Ancient Rome was a civilization founded on the Italian peninsula in the 8th century BCE that, through conquest and assimilation, came to dominate Western Europe and the entire area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually succumbing to barbarian invasions in the 5th century, the Roman Empire left behind a legacy that has shaped western civilization even today.
The densely packed archaeological area described as Ancient Rome stretches from the Via dei Fori Imperiali where the impressive forum is located, and the Palatine Hill (where the emperors resided) to the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla. Archaeological remains can also be spotted all over the eternal city, in the least expected places, and many can even be discovered beneath the current city of Rome. The Colosseum is offering special tours with special access to three areas that have been closed for centuries: the Arena floor where the gladiators fought, underneath it where the hoists, props and animals were, and up to the 3rd level of seating. Contact us for more details.
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