from €65.00 EUR
Duration: 3 Hours
Organized by: MEA Tour&Events
See the major monuments of Ancient Rome on a 3-hour, small group tour. Traveling back to the times of the Roman Republic as you explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and also the Pantheon. Walk in the steps of Roman emperors and brave gladiators.
Meet your tour guide by the Colosseum, the greatest amphitheater constructed by the Romans. Your guide will certainly bring 2,000 years of background to life, informing stories of the relentless fights between man and beast put on for Roman people. Appointed by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and inaugurated by his son and successor Titus in 80 AD, the ampitheater stays among the entire world’s architectural wonders.
Next off, follow in the footprints of Roman emperors on a go through the Imperial Forum, and find out how it was when the center of spiritual, political and commercial life in Rome. Listen to the background of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, and discover the Tabularium.
Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a later building in Piazza di Pietra. See the initial Roman road level below ground in the piazza.
End at the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all Gods, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC. Admire the spectacular entry and enormous interior, where marble from around the world can be seen on the floor and wall surfaces. Utilized as a burial ground since the Renaissance, the Pantheon’s tombs include the painter Raphael, and 2 kings of Italy.
- Licensed tour guide (German, English, French, Spanish, Italian),
- Headsets to hear your guide during the tour,
- Entryway fees to monuments.
- Hotel Pick-up and drop off,
- Food and drinks.
Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.
Pantheon is the most famous, and the best-preserved monument of ancient Rome. First constructed by Agrippa, in 27 B. C, it was restored by Domitian, after the fire of 80, and put together, once again, in its present rotunda shape by Emperor Hadrian.
In 609, it was dedicated by Boniface IV as a Christian Church (Santa Maria or ad Martyres). In the Middle Ages, it served as a fortress. Later times, it was despoiled by the Popes, especially by Urban VIII (Barberini) who melted down the bronze roof for the construction of the baldacchino in Saint Pietro (Bernini), and for 80 cannons of Castel Sant’Angelo. The building consists of a pronaos of 16 columns of red and grey Egyptian granite, 12.50 meters high. Each column is composed of a single block. On the entablature of the 8 columns at fhe front, we read the dedication to Agrippa. The other columns, arranged in four rows, form aisles.
By way of the marble portal, and the original bronze door, we enter the building, and are immediately struck by the extraordinary harmony of line and proportion and by the sense of space. Above the entablature, runs an attic with niches. Crowning the vast central area, is a marveleus dome (diam. 43.40) divided into square panels. Formerly, these panels were ornamented with gilt bronze rosettes and the seven aediculae along the walls (of alternating rectangular and circular shape). They were richly covered with marbles, and adorned with bronze statues, (as were all the niches). In the first chapel to the right, a fresco, the Annunciation, attributed to Antoniazzo Romano.
In the second, the Tomb of Victor Emanuel II (d. 1878), and opposite, the Tomb of Umberto I (d. 1900) and Queen Margherita (d. 1926) in the third niche we see the Tomb of Raphael Sanzio. Upon his death in 1520, he had expressed the desire to be buried in the Pantheon. The Madonna is a statue of Baccio da Montelupo.