at the Colosseum. This results in waiting lines to enter the site. The wait line varies in length and is required of all visitors, including those with pre-purchased tickets. To avoid excessive wait times and possibly missing other important sites due to Colosseum related delays, we suggest for shore excursions starting from Civitavecchia at 7:30 AM Pick up Time.
* The real name of the Coliseum is Flavian Amphitheater, after the family name of Emperor Vespasian.
* Coliseum is an informal name given to the amphitheater due to the colossal bronze statue of Nero, Colossus Neronis, that once stood in front of the amphitheater.
* The Bath of Caracalla complex measured 337 x 328 meters.
* The cisterns used in the bath areas had the capacity to hold up to 2 million gallons of water brought in from the Marcian Acqueduct.
* It took approximately 9,000 workmen 5 years to complete the bath complex.
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