Guided tour

Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

Activity provider: Touriks
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Take a journey back in time from the 10th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. Marvel at the beauty of ancient temples at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and combine your experience with an optional tour of the Circus Maximus.

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Duration 100 minutes
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  • Visit the heart of the Roman Empire with a professional guide and walk the paths of Ancient Rome's citizens and emperors
  • Marvel at the beauty and history of ancient arches, gardens, temples, and basilicas
  • Learn how Rome became one of the greatest Empires of all time and why it declined
  • Get breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus
  • Receive an optional detailed tour of the Circus Maximus overseeing it from the terrace of Palatine Hill
Full description
Chart a course through the archaeological tribal beginnings of Rome and its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of the Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and stay in the Roman Forums as long as you wish at the end of your official tour. During your booking, you may choose the option to extend your Ancient Rome experience by adding an extra 30-minute tour of the Circus Maximus, overseeing it from the scenic terrace of the Palatine Hill.
  • Entrance fees to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Live professional guide
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Entrance to the Colosseum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at the green kiosk on the right as you exit the Colosseo metro station. Look for a member of staff carrying a yellow label with "Touriks" written on it. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time. Note that there is also an upper floor exit of the Colosseo metro station; please find your guides downstairs.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
  • Glass objects

Know before you go

  •  You will need to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts
  •  Your guides may not be able to accommodate, reschedule, or refund late arrivals and no shows
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved on this tour
  • The basic option of this tour does not include the Circus Maximus or Domus Aurea experiences, unless you choose them during booking
  • Strict security checks take place at the entrance of the monuments, please be aware that security-check lines are not skippable
  • Drones, knives, trolleys, large backpacks, and pets are not permitted
  • Participants younger than 18 years old need to carry an official ID card or passport (otherwise they may not be allowed through the security checks)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 19 reviews

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The meeting point is easy to find and there are toilets in the tourist information centre for €1 . The tour started on time and we entered the Forum straight away. Giovanni spoke through a headset which was clear. He was very well informed and described the function of the Forum, the Temples, The Senate and many other monuments. He answered any questions we had really thoroughly. I would have found it useful to have a timeline of the different Emperor’s. We walked for 2 hours and you need to bring water; there are small water jets that you can fill your bottle up with. Also you could bring a snack as there are plenty of shady places to sit after the tour and enjoy the view. There are toilets at the top of the Palatine Hill and also in the museum church . I really enjoyed this tour!

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April 28, 2022

We had one of the first tours since it reopened. We were very happy with the choice. We have two children, aged eight and ten, whom we had already put on a lot. But they also thought the tour was good. Our guide Silvia really knows everything about Rome and the Romans. I was a little educated but without the guide I would not have appreciated the Roman Forum and the hill.

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May 25, 2021

This tour was a total surprise! Much more than we expected when we booked it. They were very organized and friendly. We were in a group of 8 with headsets and Tom the guide brought the ruins into life for us in a way we did not expect. The highlight of our trip to Rome.. we loved this tour even more than the Colosseum one

February 24, 2020

Product ID: 356700